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"I've been an ABRSM Examiner since 2018, and regularly enter students for graded exams. Over 70% of my students have achieved Distinctions and Merits and I've maintained a 100% pass rate in over 20 years of teaching." 


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  • Thorough and extensive knowledge of piano repertoire

  • Strong attention to detail

  • Creative and friendly style

  • Effective teaching techniques to develop sight reading and aural

  • Organised, reliable and with excellent communication skills

  • Extensive experience of ABRSM and Trinity examination boards

  • Chamber music and duo coaching

  • Effective online teaching

From 2002-2008 Esther taught in several private schools and music schools in London. From 2008 onwards she worked at Ambrit International School Rome, and now exclusively at St George's British International School Rome where she has a large body of piano students ranging from beginners to post grade 8. Drawing from her own rigorous undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in the U.K and Amsterdam, and over 20 years of teaching experience, she has developed an effective and successful approach to teaching which brings out the best in students of all ages and abilities. With a combination of tailor-made programmes of study for each individual, extensive and detailed input, and a friendly and engaging style, students make rapid progress, enjoying the process of practice and performance, and developing a love for the instrument which lasts well beyond the formative years. 

Teaching style and philosophy

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Choosing the right repertoire

Even if we spent every waking moment of our lives playing the piano, we would never be able to play through the entire piano literature in a lifetime. It's for that reason that it is so important to focus on music that is enjoyable to play and that speaks to us as individuals, and not on learning pieces that we think we should learn or that pedagogues of the past have prescribed. After all, if we're going to be sitting down for hours practicing it, we might as well like it! Piano repertoire is constantly expanding, especially with a constant stream of new educational publications and materials being produced every year, encompassing a wide array of musical styles and genres. There's so much scope nowadays to combine the rich piano legacy of the past, with the fresh face of the present, and we need to move with current tastes of young learners today, which are often quite different from those of decades past. As a teacher, if we match the right repertoire to the student, we are halfway there!


Technical Foundation

If we want to express something, we need the means to do it, and that's where technique comes in. Regardless of an individual student's ambition, it's important to have basic technical elements in place. Whether it's knowing the geography of the keyboard through scale patterns, or building up strength and flexibility through progressive studies and exercises, technical work is a vital part of the pianist's skill set and needs to be incorporated at every stage. But acquiring a good technique does not mean spending hours and years focusing on mechanical control, and it is not solely about speed, strength and accuracy. Piano technique is about being able to play the way you desire without being restricted, and it is with those principals in mind, that I try to find a balanced approach when guiding my students to obtaining a reliable technique.


Encouraging independent learning and problem solving

Much of my lesson time is showing students how to practice, practicing with them, and helping them build up a tool kit of tricks and tips which can be stored up for later use on similar passages or pieces. If there's a particular difficulty, I try to get them to analyse why, what might help them, and how to break the problem down. Effective and targeted practice is the only way of becoming fluent and familiar, but it is through critical thinking and problem solving that good quality playing is achieved. 


Each student is an individual

There's no one way to play the piano, and likewise there's no one way to teach, and that's why an adaptive approach is the one I use. Whether a beginner or advanced student, it's important to have a plan tailor made to that individual, and that means being flexible to their particular needs. Being a piano teacher requires such a vast array of skills. Not only do you need to be a master of your instrument and a good communicator, but there are so many pastoral qualities that are involved. It means having an understanding of someone's emotions, gaining insights into their personality, and often being able to read between the lines in the moments that are not spoken. We are not only teachers, we are part time psychologists! 

Student Performances

Student Performances

All videos taken from 2021 onwards.

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