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Hello, my name is Craig and I have been teaching Piano in Sale for over 10 years.
Teaching piano offers me the privilege of meeting and helping many interesting and varied personalities from so numerous different walks of life. I get a great sense of satisfaction from helping children and adults instil and foster within themselves a love of music through piano playing.
Aside from teaching, I love to listen to, play and create music. I love to cook and spend time with my two daughters. I am also currently going through the exciting process of speaking to learn to speak Spanish… and have a crazy dream that one day I might even conduct some lessons in that language as well as English… ??!… ? - I suspect it may be some time before I give that ago…
I have been teaching piano privately on a one to one basis for approximately 20 years and I have a degree in music.
Apart from my own children who were tinkering on the keys from birth, I have taught children as young as 4 and adults up to ages 70+ and many of the ages in between.
As part of that teaching, I have guided students through exams, with many going on to gain high marks and even distinctions up to grade 8 as well as helping students prepare for performances and competitions.
I am an avid student of teaching methods, psychology of teaching and practice and performance technique
My approach to music teaching is one in which I gauge the needs of each student individually and tailor lessons to accommodate their learning styles and musical preferences.
For students who can already read music this is often a good place to start although I prefer to start students (particularly for children) learning with simple familiar tunes learned by ear (a "sound before symbol approach") before approaching the complexities of learning musical notation. This usually eliminates the tension and frustration of having to learn to decode an array of complex symbols before you can even play a simple tune. Learning to play the instrument before learning to read is more in tune with the way we learn language as children which usually follows a listen - copy - speak - write - read timeline. It has also been shown to help students become more competent readers and sight readers than those who start using sheet music from the first lesson.
I like to include improvisation (non-jazz) in lessons wherever possible. This helps make musical connections between areas that can often seem abstract and separate in traditional teaching, for example harmony, aural, composition, scales, chords. If nurtured, it can also become a lifelong relaxation tool and, let's face it, to be able to just make stuff up off the top of your head is just pretty fun and cool!
Regarding exams, they can be a great motivator for some students and a stressful disincentive for others. I have a lot of experience in preparing students for exams (particularly Trinity and Associated Board) and helping and joining them for GCSE and A level performances. My students regularly obtain high marks in the exams they take and many have gone on to gain distinctions at grade 8.
I have never liked the "you've passed grade 1, here's your grade 2 book" approach although exams at the right time can be a useful tool to evaluate your playing against a standard criteria or even just to get an opinion other than mine!! Decisions around whether or not to take exams are usually a negotiation between student, teacher (and parent).
In general, it is my aim to engender a love of "the process" of learning to play at least as much as a love of the results. I like to provide students with the tools necessary to be able to play and create music without my help so that they can enjoy a life enriched by music making once they move on, however long they were taking lessons for.
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- Open University (2012) - BA (Hons) (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
- Open University (2011) - Dip Mus (Professional) (✘ Not On File)
- ABRSM (2000) - Grade 8 - Piano (Professional) (✘ Not On File)
- A level (1992) - A level Music (School) (✘ Not On File)