Welcome to my piano teaching website where I have published hundreds of pages of resources to help you learn piano and understand music; as well as information about my teaching. You can find piano and music theory tutorials, articles, sheet music, printable learning aids and videos of my piano playing. I created this website to share some of my knowledge and passion about music as well as to show what I have to offer in terms of piano tuition. Use the search bar, navigation, or links throughout this page to explore my website.
Fully qualified ISM registered piano teacher
More than 25 years of experience as a piano teacher. Read more about my credentials, qualifications and experience; as well as how I teach: About me
Home visits in Essex, UK
I am based in Burnham on Crouch and welcome residents of Burnham and the surrounding areas. I also visit other areas of Essex, subject to availability: Areas covered. If you are not within my catchment area for home visits, you may want to consider my online piano lessons by video exchange which have proven to be remarkably effective and rewarding, as they still provide personal tuition and interaction, but using a more efficient delivery method. Just read the reviews.
Online tuition one to one - piano or music theory
I teach piano by one to one video exchange. Read about how it works, why it is so effective, and how it has benefitted some of my students from their own points of view: Online piano lessons by video exchange. I also teach via video calling such as Skype or FaceTime. Read more here: Skype lessons. Find out about my online music theory tuition here: Online music theory lessons.
Articles and tutorials
I have written lots of articles, piano tutorials and music theory tutorials to help beginners learn to play piano and read music; and to help intermediate to advanced players improve their practical skills and understanding of music. My piano tutorials include instructions for various scales, arpeggios and chords; as well as how to approach learning the piano if you are a complete beginner. You can find all these resources here: Articles and tutorials
You can watch videos of my piano playing. I have recorded many pieces and included some useful information about each one, which will benefit you if you are planning to learn any of the pieces I have demonstrated, or if you just want to improve your understanding of music generally. These are mainly intermediate to advanced piano pieces, but there are some demonstrations of early grade pieces too. You can find a few video demonstrations of technical exercises in the tutorials section of my site. You can also view a selection of my videos further down this page.
Sheet music and learning resources to download
If you explore my videos, articles and tutorials you will find various free learning resources to download; such as music theory worksheets on my music theory tutorials page. You can also buy the sheet music for an easy version of Fur Elise along with demonstration videos - these can be found on the same page as my demonstration of the original version of Fur Elise here. You can also buy an eBook I have written, along with three piano studies especially designed for developing your technique on the piano here. This package is for intermediate to advanced players. Alternatively, you can buy a beginner's lesson package which includes nine PDFs to download here. Keep exploring and you will find many more resources to download for free as well as to purchase.
Compositions and arrangements
You can listen to a few of my original compositions and arrangements here: Compositions.
Testimonials and reviews
Read what students and parents of students have said about my teaching, including both online and in-person tuition: Reviews and testimonials.
Ruth is a skilled, knowledgeable, patient and encouraging teacher. It's a pleasure to have lessons with her, especially as I am returning to the piano after decades of neglect! She brings so many aspects of her knowledge and musicality to lessons, not just technical know-how and teaching ability but her passion for music too.
Ruth is a great teacher! Very supportive and always answers my questions. I have found her online lessons perfectly fit in with my busy lifestyle. I can re-view her videos and emailed instructions (I obviously don't get things first time round!) I can also see my progress as it's all recorded and saved. And I find that really motivating. She has personalised every lesson. I can even learn away from the piano... so no excuses! Haha! And I love her cat that makes an appearance every now and then in the videos. I've nicknamed him 'Cameo Cat'
Parts of Essex covered by home visits:
I mainly cover Brentwood, Shenfield, Billericay, Ingatestone, Maldon, Danbury, Wickford, South Woodham Ferrers and around the Dengie Peninsula - including Althorne, Mayland, Maylandsea, Southminster and Latchingdon. If I haven't listed your location, please ask if it is one I am able to travel to.
The maps below show the general region of Essex covered by home visits - from Burnham on Crouch (which is where I am based) to Brentwood and the areas in between. Have a look at the maps to see if you live near or between these towns.