I was very lucky, I was born into a family that owned a piano.
From as early as I can remember I was mesmerised by the sound.
I just wanted to learn how to make sense of all those keys!
I finally had my first proper lessons aged 9, and soon accompanied school assembly with simple hymns. Terrified but thrilled.
I just wanted to play more, and play better.
Life got in the way and lessons resumed again as a teenager for a couple of years, and I passed my ABRSM grade 5.
I dreamed of going to music college, owning a grand piano, and one day becoming a piano teacher... but reality got in the way.
After half a lifetime, I have finally returned to my first love...
I had some more lessons a few years ago, finally passing my ABRSM grade 5 theory, and grade 7 piano (some 30 years since my last exam!) and one day I may finally take my grade 8.
I may never get to music college. I will never become a performer.
What I can do though, is pass on my passion for the piano.
Whatever your age, if you have EVER wanted to learn to play piano...
give it a try - the first lesson is FREE!
"Practice makes PERMANENT...
only perfect practice, makes perfect"
What the students say...
I began playing the piano in my 60's and couldn't read music to begin with. Lucy has given me the confidence to believe in myself and encouraged me with such patience and kindness.
[LINDA - Oakridge]
The first thing I did when we moved to Frampton Mansell was join the village choir. At the time rehearsals were held outside because of Covid restrictions. I saw immediately that Lucy was a dynamic and superbly competent choir leader. Everyone was motivated to come to practise – even in the cold and the rain – because she made it such fun. Now we are back rehearsing in the Village Hall and working on extending our repertoire. Lucy really does get the best out of her singers, and her knowledge and enthusiasm is helping the choir build in confidence. Joining the village choir was the best thing I could have done. I get to sing regularly, which is very important to me – but more than that I have joined a 'family' that provides friendship and support which continues beyond the music.
[JO - Frampton Mansell]
As a complete beginner at the piano, I could not read music, but Lucy never made me feel this was an obstacle. She is patient and encouraging and always takes account of the students' preferences when it comes to selecting pieces to play. I have made better progress than I expected thanks to Lucy's teaching methods - she's very flexible with scheduling lessons, teaching me via Zoom through the pandemic.
[CLARE - Cirencester]
I have been a member of the Frampton Mansell Village Choir since it started 5 years ago, and I still sing regularly with them. Lucy is our choir-leader and under her leadership we have blossomed! Lucy has the drive and vision to push us to perform pieces we sometimes think are beyond our reach, but she always gets us there... her infectious enthusiasm is almost boundless and choir evenings are always full of fun and laughter. Lucy is always great company and a pleasure to sing with. I feel very privileged to be part of her "choir family".
[CHRIS - Tarlton]
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