Piano Lessons for Beginners in London & Online

"Musical training is a more potent instrument than any other, because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul." Plato

Piano Lessons for Beginners

In 18 years of teaching masses of complete beginners started their piano studies here and many progressed to an advanced level passing exams, winning prizes in competitions and performing publicly. And many others developed a passion for music by learning to play piano and understand music in context without the explicit intention to take exams or expose themselves publicly in any kind of pianistic terms.

There are lessons plans for pupils with particular goals and also for pupils who come to acquire the skills for an engrossing incredible hobby which can bring happiness, joy and healing and be shared with others.

"A fiery, good beginner always stands higher than a master in mediocrity."
Robert Schumann

Beginning Piano Students will:

🎵 Develop into independently thinking pupils and functioning pianists or piano amateurs with a life-long passion for music.

🎵 Be encouraged to enjoy embarking on a musical discovery tour through books, recordings, concerts, videos etc to explore the versatile richness of the Western cultural heritage.

🎵 Play music with a spark.

🎵 Learn to listen to music in an informed way.

🎵 Learn to read music efficiently and learn new pieces quickly and autonomously. As one of Britain's most important music educators Alec Rowley wrote, "to be able to read well at sight should be the object and aim of all those who study music. It widens the horizon and enables the player to grasp more quickly every new work he meets with and studies. The whole world of music lies open before him. The poor sight-reader is only able to play the few pieces he has studied by slow degrees and more or less mechanically. Sight-reading teaches the player to think ahead and quickens his perception and anticipation, making him alert and alive."
Alec Rowley Practical Musicianship (1941)

🎵 Acquire a theoretical basis and aural skills.

🎵 Learn to play accurately as a consequence of mental clarity. This is an essential component in beginners' tuition and a good habit which is really necessary in any kind of performances at all levels.

🎵 Build up a functional technical foundation systematically and learn to solve technical problems. 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

🎵 Learn to pedal.

🎵 Consciously learn to play with a beautiful tone without unnecessary hammering from the very beginning.

🎵 Learn to have a healthy posture and if necessary to develop an individual plan for physical exercises.

🎵 Learn to be free from tension.

🎵 Learn to prevent problems from developing.

🎵 Learn to begin to build up a repertoire.

🎵 Learn to develop a rich and varied sound.

🎵 Learn to memorise music (if relevant in context).

🎵 Learn to plan their practice effectively and avoid practising senselessly and aimlessly.

🎵 Learn to set realistic goals and realise them.

🎵 Develop a confident way of playing and build up overall confidence as well as self-belief.

🎵 Lay a basic foundation to develop performance skills through various performance opportunities.

🎵 Learn to prepare for exams, festivals, competitions, school concerts/assemblies or any kinds of performance events.

🎵 Learn to get distinctions in grade examinations and top prizes in competitions.

🎵 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.

🎵 Have access to a lending library.

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

Josef Lhevinne, the great pianist and leading piano professor whose teaching established the international importance and quality of the piano department at the Julliard School, wrote in 1924 on "a good foundation in real musicianship" which is "the most important thing. … Certain things cannot be skipped in the early lessons without appearing to the enormous disadvantage of the student in later years. Possibly here is the greatest waste of music teaching, poor or careless instruction in the earlier years. The teacher of beginners is a person of great importance in all education, particularly in music. … The folly of paying a teacher a considerable fee for instruction that should have been given at the very beginning, is too obvious to comment upon." (Basic Principles of Pianoforte Playing)

Beginner Pupils Play in Piano Lessons:

Hita at the Music Studios, London Marylebone
Piano Grade 1

Vincent at Bluthner Piano Centre, London Mayfair
Piano Grade 1

Vincent at Bluthner Piano Centre, London Mayfair
Piano Grade 1

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