Polina - Piano Teacher, Performer, Accompanist

Piano Lessons in Fleet

I teach piano privately and at Farnborough Sixth Form College.

My piano studio is based in the centre of Fleet, Hampshire.

I have been teaching children and adults for 20 years, both for exam/concert preparation and pleasure. It is something I truly enjoy doing and students often say they feel really inspired after our lessons.

Lessons are fun and customised to suit student's interests and needs. Focus areas of my tuition include development of healthy technique, aural awareness, sight-reading skills and performance confidence.

My students have 100% exam pass rate and most get Distinctions and Merits. A few of them have become music scholars at their respective schools. Currently the range of my students is beginner - ABRSM Diploma level.

I am fully DBS-checked.


Instrument. Students are taught on a 6’ 1’’ grand piano of an outstanding quality, Kawai RX-3. Alongside it I use a quality upright piano, Yamaha AvantGrand N2, for teaching demonstrations, duets and concerto accompaniments.

A student must have a good piano at home, with 88 fully weighted sensitive keys. I will be happy to advise on choosing a suitable piano. An acoustic piano is always preferred to digital, contributing to student’s enjoyment and development of solid pianistic skills!

My lessons are very thorough. They cover all the critical components of musical development: ear training, technique, rhythm, expression, sight-reading, music theory, basics of improvisation and composition, understanding of musical styles. Scales and chords are taught in a creative way - a student not only memorizes them but also learns to apply them (to compose a melody in a given key, then to choose the chords, to play a tune by ear in a given key etc).

Exams are used frequently in my studio, when I deem a student ready to take them. They are, therefore, not a "conveyor belt", and a syllabus is not a curriculum. Exams are essentially the "apotheosis" of attaining a certain level of pianistic development.

Pieces. In each level we learn about 30 works of various styles, including beautiful duets. We select the pieces together, because a student needs to like his/her repertoire. "30-piece Challenge" with wall chart and prizes is regularly organised.

Performance opportunities. Students regularly perform in my class concerts, also at competitions and festivals. Prior to the ?big day? they are encouraged to practice-perform their program in a close circle which are usually their fellow pupils or parents. The most committed and capable students are given information on summer schools, masterclasses and prestigious Saturday schools at conservatoires.

Group lessons might be organised when necessary, practising ensemble playing, music theory, honing sight-reading and performing skills.

The first three lessons are for trial and they are to be paid for on the day without a commitment to continue. If everyone is happy with the lessons and a reguilar slot is agreed, the Contract is signed for an academic year. The Tuition is monthly via standing order at the rate of 38 guaranteed lessons per academic year, divided by 10 months (September-June). Lessons during school holidays are encouraged for continuity, and they are paid for separately. Should a student start with me in spring or summer, they might be temporarily invoiced at the beginning of each month for the actual number of lessons due that month.








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