Why a ‘live’ accompanist matters…

I recently read that there is a shortage of accompanists in the UK. Although there are many pianists, not all make good accompanists. Accompanying requires a different set of skills…

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Sight-reading doesn’t have to be stressful…

Mention 'sight-reading', and many musicians can already be seen running for the nearest exit. Over the years, two distinct sorts of sight-reading appear to have emerged: firstly, there's sight-reading (i.e.…

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How to Choose a Music Teacher

One of the questions which comes up so often, not just amongst parents but amongst adult pupils too, is how do you go about finding a teacher? Surprisingly, even as…

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Help! I’ve got an audition…

I quite often get enquiries from people who need help preparing for an audition; indeed, several of my own singing pupils have needed help along the way too. For some…

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Getting the most out of exams

At some time or another, most of the pupils I teach (including adults) want to get an independent assessment of their progress – an exam. With another session of exams…

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Difficulty Level

Instrumental and vocal music is assigned a rough difficulty level as follows: Beginner, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Advanced These levels roughly correspond with ABRSM, Trinity Guildhall and LCM…

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Top Tips for Nervous Performers

Do you suffer with bad performance nerves? Are they affecting your enjoyment of your music? If so, here are some top tips to help! 1. Accept them… It’s OK to…

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Top Tips for Teaching Diplomas

If you’re a vocal or instrumental teacher and you’re thinking of taking one of the teaching diplomas offered by ABRSM, Trinity or LCM, here are my top tips to get the…

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Why Learn An Instrument?

Over my 11 years teaching, over 125 pupils have passed through my doors and each and every one of them has a slightly different reason for wanting to learn an…

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