INDIVIDUAL LESSONS 
 
 
I start with what you want, and propose how you can get there. Therefore, the learning path of every student is different. Below, though, you may find a sort of ‘standard’ path.
 
 
 
Classical music, starter’s level
- An elementary knowledge of melodic and rhythmic music theory
  to learn to read music autonomously
- Progressive exercises to master a skilful piano technique
- A repertoire of songs or simplified pieces of classical music
 
Classical music, intermediary and advanced level
- Widening your knowledge of music theory
- Initiation in the study of harmony
  to understand the architecture of a piece of music
- Permanent attention to the gestures of the hands, wrists and arms
  and to the sound which results from them
- Progressive study of a classical repertoire,
  discovery of the possibilities of interpretation
 
Jazz, starter’s level
- Basics of harmony: small and large chord positions, chord progressions
- Exercises to learn to improvise according to different techniques
- Progressive rhythmic exercises
- Harmonization of jazz standards in 2 up to 6 voices
- Blues and its language (pentatonic scales and blues scale)
Preparation to play in a group
 
Jazz, intermediate and advanced level
- Study of harmony with a focus on the conduct
  of voices in complex chord   progressions
  (voicings, upper-structures, block-chords)
- Exercises to learn how to improvise according to
  modes and following master’s solos
- More complex rhythmic exercises
- Repertoire of standards as solo player or sideman
 
 
The lessons last for one hour, or 45 minutes for children below 10.
 
SPECIAL FOCUS ON ...
 
 
You may wish to choose to work specifically on one or more of the following points, or to focus on them during a part of each piano lesson.
 
 
 
 
Preparing for ABRSM exams
Every year, I help a number of my students to prepare an ABRSM exam, from grade 1 up to grade 8, which they generally pass successfully. Half a year on beforehand, we select the exercises and pieces from the list for the appropriate exam, and work on them until you master to maturity.
 
Learning to read music
This is an essential part of the process of learning how to play the piano, particularly for those who wish to play classical music. I let you become more and more familiar with note and rhythm reading through exercises that are directly related to the pieces for piano we are working on. You may however choose to get specific lessons for it, or to dedicate a part of each piano lesson to it.
 
Developing an accurate sense of rhythm
Keeping the pulse of the music is a challenge for most musicians. If it happens that you forget a beat, that you are slightly ahead of or behind the beat, or that you emphasize the wrong beat, then we can actively explore a series of exercises to improve your sense of rhythm. These exercises first aim at developing an internal pulse, away from the piano. Through moving your feet, counting and snapping with your fingers, you learn to resonate on the beat of a metronome or the one of a specific music recording. If you're confident, then it's time to bring in the piano and to give attention to the right movements of your arms, hands and fingers to express the rhythm of the music and let it dance.
  
Improving your sound
It can take many years to learn to read music and to master your fingers on the keyboard. And then the music may still not sound as you wish it would. Why does the piece played by your favourite pianist sound so differently? How come you can recognize famous musicians from their sound?
From your first piano lesson, I will invite you to listen to the sound you make, to notice the effect on the sound of the way you move your arms, hands and fingers, and to master the sound by playing effortlessly.
 
Getting insight into harmony
Whether you are a classical pianist, a jazz pianist or a singer-composer, it’s a wonderful experience to discover how music is built. In the end, you’ll find out that it’s all so logical. Getting a good understanding of the harmonic structures of the music you play will improve the quality of your interpretation, enhance your capacity to improvise and provide you with the tools to compose.
 
Learning how to play alongside a singer or to jam with other musicians
This requires understanding the basics of harmony and getting familiar with voicings. It also involves getting a good sense of rhythm and learning specific rhythm patterns.
 
Composing your own music
You are encouraged to bring in your own ideas. I will mentor you through the entire composition process, including the exploration of further possibilities to enhance the harmonic and rhythmic structure of your piece, the chords and voicings that you have used, and the piece’s dynamics.    
COLLECTIVE WORKSHOPS
 
 
Introduction to jazz
For musicians with a minimal experience of 2 years
All instruments welcome
 
In this workshop, you will learn the basics for harmonizing a melody or accompanying other players according to the most fundamental chord progressions. You will also develop a sense of swing through some typical rhythmic patterns. And you will explore various techniques for improvising.
 
Jazz in trio
For jazz pianists of an intermediate or advanced level
 
In this workshop, a professional drummer and bass player will accompany you. You will learn from them and get to feel comfortable to play with them. The work focuses on the cohesion between piano, drums and bass, the feeling of the structure of the music in 4 or 8 bars, the introduction and end of the standards, the development of an improvisation, the role as a sideman and the communication within the group.