Advanced Piano Lessons in London & Online

Piano Lessons for Advanced Pupils

Advanced students will:

🎵 Learn to challenge themselves in order to achieve the best possible results.

🎵 Learn to discover or nurture the joy of music and play with a spark.

Learn to advance their technical skills systematically by addressing and solving existing problems in a systematic way, clarifying their understanding of technical concepts and connecting them to realisations though exercises and repertoire in general. As Sergei Rachmaninov (one the greatest composers and pianists of the 20th century with a phenomenal technique) wrote in 1917, "Personally, I believe this matter of insisting upon a thorough technical knowledge is a very vital one. The mere ability to play a few pieces does not constitute musical proficiency. It is like those music boxes which possess only a few tunes, The student's technical grasp should be all-embracing."
In James Francis Cooke's Great Pianists on Piano Playing

🎵 Develop pedalling skills.

🎵 Develop mental clarity and learn to play with accuracy.

🎵 Learn to free themselves from existing tension.

🎵 Learn to play without pain, solve existing physical problems caused by injuries in the past or a harmful way of playing/practising in general and also to prevent future problems.

🎵 Learn to develop a rich, beautiful and varied sound without unnecessary hammering.

🎵 Learn to understand how effective fingering works and how to select fingerings individually.

🎵 Learn or improve memorization skills (if relevant in performance context).

🎵 Learn to set realistic goals and realise them.

🎵 Gradually build up and expand a performance repertoire which is realistic and skill-wise within reach. Progress gradually while advancing skills and experience, enjoying "harder" music by listening while you are getting there.

🎵 Learn to plan their practice effectively.

🎵 Advance their understanding of different musical styles and learn to develop logical but individual interpretations.

🎵 Be encouraged to expand their knowledge of philosophy, religions (where applicable), other arts, literature and especially poetry - the latter two being the most directly related areas of interest. It would be absolutely impossible to attempt to understand Schumann without familiarising oneself with E.T.A. Hoffman, Tchaikovsky without Tolstoy, Bach without the Bible and Lutheranism, Beethoven without Hegel, Scriabin without various kinds of mystic writings, or Debussy without Baudelaire and Monet etc.

🎵 Learn to think independently and critically in a non-destructive way.

🎵 Learn to listen to music in an informed way.

🎵 Develop a confident way of playing.

🎵 Learn to deal with performance anxiety and further piano-related fears.

🎵 Effectively prepare for grade exams, diplomas, auditions, festivals, competitions, concerts or any other performances aiming at earning distinctions and top prizes.

🎵 Be welcome to participate in Piano Hours which provide a friendly non-competitive non-public performance environment in which pupils not only play themselves but also learn to formulate constructive critical feedback to help others; pupils often make friends with each other and tea/coffee/cake are always provided.

🎵 Learn the art of performance through performances opportunities such as festivals and competitions which are a great way to find your way of playing piano in public and your own voice in it. Try out various opportunities to learn to share a spark through your playing. Playing on different pianos in different spaces is a matter of practice which with a certain quantity would enable you to adjust to various pianos and acoustics more effectively and faster. It also helps to develop a presence in space without which musical performances do not really work. Also consider participating in online events through recordings which are a fantastic way of improving your playing and building up a collection of your performances.

🎵 Prepare for university and music college.
🎵 Have access to a lending library.

Please read the Ethos & Values page for an overall description.

Pupils Playing in Advanced Piano Lessons:

Maria at Bluthner Piano Centre, London Mayfair
Grade 7

Marina in Hither Green, South East London
Grade 7-8

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