Professional Classical Piano Lessons in London for Children and Adults
COVID-19 update: As a preventative measure to ensure the wellbeing of students and teacher the studio is now closed until further notice. In the meantime all lessons are taking place via Skype and FaceTime. See the full statement here.
"Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything."
Music is much more than just a profession to practise, a hobby, an activity to pass time and free your mind, an interest or a development tool. Music is a universal language which exceeds the capacity of verbal expressivity and speaking this language can bring a human being to the verge of what the human mind can grasp with its intellectual facilities. It can expand consciousness and connect to unknown realms of reality. Through music you can express and experience expressions of thoughts and emotions, brief insights and stories, fear and reverence, happiness and fulfilment and much more. Music is not only an island of life in the storming ocean of materialism and instant entertainment, a refuge and salvation from the speed and superficiality of the modern time, it is also a rich heritage which spans through many centuries, containing many different directions and accommodating various kinds of tastes. Making music connects us to the greatest of times long past and through them breaks through many of the divides of contemporary existentialism.
So, let's delve…
Having studied both piano performance and academic music and having actively followed interests in literature, philosophy, religion, other arts and further music-related disciplines, Natalia has a versatile and holistic approach to teaching piano. While there are intrinsic components of serious attention directed towards technique, reading skills, theory, analysis, musical understanding and further necessities, interdisciplinary connections are also explored and wrapped in individual imagination. As August Strindberg said, "Everything can happen, everything is possible and probable. Time and place do not exist; on a significant bases of reality, the imagination spins, weaving new patterns; a mixture of memories, experiences, free fancies, incongruities and improvisations."
(George Goodwin Kilburne Piano Practice)
What exactly are piano lessons here?
- Lessons are only held on individual basis, there is no group tuition
- All levels from complete beginners to diploma/degree standards
- All ages from 3 years onwards
- All studio lessons are held on high-quality grand pianos such as Steinway, Yamaha etc.
- Lessons can be conducted in English, German or Russian (bilingual / full professional proficiency)
- Lessons take place at Steinway and Music Studios in central London, in south east London and at students' homes. Please check the Location page for further information
- Lessons can be either regular with an agreement or they can be booked irregularly on an ad-hoc basis, please check the Policy for more details
- All regular students have access to an extensive music library from which they can borrow sheet music, books, recordings, magazines etc.; pupils receive systematic advice and there is an online catalogue for own-choice borrowing
- All regular students have access to the non-public sections of the website
What are the educational goals / components of lessons? —> More on the About page
Depending on the age, level and circumstances of a pupil, tuition goals will be balanced with individual tailoring consisting of the following components:
- The main educational goal is to develop a pupil into an independently thinking and functioning pianist or piano amateur, equipped with all necessary skills for making music without the need of a teacher
- Incorporating musical development into overall personality development holistically
- Developing functional reading skills
- Building up or improving technique
- A decent grasp of music theory is a very important learning component without which playing the piano would be essentially impossible
- Developing logical and imaginative interpretations based on knowledge of style and compositional backgrounds of pieces students play
- Furthering an understanding and appreciation of music as well as its cultural and historical background
- Working on fitness and health problems as they arise, on relaxation techniques and anxiety issues in performance at any level
- Making video recordings in lessons (only with their consent) to help them understand their problems quicker and to keep records of progress
Pupils' Exams and Performances —> More on the News page
- Pupils are encouraged to participate in various kinds of performance opportunities but they can certainly also choose not to participate
- Internal non-public performance events called Piano Hours are organised on a regular basis and give pupils the opportunity to play for each other, learn to produce constructive criticism and also provide a social setting for making friends
- Pupils can be prepared for ABRSM, Trinity College or LCM exams
- Pupils can be prepared for concerts, festivals, competitions, exams, auditions for scholarships and entrance exams for specialist music schools, music colleges and universities.
Pupils' Successes —> More on the News page
- Distinctions in ABRSM exams
- Distinction and top prizes in competitions and festivals such as the German national music competition Jugend musiziert, Leigh-On-Sea Competitive Festival of Music & Drama, West London Pianoforte Festival, Maidstone Music Festival, Farnham Competitive Music Festival
How To Book a Consultation Lesson
To get in touch please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 07454766539.
(Gustav Klimt The Music)