REMOTE PIANO MASTERCLASS
From West End Pianist
“Inspiring” (Anne, Surrey)
“A fantastic teacher... I have become a confident pianist” (Collette, Cambs)
”The highlight of my week!” (Catherine, London)
Hi, I’m Spencer.
May I help with your piano playing?
I love the piano like you and have had many musical experiences that could be helpful to you on your piano journey.
I studied at Trinity College of Music, London on the BMus (Hons) course in piano where I received the Keyboard Faculty Silver Medal and was chosen to
be George Gershwin in a reconstruction of the first performance of Rhapsody In Blue.
As I have a love of all styles from classical through to jazz and rock you may have unknowingly heard my playing on West End shows including:
Matilda The Musical
Love Never Dies
or on the soundtrack to TV programmes including “The Queen”
or maybe in theatres or at festivals playing with ‘David Live’, the David Bowie tribute show.
Seeing a student progress is what makes me really happy.
I help people like you:
Solve technical problems
Improve your confidence
Let me tailor sessions to your musical tastes including all genres from Bach to blues with a friendly, patient approach.
Relevant theory will be included in the sessions and we may also apply other useful skills like improvisation and sight reading.
Most students usually opt for weekly sessions but I can be flexible as needed. We could always try a one off session or perhaps surprise a loved one with my “6 Week Challenge”?
Sessions are £22 for 30 minutes via FaceTime or Zoom.
Availability is now limited to some weekday daytimes.
Don’t be shy, say hi!
Or Email me
For my sheet music click here.
The Moldau (Smetana) - arranged & performed by Spencer
Special thanks to the following pupils who have been kind enough to write about our recent sessions below.
“For years I’ve wanted to learn the piano but didn’t feel I had the self confidence as an adult and then I met Spencer. He is a fantastic teacher. Even on my first lesson he had me playing complete songs and in a short period of time I have become a confident pianist. His approach to learning has allowed me to develop my own style and enabled me to critique my playing helping me to continually progress in my piano skills.”
“What a privilege it is to have the opportunity to learn from the talented and ever-patient Spencer. I closed the lid on my piano some years ago and never expected to play again but with Spencer’s guidance I gained the confidence to start again and I love it. Spencer is a calm and thoughtful teacher and with every lesson he sets achievable goals, enabling me to enjoy the piano more and more every day. I wasn’t sure how virtual lessons would work but Spencer is completely focussed on everything that is happening on the keyboard and it feels just as though we are together in the room. Spencer combines authority and kindness, he is an inspiring teacher and I would recommend any aspiring pianist to take this amazing chance to be taught by him.”
“I really enjoy having online lessons with Spencer. He is a very good teacher and explains things very well. His friendly and encouraging approach have been a great help in improving my sight reading and aural skills.”
WHAT IF I’M SHY OF MAKING MISTAKES OR GETTING THINGS WRONG?
I’ve made millions of mistakes on my learning journey and expect you to do the same. I’ll do my very best to help you relax and stay at ease with a few tips as we go. I realise that it can be daunting at first, but in my experience this is usually quickly offset by the joy of learning and improving this wonderful new skill together.
HOW MUCH SHOULD I TRY TO PRACTISE?
Most of us have the usual commitments but to make steady progress I would suggest aiming for between 5 and 30 minutes every day. Remember that quality of practise is more important than quantity.
DO I HAVE TO TAKE EXAMS OR PLAY SCALES?
This depends on your personal goals. Exams and scales have their place but for some can also create unnecessary anxiety and have negative associations. If this is the case for you then I can tailor-make alternative exercises to suit you. Talk this through with me over a cup of tea sometime.
I’VE TRIED VARIOUS VIDEO LESSONS. WHAT DO YOU BRING THAT’S UNIQUE?
Video coaching certainly has many benefits and can be a great source of inspiration. However in one to one sessions you’ll glean nuggets of personal feedback to make you a more efficient pianist that might otherwise go unnoticed. Bad habits are easily formed which may result in unnecessary tension and make playing harder than it needs to be. It can also be useful to have someone to discuss progress with whilst avoiding the risk of a false economy of your time and efforts.
DO YOU TEACH BEGINNERS?
Absolutely! I’m more interested in attitude than ability. I have a strong fascination with growth mindset and strongly believe that anyone can achieve anything with the right attitude and motivation.
I’M KEEN TO TRY. WHAT SHOULD I DO NEXT?
Fantastic! Please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can arrange a virtual cup of tea together or short session to discuss further.
My Piano Journey
I’ve always loved Star Wars and tea.
And when I was 12, I loved Rachmaninov’s Prelude in C sharp minor. Maybe a bit too much. Just ask my parents! But with it came an inevitable love of the piano that has stayed with me ever since.
6 years later I studied at Trinity College of Music, London. What a humbling experience. I’m forever grateful to my patient teacher Hilary Coates and all of the team there for helping me learn all about the different repertoire and techniques that raised my playing and musicianship up so many levels. When I wasn’t practising endless scales and arpeggios I spent many hours in the library listening to CDs (remember those?!) and realising how much incredible music there was in the world!
I’ve always had a passion for all styles of music so when I was asked whether I’d be interested to help on keyboards for “Little Shop of Horrors”. It was great fun and led me onto many other musical theatre opportunities including many West End shows.
These days when I’m not performing or teaching I like to practise some close up magic. I don’t watch Star Wars much anymore...But I still like a nice mug of tea. In fact, I think I’ll make one now!
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