Tuition is given in the necessary skills needed to become a competent pianist and instruction is given in all aspects of technique and interpretation. Pianists work from books and other materials under tutorial guidance, working at a pace that is comfortable for them. Tuition in music theory is given, as this enables pianists to read and write music with fluency, accuracy, familiarity, and with understanding. Examinations are available in both practical and theoretical subjects for those who require them. For pianists, these consist of eight graded exams (Grades 1 – 8) followed by diplomas of the accredited examination boards of Trinity College London and/or The Associated Board of The Royal Schools of Music. All these examinations can be taken under Michael’s experienced tutelage with excellent results. Exams, however, are not compulsory: learning simply for pleasure is always encouraged and supported. Exam syllabi, while useful, are not a curriculum per se and exams will not be enjoyed or of benefit to every student.
- Enjoyment of the lessons and learning to play are the most important aspects of piano tuition
In teaching the piano, all styles are acknowledged and other styles as well as classical are used. Training is a mixture of learning pieces, practising various aspects of technique, music interpretation, musicianship skills, and learning music theory. Pianists have their lessons using the piano in the tutor’s home teaching studio.
- Interesting, varied and structured piano tuition
When learning the piano, or any instrument, regular practice to build and acquire musical skills – technical, emotional and interpretational is essential in order to make progress and gain musical and personal satisfaction. A piece of piano music is more than a series of notes in a rhythmic framework or musical structure. As well as general note accuracy, learning to read and play music and the development of a musical ear allowing recognition of musical features is important; students should also aim for good tone and phrasing along with appropriate musicality. When first learning a piece, it is good if expressive details can be included as early as possible as it is more difficult to add these expressive indications at a later stage. Whilst practising a piece of piano music, rather than a sole concern for accurate notes and rhythms, a small amount of time spent focusing on technique and the way the piano is played physically can produce enhanced results with the development of pianistic and musical skills, thus in turn increasing the pianist’s enjoyment and reward.
- Teaching the technique of the piano and teaching music through the piano
Tutor Dr Michael Spacie
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