Enjoy Learning The Piano or Learning To Sing
I live in Southwell, Nottinghamshire, and I divide my time between here, and a friend’s house in Risley (between Nottingham and Derby), teaching Singers and Pianists, whether children or adults. They range from beginners to more advanced, and I enjoy helping my pupils to develop their skills and musical interests to achieve satisfying goals. This can involve working for Grades and Diplomas, but musical fulfilment can often be enjoyably achieved without exams having to be always a part of this.
Singing can be geared to both Music Theatre and to more Classical training and repertoire. As with the Piano, performing in Concerts is encouraged, but this is not a condition of having lessons.
Pupils can opt for Music Theory as part of a weekly Piano or Singing lesson. Otherwise, whilst again not compulsory, I can offer separate Theory lessons instead, especially when the Grade 5 Theory qualification is needed for more advanced practical Grades.
It is a privilege to go on helping many pupils to achieve performing skills and confidence, as Singers and Pianists. The record of successes over the years, of pupils, whether not doing exams, or gaining deserved Passes, Merits and Distinctions in Grades, continues to be rewarding.
Those not wishing to get to Grade 8 or even to less advanced levels can still find positive performing experience in taking a Prep Test, or a Performance Assessment. An attractive Certificate is awarded on the day, giving an encouraging critique of a short own choice programme of Songs or Pieces. No marks or grading are involved. As with Grades and the ARSM Diploma, a Special Visit examining day at my home makes for a friendly, familiar setting.
From 2017, the new ARSM has been introduced and is all about Performance, helping now to bridge the gap for my Grade 8 pupils into further advanced Diploma work. Over the years, many of my pupils have achieved Diploma ABRSM and LRSM (Licentiate) qualifications, both in Teaching and Performing spheres. I’ve also entered many candidates for ATCL Performance (Trinity College) with encouraging successes; likewise, for London College of Music Diplomas in Music Theatre Singing (DipLCM, ALCM and LLCM).