I can provide tuition in piano and music theory at my home studio in Huntington or online internationally via Skype. Many students work through the ABRSM exam syllabus with me though some choose not to take the actual exams themselves, preferring to learn less formally.
My current teaching fee is £30per hour for lessons at my home studio. Gift vouchers are available for a block lesson booking..
Fees are invoiced monthly in advance after the initial lesson and I ask for 24 hours notice if you need to cancel a lesson otherwise it becomes chargeable. In exchange I will try to give at least 24 hours notice if I need to change a lesson booking.
The initial consultation lesson is chargeable at the standard rate but no further commitment is expected unless you decide to come regularly. Students and potential students are invited to register on my lesson admin system which handles lesson bookings and payments.
“The lessons were excellent and my son enjoyed them very much. William was always very calm and relaxed and encouraged my son to learn well, always remembering to enjoy the piano…” Niall Innes
“I can honestly say I am delighted that my grandson is associated with such a decent and talented young man. Will is so good with his pupils and knows instinctively just how to pitch the lessons…” Sylvia Rawlinson
“Will has worked with my daughter for a number of years guiding and supporting her through her piano grades. Not only has he assisted her academically but he has helped improve her confidence…” Stephanie Kewley
All my students have the opportunity to perform in front of a friendly audience of fellow students and their friends and parents every term. Ludus Cantiones translates as ‘play sing’ as I often incorporate young choirs and solo singers into my concert programmes, giving them a chance to perform at venues around Chester including Chester Cathedral (30th June ’07), Wesley Methodist Church, Chester (19th April ’08), All Saint’s Church, Hoole (8th March’14), Upton Village Hall (18th June ’11), St. Columba’s Church Hall, Chester (25th June ’11) and Kings School, Chester (19th March ’11)
The minimum age is normally about six or seven though this depends upon the child and their level of maturity. I do teach younger children as well though this tends to be on a less formal basis with lots of games and requires parental support both in lessons and for practice at home.
Parents are welcome to sit in on lessons if they wish, in fact I encourage this as they are more likely to be able to help the student with their practice at home. This is also actively encouraged! I can try to enthuse students in their lessons but cannot help them with their practice.
Starting the piano from scratch as an adult can be a challenge, but it can be rewarding if you love the instrument and its music. There is plenty of repertoire available to suit different abilities that is rewarding to play at even modest levels of technicality. However patience and practice are required whatever the level! Ideally you should have regular lessons for at least a few months. Some adults then find they wish to work on their own once they reach a certain plateau where their musical ambitions are satisfied. More lessons, however, can take things further. Some adults find, due to work commitments that they have to take up the piano at a slower pace and have lessons bi-weekly and I have a number of rotating teaching time slots available during the day on Fridays to account for this arrangement.
I currently have one or two teaching slots available in my schedule, to contact me, visit my teaching website