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Julian Woodcock

ABSM GBSM Cert.Ed

 

I am an experienced piano teacher with the knowledge and expertise to guide you through all the steps of learning the piano with ease.
Piano Lessons Keyboard Lessons

100% Success rate in exams!

 

 

At Lakeside Piano Studio I offer piano lessons in Stourbridge with a progressive approach to tuition that is tailored to the individual needs of each student. I take a keen and steady approach, so you can learn at your own pace, focusing either on examinations or repertoire music. Through a mix of both theoretical and practical sessions, you can learn piano or keyboard from beginners to diploma level or work on backing tracks and studying music sequences. You'll be learning on the state of the art equipment in the Studio, including the Korg Kronos music workstation.

 

 

I have been working with the Associated Board Of The Royal Schools of Music for many years. My students achieved impressive results in their examinations and further contributed to their education, further education and in some cases employment.

 

 


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Learning the piano can be great fun and it may become your career!

 

 

Contact Lakeside Piano Studio for piano and keyboard lessons. I am a qualified teacher and can guide you through a step-by-step process, achieving excellent results with all examination boards and fostering the ability to create beautiful music on your own.

 

 

Call me on 01384 386 590 or 07946 225 905, or click here to get in touch.
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Five Benefits from Children's Piano Lessons

Many children reach a certain age and decide they want to learn a musical instrument. Or perhaps their school is offering some basic keyboard lessons and they have taken to the instrument – they want to learn more and that means working with a piano teacher. At first glance, this is a good thing but there are many benefits that exceed just being able to play the piano. Here are five examples.


Helps with school work

When your child takes piano lessons in Stourbridge, West Midlands or wherever you live, you may find that they do better in school – in non-music subjects. Studies have shown that children who play a musical instrument score higher on both spatial cognitive development and standard tests. The piano has also shown to help children perform better at maths with things like ratios and fractions.


Increases self-esteem

Piano tuition is something that needs the desire to begin and dedication to continue. By doing these things, children start to boost their self-esteem, feel more positive about themselves and have more confidence. Every time they learn a new song, advance in their keyboard & theory lessons or master a tricky piece, this boost grows. It also helps them with patience, learning to master something and not to be easily discouraged.


Improved coordination

One of the reasons people are happy for kids to play computer games is that it improves their coordination – but so does playing the piano. Children who take lessons have better fine motor skills and because the piano makes both hands work independently, they have better skills at doing different things at once. Overall dexterity and ability to manage complex processes are improved due to their lessons.


Better concentration

Learning to play an instrument, read music and then make that into an action that creates the right note takes concentration and this is an ability with many other uses in real life. Reading and playing music has been shown to improve both creative thinking and also critical thinking and these are skills that can be applied in almost any area of life.


Long lasting benefits

Children who play the piano are often found to be more well-rounded and to have benefits that outlast their time having tuition. The child may decide that they no longer want to learn the piano – which is fine. But all of those skills and qualities they have learned during their tuition will stay with them for the rest of their life. Appreciation for classical music, understanding of how to read music, a sense of rhythm, all of these things will stay with them for life.


Skills within skills

Many studies have shown that children who learn instruments, and the piano in particular, have a lot of skills that they learn that can be applied in other ways. From boosting their school work to helping them master complex tasks or even just learning to be more patient, the skills within the skill of playing the piano can benefit them for the rest of their lives in many different ways.

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What is the Associated Board Of The Royal Schools of Music?

One of the things I am most proud of is that I have worked with the Associated Board Of The Royal Schools of Music for many years and have a 100% success rate with my students. But if you are new to having piano lessons in Stourbridge or have never taken keyboard lessons before, you may wonder what this is and why it is so important.


What is ABRSM?

The Associated Board Of The Royal Schools of Music or ABRSM is the largest music education body in the UK, one of the largest publishers of music and the world’s top provider of music exams. It is responsible for some 650,000 assessments each year across 90 different countries. It is also a charity and helps with music education schemes around the globe.

It was founded in 1889 and has a long history but the aim has always been the same – to encourage a love for music and achievement in it. The ABRSM believes that everyone should be able to get high-quality music learning – in my case, this means offering piano tuition, keyboard & theory lessons to students around the West Midlands.


Exams and assessments

The ABRSM works in partnership with the Royal Schools of Music to support music learning around the world and therefore have a number of different resources for everyone from the local piano teacher to schools, colleges and music related groups.

At the heart of what they do is the providing of graded music exams, assessments and diplomas. These are recognised around the world and are aimed at motivating learners from children through to adults of all ages to have goals and rewards to their musical learning.


Should you take an exam?

Taking exams might seem like something a little stressful for a hobby and it is true that not all of my students want to go down this route. And there’s nothing wrong with that – the importance is the learning and enjoyment. But if you do want to consider it, then there are good reasons to consider taking exams.

