Piano Teachers in Ipswich Suffolk
Covid-19: Lessons in person suspended
Online lessons available
Covid 19In spite of Government permission to do so, we have decided not to resume piano lessons in person yet because we don't consider that it is currently safe to do so, not only because we wish to offer you a safe Covid environment, but because of the uncertain and unresolved national and global state of the pandemic. We have written to Mr Tom Hunt MP, who is raising the issues summarised below on our behalf at Ministerial level. Our concerns are that not enough account is taken of the complexities and expense of providing a safe environment for close proximity, one-to-one consultations of any kind - musical or otherwise. Vaccinations are incomplete; long term efficacy still uncertain; asymptomatic transfer via adults or children not proven and vaccination of children only at the research stage. In addition, the virus is constantly mutating and new strains like the new Indian mutation enter the UK. At Marycliff Piano Lessons we serve a very international clientele and the last thing we want to do is endanger you. Then there is the major issue that proper sanitisation of the piano keyboard is complex and time-consuming, rendering teaching unviable when added to the cleaning of the music room, WC and waiting area after each lesson. We do not have staff to assist with this. To reduce the risk, an airconditioning system is necessary, drawing air from outside and not just recycling it. This is currently beyond our resources. Sadly therefore, as much as we would prefer to restart, we will only resume lessons in person when no further cases of Covid might arise from so doing. This of-course because we wish to protect our pupils and ourselves in spite of serious loss of income from making this decision. So apologies that lessons-in-person are not available yet and do keep an eye on this page for our progress with this important and complex matter.
Clifford and Maryvonne work as a team to give you the best possible progress. We discuss each other's pupils regularly and share our expertise. Maryvonne's massive experience of teaching 5 year olds upwards, really does help Clifford teach adults more effectively, and his lifelong experience and research into best practice in piano technique, filters over into Maryvonne's teaching of children. So you really are getting Two for the price of One !
Maryvonne's fees for lessons in person
Up to Grade 5 standard£17 for 30 mins weekly
£34 for 1 hour weekly
Grades 5 to 8 standard£36 for 1 hour weekly
Clifford's fees for online or lessons in person
All lessons are 1 hour long but advanced and professional sessions are likely to be longer at Clifford's discretion.
If you want to play the piano properly, it's faster and therefore cheaper in the long run to learn piano with experienced teachers like us. We're very patient, love our work, and go for thoroughness without shortcuts but still with loads of fun. You can enjoy classical, jazz or pop - if it's written down we can teach it! If you're a parent with a child who wants to learn - that's an enriching experience. If you are an adult, it's possible to achieve that dream and use music and piano to relax and destress from a demanding job and life. Playing the piano has given us much pleasure and we'd like to do the same for you.
All ages and standards welcome.Have your piano lessons on a real grand or upright piano. It's OK to have an electronic keyboard, digital piano or acoustic piano at home because our tuition is applicable to all these instruments. You will also learn to read left hand, as well as right hand music and eventually play by memory. You can go at your own speed depending on how much time you have available, although 30 minutes daily practice and a weekly lesson can produce excellent results. Progress at your own speed, but remember that playing or progressing too fast does not produce the best results.
Have FUNHave fun, but still enjoy working thoroughly with one-to-one lessons for child beginners or adult beginners. Clifford helps adults to progress right from the beginning without you being under pressure. Lessons are well organised, relaxed and enjoyable. Maryvonne has the knack of working with young children and makes it fun. Both children and adults learn to play piano or keyboard equally well with both hands and eventually in any style. Here is an opportunity to achieve your dream and learn piano with a good technique and warm sound whatever level you are.
Learn about playing pianoCorrect hand position on the keyboard is essential for acquiring a good piano technique and beautiful sound in a relaxed manner. Also good fingering is very important to help you progress easily and thoroughly. If you learn to play correctly right from the beginning, the skill becomes much easier. Just like with golf - it's not just about hitting the ball, and some effort is required to do it correctly and efficiently. It's the same with piano playing but the reward is well worth it and easier in the long run. Marycliff Piano Lessons give you tuition in this.
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