Piano Lessons

I teach a comprehensive range of keyboard skills and performance techniques, as well as guiding you through music theory and how to interpret music effectively. I specialise in classical piano repertoire (for both soloists and accompanists), and am experienced in preparing students for examinations, music college auditions, recitals and concerts.  A number of my students have won places to study at UK conservatoires, including The Royal College of Music, The Royal Northern College of Music, The Royal Welsh Academy of Music, and Birmingham Conservatoire.

I cater for students of all ages and levels of experience.  I enjoy teaching both adults and children, and always tailor lessons to the particular demands and tastes of each individual player.  Perhaps the most important lesson for any developing pianist to learn is how to practise.  I will help you to structure your practice effectively so that you get the very best out of your time at the keyboard each week.

"The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes - ah, that is where the art resides."                                           Artur Schnabel (1882 - 1951)

"The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes - ah, that is where the art resides."                                         Artur Schnabel (1882 - 1951)

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A typical lesson might include:

  • physical warm-ups
  • technical exercises
  • developing good habits in posture and keyboard touch
  • understanding musical forms
  • improving your communication skills at the piano
  • controlling tone and developing strength and flexibility
  • finding music to suit your capabilities
  • learning about melody, harmony and rhythm
  • developing your musical literacy (sight reading)
  • polishing your performance
  • preparing for your audience!

Click here for a list of good books about piano playing.

I do most of my teaching from home in Aylestone, Leicester.  All lessons are taught on either our fine Yamaha C3 grand piano or our professional-grade Yamaha U3 upright piano.  If you are interested in early music, you can also play our spinet (harpsichord) or clavichord, both made by John Morley of London.  For organists, I also have a decent three-manual organ at home, and access to a proper two-manual pipe organ nearby in Western Park.  My fiancee Roxanne is also a musician and teacher.  We have two teaching rooms and a separate waiting room with magazines and WC for your convenience.  Parents are always welcome to sit in on lessons if they wish, or use the waiting room, as they wish.

Click here for an interesting article about the brain-boosting effects of musical training.

To enquire about piano tuition, or to book a consultation lesson,

contact John via telephone on 07813 918769 or 0116 283 4968.

or email to johngull.uk@gmail.com

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I am Enhanced DBS-checked for working with children and vulnerable adults.  DBS documentation is available for inspection on request.