‘I passed my Grade 8 piano exam in school and continued to study piano performance alongside composition at the University of Surrey. I have been teaching full time in schools for the last two years so I have considerable experience teaching students ranging from absolute beginners up to Grade 8 level and have coached many students through grade exams. I also enjoy teaching pop music and am a singer and guitarist myself so am always keen to jam along with my students.
I believe it is very important to learn music you want to learn so I base my lessons around each individual student’s preferences while taking into account their strengths and weaknesses and what specific aspects of their playing will benefit most from special attention. Grades can be a great way to inspire and challenge students but I don’t consider them essential – as long as a student is inspired to practice at home every week then swift progress will surely follow!’