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#931970 - 12/07/06 09:16 AM Looking for piano teacher in Reading, UK
LoFi Offline
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Registered: 12/06/06
Posts: 7
Loc: UK
Hi all,

Short version: I'm looking for a piano teacher in the Reading, Berkshire area to take me through my DipABRSM. Responses here or via PM would be most welcome.

Long version: Thought I might consult the collective wisdom of the UK-based lot here in my search for a teacher in Reading, Berks.

I've been playing about 20 years (with something of a break in the middle during University), passed AB Grade 8 about 10 years ago (and hopefully progressed a little since then). However, for the past few years I haven't had a teacher, and don't feel I'm really getting anywhere, and I'm sure my technique's getting sloppier. I'd like to do my DipABRSM, as I've already got quite a few of the pieces under my fingers.

I went into my local music shop to ask if they could recommend a teacher, and they handed me a huge binder of adverts (without saying anything else - nothing like good customer service, is there?). I jotted down the numbers of a couple of them, but the response from all was the same: they baulked when I mentioned my standard and my goals (guess this ties into the threads about unqualified teachers).


- I'm based in Reading, but would travel for lessons (though if it was particularly far out, I'd prefer to do so fortnightly).
- The lessons would have to be in the evenings, probably later than 7pm to ensure it wouldn't clash with the occasional long day at work.
- I don't have an acoustic piano (I've got a Roland RD700SX and a Clavinova - I live in a shared, rented house, and an acoustic piano simply isn't a possibility at the moment - I know this is an issue for some teachers)
and if anyone could recommend a decent teacher, I'd be eternally grateful.



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#931971 - 12/07/06 09:43 AM Re: Looking for piano teacher in Reading, UK
Chris H. Offline
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Registered: 10/14/05
Posts: 2919
Loc: UK.
Tom, I can't help you with a name because I don't know your area but I can tell you what I did when I was in your position.

A few years ago I decided to get back into playing and performing after a long break (10 years or so). I already had a Bmus (hons) degree and played to a high standard. I needed a teacher who specialised in advanced students and who could prepare me for a post grad performance course at Birmingham Conservatoire. These teachers just don't advertise because they don't need to. I went on the Conservatoire website and got the numbers of several members of the teaching faculty. I found out which ones were also teaching privately and went to audition with one of the most highly qualified and respected teachers in the Midlands. It was the best thing I ever did and those lessons were fantastic (but very expensive!).

I'm not sure if you have any colleges or Universities nearby with reputable music departments but I would try that route first. If you are able to travel into London there will obviously be more scope although it will cost you. I found that a long and thorough lesson every month was enough for me as it gave me enough time to prepare things inbetween.

Try some of the London colleges to see if any of their staff live on the right side of London for you to get to.

Best of luck.
Pianist and piano teacher.

#931972 - 12/07/06 09:51 AM Re: Looking for piano teacher in Reading, UK
Chris H. Offline
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Registered: 10/14/05
Posts: 2919
Loc: UK.

I found this email address for Reading Univerity music dept. Give them a try and see if they have instrumental teaching staff who might be able to help.
Pianist and piano teacher.

#931973 - 12/07/06 10:44 AM Re: Looking for piano teacher in Reading, UK
LoFi Offline
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Registered: 12/06/06
Posts: 7
Loc: UK
Thanks a lot for that - I've just emailed that address asking for teachers (digging on their website reveals they have visiting tutors that offer private lessons, at least to the Uni students). Failing that, I'll contact the London music schools - though they'd have to be longer, monthly lessons.

Once again, thanks for the thoughts and the email address.


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