May 18, 2017

Piano lessons

Matthew Watts

Matthew Watts, Halifax Piano Teacher, Diploma level (DipABRSM / LRSM)

Matthew Watts, Halifax Piano Teacher, Diploma level (DipABRSM / LRSM)

Diploma level (DipABRSM / LRSM) Piano Teacher

I started playing the piano aged nine, completing grades 1-8 before going on to study classical music at the University of Leeds. These days I split my time between teaching students privately with work in schools as an accompanist and performance work, playing for weddings and corporate functions. This summer you’ll find me in Leeds working at the Royal Armouries performing a series of military marches for their Summer 2017 programme. For more information about my freelance performance work please visit my wedding site: northernweddingpianist.

12 years teaching experience

I love my career, no day is the same as everyone learns differently. I’ve been teaching for 11 years and enjoy tailoring lessons to students of all ages and interests. Every other year when the ABRSM bring out their new piano syllabus for classical music I record and upload versions to youtube, one at the correct tempo and another slightly slower version to help students learn the pieces. As I learnt to play without music I understand what it is like to play by ear, therefore alongside traditional teaching  through sight reading I also teach students to play without reading, developing skills such as improvisation and composition.

Learn Classical, Jazz, Blues, Improvisation and Composition

I enjoy nearly all music, everything from Chopin and Bach, to Radiohead and the Beetles and have adapted music from all genres for solo piano. You can check out a few of my favourite pieces I have recorded for weddings on my youtube channel. I currently work with a dj in Huddersfield composing dance music and in doing this have developed new ways of making different styles of music sound good on the piano.

Learn in a dedicated teaching space

I possess a full DBS certificate and teach from home where I have a purpose made music room. Friends and family can sit on the lesson and there is also a dedicated waiting area. My piano is a 1960s Knight made in Britain, I also use a Casio Privia electric piano for those who wish to play keyboard.

Piano teaching room in Luddenfoot, Halifax.

Piano teaching room near Luddenfoot, Halifax.

I teach piano lessons from home – Luddenden, Sowerby Bridge, Mythomroyd, Hebden Bridge, Brighouse and Elland, Halifax and further afield in Bradford & Huddersfield.

Home is a place called Jowler, located between Wainstalls, Mount Tabor and Luddendenfoot. I live with my fiancé and baby, teaching from home most evenings. We are approximately 10 minutes from Halifax, Mythomroyd, Sowerby Bridge and Hebden Bridge. Brighouse, Elland, Ripponden, Haworth, Todmorden and Bradford are not far away.

Annual piano concert

Each year all students have the opportunity to perform in a piano recital at the Square Chapel in Halifax on a Steinway D Grand piano. This is ideal preparation for piano exams or any other type of public performance. The concert is not a competition, it offers a friendly environment in which people have the chance to show friends and family (and 100 or so other spectators) what they’ve been learning in their lessons. Students love it and find it really helps motivate them.