Jenny holds an honours degree, a teaching certificate, diploma in piano performance and diploma in special education. She has an enhanced DBS (CRB) and is an experienced tutor,pianist and performer. She teaches all ages, abilities and styles. She is a visiting piano tutor at KGGS and has a successful practice at home. Students can prepare for Trinity, ABRSM or Trinity Rock examinations. Or just learn for pleasure - enjoyment is key!
Theory (the study of pitch, rhythm, harmony and form) is taught within piano lessons and there is an option to take written examinations. Improvisation is encouraged and composition, something Jenny has learned to do successfully, is another aspect students may wish to explore.
Jenny is a qualified school music teacher and works closely with department staff. With her honours degree, PGCE qualification, continued use of Sibelius music softwareand experience, she can also help with GCSE and A Level music courses.
"Your teaching methods and approach to music have instilled her with confidence and enthusiasm" (A parent)
"Thank you for being a good teacher for all the years you've taught me. Because of you I will continue to enjoy playing the piano for the rest of my life" (A student)
"I am so pleased to have met you. My piano dream has come a massive step close to reality thanks to you." (An adult student)
Q: What will I expect to learn
A: How to name the notes on the keyboard, hand/finger positions, posture, scales, key signatures, chord progressions, a varied repertoire, sight reading and aural skills, and terminology. Don't worry - most of this will happen as a result of playing
Q: Do I need a piano at home to take piano lessons?
A: Ideally, yes, but you can start with a good electronic keyboard. Eventually you will need something more substantial such as a keyboard with regular sized (‘chunky’) keys and a touch sensitive response (i.e. if you press a key harder it will play louder ). A full size keyboard has 88 notes – any smaller than 76 will be a disadvantage.
Q: How long does it take to learn an instrument
A: There is no set answer for this. With regular practice a basic level of playing can be accomplished in a few months. Most students take lessons on a long term basis because they want to constantly improve and enjoy lessons.
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