Education

I have been teaching the piano accordion  for over 15 years and I offer private one-to-one lessons in Oxford, the Cotswolds and London.  I welcome students of any age or ability and I also organize small group meetings, community performances,  workshops and participation in music festivals. I am interested in developing interest and promoting growth in learning the accordion generally, particularly among young people. The accordion can rival any other instrument in any musical genre and is incredibly versatile –  through learning to play it you will discover all sorts of aspects of life you never knew existed!

Student Area

I work with most genres of music: classical, jazz, French, Italian, Klezmer, world music, folk, and students’ own music.  I use a variety of teaching methods and materials with notation or aurally.

Here are some of the things I regularly deal with in accordion lessons:

  • Posture, holding the instrument and instrument control
  • Manipulating the bellows, bellows exercises and control
  • Developing use of the left hand standard bass combined with music theory
  • Improvisation and Ornamentation
  • Arrangements of pieces for accordion in many different styles for beginners to advanced students
  • Jazz harmony
  • Folk and world music rhythms

Chanson 48 Bass Accordion

Excelsior 120 Bass Accordion

Notable recent achievements of some students:

JM  took accordion as performance choice for A level music and got full marks, now working as a professional musician

ML participated in International Festivals in Italy aged 12, won his school music scholarship prize and started learning at the Royal Academy of Music

JY learnt to play a range of tunes as part of Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award

If you are a student you can enter the Student area with your password to download resources.

Please use the contact page to message me if you are interested in lessons or workshops.

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