Playing the piano is great fun. You can make
music all on your own and learn to accompany other players and
can start learning from any age from about 7 onwards. The
only thing you need is enthusiasm and something at home to practice
tuition from a Piano Teacher can either be purely for fun or if you
wish, to become more serious and aim to take the graded examinations.
In this section there are a number of Piano Teachers for you to browse
through, so that you can gain an idea as to what they can offer you
and how much it will cost. Some teachers are members of the Incorporated
Society of Music (ISM) and listed on their Register
of Professional Private Music Teachers which has stringent
entry requirements and promotes tuition of the highest quality. Some
useful qualifications to look out for are:
- DipTMus: Diploma in the Teaching
- DipABRSM: Diploma of the Associated
Board of the Royal Schools of Music
- ALCM: Associate Diploma of the London College
- GRSM: Graduate of the Royal Schools of Music
- FLCM: Fellowship in Music Performance
Philip R Buttall BMus (Hons), GRSM, FMusTCL, FTCL, FLCM – Plymouth, Devon
FVCM (Hons), FNCM, LRAM, ARCM, LTCL (GMT), LGSM, ATCL, PGCE, FRSA
Teacher / Composer & Arranger / Pianist & Accompanist / Music Writer
Philip was an ABRSM Silver Medallist at Grade 8 Piano, before studying at Cambridge, Durham and Exeter Universities. He later won the Raymond Fennell Prize at the Royal College of Music, graduating with Distinction in Piano under Cyril Smith, Recorder with Freda Dinn and Composition with Bryan Kelly.
After some twenty-five years, he retired from full-time school-teaching, and has given piano recitals in the United Kingdom and abroad, as well as appeared on radio and television. In great demand as a piano teacher, Philip is the Classical Music Writer and Critic for The Herald, Plymouth's leading daily paper, and also writes programme notes and magazine reviews. He has been an examiner and syllabus consultant for Trinity College, London. Subject to availability, he teaches all ages, from Initial grade to Diploma level, and enters students for both ABRSM and Trinity Guildhall exams, both in classical as well as jazz piano, where appropriate. His fees are in line with current EPTA / ISM guidelines.
As a composer, Philip publishes extensively on the internet at SibeliusMusic, where he has his own music store, PRB Music, and with publishers in the UK, Switzerland and China. His compositions and arrangements have been played
worldwide by such eminent ensembles as the City of Birmingham, and Ulster Symphony Orchestras.
Further details can be found on his website www.philiprbuttall.co.uk
Jonathan Delbridge ALCM FRSM - Cornwall
Pianist, Organist and Accompanist
Jonathan Delbridge began learning the piano with his mother at
the age of
just four. He later also took up the organ at the age of twelve and now has
a busy career as a teacher of piano and organ and a freelance soloist. He
has an FRSM diploma in piano performing and an ALCM diploma in jazz piano.
As a teacher he has a wide range of pupils from complete beginners to
advanced standard covering all ages. Jonathan is happy to teach most styles
of piano but specialises in classical and jazz. He can also teach music
theory towards grade 5 and classical pipe organ. Pupils may choose to work
towards exams or simply learn for fun.
For further information e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.jonathandelbridge.com
Tony Cliff BMus (Hons), MPhil, ALCM, FLCM,
Cert.Ed - Falmouth Cornwall
Composer & Arranger, Performer & Keyboard
Player, Piano & Theory Tutor
Tony has a wide and varied teaching experience having worked
for many years as Senior Lecturer in Music at the University of
Salford where he taught composition and arranging, music history
and analysis as well as practical music-making to undergraduates.
Tony has established a piano
teaching practice which is limited to a certain number of students
due to the demands of other music activities. Apart from classical
piano Tony is also able to offer teaching in jazz piano and also
help with GCSE, 'A' level music or tuition in composition and arranging.
Tony is a member of the ISM.
Tony accepts students at any age and
level, children or adults from beginners to advanced ability. The
lessons always take place in a friendly and supportive manner and
the only essential requirements are a desire to learn, possession
of a suitable instrument and a willingness to practice regularly.
Tony currently charges £23 per hour and are paid in advance
for a series of lessons, for example 4, 6 or 8 at a time. Half
an hour is the minimum lesson duration and lessons must take place
Further details can be found on his website www.tonycliffmusic.com
Adrian J. Finnerty BA(Hons), MA Ed, MMus,
DipTMus, DipABRSM, ALCM - Glasgow
composer, pianist, organist and examiner
Adrian Finnerty is a music teacher, composer, pianist, organist
and examiner who lives and works just outside Glasgow. He is Principal
Teacher (Learning and Teaching) of Creative Arts at Balfron High
School, with responsibility for Music, Art and Design, and Drama
, and has been responsible for co-ordinating and delivering a variety
of staff development activities, workshops and in-service courses
for teachers. He is also Organist and Director of Music at St.
Andrew's Church, Bearsden, and teaches piano, theory and electronic
Adrian Finnerty's teaching experience has included teaching children
and adults from beginners to advanced levels. Areas of work covered
have included performance ( Classical and Popular styles, including Jazz improvisation,
practical musicianship and accompanying), musical theory, compositional
techniques, and all aspects of written coursework. Examination
presentation experience has included the full range of graded practical,
theory and SQA examinations, and diplomas, with many pupils gaining
distinctions and a number going on to study music at college or
university. He has also been responsible for co-ordinating and
delivering a variety of staff development activities, workshops
and in-service courses for teachers.
There is some really good advice on Choosing
a Piano Teacher on his website which is worth
reading before choosing a teacher for yourself.
Further details can be found on his website www.adrianfinnerty.com