Exams have been shown to offer motivation, inspiration and allow you to work from a careful structured syllabus. They offer a clearly defined goal and allow you to measure your own progress towards these goals. You are also working towards an internationally recognised standard that helps you to improve your musical skills.

Taking an exam also means you are assessed by an independent musician who has themselves passed numerous tests and exams to be in this position. Passing an exam can give you a sense of achievement and progress and is also something you can provide to show your abilities if you want to move towards a professional career in music or playing the piano.


Internationally recognised standard

The ABRSM exams are an internationally recognised standard that allows musicians to test their skills, measure their performance and progress in their piano skills. That’s why I recommend it for all students who are interested in testing and grading their progress.

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Are you thinking of Buying a Piano to play?

Lots of us envision a piano as a large, grand piano as you see in the orchestra with the pianist sitting on a stool and the instrument stretching out before them. But when you start taking piano lessons Stourbridge, you quickly realise there are lots of different types of piano. So if you are looking to take piano tuition, keyboard & theory lessons or keyboard lessons, then learning about the different types of piano is important.


Upright pianos

Upright pianos number one of the most common types on the market and many piano teachers will have one in their West Midlands home or studio. Because they are upright, they fit into many more homes than a grand piano and will stand next to a wall.

The big difference between an upright and a grand piano is that the strings and action are vertical in an upright piano. This creates a different feel so if you have had piano tuition on a grand piano, it may take a little to get used to an upright.


Grand pianos

Grand pianos are the classic style of piano that most of us will think of when someone talks about learning to play the instrument. They are a piece of fine craftsmanship and also more expensive than other types of piano. They need a significant amount of room to place and to leave space to perform and are popular on stages.

In a grand piano, there are techniques that you cannot manage on an upright piano and this is why professionals often favour them. And of course, it looks amazing when you are sitting, playing at one – just ask Elton John!


Digital pianos

While purists might not favour the digital piano, they do have a role to play and can create a similar sound to upright and grand pianos. Some people classify them as keyboards, but they have more of the sound and feel of a piano. They have a weight when striking the key that is definitely similar to a piano, but they are more affordable and easier if you don’t have a lot of space.


Styles of piano

While the upright and grand are two of the primary types of piano with the digital as a new third option, there are also styles of piano to learn about. I’d be happy to discuss your requirements and give you advice about the best piano for your situation.

 


About Me

 

 

If you are looking for a piano teacher in Stourbridge, then you want someone who is experienced and qualified. My name is Julian and I run Lakeside Piano Studio where I offer music lessons that are structured to the needs of each individual, from those at the very beginning through to those ready to start diploma examinations. My aim is to guide students at a pace with which they are comfortable, so that lessons are enjoyable, and success can be achieved as a result.

 

 

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Early Experience

 

I started having piano lessons at the age of four years old and took examinations with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. At the age of eight, I began performing at the Civic Hall, taking part in the annual Wolverhampton Music Festival competitions.

 

 

I won the first prize on many occasions and was twice awarded the Mayor's Special Prize for the most talented musician under the age of sixteen. At the age of ten, I was chosen to participate in a master class hosted by the international concert pianist Sydney Harrison.

 

 

At the age of thirteen I began tuition with Tom Bromley who lived in Olton, Solihull. Prior to his retirement, he had been the principal piano teacher at the Birmingham Conservatoire, but even in his retirement, he regularly performed on Radio 3.

 

 

 

Later Experience

 

Having just turned fifteen, I took my Grade eight piano examination in Birmingham. My results were sent directly to Tom Bromley and when I had my next lesson he informed me that having gained one of the ten highest marks in Great Britain, the Royal Academy of Music, in London, wanted me to attend for an audition. I did attend for an audition and was offered a place to study the piano with them after taking my A levels. I wished to study the piano with Frank Wibaut who lived in Birmingham and taught at the conservatoire. Having taken my A levels and living in Wolverhampton, it made sense to audition at the conservatoire in Birmingham.
In the February prior to taking my A level examinations, I auditioned at the Birmingham School of Music and was awarded an unconditional offer.

 

 

I began studying music at the Conservatoire and in March of my first year, I gained an ABSM piano teaching diploma. During my first two years I had piano tuition with the international concert pianist, Frank Wibaut. It was at this point that Frank Wibaut went on a tour of the U.S A, Canada and New Zealand. He took with him a Grand Piano and a team of six technicians to tune and regulate the instrument prior to each of his recitals. At the beginning of my final year, I studied the piano with Joseph Weingarten, another international concert pianist and he taught me for two years. At the end of my third year I was awarded a GBSM degree in music with specialism in Academic Studies.

