My musical background is long and varied, beginning with piano tuition from the age of 6 where I realised a real love of the sound of the piano and its possibilities. In my teen years I developed a passion for the music of Chopin and would spend hours at the piano learning and memorising repertoire.
I also played the viola and this gave me a very different angle on musical learning, with the opportunities which came with playing in orchestras and with other people. Having trained in nursing, but realising I couldn’t leave the piano alone! I went to study piano with Frank Wibaut at the Royal Academy of Music in London in my twenties, with viola as a second study.
This was an amazing experience, where over 3 years I was helped to develop both my playing and general musicianship. It was at the RAM that I developed an interest in accompaniment, especially with singers, and after graduating I studied accompanying and vocal coaching at the National Opera Studio in London and worked for a while as a repetiteur.
It as around this period of working with singers that I realised where my heart really lies as I came to understand that it was not the operatic repertoire that fired me up, but rather the process of supporting and nurturing the singer to be the very best they could in their expression, skill and performance.
Since then, I have worked with many singers and instrumentalists, taught piano students from beginner to advanced, and regularly teach aural training and music theory. For the past 12 years I have worked across the U.K. as an examiner for the Associated Board, and hope to examine on an overseas tour later next year. I have taught piano pupils at the Mary Erskine and Stewart’s Melville schools in Edinburgh for a number of years, with ages ranging from 8 to 18 years, with many successes in Grade examinations and the practical elements of the national SQA exams.
In recent years I decided to learn the lever harp which I now use regularly as an accompaniment to my singing in church worship or to people in hospital within my work as a Pastoral assistant which I now combine with my musical career. This may at first seem a curious combination but I have discovered that I find myself using the thread of nurture and creativity in both aspects of my work, and I think this is why I am drawn to help adults with their piano playing. If you like, I am seeking to nurture their wish to be expressive and creative as mature people.
My current fees for an hour’s lesson are £40, with shorter lessons pro rata.
I have asked various pupils who know my work to post reviews on my site, and I hope you will get a flavour of who I am and my approach to teaching from their testimonials. I look forward to hearing from you!
Music at A level
GRSM (Honours) from Royal Academy of Music
LRAM Piano teaching diploma