Poor technique can lead to some serious problems. It can make you frustrated and slow down progress. It can create tension in your arms and body and even cause chronic pain over time. Our approach to technique is adapted from the Russian technique which is famous for producing some of the worlds greatest pianists. We’ve created our own exercises which can be tailored for any age or level and has been shown to promote relaxation of the forearm muscles, the careful strengthening of the finger muscles, and flexibility of the wrists.
Moving through a lot of contrasting repertoire can greatly enhance your sight reading skills and improve your knowledge. We’re particularly focused on choosing the “right” pieces that suit both your interests and performance style. Furthermore, pieces need to be within the reach of your current playing abilities. A bad repertoire choice can lead to frustration, stress, boredom and tension, which are things we want to avoid at all costs!!!!
We want you to have the best opportunity to become a well-rounded musician, so we make sure to develop a broad range of skills. We strive to teach these skills often, and through a variety of engaging and creative methods.
Your regular lessons will allow you to perform in a safe and low pressure environment. Which will enhance your performance skills in preparation for exams, eisteddfods, concert practice, school or other public performances.
You don’t have to do exams here, but if you do, we’re experienced in achieving great results at all levels.
An important part of lessons will be to help you learn HOW to practice your pieces and technical work in between lessons. This is how we encourage self-directed learning and empower you to practice effectively.
Practising is a skill, like any other, that needs to be taught regularly.
Games can be a fun way to break up a lesson and reinforce musical knowledge in an engaging and memorable way. If you’re having fun, you’re interested, and progress will come fast!!
They also boost social interaction when used for multiple players, either in group workshops, or amongst siblings learning back to back.
Every student has a different mixture of abilities. In every lesson our job will be to seek out and acknowledge your unique abilities. Through consistent positive reinforcement you can begin to build self esteem and self confidence.
It’s vital to us that all students be treated with respect, and that criticism is always constructive.
Some students have very clear goals, while others, not so much. Whatever the situation, whatever your goals, we’ll always collaborate with you to identify goals and tailor a program for your particular needs.
We’ll never insist on goals that suit us, because your needs and wishes will always come first.
Too often kids are taught ONLY from a method or a grade book, for the sole purpose of pushing them through each of the grade levels, learning the minimum required for each level.
But this way of learning is SO limiting. There’s so much more to music than just learning the pieces from one book.
While there’s nothing wrong with method or grade books, we’ll often use them for our students, the big difference is we won’t use them in isolation. They’re great as a guide or jumping-off point to explore music more creatively.
For example, we encourage students to learn about keys and scales so they can improvise, to practice aural and rhythm skills through duets, using their voice, and physical movement, or to create stories and compose their own music, all alongside the book.