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Laurence McNaughton Classical Piano Teacher (Reading)

Laurence McNaughton Gold Member

  • Central Reading (RG2)
  • Last Logged In: 18 Jan 2017
  • Sex: Male
  • Can Travel To: Bracknell Forest, Oxford, Slough, South Oxfordshire, Southampton, Wiltshire, Winchester, Windsor and Maidenhead, Wokingham

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  • Professional Qualification BMus (Hons.)
  • Professional Qualification MMus
  • Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS, formerly CRB) Check Full DBS (CRB)
  • Professional Membership Incorporated Society of Musicians; Performing Rights Society
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Personal Message
A piano teacher based in Berkshire with 10 years teaching experience.

I have been playing the piano since I was 4 years old.

Let me share my passion and help you realise your potential!
Which subject(s) do you teach?
Classical piano

Jazz piano

Classical theory

Jazz theory
Tell me about your qualifications.
BMus with honours from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester

MMus (performance) from the University of Southampton

2012 Terence Greaves Prize for Big Band music from the RNCM

ABRSM Grade 8 with Distinction
What kind of experience do you have?

Private Piano Studio (2005-present)
Berkshire Maestros (2013-present)
Workshop leader for Live Music Now, Manchester (2010; 2011)

Teaching Workshops with Paul Harris, Robert Roscoe, Pete Churchill


RNCM (2006-2012)
Sandbar Jazz (2008-2010)
North Sea Jazz Festival (2013)
Brecon Jazz Festival (1999)
Zeffirellis, Ambleside (2009; 2010)
Matt and Phred's Jazz Club, Manchester (2007;2010)

Pianist, RNCM Big Band (2010-2012)

As Accompanist:

Barbirolli Cello Competition (finalist, 2011)
John Ireland Song Prize (finalist, 2012)
Staff Accompanist, Dartington Summer School (2013)

Articles written for the magazine of the European Piano Teacher's Association Magazine (Approaches to Jazz Piano for the Classical Pianist: Summer 2016; Spring 2017)

Musical Director

Sunningdale Savoy Chorus (2014-2015)
Blue Skies Theatre Group (2015-2016)

Southampton University Jazz Orchestra (Guest MD, North Sea Jazz Festival 2013)

Forthcoming concerts across the UK
How much do you charge?
£35 an hour
£30 for 45 minutes
£20 for half an hour

If I am travelling to you, there might be an additional charge of between £5 and £10.
Where do you teach?
Across Berkshire including Reading and Newbury

Also Salisbury
When are you available?
I teach seven days a week so it is always possible to find a time that suits you.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
I have taught students of all levels and abilities from beginner to diploma standard. Youngest student is 5, the eldest is 73.
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
I have prepared students for all ABRSM grade exams and Trinity Guildhall grade exams. I have also prepared students for A' Level and GCSE performance exams as well as school concerts. I have prepared people for theory exams and entrance auditions.
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
DBS (previously CRB) certificate from Berkshire Maestros.
Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
Skype; Facetime
Do you belong to any professional organisations?
Incorporated Society of Musicians

Performing Rights Society

European Piano Teachers' Association
Where and with whom did you train?
David Owen Norris (2002-2003; 2012-2015)
Nadia Giliova (2004-2006)
Peter Churchill (1999-2004)
Kirk Nurock (2004)
Nils Franke (1999-2002)
Paul Janes (2009-2012)
Nicholas Walker (2002-2004)

Masterclasses and coaching sessions (2006-2012):

Michel Beroff
Paul Roberts
Ralph Kirshbaum
Marco van Pagee
Gary Hoffman
Peter Cropper
James Boyd
Emma Ferrand

With the RNCM Big Band (2010-2012), I played with:

Bob Mintzer
Laurence Cottle
Victor Mendoza
Colin Towns
Alan Barnes
Steve Waterman
Steve Berry
Do you have a personal message for students?
I have taught students of all abilities and ages. I believe in looking at different ways to approach teaching each student in order to design a bespoke system of learning that is best for them. At the forefront of my process is the music and how best to enjoy the experience of learning the piano so that it is always a joy. This may be with tutor books, grade books or it may just be by looking at a variety of pieces.

I strongly believe in a holistic approach and am an advocate of simultaneous learning systems such as that championed by Paul Harris. I believe that at the centre of one's learning there should be enjoyment. Enjoyment will come with the pursuit of excellence. At the same time, everyone learns differently and success is relative: somebody's Rachmaninov's 2nd is another person's grade one. I feel that it is imperative that learning is always exciting and rewarding.

I think it is essential to see the far-reaching benefits of learning a musical instrument. If one is to look at the lack of interest by the government in supporting music education one sees a desperately narrow-minded way of thinking. When developing musical skills, one must improve and enhance a vast array of other skills: mathematical problems, coordination, languages, problem solving, methodical approaches to practice that help develop planning and logistical skills, critical thinking, storytelling, confidence and how to present oneself in front of others. These are all skills that other subjects look at but music is something that everyone takes an interest in, knowingly or not. Music is part of every aspect of life: the radio, films, television as well as, of course, concerts and other live productions. It will help benefit everything!