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Brilliant Teacher 26 Nov 2017

I first started playing the piano 2 years ago, I was 10 almost 11 and I was excited and worried. Excited about learning an instrument and worried that my teacher would be like my friend’s teachers, tough, strict and was always trying to push him to do grades. This was what I thought piano teachers would be like, and then I met John. He was young, kind, funny and never mentioned grades until he thought I was ready and even then he asked me if I wanted to do them. After a year and half of playing I did grade 2 because he thought that I was a lot better then grade 1 and all the while my friend who had already been playing for 5 years did the same grade as me and when he found out about this incredible piano (and bass) teacher he switched to him and had as much fun as me. John taught me composition and let me use his incredible recording equipment on which I recorded 3 songs and wrote and recorded my own composition. I came away from John knowing more about music than I ever thought would be possible. He will teach you any type of music or any song you want (as long as it is within your level) be it jazz, classical, pop or theme tunes. I was extremely lucky with my first piano teacher and I am still playing today. The only reason I stopped doing piano with John was because he moved and I would still be doing piano with him today if he didn’t.

Brilliant Teacher 26 Nov 2017

I first started playing the piano 2 years ago, I was 10 almost 11 and I was excited and worried. Excited about learning an instrument and worried that my teacher would be like my friend’s teachers, tough, strict and was always trying to push him to do grades. This was what I thought piano teachers would be like, and then I met John. He was young, kind, funny and never mentioned grades until he thought I was ready and even then he asked me if I wanted to do them. After a year and half of playing I did grade 2 because he thought that I was a lot better then grade 1 and all the while my friend who had already been playing for 5 years did the same grade as me and when he found out about this incredible piano (and bass) teacher he switched to him and had as much fun as me. John taught me composition and let me use his incredible recording equipment on which I recorded 3 songs and wrote and recorded my own composition. I came away from John knowing more about music than I ever thought would be possible. He will teach you any type of music or any song you want (as long as it is within your level) be it jazz, classical, pop or theme tunes. I was extremely lucky with my first piano teacher and I am still playing today. The only reason I stopped doing piano with John was because he moved and I would still be doing piano with him today if he didn’t.

17 Oct 2017

I've been having lessons with Jonathan for just over a year now and my playing has improved a great deal. He is meticulous in his approach to improving technique, however manages to still make the lessons thoroughly enjoyable. On top of that, he's very friendly and approachable and a pleasure to spend time with each week.

10 Sep 2017

Jonathan is a great teacher! I'm 25 and had never played the piano before but felt comfortable and encouraged to progress through our lessons. Highly recommend!

14 Aug 2017

I think Jon is a bit of a miracle. He has got my son absolutely inspired and fired-up about music-making. He was keen to learn but to be honest I wasn’t sure if he wouldn’t lose interest after a while. Since starting learning with Jon I have seen him attack the piano with real energy every day. I have never asked him to practice – not once. In fact, I am afraid I have to ask him to stop sometimes… I think this is a lot down to Jon. From what my son says, Jon is quite tough and expects real commitment but somehow he has also demonstrated what it is like to really enjoy making music. I have watched my son practice chords which seems a great way of learning structure, he says in his lessons he uses the chords to “do whatever I like” then “Jon does some magic up there…” (indicating the other end of the piano.) What is so impressive is that my son doesn’t work hard at the piano to please Jon but to challenge himself, I have never seen this in him to quite this extent before, and I think it is the mark of a really good teacher. What he is getting is a fantastic lesson in how learning works. Jon is relaxed but not laid-back, he is clear about what is required and how to do it – basically he seems to be an excellent communicator and a teacher with really original and engaging ideas. I have also, on a more pedestrian note, found him very accommodating and helpful when football and other life-events interfere with the lesson-schedule