ARAM - Associate of the Royal Academy of Music - honorary Diploma from The Royal Academy of Music for musical achievement and services to music.
LRAM - Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music - piano teaching diploma from The Royal Academy of Music.
FISM - Fellow of the Incorporated Society of Musicians - for at least 15 years membership of the Incorporated Society of Musicians
Clifford is an ISM registered private teacher with Enhanced Disclosure CRB certificate for the role of Private Music Teacher.
He studied firstly at the Birmingham Conservatoire and than mainly at The Royal Academy of Music London where he won the Beethoven prize and many others. After that he was awarded a British Council Scholarship to study for 2 years in Russia at the St. Petersburg Conservatoire. He was a professional pianist for 12 years - both in the UK and abroad, including several appearances at Snape Maltings The South Bank and Radio and TV.
Appearances abroad including the Schloss Leopoldskron where the Sound of Music was filmed. Stopping concerts to concentrate on teaching and family matters, he was Head of Music at a comprehensive school for 5 years and later exclusively became a piano teacher - now of 40 years' experience - including teaching at the Royal Academy of Music and the Colchester Institute.
Well known for his deep understanding of people and pleasure of working with them, his considerable knowledge and versatility of teaching skills enables him to teach effectively the usual advanced students as well as giving the opportunity to adult beginners coming to his lessons with zero knowledge at any time of life. He has made good pianists out of many people who thought they had passed the opportunity by, as well as helping many young people enter the Music Profession in a variety of capacities.
He has taught many who are now themselves performers, composers and both class or piano teachers both locally and abroad. One past student came to him having suffered a stroke and had limited use of the left hand. Clifford helped him to regain use of that hand and get his piano playing to a standard beyond his wildest expectations. Above all, Clifford is a great motivator and loves to empower people to achieve what they themselves dreamt of, but considered impossible. The result is a wonderful and rewarding skill which can stay with you for the rest of life.
Maryvonne is member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians and is an ISM Registered Private Teacher with Enhanced Disclosure CRB certificate. These are only the most recent ABRSM exam results. The same pattern goes back many years with ... NO FAILURES
Maryvonne studied privately in France and UK, and is a piano teacher of tremendous patience and experience. In spite of not commencing piano studies until the age of 10, her progress was so remarkable that after only 2 years, she was asked to assist her piano teacher with general music lessons for the other students, since she had already decided long before, that she wanted to be a pianist and piano teacher.
Having brought up a family Maryvonne has lots of understanding and empathy with young children, making her the ideal piano teacher for child beginners aged 5 upwards - taking them as far as they want to go. They all love her to bits and of-course make good progress whilst having lots of fun! Some of them have become successful professional performing or teaching musicians.
Piano lessons are usually 30 minutes long until the child is older. Lessons are on an acoustic piano, but it's OK for the pupil to practise on a digital keyboard. Maryvonne also works very successfully with adult beginners who usually have a full hour's lesson.
Theory is taught on a need-to-know basis within the lesson itself. Full music theory lessons are also available and indeed advisable.