Please note: I am not currently taking new students; however, I will consider applications from adults and teenagers, post-Grade 5 level. I am available for consultancy by email on aspects of diploma preparation, including selection a programme, writing programme notes, and presentation skills.
A classically-trained pianist with over 40 years of playing experience, I hold Licentiate and Associate Diplomas (both with Distinction) in Performance, and teach teenage and adult intermediate (cGrade 4) to advanced students (cGrade 8).
A teacher who has a firm knowledge of the matter in hand and who combines this with charisma and fun to ensure that students of all ages gain confidence and pleasure
Through tuition tailored to the individual’s needs, my aim is to encourage students to develop at their own pace to play with confidence, musicality, and expression, and to become independent learners. I offer all students a solid grounding in the technical and stylistic aspects of piano playing, together with an understanding of cultural and historical contexts, and general musicianship. Lessons take place in my home where I have a beautiful 1913 Bechstein grand piano. My students have enjoyed a 100% pass rate in graded music exams, with most achieving a Merit or Distinction.
Frances is an ideal teacher for an adult learner returning to the piano: flexible in approach, thoughtful and able to offer suggestions for improvement without being directive.
My primary concern is to make lessons as enjoyable as possible, as I feel this stimulates learning, and my teaching style is relaxed and flexible. Students may opt to work towards graded exams, but this is not obligatory. However, I am a firm believer in the premise “practise makes perfect” – and permanent – and I encourage all my pupils to develop good habits and to practise regularly.
a natural communicator with both children and adults
Learning to play the piano has many benefits: it can improve concentration, develop and strengthen memory, and improve mental and physical co-ordination. It also offers a deep sense of personal achievement, enjoyment and self-fulfilment.
Full professional member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM), and an ISM registered private piano teacher. Fully CRB checked (DBS Enhanced Certificate). References available on request.
my playing came on in leaps and bounds under her guidance
From 2008 to 2014 I studied privately with Penelope Roskell, Professor of Piano and Piano Pedagogy at Trinity-Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance, and from 2014-17 with acclaimed teacher, pianist and writer Graham Fitch. In addition, I have had coaching and mentoring from Canadian pianist and teacher Alan Fraser and concert pianist James Lisney, and have participated in masterclasses with Murray McLachlan, Stephen Savage and Charlotte Tomlinson. I attend courses and seminars for advanced pianists and engage in continuing professional development to enhance both my teaching and performing skills. I hold Licentiate and Associate performance diplomas (achieving both with Distinction).
In addition to my teaching, I also run workshops for adult students on preparing for performance diplomas, performing with confidence and understanding performance anxiety, and am co-founder of the London Piano Meetup Group, which organises regular performance events and workshops for adult pianists. I have acted as a syllabus consultant for the London College of Music, Trinity College London and the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, and have written teaching notes for Trinity College London and the ABRSM.