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Andrew provides regular lessons and personal consultations at his private studio in Milton Keynes. Through his innovative Video Feedback Service he also offers affordable, detailed written advice to players everywhere.
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To what extent does the place we live, and the community we are a part of, shape the person, musician and teacher that we become?
That’s a question that I have been reflecting on, prompted by the recent BBC documentary ’Milton Keynes and Me’, in which filmmaker Richard Macer returned to Milton Keynes to reflect on his childhood growing up here and celebrate the town’s 50th Anniversary.
Macer’s film was at times thought-provoking, informative, personal, historical, and moving. I didn’t agree with his sometimes negative perspective (and nor did many in Milton Keynes, it would seem), but that hardly mattered. What was so much more important is that the programme inspired me to reflect on my own experiences of living here over the last nearly three decades.
We probably all wonder from time to time what impact we have made for the good. Hopefully piano teachers such as myself can recall students who gained a lifelong love for music, which sometimes defined their future. But this post isn’t about my contribution, but rather the imprint that has been made on me.
Having lived in Milton Keynes for 28 years, more than half of my life, and more than half of the city’s existence, how has this shaped who I am today?
Continue reading Milton Keynes & Me
It’s time to play with confidence!
Written by ANDREW EALES
Guest Post by Joni Hawkes
The recent articles on Active Repertoire on Pianodao have struck a chord with me … quite literally.
As an adult beginner into my third year of lessons, I have often found myself avoiding situations where I might be asked to play something, because I simply couldn’t play anything spontaneously without my trusty sheet music to hand.
The more pieces that I learned, the more they were becoming just a growing collection of stuff I couldn’t play.
The concept of Active Repertoire (always having 3 pieces that I enjoy playing, without notice, without embarrassment and without notation) has completely changed my approach to playing.
I now start every practice session by playing my 3 favourite pieces, and whilst I still have the book in front of me, I’m finding that with each session I’m increasingly looking away from the music as I play.
Continue reading Active Repertoire: An Adult Student’s Perspective
This interview of Andrew by Frances Wilson originally appeared on her site The Cross-Eyed Pianist, and is reproduced here with her kind permission.
Continue reading Andrew Eales: an interview