musician and piano teacher
Andrew Ridgwick offers private piano tuition
at his home music studio in Whitley Bay
For well over 15 years
, Andrew Ridgwick has taught students from various demographic backgrounds, covering all ages and abilities.
Driven by enthusiasm
and an inherit friendly
nature, all piano lessons are individually tailored to suit the student. As well as study, fun
play a key factor in the lessons, keeping the student interested
, even when the going gets tough!
Anyone can learn to play the piano
, from young children
through to grandparents
wanting to take up a new interest during retirement. Children can start from the age of six
generally, although some gifted children can begin from the age of four
There are no prerequisites for learning to play
, only a desire to embrace one of the most rewarding
challenges you will ever decide to undertake.
Lessons are held weekly
on a chosen weekday, with a duration of either half or a full hour. A learning
program will be put together for you, which will be gradually worked through week by week at your own pace. Homework will be set which will require daily practise
This may start at 15 minutes per day
, rising as your standard progresses.
For children, it is important that parents encourage regular
practise, spending time listening
to their hard work and ensuring that adequate time is set aside during the day for practise to take place. An unorganised and rushed rehearsal
schedule is a slippery slope which ultimately leads to slower progress, boredom and the piano
simply becoming a chore.
Andrew Ridgwick has invested in an online music tuition system
whereby lesson notes, progress charts and audio examples can be posted and reviewed by teacher, pupil and parents alike.
are given their own login details which enables them to access their own records on the internet
From here, students can review lesson notes
and also hear audio
examples of their study pieces. Andrew Ridgwick will perform
the piece the student is studying and post it as an example audio
file. The student can then listen
to this on the internet
, or download it for use on an MP3
player. In certain lessons, the student's performance
will also be recorded
and posted to the site. This builds an invaluable history
of the student's progress, which can be heard
at anytime, now and in years to come!