Hi. My name is Angela Finney and I teach piano in a very different way to how I learned many years ago. For a start, if you don’t want to do examinations it’s OK. I believe that playing an instrument is a pleasurable experience and when you can share it with friends music transcends everyday life. I will never ask you to compete either unless you really want to; I don’t believe anything is to be gained by musical competition.
You may be starting out or resuming after a few years away from playing; either way I can help you. A practice instrument at home is necessary: an acoustic piano, digital piano or electronic keyboard with weighted keys and pedal.
A lesson will last only half an hour or an hour during which time I will progressively teach you how to read and interpret music. It is then up to the student to practice what they learn in order to absorb and understand. I suggest at least half an hour every day or at least most days of the week; the more you practice the more I can teach you.
If there is a particular piece you would like to learn, especially if you are resuming after a break, let me know. I would rather use a piece you want to play as a teaching tool than something you find uninspiring.
I use a wide range of musical styles for instruction in rhythm, note patterns, musicality and every other aspect of understanding music. This can include the huge range of studies written by Czerny or the really interesting exercises and pieces by the famous jazz pianos Oscar Peterson. Finger training for skills such as flexibility and control are essential if you want to play any musical style so I emphasise the importance of studies and exercises which focus on particular areas of expertise; they form a solid foundation for your technique.
This is not to imply that learning to play the piano is boring! On the other hand nothing will ever replace solid, constructive practice which is essential in any endeavour. The rewards in the end can be huge and give you a lifetime of enjoyment and involvement. Learning how to read and interpret music means you can learn to play any instrument. Two years ago I started to play the tenor saxophone which I have wanted to do for many years; my existing music background meant that I could concentrate on technique and sound rather than the mechanics of reading.
As I get used to using a blog I will add hints and attachments that can be useful to my own students and others who need them.
Please call me on 02 4959 9525 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The address is:16 Hawk Street, Toronto NSW 2283