Piano Lessons for Adults
Numerous adult pupils ranging from complete beginners to music professionals have been taught here. Many of them have been prepared for various kinds of performances, have won competition prizes, passed exams with distinctions etc.
“People usually complain that music is so ambiguous; that it is so doubtful what they ought to think when they hear it; whereas everyone understands words. With me it is entirely the converse. And not only with regard to an entire speech, but also with individual words; these, too, seem to me to be so ambiguous, so vague, and so easily misunderstood in comparison with genuine music, which fills the soul with a thousand things better than words. The thoughts which are expressed to me by a piece of music which I love are not too indefinite to be put into words, but on the contrary too definite. And so I find, in every attempt to express such thoughts, that something is right, but at the same time something is unsatisfying in all of them…”
Mendelssohn in a Letter to Marc André Souchay; Berlin, 5 October 1842
Components of Piano Lessons for Adults
🎵 All ages and levels from complete beginners to advanced pupils and professionals
🎵 In-person and online lessons
🎵 Piano lessons are held in English, German and Russian
🎵 Fulfilling hobby and enjoyment of music
🎵 Embark on a road of musical discoveries and deepen your understanding of music and the connections with the arts, literature, history, philosophy, religion, poetry etc.
🎵 Develop music perception by learning to listen to music
🎵 Discover that music theory can be fascinating and interesting
🎵 Develop or improve sight-reading skills. It is absolutely possible to learn reading music with ease starting at any age and with a systematic approach this skill can be worked out within a reasonable period of time.
🎵 Lay the foundation for a healthy technique, solve existing technical problems, continue developing technical skills systematically and with versatility
🎵 Learn to develop a rich and varied sound through exercises and carefully constructed repertoire choices
🎵 Build up or expand piano repertoire
🎵 Learn to structure practice and reach practice goals
🎵 Develop confidence through functional practice planning, results and a positive attitude. Learn to be free from anxiety.
🎵 Benefit from video recordings regularly made in lessons for the purpose of practising performance (optional, of course)
🎵 Learn to prepare for performance opportunities such as grade exams, Diplomas, festivals, competitions, concerts, auditions etc. Get distinctions and win prices.Or prepare for further professional opportunities
🎵 Be encouraged 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. Try out playing new repertoire and practice before performances. Pupils often make friends with each other and tea/coffee/cake are always provided. In normal circumstances Piano Hours take place frequently and regularly.
🎵 Have access to a lending library.
Please read the Ethos & Values page for an overall description. Also check the pages for Beginners and Advanced Pupils as well as the News for more information on lessons, events etc.
In addition, some articles may be of interest:
BBC: Adult Piano Lessons: Never Too Late to Learn?
Adult Pupils Playing in Piano Lessons:
Beginner / Grade 1:
Natalia at Steinway Hall, London Marylebone
Fred Kern Ribbons, from Hal Leonard's Adult Piano Method Book 2
Beginner / Grade 1:
Juan at Steinway Hall London, Marylebone
Ocean View, from Bastien's Piano For Adults Book 2
Charlotte in Hither Green, South East London
Tchaikovsky Morning Prayer, from Children's Album Op. 39, No. 1
Intermediate / Grade 5:
Yvette in Hither Green
Kabalevsky Novelette Op. 27 No. 25
Intermediate / Grade 5:
Trang at Steinway Hall, London Marylebone
Intermediate / Grade 6:
Marina at Bluthner Piano Centre, London Mayfair
Grieg Melodie Op. 47 No. 3, from Lyric Pieces
Advanced / Grade 7-8
Marina in Hither Green, South East London
Wagner Ankunft bei den schwarzen Schwänen
"Music is the one incorporeal entrance into the higher world of knowledge which comprehends mankind but which mankind cannot comprehend." Beethoven
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