Based in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, I’ve been teaching piano for over 40 years, with students from Halifax and around Calderdale; also from Bradford, Leeds, Manchester and points both in between and beyond. I teach both adults and children, all genres from classical to jazz and more, complete beginners to professionals. Click here to find out more.
‘Inspirational teacher and electrifying performer’ David and Connie Gott
My teaching ethos
I have a set of values and beliefs which influence the way lessons are taught. I strongly believe for example that everyone is capable of playing a musical instrument and that everyone has musical potential. Also that it is important to encourage and develop a wide range of musical skills (such as sight reading, ear playing, rhythm sense, improvisation, harmony and singing) because these skills are essential in piano playing and in being a musician.
I also believe that lessons should be fun!
As a teacher, I feel that it is important for me to also be working in music as performer, composer, workshop leader etc. These other aspects of my musical life bring to my teaching a very different and interesting quality which is appreciated and understood by students. Whilst it is true that most performing musicians want/need to also take on educational work, it is sad that so many instrumental teachers no longer wish to perform or create music. I intend to save that kind of inertia until my nineties! Click here to find out more.