"... what a wonderfully caring and considerate piano teacher you are!"
- Dr Murray Mclachlan, Head of Chetham's School of Music
Richard has a large teaching practice based in Manchester and offers tuition at students' homes and at his home in Chorlton. With over 8 years experience teaching students of all ages and ability, Richard combines a relaxed and inspiring approach to lessons to help develop individual creativity and musicality.
Many students work towards examinations, which is supported through mock exam sessions, student concerts and several wider performance opportunities and masterclasses.
Students are gently encouraged through targeted grade examination work, with a focus on all aspects of music, including theory, sight-reading and listening skills. Emphasis is placed on rewarding self-motivation and hard work, with competitions to help encourage students to succeed.
Richard even runs a special competition each year for a 'Student of the Year', which includes invitation to a classical concert at the Royal Northern College of Music.
"... we feel privileged to have found such a talented and insightful teacher" - Nicola Leyland
With experience teaching both younger students and adults, Richard often gets enquiries from people who played as a child but did not continue. Adult learners are sometimes more nervous and critical of their own ability, so Richard provides a sensitive atmosphere for them to reignite their passon for music making through adult performances and smaller groups to encourage participation.
"You have made such a huge difference to my life, in that I feel very happy & confident in my playing. The piano plays a big part in my life and I thank you for taking me on and never judging me." - Breda Collins
Richard has also continued to have increasing success with those students wishing to pursue music at the highest level. With students taking part in local competitions, winning top prizes, alongside audition and acceptance into Chetham's School of Music, Richard supports students at all levels to pursue their passion for music making!
"So many teachers get into a bit of a rut, and it is a credit to you that you continue to push yourself and engage with new ideas"
-Penelope Roskell, Professor of Piano Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance