Piano Teacher | Musician | Composer

If you're thinking about learning do give me a call
All ages and abilities welcome.

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'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 As 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 from 'The Greatest Showman' or Beethoven, 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 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 its 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.
button I also offer support for the GCSE and A Level Music Composition elements. While I will not write a piece for someone I can help with the decision making involved and discuss possible ideas and suggest ways of expressing them.

buying advice


Buying Advice
buttonBuying a piano or keyboard can be a bit of a nightmare. The first question is, 'Do you want a keyboard or a piano?'.
If you want a piano do you want a 'real' acoustic or 'electonic' digital one? Hopefully the advice below can be of some help.
buttonFor keyboards I would recommend buying a reputable make. How much you spend is entirely up to you. You need to be sure that the keys are fullsize - don't buy one with small keys because even little fingers find them difficult to use. Preferably buy one with a 5 octave keyboard which most do these days and avoid ones with lots of gimmicks such as light up keys. Your main goal is to learn to play it rather than trying to keep up with flashing lights or sitting listening to the wonderful demo.
buttonFor pianos, because of the improvements over the last 25 years or so, more and more people are buying electronic pianos. These days they tend to have weighted keys so that they not only sound like but feel like playing an acoustic piano. Different manufacturers do this in different ways but basically it comes down to fully weighted or semi weighted. Fully weighted is the best option as it is the most realistic but semi weighted pianos are slightly cheaper. Another innovation is what's called 'progressive hammer action'. This makes the keys at the top end of the piano lighter to play than those at the bottom end to make it feel more realistic. The best thing to do is to try before you buy.
buttonIf you want a 'real' piano take someone who can play with you when you plan to buy. Pianos can look remarkably beautiful on the outside but be an absolute nightmare inside. They can also sound very different depending on how they have been set up. Some pianos are very quiet while others are extremely loud. The only way to find out is by playing them. If you have any doubts ask a piano tuner to have a look at it for you before you buy especially when buying privately.
Legal Stuff
Teaching Contract
As a member of the Musicians' Union, Stephen Owen uses Musicians' Union contracts for his private teaching work. This will either be emailed before the first lesson or given to the pupil at that lesson. It includes a 14 day cooling off period in line with the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013.
Term Dates

Academic Year 2018-19

Autumn Term

Year starts Monday 3rd September 2018

Half Term - closes Friday 26th October reopens Monday 5th November 2018

Christmas - closes Fruday 21st December reopens Monday 7th January 2019

Spring half term - closes Friday 15th February reopens Monday 25th February 2019

Easter - closes Friday 5th April reopens Tuesday 23rd April 2019

Half term - closes Friday 24th May reopens Monday 3rd June 2019

School year finishes on Friday 19th July 2019

Privacy Policy


  • What information is being collected?

Basic contact details: Name, address (only if necessary), contact number or email address, and register of payments made.

  • Who is collecting it?

You will only be asked for this information by me, Stephen Owen.

  • How is it collected?

When starting lessons you will be asked for the above contact details.

  • Why is it being collected and how will it be used?

This is needed to contact you in connection with your lessons. It will only be used to contact you only in connection matters relating to your lessons. Numbers and addresses will be saved to personal computers and Smartphone.

  • Who will it be shared with?

It will not be shared with anyone. If anyone should request your details their details will be forwarded to you for you to make the choice as to whether or not you wish to contact that person.

  • What will be the effect of this on the individuals concerned?

Your privacy is important to me. Your contact details will never be passed on by me.

  • Is the intended use likely to cause individuals to object or complain?

No. The intended use is aimed to assist the smooth and efficient running of the teaching practice. Only necessary information will be requested.

  • How long will it be kept for?

Your details will be kept for as long as your lessons continue. When lessons cease they will be kept for up to a further 12 months in case any matters should arise that would mean that I need to contact you.

© Stephen Owen 2019

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