Norfolk Music School

Two young pupils having fun playing the piano

Piano for All!

I have 23 years' experience teaching budding pianists and keyboard players.

I welcome all ages, from beginners 6 or 7 years old to people pursuing

a rhythmic retirement (most of whom are beginners, too)!

Lessons can be fun and they also give you the chance to shine!

One of my pupils has passed his grade 6 exam with Distinction

at the age of just 12, while Jim, in his eighties, has passed

with Merit at the top grade (grade 8)!

For happy duets like the one being played by the twins above my upright piano is often the best. However, I also have a grand, and this often partners the upright when the duet (or the pupil) is more ambitious, as shown in the photo.

(The photo also shows the reciprocal monitors which I devised during covid so that my pupils and I could have lessons at separate pianos while keeping watch on each other's fingers!)

A child looking at her piano teacher as she plays

I compose to suit each learner's tastes and technical needs. For the girl shown here I based a piece on a simple tune that she made up. Some pieces start as catchy songs like the slightly naughty nose picking song.

Once a piece gets under their skin pupils often find that it comes to their fingers easily! To ensure good technique I sometimes film those fingers in action (hence the excellent hand and body postures you see on this website)! 

Musical ears are important but so are musical eyes! I use a range of methods, some modern and some traditional, to ensure that my pianists can all read music.

Musical brains are important, too, and theory and composition often feature in lessons. Some of my keenest composers, like the girl shown here, have even scored hits with The Worldwide Song Project!

With youngsters, the secret is to make piano interesting. Once that's done, the gift of music is theirs for life and they take it with them wherever they go. In the words of a parent,

Thank you for all your dedication in teaching Ian here in Norfolk. He loves his piano and will continue in Australia.

A piano pupil who is having fun singing
Photos showing pinists sitting with straight backs and curved fingers

I generally teach in my studio near North Walsham but will gladly consider visiting pupils within a few miles if disability prevents them travelling.

Tony D Triggs

BA (hons), Grad Cert Ed, MA, AMusTCL

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