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About Alec R.
Alec believes that the piano is accessible to everyone. Whatever your background or level, you can go wherever your musical ambition takes you and achieve your full potential playing this amazing instrument. Alec brings over 16 years’ teaching experience to help you do this. A graduate of Leeds College of Music (BA Hons Jazz Studies), he has been passionate about music for most of his life, and enjoys every opportunity he has to share this passion with others through tuition and performance. With wide-ranging experience from both classroom and one-to-one settings, Alec is equally at home introducing the piano to absolute beginners who have never played before, and with mentoring more advanced students. Whatever your ability, Alec’s philosophy is that each student should get the same mix of stimulation, relaxation and fun from every lesson.
Teaching in Piano
Alec has a relaxed, friendly and patient teaching style, and carefully tailors each lesson to suit the student – progress through the grades and take music exams or learn just for fun, either option is fine! Alec teaches students from all walks of life, from ages 5 to over 70 years old. Lessons typically include:
- Good posture and technique (to help students play with greater ease and less effort)
- Warm-ups and scales
- Building a strong sense of rhythm
- Learning to read notation
- Learning to play pieces that each student enjoys
Alec also advises students on how to play music by ear, improvise and even compose their own pieces. If you are interested in following a music exam route, Alec prepares and submits students for the ABRSM piano exams (both the classical and jazz syllabus options).
Teaching in Music Theory
For beginners and younger students, Alec uses rhythm games, flash cards and can recommend useful apps to make music theory fun. He also provides guidance on ways to easily understand, read and write musical notation. For intermediate to more advanced students, Alec teaches from the ABRSM music theory workbooks, and can prepare and submit students for the ABRSM music theory exams, including Music Theory Grade 5 (an important pre-requisite for students wishing to take the higher grades in instrumental performance).
Alec is experienced teaching nearly all musical genres, but specialises in jazz and classical music.
The first lesson typically begins with an introduction and informal chat. This is a chance for Alec and his students get to know each other and discuss the student’s musical interests. Those students who wish to are invited to play a favourite piece to give Alec an idea of the type of music they like and their current ability. If you’re a beginner or are not yet sure what you want to play, this is also fine. Alec is more than happy to play a few different pieces and styles to give you an idea of the musical options out there and to help you get started. By the end of the first lesson, with Alec’s guidance each student will have a clear idea of what they need to practice. Above all, Alec’s intention is for you to leave having had fun, and with a sense of purpose and excitement about your music-making.
Alec realises starting the piano can be daunting for new students, which is why his first priority is putting you at ease. Beginner students don’t need to have any prior experience whatsoever when it comes to playing, or be able to read music. Alec will ease you into playing with some basics suited to your level, and help you begin to find your way around the piano keyboard. As for your musical instrument, while a proper piano is ideal, a keyboard of any type or size is fine to begin learning on and get your musical journey in motion. If you decide later on that you would like to upgrade your instrument, Alec can provide guidance.