June '22 Update

New Grades and Practice System

So much has happened since December!

  • Perfomance Grades

These are now well established following the changes of the last 2 years and offer a very creative and satisfying alternative way (of equal accreditation) to enjoy learning about planning a performance and experiencing different periods of music, genres and styles.

Each pupil prepares a programme of 4 varied pieces at their own pace, and when preparation is complete, submits a video recording.

  • Practice System

I have devised a new practice system covering the requirements for all levels/grades:

Practice simply consists of following  and completing a Practice Plan for each grade, in a Practice Booklet, that covers all technical aspects as well as performing.

These establish a good practice system that keeps the same format (though with new material for each level/grade), to help pupils manage their practice time efficiently and enjoy satisfying results. 

The system will work as a permanent way for pupils to enjoy playing throughout the rest of their lives, and is based on the system I use for my performing work.


I'm delighted to say that we have had 100% success this year with the new system - CONGRATULATIONS and WELL DONE to everyone concerned!

And for pupils currently preparing for exams - WELL DONE this year, I know you will be very successful too when you submit your recordings!


This new system/style of grade exam protects pupils from being overburdened with too many demands at any one time, and helps them to learn how to prioritise and pace themselves - an invaluable skill for life.

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06.03 | 08:24

I am interested in having Lessons and theory for the piano. I am recently retired . Could you advise if you have any availability. Thanks

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