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Piano Teachers

Playing the piano is great fun.  You can make music all on your own and learn to accompany other players and singers.  You can start learning from any age from about 7 onwards.  The only thing you need is enthusiasm and something at home to practice on. Regular 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 of Music
  • DipABRSM: Diploma of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music
  • ALCM: Associate Diploma of the London College of Music
  • GRSM: Graduate of the Royal Schools of Music
  • FLCM: Fellowship in Music Performance

Philip R Buttall BMus (Hons), GRSM, FMusTCL, FTCL, FLCM Plymouth, Devon

Philip R Buttall BMus (Hons)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



Jonathan Delbridge ALCM FRSM - Cornwall

Jonathan Delbridge Piano TeacherPianist, 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.

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Tony Cliff BMus (Hons), MPhil, ALCM, FLCM, Cert.Ed - Falmouth Cornwall

Tony Cliff Piano TeacherComposer & 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 weekly.

Further details can be found on his website

Adrian J. Finnerty BA(Hons), MA Ed, MMus, DipTMus, DipABRSM, ALCM - Glasgow

Adrian Finnerty Piano TeacherTeacher, 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 keyboard.

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


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