Playing the piano is a combination of discipline and patience that requires passion and dedication, but offers life lasting rewards like creativity, confidence and self-esteem. Classical piano is the principal study at Hampstead Piano Academy. Whether you are looking for fun lessons, for some intellectual stimulation or a push towards certain aim, our teachers always adapt their lessons to the students’ pace. Our goal is to educate well-rounded musicians with the most appropriate technique for them and a good sense of musicality that will allow them to communicate without words.
If your interest in piano music goes beyond the classics and you would like to learn how to play spontaneously, jazz piano lessons will expand your knowledge and give you new ideas to explore. Through the most popular jazz and blues tunes, you will learn the harmony, scales, rhythms and structures that you could use to create your own pieces or to improvise with anybody in the next local jam session. These lessons are available on a weekly basis or as an Intensive Workshop with our jazz piano teacher Mario Ahijado.
From Initial to Grade 8, students learn to work towards a deadline. ABRSM, Trinity College and LCM exams are the most popular measure of ability for music students in UK. The exams assess skills that are often neglected such as sight reading and listening, and also have specific Theory Tests. The certificates awarded by any of these three boards of examination have the same standard of level compared to each other, and are equally recognized worldwide. Furthermore, Grades 6 and above qualify for UCAS university admission points.
Hampstead Piano Academy organizes its own exam simulations prior to the students’ official ABRSM, Trinity College or London College of Music exams. They recreate the exam process and they are assessed following the appropriate marking criteria for each grade. Mock exams in piano and theory are available not only for our students but also for external candidates wishing to receive a professional feedback before the day. Our piano teachers will comment your performance or written test to point out any weaknesses to be improved or strengths to amplify.
As a professionally established duo, our teachers animate students to get involved in the practice of chamber music and enjoy its unique benefits. Piano duet is an ensemble class to make music with others, perfect for students willing to explore their lessons from a new perspective. Students socialize, support each other and learn to respect their peers while playing together on the same instrument. They also build a strong confidence when performing on stage. Regardless of age and level, these lessons are a great team work.
Working on music theory helps the students make a quicker progress, as they are able to understand their pieces deeply. Theory and musical language are as important as playing an instrument; they set up the connections needed to interpret accurately each composer’s notation. Theory is also fundamental for students working on graded exams, who are required to pass Grade 5 theory before moving on to Grade 6 on their instrument. Our theory lessons are available on a weekly basis and as one of our Intensive Courses.
“Játékok” (Games) is the method we use as an introduction to music for young children. The activity is led as a game where kids make music together. The essence of this methodology is based on improvisation: playing the piano in a spontaneous way, giving freedom to the students and increasing their own initiative to develop their musical creativity. The goal is not to be afraid of mistakes and to freeing children from the image of a serious and boring pianist. Groups will have a maximum of 4 kids.
Students are encouraged to share their music with others and to listen to their fellows as often as possible. It takes so much courage to play in front of an audience, but supported by their mates, friends, family and teachers, these events are an enjoyable highlight twice a year. In addition to the public concerts, friendly and private events are frequently arranged to give the students the opportunity to gain confidence and get rid of some nerves. They have the chance to perform their pieces before their exam, recital or just for fun.
When students learn from different piano methods or prefer not to follow the pace of an exam, having a teacher’s report after each term helps the parents to keep track of their progress. This academic outline provides a summary of the concepts covered during the lessons and a written feedback of the pieces performed un public. Available on request, it is a guide to know what to practice and how to do it; a reminder of the skills yet to be mastered but a praise to the ones already achieved.
Children and beginners are recommended to take 30 minutes lessons. Teenagers and intermediate students may have 45 minutes lessons, while one hour sessions are usually suggested to
advanced or more mature students.
Spanish pianist Mario Ahijado made his concerto debut with RTVE Symphony Orchestra and Andrew Gourlay. He studied at the Royal College of Music for an Artist Diploma and a Master in Performance under Dina Parakhina as an RCM Award Holder supported by a George Stennett Award, an Olive Rees Prize and a Lee Abbey Award.