 

 

In September of that year I enrolled at the Westbourne Road Faculty for Teacher Training, a one year course which would enable me to gain the qualifications required to teach in a secondary school. During this year I continued to have lessons with Joseph Weingarten at the Conservatoire and studied many superb repertoire works. At the conclusion of this academic year, I was awarded a Certificate of Secondary Education and was now about to start my career as a teacher of music.

 

 

During my career in Secondary school teaching, I worked in the following Authorities; Leicestershire Education Authority, Warwickshire Education Authority, Birmingham Education Authority, Wolverhampton Education Authority and Dudley Education Authority. I was an assistant teacher of music in the first two Authorities and Head of Department in the last three.

 

 

I have also worked at the University of Wolverhampton as a visiting lecturer working with undergraduate students. I was the principal piano teacher at the Royal Wolverhampton School, working with students ranging from year 7 to year 13. More recently I was asked by Sandwell Education Authority to take on the position of principal piano teacher at Ormiston Forge Academy, where I taught pupils in key stages 3, 4 and sith form.

 

 

Although I have worked in music Education for many years in a variety of different establishments, I now only work from home teaching the Piano, Keyboard and Theory of Music, for the company that I founded in 1998, Lakeside Piano Studio.

 

 

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Progressive approach

 

I'm Julian and here at Lakeside Piano Studio, I take a progressive approach to music tuition where the lessons are tailored to the individual needs of every student. This means you have the option to learn repertoire music, take examinations or simply have the knowledge to play the piano at home for fun. I use a steady approach that lets every student learn at their own pace and also offer keyboard tuition as well as piano lessons.

 

 

 

My Services

 

Do you want to learn to play the piano? Have you always dreamed of learning this instrument? Or can you already play and feel you need help to move to the next stage? I have the knowledge and experience to guide you through all the steps from beginners to professional and offer a range of keyboard and theory lessons in Stourbridge.

Experienced tutor

 

I have been working with the Associated Board Of The Royal Schools of Music for many years and all of my students have achieved success. For all the examinations that my pupils take, the results are recorded in the National Record of Achievement, which is presented at the end of Key Stage Four.

 

 

Many of my students do not take examinations, they play for pleasure and study repertoire. When combined with technical work and studies, this is an equally fulfilling method of progression.

 

 

My approach is to teach both the theoretical and practical sides of music to whatever level you want to learn, for whatever purpose. From fun to building a career, I'm here to help.

Piano Lessons



Individual tailored piano tuition in the West Midlands

 

Do you want to learn to play the piano? Do you want to work one-on-one with an experienced and knowledgeable teacher who can help you learn the instrument in a way that works for you? Then you have come to the right place! I offer both theoretical and practical lessons for students across all age groups and bring over 40 years' experience in piano tuition in the West Midlands.

 

 

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Experienced music tuition

 

Lakeside Piano studio has been established since 1998 and I offer piano, keyboard, theory and composition tuition to all age groups. This includes aspiring musicians who are studying their GSCE and A Level music examinations through to adults of any age who have a passion to learn the piano. Because my lessons follow the Associated Board of The Royal Schools of Music curriculum and the London College of Music, my students are taught to the highest standards as set by the foremost examinations boards.

 

 

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Develop a new passion

 

For me, playing the piano or keyboard is a passion and that's something I want to pass onto others. So if you or someone in your family wants to learn one of these instruments, I would love to offer individual tuition. All of the lessons are conducted in my own studio and there are piano lessons for all abilities – so you don't need prior knowledge or training to start playing.

 

I also have equipment for backing tracks and the latest Korg Kronos, a music work station that allows all types of music to be created upon. This means you can learn to play but also come to learn the technical side of creating music and theory behind how pieces of music are put together.

 

 


Keyboard Lessons



Comprehensive keyboard lessons in the West Midlands

 

Are you a keyboard enthusiast or someone looking to improve your musical abilities? Then lessons at Lakeside Piano Studio are just what you need to get the skills you require and become more confident on the keyboard. I offer keyboard lessons from my home for all pupils of all ages looking to develop their musicianship.

 

 

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Complete keyboard lessons

 

I have four decades of experience in the music tuition industry and that's why I'm confident I can teach anyone to play the keyboard. Because there are so many types, I would like you to bring your own instrument so I can teach you the unique qualities that it involves. This means anything from a simple keyboard through to those capable of sequencing and providing backing tracks for all music types.

 

I can base tuition on examinations or repertoire work, both of which offer an amazing experience for students. So whether you want to play for fun or for a profession, both of these can be accommodated.

 

 

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All levels tutored

 

If you are a complete beginner or someone who wants to play as a hobby, I am happy to help you achieve success. If you are moving along the path to be a professional and need some extra tuition, I can also tailor the lessons for you. This includes backing tracks and learning to sequence. You can contact me with details of what you want to learn and the keyboard that you have so we can arrange mutually convenient times for lessons – I'm available 7 days a week.

