Experienced Piano Teacher for Northampton, Daventry, Towcester and Weedon

February 2014 – Music Scholarships

Three of my pupils have recently gained music scholarships for the coming academic year.  Emily will be continuing her studies at Stowe School, Theo at Rugby School, whilst Isaac will be going to Sherborne School.  Very warm wishes and congratulations to all three.

February 2014 – Northampton Music Festival

Many congratulations to Sam who gained first prize for the second year running at the Northampton Music Festival.

February 2014 – Young Musician Award

Congratulations to Theo who won the Prep School Musician of the Year 2014 Competition, which was held at Rugby School last month.

January 2014 – High Scorers’ Concert

A special mention for six of my pupils (Emily, Alice, Theresa, Catherine, Katy and Cara) who have been invited to perform at the ABRSM High Scorers’ Concert, reflecting the fact that these six gained high distinctions (133 and above).

December 2013 – Examination Results

Emily – Grade 7 piano – pass with Distinction
Alice – Grade 6 piano – pass with Distinction
Theresa – Grade 6 piano – pass with Distinction
Katie – Grade 5 piano – pass with Distinction
Catherine – Grade 5 piano – pass with Distinction
Josh – Grade 3 piano – pass with Distinction
Cara – Grade 2 piano – pass with Distinction
Katy – Grade 2 piano – pass with Distinction
Fabian – Grade 6 piano - pass with Merit
Sam – Grade 5 theory – pass with Merit
Wendy – Grade 3 piano – pass with Merit
James – Grade 1 piano – pass with Merit
Tim – Grade 8 piano – pass
Aidan – Grade 5 piano – pass
Kira – Grade 4 piano – pass
Amy – Grade 2 piano – pass
Victor – Grade 1 piano – pass

A really superb set of results which reflects a huge effort from all pupils.  Well done!

August 2013 – Analysis of results

Whilst not all my students wish to take exams, for those who do, the following should be of interest. Further to the previous analysis of results which I posted in 2010 (scroll down for details), an analysis of results for my pupils over the last 5 years shows that, out of 132, 90 have gained a pass either with Merit or with Distinction.  That’s 68%!  The national average (from figures released by the Associated Board (scroll down to page 2 for details) is approximately 45%.

August 2013 – Farewell

A special mention to Oscar who will be leaving me this term having achieved 140 marks in his Grade 8.  He starts a music degree at Durham University next term, and will be a real asset to the department.

July 2013 – Examination Results

Oscar – Grade 8 piano – pass with Distinction
Theo – Grade 5 piano – pass with Distinction
Fabian – Grade 5 theory – pass with Distinction
Isaac – Grade 5 theory – pass with Merit
Christiana – Grade 5 theory – pass with Merit
Marcus – Grade 4 piano – pass with Merit
Megan – Grade 4 piano – pass with Merit
Jack – Grade 3 piano – pass with Merit
Melissa – Grade 1 piano – pass with Merit
Kit – Grade 1 piano – pass with Merit
Amelia – Grade 1 piano – pass with Merit
Vanessa – Grade 5 theory – pass
Katie – Grade 5 theory – pass

As usual, many congratulations to all pupils for putting in so much hard work.  Particular mention to Oscar, who came to me two years ago having just scraped a pass at Grade 5 piano, and has turned that into a Distinction at Grade 8, and a very high distinction too.  Very well done!

March 2013 – Examination Results

Emily – Grade 6 piano – pass with Distinction
Sam – Grade 5 piano – pass with Distinction
Alice – Grade 5 theory – pass with Distinction
Lucy – Grade 1 piano – pass with Distinction
Josh – Grade 2 piano – pass with Merit
Lily – Grade 1 piano – pass

A lot of hard work and some excellent results.  Well done to you all!

February 2013 – Northampton Music Festival

Many congratulations to Sam who entered for two classes at the Northampton Music Festival, and gained first prize in both classes.  Very well done.

December 2012 – Examination Results

Theresa – Grade 5 theory – pass with Distinction
Erin – Grade 2 piano – pass with Merit
Jess – Grade 2 piano – pass with Merit
Lauren – Grade 2 piano – pass with Merit
Catherine – Grade 4 piano – pass

Well done, all five!

