Piano lessons are charged at £27 per hour.
Typically, lessons are half an hour long. However, shorter times can be offered to young pupils, and those undertaking higher exam grades often need longer. All aspects of lessons can be tailored to meet individual needs.
Piano technique and exam preparation
Practice and performance techniques
Musical interpretation and technical skills
Aural training and sight reading
Music history and theory
Awareness of styles and genres
Lessons are available several weekdays and evenings, subject to available spaces.
Qualifications: BA (Hons); LRAM and ARCM piano teachers’ diplomas.
Ray Pontin is a very experienced and successful piano teacher based in Dorchester. He was Head of Music at the Thomas Hardye School for eleven years, and then at St Osmund’s Middle School for over twenty years. He has taught piano to people of all ages and abilities and has an extremely high exam pass-rate. Several ex-pupils are now professional musicians.
The piano keys are black and white but they sound like a million colors in your mind.
There are eighty-eight keys on a piano and within that, an entire universe.
Many of my pupils take exams because it is a benchmark, provides a focus and the higher grades can be used to gain points for university entry. However, there are two caveats. Firstly, I do not enter pupils without their (or their parents’) agreement, and I only enter them when I am confident of a good pass. Secondly, not all pupils respond well to exams, and some learn just for pleasure without the stress of external assessment: my lessons are not designed as an ‘exam factory!’
The focus of lessons is learning with fun. Starting (or continuing) piano demands commitment but it shouldn’t have to be a ‘dreary slog.’ Some pupils like to focus on composition, whereas others may be more interested in improvisation, for example. I feel it is part of my remit to introduce students to a variety of genres and approaches. I have taught from pre Grade 1 to post Grade 8 standard.
For younger students, I am in regular touch with parents to update them on progress. All pupils receive an annual report stating progress and describing strengths as well as areas needing further development.
I have been learning the piano with Mr Pontin for more than six years. He is a supporting and encouraging teacher. I have decided to stop talking piano exams now but continue to learn with Mr Pontin, as he has inspired me to play for the love of it