M,T,Th,F: - 2-7.00pm

W:            - 6-9pm

Saturday: -10:00am-1.00pm

Other:      - by arrangement


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manchester piano tutor is based in east didsbury, south manchester; students come from near and far, including central Manchester, Didsbury, Heaton Moor, Bramhall, Cheadle, Gatley, Hale Barns, Timperley, Altrincham, Bowdon, Wilmslow, Macclesfield,Knutsford and even Derbyshire. 

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pass exams, or play for fun!   

mindful playing

  • mindful piano playing, being focussed and in the present.

  • being in the moment from leaving school, your home or workplace, while travelling,  to the time you arrive, have your lesson and  leave.

  • being focussed on what you are doing, leaving your cares and worries behind.

  • being oblivious to any other person in the room or any distractions.

  • not thinking about your homework, what you are going to make for dinner, what time you have to be somewhere else or the row you had with your pals, partner or boss.

  • it's OK to make mistakes. That's what I'm here for. I'll correct them!

  • being kind to yourself and to other people. And especially to me!

  • forgetting your mobile for a while and learning to make beautiful music instead. Turn it off!

  • this is your time, so enjoy it! We aim to have fun here, while learning. I'm not the enemy! We work as a team.

  • TIP take a course in mindfulness for stress or for health and wellbeing at Manchester's Buddhist Centre, Turner Street.



  • lessons are booked and sold in advance in blocks of four weekly sessions lasting 30, 45 or 60 minutes. You can pay weekly but these lessons are not reserved and may be subject to change.

  • fortnightly lessons last 60 minutes only and are confined to advanced (grade 6-8 levels), exam students or students who need more time to practise between lessons; they are not available at 30 or 45 minutes.

  • begin with a 45-minute introductory lesson in my Didsbury studio. If you decide to continue, you may book regular lessons. After the fourth lesson there will be a review. 

  • you can learn for fun or take Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) exams. Exams have 100 per cent pass rate here. Once you have mastered the basics, you can learn classics, pop music, or jazz.​ 

  • lessons are first-come, first-served. It someone else books in before you make your decision, you are welcome to join the waiting list. 

  • TIP: beginners need to take regular lessons - dipping in and out at intervals means you are unlikely to move forwards; not having time to practise between lessons will also hold you back and you will be repeating the same lessons over and over if cancelling frequently or taking excessive time off. You will be asked at the intro lesson for confirmation that you have both practise and lesson time available and if you don't, then this is not the practice for you! Learning the piano is a commitment, even though it may be your hobby. 


  • your most important investment will be your piano. A list of piano suppliers, removers and tuners is available by email on request.

  • keyboards are 'stage pianos', made for accompaniment for singers and easy transport. They are not pianos and can't be used for learning piano techniques. The touch, tone and mechanism differs from a piano, unless your keyboard is fully-weighted. You cannot do things on standard keyboards that we have to do on pianos. 

  • the following options are fine: acoustic upright or grand pianos; electric pianos; fully-weighted 88-key keyboards with pedals.

  • you will need to buy your own music - first, the tutor book I recommend and a notebook. Music can be bought on the internet from Amazon UK or Forsyth's online;  Forsyth's Manchester shop or Alan Gregory's music shop in Didsbury. Please discourage friends/relatives from buying you music before you begin lessons. I know they mean well but I will tell you which music to buy for study here. You will need to obtain any music I suggest and, once you are playing with both hands, you may bring other pieces of your choice that you would like to learn.

  • TIP you can download FREE sheet music from several sites on the internet.

gift vouchers !

  • why not treat your friends or relatives to some piano lessons? Manchester Piano Tutor's gift vouchers are great gifts for any special occasion. Xmas is round the corner!  

  • gift vouchers can be bought in singles or multiples, starting at £19.50 for 30 minutes,  £28 for 45 minutes or £35 for 60 minutes and they're simple to order

  • email or phone with  the recipient's name and number of lessons. An invoice will be emailed to you

  • pay in advance by bank transfer, cheque or  cash. Instructions are on the invoice

  • the voucher will be emailed to you or you can pick it up at my didsbury studio 

  • the recipient can contact me and arrange a convenient day and time for their lesson

  • TIP gift vouchers are valid for 12 months from the date of issue, so check that the recipient uses it before it expires!