Experienced Piano Teacher for Northampton, Daventry, Towcester and Weedon

I’m looking for a piano teacher. Do you teach all ages?

Yes, I teach children and adults of all ages. Unless your child is showing particular interest or aptitude at a very early age, I generally suggest 6 to 6½ as being the earliest age at which to start lessons.

Do I need a piano?

You will certainly need an instrument on which to practise. A piano in decent working order or a touch-sensitive keyboard with weighted keys is best, but a basic keyboard will suffice to begin with.

Where are you based?

I am located in the village of Nether Heyford which is about 1 mile south of Weedon (6 miles west of Northampton, 6 miles north of Towcester and 6 miles east of Daventry).

Can you travel to me?

I normally teach at home. I will consider special circumstances, although prices will differ from my standard rates.

How much do you charge?

Current fees are detailed on the Fees and Testimonials section.

Is that cheap/expensive for a piano teacher?

Rates vary from teacher to teacher and are dependent on experience, expertise, qualifications, etc. A brief search on the internet will give you an idea of price ranges, although higher prices are not always an indicator of good quality.

How long will I need?

That’s entirely up to you. Lessons last a minimum of 30 mins, but many pupils prefer to have longer. For those studying at a more advanced level (roughly Grades 6-7 and above), 45 minutes or an hour is preferable.

Do I need regular lessons?

Most students will benefit from weekly lessons; however, I can usually accommodate students wishing to adopt an alternative schedule.

Do you teach during the school holidays?

Yes, I offer all my students the option of continuing their tuition during school holidays as that is often when they have most time to practise.

Are you CRB checked?

Yes. Details are available for inspection on request.

Can I sit in on my child’s lessons?

Yes; parents are very welcome to sit in during lessons, either regularly or occasionally.

What are your qualifications?

I have an MA in Music from Cambridge University and hold the diploma of Fellow of the Royal College of Organists.

To what level can you teach?

I teach pupils of all standards from beginner to diploma level and beyond.  I currently have three piano teachers who come to me for tuition.

I’ve seen advertisements on the internet for amazing, fast-learning techniques. Do these work?

If you find one that does, I’d be very interested to hear about it. It would save us all a lot of hard work!

I’ve always wanted to play the piano. Am I too old to learn?

You’ve heard the cliché “you’re never too old to learn”? Well, there are advantages and disadvantages to learning at a mature age. However, a number of my students are senior citizens, and gain huge enjoyment from their lessons as well as making excellent progress.

I’d like to learn for pleasure. Do I have to take exams?

No, it’s entirely up to you.

I’d like to learn keyboard harmony/improvisation/to play by ear. Can you teach that?

Yes, most definitely. I can give you the knowledge you need to develop these rare and highly-valued skills and I endeavour to cover them as a matter of course with many of my more advanced current pupils.

How do I pay?

I accept cheques and cash, either in advance or by the lesson, whichever is easiest for you.

My child is totally confused when it comes to Theory. Can you help?

Absolutely! Most aspects of theory are utterly straightforward and my logical approach to teaching the subject has helped many bewildered students over the years.

I’m looking for a good accompanist for my/my child’s instrumental exam. Can you help?

Yes, I work with a number of local instrumental teachers providing tuition before the exam and expert accompaniment on the day. A good accompanist can make a huge difference to your examination result.

I would like to get to Grade 8. How long will that take me?

It all depends on how much time you are willing to devote. A good, average rate of progress is one grade per year. Pupils who put in plenty of work, and have a keen, musical ear can expect to progress faster than this, especially in the early grades, but bear in mind you are learning a skill which will last you a lifetime, and that cannot be acquired at the drop of a hat.

Do I really need a teacher? Can’t I teach myself?

There is no reason you cannot teach yourself, and some people successfully do this. But it’s by no means easy, and a good teacher can make a world of difference in many ways.

Can I hear you play?

A few audio tracks are now available on the Listen page and there will be plenty more to come shortly.