I'm Susannah

I am a private piano teacher based in Lancing, West Sussex, teaching from my home on my Yamaha U3H. I teach anyone aged five and over, with ability levels ranging from beginner to intermediate. I teach all year round. I am DBS checked and insured. My lessons are Covid secure. As an alternative to face-to-face lessons, I also teach virtually. My portfolio of relevant qualifications, certificates and achievements can be viewed by appointment.

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My Musical Journey

I begun piano lessons at the age of five, however my playing ability rapidly evolved when I was ten. I had been paired with a new teacher who gave me unrestricted freedom to play music outside of the exam syllabus, and soon I was unknowingly playing Diploma standard pieces. This unexpected development lead me to pass my Grade 8 with Distinction and undergo five years of classical piano training and musicianship at the Junior Royal Academy of Music. So, since I was a little girl, I have been acutely aware of the effect a teacher's outlook can have on one's interest, progression, and potentially one's future. I begun to teach the piano privately, passed my Grade 6 in Music Theory and went on to take my BA degree at City University London (BMus with Hons). I am grateful to have had tuition from several highly regarded pianists, some of whom were either once students at or teachers at the Vienna Conservatory, the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music and the Guildhall.

After completing my degree, I relocated and sought security in conventional employment away from piano teaching. But, for me, this was ultimately unfulfilling and lockdown lead me to realise what is really important. Encouraging other's to learn the skill which has enriched my own life above anything else, is a more rewarding way for me to live.


My Teaching Style

Each student is an individual and I appreciate the many benefits of learning to play the piano, rather than solely focusing on the usual gaining of exam certificates, performing and competing. Music is ultimately there to be enjoyed, no matter how one wishes to do so. My lessons are both engaging and structured. I give gentle, constructive feedback and encouragement.

Practice is important and will define the speed of your progress, just like physical workouts. Practicing will help you master playing your pieces faster, but it will also encourage suppleness in your hands and make the most of your lesson time. However, having a variety of interests is something I encourage students to embrace. When I'm not teaching or playing the piano, you can usually find me falling over on my yoga mat, trekking across the Downs, at the beach, getting my gardening gloves on, reading a good book or, most importantly, spending time with loved ones.