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  Piano For Adults!

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


Diane Paul
William Gong2 Aug

always wanted to learn the piano?

now's your chance!




I'm Diane Paul, owner of Manchester Piano Tutor In-person and online; also Keyword Editorial Consultancy.


Piano lessons in my Didsbury studio are available in person, as well as online via Skype. If you prefer to learn online or live too far away to come to the studio you can still learn online -- I teach students as far away as Cornwall and London; if you come to the studio and have odd times when you're unable to travel here, you can mix the two, whenever you need to. All the current Covid 19 safeguarding precautions are being followed in the studio.



If you would like to book Skype or studio piano lessons now, fill in the form and I will send you details. 30-minute lessons cost £22. Look on the Fees page for full information. 


We entered three students for the summer exams, including one adult, Brandon who was awarded a Distinction for his first exam. Congratulations Brandon and well done and to the other two Grade 5 entrants: Lijia who also gained a Distinction and Ryan, with a Merit. 



Welcome back to adult student Ros Prior who has been studying yoga teaching in Nepal. Before leaving, Ros passed all her exams with High Merits learning online mainly during Covid.  Ros enjoys learning more contemporary composers like Ludovico Einaudi and Yiruma and she's joined us in-studio. 

Numbers are down for the summer, although we don't work in tandem with school holidays as we have many adult students too and they come throughout the year. Mostly Chinese students have gone back to China for their holidays and will be back in September.



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.



The feature writing zoom workshops held in June and October in 2022 and the non-fiction book pitching and marketing in January and February this year were a huge success, so watch this space for news of any future zoom courses.   

See the Keyword Editorial page on this site for some of the reviews we received.










You can contact me by email or phone for a chat about piano lessons or writing on or 0161 445 0159. Or fill in the form if you want to book your first lesson. 

  • 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 except for holidays - we don't follow school terms

  • 30minutes to begin with; extend to 45min or 60min lessons weekly if you prefer  

  • learn to play Mindfully - focussed playing

  • Diane is an advocate of Deep Practise, using chunking to solve musical problems

  • students from anywhere in the UK welcome online and Manchester for studio in person lessons

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

  • gift vouchers for friends and family - always available

  • MPT privacy policy - on request

  • social media and on and offline teaching policies - safeguarding

  • teaching terms and conditions: we  both sign our contracts and keep our own copies

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

  • CRB enhanced disclosure certificate

  • teaching tree extending back to Beethoven: Diane 5th in line!

  • practice established 20 years

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

  • duettist

  • Diane's learning began age 5

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

  • see Reviews page for students' comments

  • see 5 star reviews on Google

Mark's a Winner!

Adult student, Mark is a Distinction student at MPT. He gained Distinctions for all the exams he's taken while learning online: Grades 1, 2 and 3. For Grade 3 he veered off the printed pieces and chose Moon River for his C section. He's hiding behind the video but we can see his hands and hear his delightful performance of the piece here (including the warbling of his budgies!). You can learn how he feels about studying online and offline on the Reviews page. 

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 a 30-minute piano lesson online or in-person in my Didsbury studio, or

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(see keyword editorial page for separate contact form)

Ten-year-old Woody is a budding jazz pianist. Here he was three years ago, aged 7, playing Joplin. Woody plays The Entertainer, which he learned during his earlier online lessons. He passed his Grades 2, 3 and 4 exams with a Distinction and two Merits after being taught online. He is now building his repertoire.

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.' The family recently moved to London and Woody is continuing with his training online. 

Here's Woody again, aged 9, playing Valse Miniature by Karganov, Op 25 No 3. See how he's improved. Woody is working on getting his levels up to Grade 5 before taking next year's exam.

Ryan Sun is 10 years old. He's been learning at Manchester Piano Tutor before and throughout the pandemic and has taken to online learning like a fish to water. Ryan passed his Grade 2 and 4 exams with Distinctions and Grades 3 and 5 with Merits. He is now studying online and in studio to build his repertoire and technique. Here, he is playing Theme by Thomas Attwood two years ago. Ryan starred as the heroine's son, Tam in the 2018 production of Miss Saigon at Manchester's Palace Theatre.

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14-year-old Lijiahao is from Beijing. She learnt piano for two years

in China and has been working online with Manchester Piano Tutor

since the first pandemic lockdown when we all came online. Here,

she's playing Happy Day by Ian King. Lijiahao's mother, Yuru

comments on our online teaching on the attendance page. Lijiahao

took her Grade 2, 3 and 4 exams learning online and scored a

Distinction and two Merits and passed Grade 5 in-studio recently with Distinction. She is now working on repertoire and technique before grade 6 next year and toggles between studio and online learning .

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