Piano For Adults!

Always wanted to learn the piano? Now's your chance! 


Diane Paul
William Gong2 Aug

I'm Diane Paul, owner of Manchester Piano Tutor Online and Write Words Editorial.


Although one-to-one piano lessons in my Didsbury studio have been suspended until the Coronavirus outbreak has ended, all is not lost as we have now launched our lessons on Skype.


If you would like to book internet piano lessons, fill in the form giving me your name and email and we will send you details.

Online student Rosalind Prior gives her views on learning by Skype:


'After four weeks of online lessons, I am definitely pleased I have been able to continue with my lessons. I feel I have made improvements in this time and it has also motivated me to keep practising outside of my lessons. The online aspect is not so much of an issue (and it saves you the travel!) and it is a great temporary alternative to continue learning during the current situation. I would recommend!' Ros Prior


I teach new, experienced and rusty pianists from age 7 upwards. If you have always wanted to learn or re-learn the piano or improve your existing skills but have never had the time to  balance this hobby with your careers, education or private lives, sign up for an online lesson in the comfort of your home - no stressful driving to get here and helpful Mindfulness  tips for weekly students to keep you focussed and functioning well. 

learning online

Learning how to play piano online isn't as daunting as you might think, so don't be afraid to give it a go. If it really isn't for you, you don't need to continue but so far all my students have taken to it right away and now aren't so keen on going back to the old ways where they had to travel here in rush hour traffic in all weather and sometimes at inconvenient times. The hours are flexible, there is no travel hassle involved, attendance has been 100% and more students including adults, want to take exams, as a learning incentive. Only one student isn't doing because she hasn't reached that level yet! They can play on their own instrument, on which they feel comfy and play more accurately and they can Skype in at any time convenient to them. Even newbies can learn online and I send basic theory and other instructions by email before and follow-up emails to all students, reminding them what needs to be done for their homework. I also sometimes email new pieces, free of charge, if it is out of copyright.  I'm waiting to hear from you and my register is filling up fast for September!

write words editorial

My editorial service has been incorporated into MPT and has its own page and contact form for anyone looking for freelance writers and editorial input. This includes features, ghosting, books, copy-editing, tutorials and MSS appraisals.  

phone or email chat

You can also contact me by email or phone for a chat or further information.

  • lessons for beginners, established and rusty students

  • lessons available from age 7+ - no upper limits

  • chill out any time of the day you choose, depending on availability

  • open all year round - we don't follow school terms

  • learn on your own instrument, in your own home

  • 30minutes to begin with; extend to 45min or 60min lessons weekly when required  

  • learn to play mindfully - focussed playing with weekly mindfulness exercises to complete at home

  • students from anywhere in the country and overseas welcome

  • examinations optional - from Grades 1 to 8 - 100% pass rate

  • gift vouchers for friends and family - always available (see Lessons page for details)

  • free  tip sheets, contacts

  • newsletters - spasmodic but informative!

  • privacy policy

  • social media and online teaching policy - safeguarding

  • online teaching contract to sign and return

  • How to Teach Online Certificate of Achievement: providing continuity for students

  • registered private teacher status with the incorporated society of musicians (ISM)

  • CRB enhanced disclosure certificate

  • teaching tree extending back to Beethoven

  • practice established 18 years

  • accompanist for singers, dancers, musicians, exam entrants, auditions, rehearsals

  • professional duettist, available for performances

  • Diane's learning began age 5

  • former student, Manchester School of Music with professional pianists, Richard Greatorex, Professor Robert Gregory, former pupil of Theodor Leschetizky in Vienna and others

  • see Reviews page for students' comments

  • see 5 star reviews on Google

mindful piano playing online

contact me  on the form below for a 30 minute online piano lesson for  £20

(or buy gift vouchers)

(see Write Words Editorial page for separate contact form)

always wanted to learn the piano?

now's your chance!

Seven-year-old Woody is a budding jazz pianist. Here he performs Joplin. Woody plays The Entertainer, which he learned during his online lessons at MPT Online. He is about to take his Grade 2 exam and has been learning offline for just over a year.

Woody's father, Tony said: 'We were determined to continue with piano lessons from Diane with our son, as he has improved immensely under her tuition. The move from face-to-face to online piano lessons was seamless and the technology works very well making for a great learning environment. Having classes at home helps to maintain a routine and enable teaching continuity and I would recommend any student to engage with the opportunity.'

Ryan Sun is 7 years old. He's been learning at Manchester Piano Tutor for 20 months and has taken to online learning like a fish to water. Ryan is working towards his Grade 2 exam. Here, he is playing Theme by Thomas Attwood. Ryan starred as the heroine's son, Tam in the 2018 production of Miss Saigon at Manchester's Palace Theatre.

11-year-old Lijiahao is from Beijing. She learnt piano for two years in China and is now working online with Manchester Piano Tutor. Lijiahao has been here for six months. Here, she's playing Happy Day by Ian King, which she learnt here. Lijiahao's mother, Yuru comments on our online teaching on the attendance page. Lijiahao is studying for her Grade 2 exam.

open online
Weekdays:      - hours to suit
Other               - by arrangement
Tel:: (0)161 445 0159
for Manchester Piano Tutor: diane@manchesterpianotutor.co.uk
for Write Words Editorial:


location and contact


 Manchester Piano Tutor and Write Words Editorial are based in east Didsbury, south Manchester.

Clients come from near and far normally but during the coronavirus crisis, piano students learn online on Skype in the privacy and comfort of their own homes.

Online lessons are available to students anywhere in the UK and abroad.

Write Words Editorial clients continue to contact us by phone and email. 



You are welcome to join us!

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