Piano Teacher - Musician - Composer

I teach piano, keyboard and theory, privately in my home in Shaw and at a number of local schools

Here is an overview of what I offer

'Everyone is treated as an individual and lessons are carried out in a friendly and professional manner.'

I am more than happy to welcome pupils of any ability or age.

button PianoAs well as working towards a sound technique using classical pieces, I also encourage playing popular tunes and where appropriate jazz piano. I always feel that my pupils come not just to have another lesson but to be able to play something that they actually want to play. Whether that's Gary Barlow or Mozart, is up to each pupil's personal taste and I openly invite their suggestions.

button Jazz piano is usually offered after reaching an ABRSM Grade 5 level. This is mainly because of its nature. Jazz relies heavily on the pupil's confidence, knowledge of the instrument and musical creativity. I feel that it is better for the pupil if sufficient work has been done in those areas following what I would deem a safer path. Then when Jazz is introduced, the maximum enjoyment and understanding can be attained

button Keyboard lessons are based on either present chart hits or other popular tunes that most people will know. I am keen to arrange pieces for my pupils to supplement this. I spent many happy years working as an arranger which obviously helps with this. I do however insist on following a proven path in my approach to lessons. I really feel that lessons are always more fun when the progress is steady and the next step is within the pupils reach.

button Theory is an important part of anyone's musical education. It is where a pupil finds out 'why' music is the way it is and ultimately helps towards making a more creative musician. At the appropriate time I offer theory lessons to my pupils. This generally means extending the normal lesson from it's usual 30 minutes to 45 minutes. The chief aim is to pass the ABRSM Grade 5 theory paper which is essential for doing practical exams after Grade 5. The other aims are to make a more intelligent musician. Whatever type of music someone may be interested in, the foundations are always the same - scales, harmony and its notation. The better you understand them, the better you can understand the music that you're playing.

If you have any questions or would like to book some lessons please call me or leave a message. I'll get back to you as soon as I can.


Piano lesson term dates 2018-19




Autumn Term 1.1

Starts Monday 3rd Sept

(8 weeks)

Half term

Starts Monday 29th October

(1 week)

Autumn Term 1.2

Starts Monday 5th November

(7 weeks)




Christmas holidays

Starts Monday 19th December

(2 weeks)




Winter Term 2.1

Starts Thursday 3rd January 2019

(6 weeks)

Half term

Starts Monday 18th February

(1 week)

Winter Term 2.2

Starts Monday 25th February

(6 weeks)




Easter holidays

Starts Monday 8th April

(2 weeks)




Summer Term 3.1

Starts Tuesday 23rd April

(5 weeks)

Half term

Starts Monday 27th May

(1 week)

Summer Term 3.2

Starts Monday 3rd June

(8 weeks)

Year finishes Friday 19th July 2019

Chiltern Close, Shaw, Oldham, Lancs, OL2 7RL, United Kingdom
07887 854 684
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