I am a member of the European Piano Teachers’ Association (EPTA), and a graduate of its highly regarded Piano Teachers’ Course. The course is the UK’s leading professional development course solely for piano teachers. I aim to abide by the course’s ‘guiding principles’ for piano teaching which are as follows:
- Ensure meaningful musical experiences
- Establish musical concepts
- Develop pianistic skills
- Create a positive teaching atmosphere
Please also refer to my blog in which I outline my approach to graded exams, which can be summarised as follows:
- First and foremost my aim in teaching is to inspire a real enjoyment of music through the development of all-round musicianship skills
- Exams can be an excellent motivator and provide a well-recognised measure of achievement and I will always support students who want to enter exams when they are ready to do so
- I will not limit my teaching approach to the requirements of an exam syllabus as I believe that this can be to the detriment of the development of a wide range of skills which include playing by ear, improvisation, composition etc.
- I will not ‘fast track’ a pupil through exams by compromising on the development of secure musical foundations.
If you would like more detail about these guiding principles and how I apply them to my teaching please contact me.