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IMJMusic has helped realise the musical potential of hundreds of piano students across Swindon and beyond for over twenty years. From those just starting to find their musical feet to those perfecting their skills at diploma level, my teaching embraces a wide spectrum of ages, levels, and personalities. 

But what is it that makes piano lessons here so enjoyable and rewarding for many students? I asked that very question to a range of students to discover what it was that they liked about their piano lessons. Here's what I discovered...

Superb grand piano in a dedicated studio space

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 this 6.6ft Steinberg so good to play, inspiring students of every level to play to their very best.  

​The German grand piano is housed in a 22ft dedicated studio space and makes for an inviting place to perform thanks to its spacious setting and great acoustics. Two large Velux windows channel natural light into the room by day, and crisp-LED lighting by night makes for a pleasant environment to learn and play - whatever the time of day. 

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Effective teaching set-up

Alongside the main instrument is a Yamaha N1 Hybrid grand piano - perfect for demonstration and supporting students as they play. Having two pianos in the studio significantly improves the efficiency and effectiveness of learning which makes lessons more enjoyable.  

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To further connect the learning process, a live video link is available which allows the student and teacher to see each other's piano keys on a separate monitor positioned right next to them. This facility has helped improve teaching and allows the student to really appreciate how a different approach might transform their playing.  

Encouraging and supportive at all levels

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.

From novice players to those working towards professional diplomas in performance and teaching, IMJMusic prides itself on offering tuition to a wide range of students. Some past students have read music at university and are now practising teachers across the town and beyond.

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Student workshops to develop confidence

​Learning the piano can be quite a solitary activity, so finding opportunities to bring adult students together to meet and hear each other can prove particularly rewarding for pupil and teacher alike 

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Throughout the year, a series of informal workshops is arranged  in the IMJMusic studio to help adults develop musicality and confidence in performance. Open to all, this provides a much-valued insight into piano playing and the wider repertoire. Many adults find this brings a new dimension to their learning. 

Accredited exams in the studio

Knowing how an instrument will sound and perform really does make all the difference when it comes to piano exams. And with so many students here at IMJMusic, regulated and accredited qualifications with London College of Music can be taken right here in the studio and assessed by an independent visiting examiner.

From first grade to an entry-level diploma, students can sit recognised exams in the comfort and familiar environment of the studio using the same grand piano they receive their weekly lesson. This helps significantly to when exams are on the horizon as students feel more relaxed and at-home.  

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Exclusive listening area

Discover new pieces that will really motive and inspire practising in the exclusive listening area.  From elegant Classical tunes to modern compositions, all carefully selected from over twenty years of teaching and performed by Ian M J Pickett  MA BA LNCM ATCL DipLCM FISM

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This library of over 400 recordings provides students with the opportunity to discover and listen to new pieces from the comfort of their home - way more than is ever possible to demonstrate in a lesson. And with a further 800 pieces listed on the IMJMusic Repertoire List, students will have plenty to explore and enjoy.

 

[Access limited to fee-paying students only]