July 2012 – Examination Results

Oscar – Grade 7 piano – pass with Distinction
Theo- Grade 4 piano – pass with Distinction
Sam – Grade 4 piano – pass with Distinction
Catherine – Grade 3 piano – pass with Distinction
Fabian  – Grade 5 piano – pass with Merit
Hayley – Grade 4 piano – pass with Merit
Katie – Grade 4 piano – pass with Merit
Marcus – Grade 3 piano – pass with Merit
Kathleen – Grade 1 piano – pass with Merit
Isaac – Grade 6 piano – pass
Vanessa – Grade 4 piano – pass
Megan – Grade 3 piano – pass
Kira – Grade 3 piano – pass
Maya – Grade 2 piano – pass
Victoria – Grade 2 piano – pass
Katy – Grade 1 piano – pass
Cara – Grade 1 piano – pass
Sam – Grade 1 piano – pass

Congratulations to all!

March 2012 – Examination Results

Theresa – Grade 5 piano – pass with Distinction
Emily – Grade 5 piano – pass with Distinction
Josh – Grade 1 piano – pass with Merit
Lauren – Grade 1 piano – pass

Very well done, all four!

January 2012 – Fees

Fees for the Spring Term 2012 remain unchanged for the fifth term running, and at a recession-busting lower rate than the Musicans’ Union recommended minimum!  Please see the Fees and Testimonials page for current details.

December 2011 – Examination Results

Hayley – Grade 3 piano – pass with Distinction
Theo – Grade 3 piano – pass with Distinction
Matthew – Grade 3 piano – pass with Merit
Sam – Grade 3 piano – pass with Merit
Catherine – Grade 2 piano – pass with Merit
Megan – Grade 2 piano – pass with Merit
Maya – Grade 1 piano – pass with Merit
Kathleen – Grade 1 piano – pass with Merit
Alice – Grade 5 piano – pass
Luke – Grade 1 piano – pass
Amy – Grade 1 piano – pass

Congratulations to you all!

July 2011 – Examination Results

Isaac – Grade 5 piano – pass with Merit
Alice – Grade 4 piano – pass with Merit
Theo – Grade 2 piano – pass with Merit
Marcus – Grade 2 piano – pass

Congratulations to all four of you.

June 2011 – Music Scholarships

Many congratulations to Elton who has gained the top Music Scholarship at Eton College, and to Rafael who has gained a Music Scholarship at the Royal Grammar School, Guildford.

April 2011 – Examination Results

Katie – Grade 4 piano – pass with Distinction
Theo – Grade 1 piano – pass with Distinction
Pippa – Grade 7 piano – pass with Merit
Vanessa – Grade 3 piano – pass with Merit
Kira – Grade 2 piano – pass with Merit
Sam – Grade 2 piano – pass with Merit
Megan – Grade 1 piano – pass with Merit
Marcel – Grade 4 piano – pass
Fabian – Grade 4 piano – pass

Congratulations to you all!

December 2010 – Examination Results

Rebecca – Grade 5 piano – pass with Distinction
Rafael – Grade 3 piano – pass with Distinction
Alice – Grade 3 piano – pass with Distinction
Sam – Grade 1 piano – pass with Distinction
Steph – Grade 6 piano – pass with Merit
Isaac – Grade 4 piano – pass with Merit
Luke – Grade 7 piano – pass
Emma – Grade 6 piano – pass
Katie – Grade 3 piano – pass
Katie – Grade 2 piano – pass
Wendy – Grade 2 piano – pass
Hayley – Grade 2 piano – pass

Congratulations to all!

July 2010 – Analysis of results

Although percentages vary from grade to grade, the national averages of results (from figures released by the Associated Board – scroll down for details) are roughly as follows:
Pass with Distinction: 15%
Pass with Merit: 30%
Pass with either Distinction or Merit: 45%
Pass (without Distinction or Merit): 50%

The results for my pupils over the last three years (see details below) are as follows:
Pass with Distinction (18): 35%
Pass with Merit (17): 33%
Pass with either Distinction or Merit: 68%
Pass (without Distinction or Merit) (16): 31%

July 2010 – Fees

Fees for the Autumn Term 2010 remain unchanged.  Please see the Fees and Testimonials section for current rates.

July 2010 – Examination results

Examination results for the Summer Term 2010.

