Information About Sam - Bristol teacher
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I've been a full time pianist and vocalist since I left university 7 years ago. I specialise in contemporary piano, particularly in blues, pop, soul, funk and jazz, and have worked solo, as an accompanist, and as a keys player in bands. As a professional player you are very rarely given written music and instead have to learn material by ear and need to have a good understanding of music theory. This is a more holistic approach to music than simply playing written pieces, and I enjoy helping students get to grips with these tricky skills through playing music they love and want to learn.
Over the last 7 years I've taught piano to private students of all ages and abilities, from students who were as young as 8, to those who had decided to learn later in life, in their 40s and 50s. I also did a lot of vocal coaching when I was living in Southampton but I'm not offering that here as I currently don't have a space to teach singing in. In addition to piano I've taught students who were interested how to play drawbar organ and clavinet as well.
Learning an instrument can be fun and rewarding but it's also very hard, and in order to push through the difficult stuff students have to really want to get better. Because of this my priority as a teacher is cultivating in the student a real desire to become a better piano player, by helping them discover and play what they want to learn, teaching them how to improve quickly, and showing them what the piano can do.
As I teach contemporary piano, my focus is on learning to play by ear and by theory, the latter of which I introduce slowly and manageably through music the student wants to play. By learning this way students will eventually be able to just hear a song and play it, without needing to have any written music in front of them. These skills are essential for playing modern music on piano, and will give you the tools you need to be inventive and creative with the instrument.
Ear skills and theory are useless without good technique though, and as soon as I feel a student is ready I make this a priority. Teaching students how to play with relaxation and precision at an early stage will save them the difficult task of identifying and correcting bad habits later on, not to mention that bad technique can totally halt improvement if it's given a chance to develop. Technique is super tough and I've developed several systems and tools over the years that make it digestible and easier to learn, as much for myself as for my students.
As long as they are motivated to learn and get better, anyone can learn the skills needed to play piano, no matter age or perceived musical ability. If you want to learn then I want to teach you, so please get in touch!
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