Everybody has a different motivation for wanting to play a musical instrument. For some, their choice of instrument is shared by an appreciation of a particular style of music; others decide to learn simply because their friends or relatives play already. Yet in the majority of cases, the principal deciding factor is the sound it makes - and who could fail to be impressed by the beautiful and persuasive, yet complete sound of the modern pianoforte: an instrument that is as sympathetic to jazz and contemporary idioms as it is to Classical repertoire.
But before you embark on your musical journey, think carefully about choosing an experienced and qualified professional. Whilst most amateur musicians should be able to correct errors in notes and rhythm, only a professional teacher with specialist knowledge and skills will understand what it takes to develop your playing across a more expansive and challenging plane. And that's something I've been doing since 2000.
Take your time to explore my website so you can learn more about who I am and what I can do to help you realise your musical potential. Should you have any questions or if you would like to enquire about the availability of a space, please do not hesitate to get in touch. I look forward to hearing from you.
Let the adventure begin...
Ian M J Pickett
MA BA LNCM DipLCM FISM
IMJMusic has helped realise the musical aspirations of hundreds of piano students across Swindon and beyond for over twenty years. But what is that make lessons here at IMJMusic enjoyable and rewarding...
Play on a grand piano
Providing tuition on a quality German grand piano is just one aspect that distinguishes lessons here. With its rich and distinct sound, you will soon appreciate the fine materials and German craftsmanship that makes the 6.6 ft Steinberg so good to play, inspiring students of all ability to play to their very best.
Enjoy the studio
With its contemporary design, this 22ft piano studio provides a great place to perform, offering great acoustics, and crisp-white LED lighting throughout. Two large Velux windows channel natural light into the room making for a pleasant environment to learn and play.
With over twenty years as a professional teacher, and qualifications in performance, music theory, and piano accompaniment, students can follow their musical aspirations with confidence, knowing that they are being guided by an experienced, friendly, and supportive tutor.
Having two pianos significantly improves the efficiency, effectiveness, and enjoyment of lessons. The Yamaha N1 Hybrid, with its grand piano action, is ideal for demonstration and supporting pupils. And with a live video link, student and teacher can see each other's piano keys on a monitor (not shown here) to connect the learning.
Workshops for adult pupils
Regular workshops are arranged throughout the year to provide opportunities for adult students of every ability to meet and play to each other. Many pupils find these workshops invaluable, helping to develop not only their musicality and confidence but a valued social dimension to learning a musical instrument.
Piano lessons in your own home
Ideal for when students are unable to attend the studio, lessons online can be both convenient and effective. With a direct audio feed of the piano's internal sounds and a bird's-eye camera view of the keyboard, spoken instructions and encouragement is given to students via a separate microphone as they play. It's almost like a studio lesson!
Take your exams here in the studio
Knowing how an instrument will sound and perform really does make all the difference when it comes to exams. And with a large number of students here at IMJMusic, an external examiner from London College of Music can be arranged to visit to conduct grade and diploma assessments right here in the studio. No cold churches or dubious pianos here!
Dedicated listening area
Current students have access to an exclusive listening library of over 400 pieces, popular with my students. All personally recorded, this collection allow students to discover new pieces that will really inspire and motivate them to play. And the IMJMusic Repertoire List, with some 750 pieces, provides further recommendations.
"Ian is quite simply an outstanding teacher who teaches in a beautiful piano studio and we consider ourselves very fortunate indeed to have found him. Our daughter loves her lessons and always comes out of the studio happy and full of enthusiasm. Thanks to Ian's excellent teaching she has made astonishing progress with her piano and her self-confidence has increased too. Thank you Ian!"