I am a fully-qualified, successful, piano teacher with over 18 year’s experience. I believe that playing the piano, and getting to know music of all types, should first and foremost be fun. Only through enjoyment can true progress be made. This I achieve by using a wide repertoire of musical styles and by incorporating duets, ensemble playing, improvisation and singing in lessons. Performing is a major part of learning an instrument and I welcome the chance to perform in public as often as possible. I organise regular student concerts for all my pupils to encourage their music making skills, and they are always enormous fun for both pupils and parents.
Originally from Falkirk, I studied piano at Napier Polytechnic (now University) for two years with EPTA East of Scotland Regional Organiser, Margaret Murray McLeod, before continuing my musical education at the Royal College of Music in London with Ruth Gerald for a further four years, specialising in piano performance, accompanying and teaching. Upon graduating, I built up a successful teaching practice in London whilst teaching music to kindergarten and primary age children at an exclusive private school in Bayswater. In addition, I was a much in-demand accompanist for instrumentalists and singers of all abilities.
For many years I worked as an entertainments manager for two concert pianists, Worbey and Farrell, who work as a piano duo. As well as dealing with the business side of their act, I also worked as their consultant and advisor passing on advice and suggestions on improving their approach to their arrangements, practice techniques, interpretation and overall performance. They both now perform worldwide to rave reviews.
As well as teaching full time, I also run the Edinburgh Piano Meetup Group which is held monthly for adult pianists looking for performance opportunities in front of a friendly, supportive, crowd. This has grown from strength to strength since setting it up in 2014.