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Piano teacher lessons in Fife

Always wanted to learn the piano - what have you got to lose? nothing, but plenty to gain...

Neil is a patient, inspirational teacher who enjoys working with both adults and children. His students range in age from 6 years old to Eddie (a retired rock drummer) who is coming on leaps and bounds and is in his mid seventies.

Neil's playing experience spans over 30 years and his interest in "understanding music" has made him successful in helping pupils prepare for theory exams, Standard Grade or Higher Music.

Pupil Yvonne Duncan "I have always wanted to learn Jazz and Blues, and feel that I've gained an understanding of these which I didn't have before my lessons. I am now playing in a way I never previously thought I would. Good teachers are not always easy to find but I think you're one of the best. Thank you."

Pupil Linsey Barclay-Smith "Neil is an excellent teacher - enthusiastic, talented and a stickler for his pupils playing with the correct fingering and learning to be the best they can be."

piano teachers Fife To make an enquiry please Contact Neil (fees depend on Neil's travel distance to student).

His own teachers/tutors were: Alex Shaw, Sylvia Bar Hamilton, Mark Ferrigan, Jimmy Hendry, Danny Dorian and Gary Burt. Also Haftor Medboe, Mario Caribe and Paul Harrison from Jazz classes and Napier University.

His favoured composers are: Chopin; Pachabel; Arlen; Waller; Jobin; Kern; Rodgers and Hart; Sondheim; Robson; Piaf; Baccarach; Taylor; Hancock; Mercer; Bernstein; Diamond; Joel; Gershwin; Van Heusen; Porter; Charles; Withers; Cline; Nelson; Denver; John; Menken; Mancini; Adele; Sting; Lloyd Webber and many more

You can learn to:

  • play using both hands in a matter of weeks
  • read music
  • play by ear and improvise
  • understand theory, form and chord progressions
  • develop secure and comfortable technique
  • interpret authentically and imaginatively
  • perform regularly in groups, at soirees and formal concerts
  • play duets
  • prepare for national music exams
  • feel motivated and supported in your quest to be a musician
  • conquer performance anxiety
  • The benefits of learning to play the piano:

  • Increases capacity of memory
  • Aids time management and organisational skills
  • Boost team skills
  • Teaches perseverance
  • Enhances co-ordination
  • Helps maths abiltiy
  • Aids:- reading; responsibility; cultural history; concentration; self expression; de stress; sense of achievement; social skills; listening; confidence; breathing and joy.

  • Adult students playing up to Grade 6 pieces are working on:- Chopin; J.S. Bach; Mozart; Krebs, Haydn... and learning about chord symbols (harmony) in more recent popular piano music.

    piano teachers Fife To make an enquiry please Contact Neil (fees depend on Neil's travel distance to student).

    Some success stories of Neil's pupils who wished to persue examinations:
    ~Eryn Joy gained Advanced Higher Music in piano.
    ~Callum Young gained entry to Aberdeen University.
    ~Cameron McCue achieved Higher Music with an A Grade.
    ~Erin Clarke gained a Merit in Grade 1 ABRSM and Pass Grade 2 (Merit).
    ~Erin McCue achieved an A grade for National 5 Music.
    ~Francis Beaton achieved Grade 2 ABRSM.
    ~Meghann Mair-Ward: Pass Grade 2 ABRSM.
    ~Sorcha Clarke: Pass Grade 2 ABRSM.
    ~Catherine Baker: Pass Grade 3 ABRSM.
    ~Aimee Busher: Pass Grade 3 ABRSM. image

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