When I left school, I followed a career in paediatric and neonatal nursing. Later, after I married and had my three children, I was unable for some time to pursue this career, and started teaching piano to a few children at my home.
Gradually over the past 18 years, this has increased, so that currently I teach around 50 piano students each week of all ages and stages. I follow the ABRSM syllabus for the majority, working through the grades. However I choose to broaden the students’ skills and repertoire between grades, by working through other music at a suitable level. This could include jazz, popular music or a piece of music of their choice. Music Theory is regularly part of a standard lesson.
In the last six years I have added to this, a particular interest in children with Special needs, including autism, aspergers, and some with multiple needs requiring educational support.
As with all students, each of these children has an individual programme to complement their needs. With some, this is learning piano (two of these children have received their Grade 1 certificates ABRSM). With others, I call it ‘Music Time’ and incorporate a lot more rhythm games, action songs, musical exercises, all of which give them an exciting and stimulating musical experience, while learning and progressing.
I have myself worked through the music grades as a young person, and in more recent years acquired my teaching Diploma (DipABRSM Teaching).