Courses

 

Beginners

We know that it is never too late to begin learning the piano, but experience has also taught me that it is possible to start lessons even at the age of four! Teaching young children is a fantastic experience, which fills one with satisfaction and never ceases to surprise. Young musicians learn with me by enjoying themselves and through play. I firmly believe that positive learning involves movement and developing the imagination, although never neglecting such aspects as correct positioning of the hands and important concepts of theory and technique. The study of music should always be a pleasurable and rewarding experience. 

It is very important for children to learn in a context of praise and recognition, and for this reason I organise regular concerts and recitals for the students in my class: significant moments which allow them to contrast and share their musical experiences. 

 

The trained and the talented

Working with musicians who are already trained is immensely exciting, just as guiding new young talents is one of the most stimulating experiences that a teacher can enjoy. Skill and an instinctive ability when passing on knowledge are always needed in the on-going dialogue between pupil and teacher, and this interaction is a time of growth for both parties. When I work with these categories of students, I insist quite specifically on a gradual development of those technical skills which lead on to a complete mastery of the instrument. I believe that a fundamental aspect of the course is teaching students how to manage their practice time at home, making it more effective and learning how to expend their energy more astutely.

Each music student is a unique individual and I therefore take enormous care to tailor my teaching by choosing suitable pieces from the piano repertoire, increasing their knowledge of different styles and periods, and also constantly engaging them with other musicians. 

I also maintain that it is extremely important to the growth of any musician to have the experience of playing in public as often as possible, including in chamber ensembles or in professional competitions.

 

Workshop

 

Rhythm and sight-reading: one problem less!

An inability to read music quickly and to keep time is often quite a considerable hindrance, and this weakness can stop you learning a piece properly and slows down all your efforts. The result is frustration and a loss of enthusiasm! It is crucial to learn once and for all how to sight-read quickly and in time, and then you never have to think about it again. With this course, you learn to sight-read through play, and you are also taught the more complicated forms of rhythm (triple time, dotted rhythms, etc.). 

Length of course: Five 60-minute sessions; max 3 participants (different groups according to age: Group I from age 4 to 7; Group II from age 8 to 11; Group III from age12 to16).

 

A bit of history does no harm!

Let’s get to know our instrument better! Too often, we are led to play music which is catchy and simple just because we are unfamiliar with all the rest. This brilliant mechanical box (as Neuhaus has called it) has a wonderful story to tell. Where did it come from? How old is it?  Who are the foremost composers? Which are the most important pieces? And who are the greatest pianists? With the use of video and audio, detailed information sheets and interesting anecdotes, I will tell you the story of piano music from its beginnings to the jazz age. Max. 8 participants (age 14 upwards, and open also to parents). Course of six 90-minute sessions. 

 

How the fingers fly!

To develop a sufficient mastery of the instrument to allow you to play, for example, a nocturne by Frederic Chopin or a famous sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven, a study of pure technique is a vital pre-requisite. I offer both individual and supplementary lessons in which we concentrate on the most important aspects of technique: exercises for independent hands, scales over several octaves, arpeggios, octaves, and tests of virtuosity.