 

Take your music appreciation to the next level whether that's starting to play an instrument, learning to use the more technical features of your keyboard or studying for a diploma.

 

 


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Results

100% success for piano exams

Taking piano exams is popular for one of two reasons. First – gain a certificate from a recognized examinations board which will contribute to their attainment of achievement issued at end of key stage 4. The Associated Board of The Royal Schools of Music is a international examination board and my students have 100% success rate with the ABRSM.

 

Achieve Success

Not everyone wants to go down the route of taking exams and at Lakeside Piano Studio, I am always available to teach the musician who wants to learn to play for their own pleasure. If you do want to take exams and get that certificate to confirm your abilities, then I am happy to help tutor you. All of my students have achieved success when they enter for exams and their results are recorded in the National Record of Achievement presented at the end of Key Stage Four.

 

Lessons for all age groups

Whether you are looking at lessons for yourself or for a child, I am happy to work with all age groups. That means starting children on their journey towards playing an instrument and maybe a career in music after they have finished school and college. It also means offering tuition to students of all ages and learn a variety of different types of music that you can play with confidence. Whatever the aim, I am happy to work with you to achieve success.

ABRSM


Session A 2018:
ERG: Grade 1, Merit.
DH: Grade 2 Piano, Merit.
SO: Grade 6 Piano, Merit.
EA: Grade 8 Piano, Merit.

 

Session C 2018:
S.O. Grade 7, Pass.
E.R.G. Grade 2, Pass.

 

Session A 2019:
I.W.K Grade 2, Distinction.

 

Session B 2019:
LJ Grade 1-CB grade 2, Merit.
ERG Grade 3, Pass.

 

London College of Music
ZSB Piano Grade 4, Merit.
EC Grade 6, Merit.



My Musical Timeline



See how I am connected through a timeline of musicians.

When I was thirteen years old, I had Piano lessons with Tom Bromley, who lived in Olton, Solihull. He was the Head of Keyboard Studies at the Birmingham School of Music and was their principal piano teacher before he retired.

 

He regularly performed on Radio 3 and gave performances all around the world. When I studied at the Birmingham School of Music, now called the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, I had piano lessons with Frank Wibaut ARCM Hon RAM, another international concert pianist who had started his performing career after winning the London Chopin and BBC Piano competitions. He has performed in over thirty countries with a repertoire of sixty five concerti.

 

He gave his 504th performance of Beethoven's Emperor Piano Concerto with the Nagoya Philharmonic Orchestra in Japan. He was also a regular professor at the Mozarteum Summer Academy in Salzburg.
Frank went on a two year tour of the United States of America, Canada and New Zealand at the end of my second year at the Conservatoire and so in my third and fourth years, I studied the piano with Joseph Weingarten.
Joseph Weingarten came to England in 1934 and played extensively with many orchestras. He taught the piano for more than twenty years at Trinity College of Music and the Birmingham School of Music. Prior to leaving Budapest he was taught by Zoltan Kodaly and Erno Dohnanýi.
Ernő Dohnányi was an internationally acclaimed pianist, world renowned composer and conductor of the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra for more than a quarter of a century. In the last period of his life he lived in the U.S.A and taught at the Florida State University in Tallahassee.

 

Dohnányi was taught composition by Hans Koessler and taught to play the piano by Istvan Thoman.
István Thomán was taught by Franz Liszt and toured with him on many occasions. He carried on the Liszt tradition of composition in his teaching at the Royal Hungarian Academy of Music.
Franz List encouraged and influenced many well known composers such as; Frederick Chopin, Richard Wagner, Hector Berlioz, Robert Schumann, Camille Saint-Sains, Edvard Greig and Alexander Borodin. Franz Liszt was taught by Carl Czerny.
Carl Czerny was born in Vienna and was well known as a child prodigy, learning to play the piano at the age of three years old and composing at the age of seven. In 1801, at the age of ten, Czerny played the Pathetique Sonata for it's composer, Ludwig Van Beethoven. He was so impressed that he accepted him as a pupil and taught him for many years.
Czerny was selected by Beethoven for the premiere of his Piano Concerto number 1, and the Vienna premiere of his Piano Concerto number 5, the Emperor. He was considered to be one of the best performers of Beethoven's piano works and as a form of reward, he taught Beethoven's nephew Carl, to play the piano.

Contact Lakeside Piano Studio


Learning the piano can be great fun! It may become your career.

Contact Lakeside Piano Studio for piano and keyboard lessons. I am a qualified teacher and can guide you through a step-by-step process, achieving excellent results with all examination boards and fostering the ability to create beautiful music on your own. Contact Lakeside Piano Studio in Stourbridge, West Midlands to find out more about piano and keyboard tuition for all ages.