First Testimonial:- I first had piano lessons as a child and managed to reach Grade 7 standard before life got in the way! After a sixteen year break, I decided it was time to return to piano and got in touch with Mike after discovering his website. I was really nervous at my first lesson but quickly felt at ease as Mike has a very relaxed teaching style, which suits the way that I learn.
Returning to piano at an advanced level was always going to be a challenge. It is hard work, but my lessons with Mike have been varied, interesting and most of all, rewarding. I have learnt three Associated Board of The Royal Schools of Music Grade 8 exam pieces already with Mike, so I am very pleased with my progress.
I have definitely rediscovered my love of music. As well as continuing piano lessons, I intend to improve my knowledge of music theory and maybe even try some singing lessons!
Mike is extremely experienced and knowledgeable. He doesn’t just teach me to improve my piano playing – we look at the history behind the music as well as consider technical theory and performance. This has given me confidence in my ability as a piano player but also as a performer.
Thanks for the brilliant lessons!
Second Testimonial:- I began piano lessons with Mike, returning to musical tuition after a sixteen year break. The improvement in my playing was almost immediate and I find my lessons immensely enjoyable. Mike doesn’t just teach me how to play – he encourages me to delve deeper into the music, which ensures I develop a well-rounded understanding of pieces, composers and musical history. I tend to express emotions through my playing and have even found my lessons to act as a counselling session of sorts! I now (finally) feel ready to sit my Grade 8 Associated Board of The Royal Schools of Music piano practical examination and fully intend to continue to study with Mike for my first level piano performance diploma in the next couple of years.
In short, Mike is a fantastic teacher and I would absolutely recommend him to anyone who is looking for music lessons, whether they are a complete beginner or have studied music previously.
I am pleased to say that under Mike’s tutelage, I achieved The Associated Board of The Royal Schools of Music Grade 8 Practical Piano exam with Merit, gaining 122 marks out of 150 in the Spring Term 2017.
Gemma Marriott (Physiotherapist)