He received distinction for his Bachelor of Music at the High Conservatory of Badajoz (Spain) with Ángel Sanzo and for his Bachelor of Music in Jazz Piano from the University of Évora (Portugal).
Recently awarded First Prize of the International Music Competition “Salzburg and Amsterdam” Grand Prize Virtuoso. Mario has won prizes including the International Chopin Piano Competition of Granada and First Prize and Best Pianist Prize at the National “Intercentros Melómano” Competition, resulting in invitations from across Spain.
He has performed with Medellín Philarmonic Orchestra (Colombia) and Filarmonía Orchestra (Spain), appearing at the Royal Albert Hall (London), the Grand Theatre of Shandong (China), the Auditorio Nacional of Madrid or the Rachmaninov Hall (Moscow). His performances have been broadcasted on Spanish National Radio (RNE) and Spanish National Television (RTVE).
His personal jazz project, The Chopin nights, brings us original arrangements on Chopin nocturnes for jazz piano trio.
Described as “tirelessly seeking to improve her piano playing and musical knowledge in the search for perfection” by Nino Kereselidze, Ángela Pagán holds a Master’s Degree and a Postgraduate Diploma with High Distinction from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London, under the tutelage of Mikhail Kazakevich and Martino Tirimo.
She received her Bachelor Degree from Bonifacio Gil High Conservatoire of Music in Badajoz, where she studied with Ángel Sanzo. She was also a student of Nino Kereselidze in Katarina Gurska High Performance School.
Recently awarded First Prize of the International Music Competition “Salzburg and Amsterdam” Grand Prize Virtuoso. Ángela has achieved considerable success obtaining awards such as first prize in Villa de Caudete Competition of Young Artists, first prize in Villamalea Soloists Competition, second prize in Quintanar del Rey Young Soloists Competition, DKV Seguros Grant, The Henry Wood Fund, The Trinity Laban Hardship Fund, The Jimmie Cross Prize, The Weingarten Prize for piano and The Alfred Kitchin Scholarship.
Ángela loves music and loves sharing her passion. She wants to pass this enthusiasm onto her students and has founded her own piano academy in London.
The Ahijado-Pagan four hands Piano Duo will perform Gustav Holst's The Planets.
Sunday 22nd Nov 2020
Our students and teachers will showcase the result of their piano lessons.
Sunday 7th Feb 2021
From 1 PM
The highlight event of the season after a year of progress, learning and growth.
Sunday 20th June 2021
From 1 PM
There isn’t an exact age we recommend students to start. It always depends on how keen the child is to learn and to attend the lessons. The best way to know it, is a consultation lesson.
Yes, we provide piano tuition at all levels and ages.
Hampstead Piano Academy is based in a quiet street in Hampstead within walking distance to public transport and nearby parking.
Yes, you do as you would need to practice. You can buy it, rent it or use a keyboard to begin with. Let us know if you need help with this.
Learning the piano is a process where to teach the ingredients of music to the degree that the pupils have really internalised them, and can then apply what they’ve learned in all contexts. We aim to adapt our teaching to every single student depending on their abilities, whatever their pace is and however they work. We are continually inspiring our pupils to develop their imagination, creativity and self-esteem.
Hampstead Piano Academy believes that this process is more important than the outcome. When playing piano is enriching, exciting, absorbing and engaging, the journey becomes just as important as getting results.
Hampstead Piano Academy is located in Frognal, Hampstead, and it is easy to reach on foot from nearby places such as the O2 Centre, JW3, Camden Arts Centre or University College School.
The most convenient tube station is Finchley Road station: Jubilee Line & Metropolitan Line, 3 minutes walk.
The closest overground station is Finchley Road and Frognal, 2 minutes walk.
The nearest train station is West Hampstead Thameslink station, 12 minutes walk.
Buses number 13 and 113 stop directly outside on Finchley Road. Bus 187 terminates at the O2 Centre.
Number 268 travels along Belsize Park and Hampstead High Street. Many other services run to Hampstead, West Hampstead, Golders Green and Swiss Cottage from surrounding areas.
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