If you want to learn to read and write music then a good grounding in theory is important. Theory is already logically integrated into your piano lesson, however if you wish to take ABRSM playing exams above Grade 5 then you will need to have taken Grade 5 theory to demonstrate that you have a particular level of understanding.
If you are interested in any of the higher theory grades, but do not want piano lessons, then do get in touch so we can discuss how to go forward. I am happy to teach just theory. In the past four years 66% of my students gained distinctions, and 31% merits, in their theory exams.
“Peter is a superb theory teacher. I was so well prepared for my grade 5 exam that I went in to the exam feeling confident knowing we had covered everything thoroughly – I was actually looking forward to it and got 96%. I then got 86% in my grade 8 theory exam and I’m now preparing for my third diploma, having got 96% in my first diploma.”
Gus (age 15)
“I was delighted to get 100% in my grade 5 theory exam. Thank you.”
I am director of music at St Mary’s Church, Hemel Hempstead and I am available to play for weddings and funerals elsewhere. I am experienced in accompanying large choirs – for example, I accompanied Faure’s Requiem with Nottingham Boys’ Choir. I have also given five organ recitals.
“I just wanted to say how much we have enjoyed your beautiful organ playing in church.”
“Thank you so much for the lovely music at my wife’s funeral. You made it so special.”
“We are so grateful for the wonderful playing at our wedding.”
Craig and Julie
I am experienced in accompanying exams up to grade 8.
“Peter Lipman is a wonderful teacher and accompanist; without him, my grade 6 oboe and grade 7 piano exams would have been disastrous!”
Tristan (age 17)