About Piano Lessons in this Studio in London in General
I believe that a teacher's main task is to awaken a pupil's interest and love for the subject being taught. When a pupil develops a sense of excitement and embarks on a road of discovery, he or she will be driven to unearth the incredible treasures hidden in music by practising more as well as learning away from the piano by going to concerts, reading about music history, performers, styles of performance and much more in order to gain a better understanding and therefore reach a higher level of enjoyment.
To put the inner functionings of tuition into a nutshell - discovering the world of music, learning to play the piano and acquire a degree of excellence can be an enjoyable experience and a great source of joy but requires a disciplined approach as well as a certain degree of commitment and determination from the student. If you really want to be able to do something and decide to do it then you will be able to. As Johann Sebastian Bach famously said, "What I have achieved by industry and practice, anyone else with tolerable natural gift and ability can also achieve." I would not take this too literally but there is a grain of truth in it.
With 18 years of experience I have developed my own piano teaching curriculum and pedagogical system which is grounded in the Russian, German, French and British schools of pianism and is enriched with early keyboard studies (harpsichord/clavichord). While my teaching style does accommodate preparation for taking exams, playing in competitions, concerts etc I am primarily concerned with the development of a functional technique and skills as well as the formation of an extensive repertoire and the acquisition of the ability to read music with ease. I consider it my primary task to not only provide instructions in order to give pupils a craft but to turn them into individual independent thinkers, musicians seeking a deeper meaning in music and the connections with other arts, literature, philosophy, religion (where applicable) etc. I see my pupils as holistic human beings who can learn to develop a real interest in music and communicate as well as express themselves through music by acquiring technical proficiency with the necessary theoretical/analytical/historical background knowledge tools, applying them to a search for a deeper understanding.
Generally speaking, I advocate a serious attitude to learning and ask for pupils' cooperation. No motivational attempts will function if there is no underlying readiness to learn but an aversion to music or even more specifically to the piano. If your children tell you that they really do not want to play the piano offer them a possibility to learn another instrument or to do something totally different. Discover their talents and encourage them to do well with what interests them but do not force them into something they dislike. Pupils will have large quantities of homework, however, the amount will always be realistic and individually tailored. Although taking exams is under certain circumstances a positive undertaking I do not advise spending the entire practice time familiarising oneself with exam materials exclusively following the so-called three-pieces-between-the-grades system. Building up reading and technical skills without a much larger quantity of systematically compiled pieces, studies, exercises etc. would be a rather unrealistic undertaking. Learning only three pieces per year will not enable one to progress to diploma level or further and real musical treasures are usually found at diploma level and not so much within graded curriculums.
Please go to the sections for Lessons for Beginners and Advanced Pupils, Children and Adults for more information.
About Piano Lessons in London - Students' Successes
Pupils have earned distinctions, 1st prizes, gold medals and further top prizes in ABRSM exams, competitions and festivals such as:
- 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
Lessons can be scheduled from 8am to 10pm on daily basis with some exceptions. The exact schedule changes from term to term, please get in touch to inquire about specific availabilities and locations.
Piano Teacher's Qualifications
- MMus in Advanced Musical Studies / Musicology from Royal Holloway, University of London, UK, supervised by Dr. Stephen Rose
- MMus in Piano Performance and Research (+ second study harpsichord and clavichord) from the Royal Academy of Music, London, UK, studying with Piers Lane, Kathryn Stott, Virginia Black
- LRAM Teaching Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music, London, UK
- Diplom in Hauptfach Klavier / Degree in Solo Piano Performance from the Universität der Künste, Berlin, Germany, studying with Prof. Pascal Devoyon
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Piano Teacher's Professional Memberships
ISM Incorporated Society of Musicians
“The real source of a beautiful tone quality is the musicianship and the intelligence of the performer. This should be encouraged in piano pedagogy and not the illusion that there is a purely mechanical or technical method of making a good sound.” Charles Rosen
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