Emma – Grade 5 theory – pass with Distinction
Rafael – Grade 2 piano – pass with Distinction
Hayley – Grade 1 piano – pass with Distinction
Laura – Grade 7 violin* – pass with Merit
Fabian – Grade 3 piano – pass with Merit
Marcel – Grade 3 piano – pass with Merit
Jo – Grade 3 piano – pass with Merit
Alice – Grade 2 piano – pass with Merit
Jack – Grade 6 piano – pass
Steph – Grade 5 theory – pass
Eileen – Grade 3 piano – pass
Vanessa – Grade 2 piano – pass
Marcus – Grade 1 piano – pass

Very well done to you all!
*Although I do not teach violin, I do accompany students for other music teachers, and coached Laura for her Grade 7 examination whilst she was without a teacher.

June 2010 – Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music award

Many congratulations to Elton who scored a superb 145 marks out of 150 in his Grade 8 piano examination, having just turned 12 a week before the exam itself.  He has been awarded the Sheila Mossman Memorial Prize for Pianoforte and a cheque for £200.  The Prize is in memory of the late Sheila Mossman, erstwhile Associated Board examiner, and is awarded to the candidate who gains the highest mark in the country for the grade in question. A truly outstanding achievement.

April 2010 – Examination results

Examination results for the Spring Term 2010.

Elton – Grade 8 piano – pass with Distinction
Jack – Grade 5 theory – pass with Distinction
Tim – Grade 7 piano – pass
Pippa – Grade 6 piano – pass

Many congratulations to all four of you.

December 2009 – Examination results

Examination results for the Autumn Term 2009.

Emma – Grade 5 piano – pass with Distinction
Elton – Grade 5 theory – pass with Distinction
Isaac – Grade 3 piano – pass with Distinction
Katie – Grade 2 piano – pass with Distinction
Jo – Grade 2 piano – pass with Distinction
Alice – Grade 1 piano – pass with Distinction
Ben – Grade 2 piano – pass with Merit
Nick – Grade 2 piano – pass with Merit
Steph – Grade 7 piano – pass (very nearly with Merit!)

A lot of hard work justly rewarded. Congratulations to you all!

September 2009 – Farewell

Farewell and good luck to James and Carolyn, both of whom have achieved Grade 5 piano, and who now go off to university, James to study history at Reading and Carolyn (also history) at Sheffield. It has been a pleasure teaching you both, and I wish you every success in your first term!

July 2009 – Examination results

Examination results for the Summer Term 2009.

Jo – Grade 1 piano – pass with Distinction
Debbie – Grade 5 theory – pass with Distinction
Pippa – Grade 5 theory – pass with Merit
Michelle – Grade 5 theory – pass with Merit
Isaac – Grade 5 theory – pass with Merit
Debbie – Grade 6 piano – pass with Merit
Jack – Grade 5 piano – pass
Luke – Grade 6 piano – pass
James – Grade 5 piano – pass

Congratulations to you all!

April 2009 – Examination results

Examination results for the Spring Term 2009 – ten candidates.

Katie – Grade 1 piano – pass with Distinction
Emma – Grade 4 piano – pass with Distinction
Josh – Grade 1 piano – pass with Distinction
Ben – Grade 1 piano – pass with Merit
Sophie – Grade 2 piano – pass with Merit
Michelle – Grade 5 piano – pass
Eileen – Grade 2 piano – pass
Carolyn – Grade 5 piano – pass
Pippa – Grade 5 piano – pass
Laura – Grade 5 theory – pass

Congratulations to all pupils, particularly those who had to take their exams very early in the examination period, and others who suffered broken limbs only weeks before their exams!

December 2008 – Examination results

Examination results for the Autumn Term 2008 – three candidates this term.

Katie – Grade 1 piano – pass with Distinction
Isaac – Grade 2 piano – pass with Distinction
Tim – Grade 6 piano – pass with Merit

Congratulations to all three of you!

September 2008 – Farewell

Farewell to Dan who started learning piano with me seven years ago and has worked incredibly hard to end up with a fine result at Grade 8; good luck for your first year at UCL. Also farewell to Imogen who started piano lessons with me 11 years ago and has developed into a fine pianist. She has gained a well-deserved place at Queens’ College, Cambridge.

July 2008 – Examination results

Examination results for the Summer Term 2008 – only two candidates this term.

Dan – Grade 8 piano – pass with Merit
Jack – Grade 4 piano – pass with Merit

Congratulations to you both!