The best way to find a piano teacher: piano playing tips from Melanie Spanswick

I am continuing my Piano Education Project today with vlog number 6. This is probably one of the most frequently asked question; what is the best way to find a piano teacher? Hopefully my musings will be helpful as they consist of a few tips to put you on the right track.


Melanie Spanswick has written and published a wide range of courses, anthologies, examination syllabuses, and text books, including Play it again: PIANO (published by Schott Music). This best-selling graded, progressive piano course contains a large selection of repertoire featuring a huge array of styles and genres, with copious practice tips and suggestions for every piece.

For more information, please visit the publications page, here.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. A.Layman says:

    I’ve been on Gumtree and there are a few piano teachers on there. Of course, you would need to check them out first. You also could try your local authority music service as most of the teachers they use may be used to teaching children anyway.

    It can be quite a minefield looking for a piano teacher, and we don’t all go to church! Ironically enough, my last teacher, who plays in the local church every Sunday, told me I was ‘the awkwardest pupil she’d ever had’!

    1. Hi – err…I wasn’t suggesting that you went to church!! Rather that you contacted the organist/choir master of your local church or something like that. It really is a difficult task choosing the right teacher and I’m not surprised you have had many problems. I have gone into detail about what to look for in my book. I am hoping to get it published soon so stay tuned 🙂

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