Clarkson Piano Studio
My studio started some 28 years ago upon graduating from the Royal College of Music in London with Dip. RCM Performers, Associate RCM Teachers, Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music in performing and a Postgraduate in piano performance.
I owe my sincerest gratitude to the then Vice-Director and Director of Studies at the Royal College, Sir Michael Gough-Matthews, for affording me the opportunity to register early and undertake study.
Since that time, many pupils have been entered for examination - practical as well as theoretical - and for music eisteddfodau, festivals, recitals and concerts.
I always seek to bring out the very best in each individual's talent and gifting as well as instil in pupils a love of music.
Success is measured with their achievements: highest marks in examination have been recorded for AMEB, ABRSM and Trinity/Guildhall examining bodies.
There are those who choose to take their piano learning at their own pace and leisure however, gaining immense satisfaction in so doing.
A large percentage have remained throughout their high school years and others have continued their musical training at tertiary level.
At a very young age our Polish neighbours gave us an LP record of Victoria de los Angeles: 'A World of Song', which so inspired me. I have always been mesmerised at the wonder of the human voice.
My music education started just prior to my eighth birthday in what was then Southern Rhodesia. My teacher, Ann Beck (LRAM, B.A.) was very strict and I was determined to succeed. I continue to correspond with my erstwhile teacher.
Both my parents had an inherent love of music ~ my father knew all the words to popular songs and would often sing along whilst my mother taught singing, having obtained her ABRSM Licentiates in Performing and Teaching. She was also involved in choirs as well as in cantata and operatic work, and gave solo recitals.
Whilst at the College, my piano professor was Yu Chun Yee.
However stringent the study, Mr. Yu greatly assisted my pianistic skills with particular attention given to technique.
We were given pupils to tutor as part of our training. I recall the complexities of different hand shapes, pupils' temperaments and approaches one may adopt to suit varying individuals.
My own private piano studio opened in August 1985. One goal to encourage and stimulate learners is found by enjoyment in creative learning. Please read more at the Create page.
I emigrated to South Africa in 1988 and to Australia in 2007.
As a member of various teaching organisations and institutions in the U.K., South Africa and Australia, I have held teaching positions at schools and colleges and been a performer at numerous venues. This enhances and passes on experience and knowledge.
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As well as tutoring at my home Studio, I also travel to most areas in Sydney, in particular North Shore, Ryde area, Eastern suburbs, Inner West, Inner South and the southern Shire.
Pupils' Recent Achievements
Madeleine Lee Trinity Preliminary 89/100 Distinction
Lucy Perkin AMEB Preliminary Piano for Leisure A
Amelia Castle AMEB Preliminary Piano for Leisure A
Luc Lohier AMEB Preliminary Piano for Leisure A
Akasha Hazard AMEB Gr1 Piano for Leisure A
Amelia Castle AMEB Gr2 Piano for Leisure A
Amy Perkin AMEB Gr2 Piano for Leisure A
Allegra Pezzullo AMEB Gr2 Piano for Leisure A+
Parkin Pham AMEB Gr2 Piano for Leisure A+
Joel Richardson AMEB Gr3 Piano A+
Liam Achurch AMEB Gr3 Piano for Leisure A
Declan Hazard AMEB Gr3 Piano for Leisure A
Elizabeth Uen AMEB Gr3 Piano for Leisure A
Keshmira Vijayan ABRSM Gr5 137/150 Distinction
Alicia Xiao AMEB Gr6 Piano for Leisure A
Maea Applegarth ABRSM Gr1 92%
Akasha Hazard ABRSM Gr1 93%
Declan Hazard ABRSM Gr1 98%
Isabelle Lee ABRSM Gr3 97%
Madeleine Lee ABRSM Gr3 95%
Luc Lohier ABRSM Gr1 93%
Manon Lohier ABRSM Gr1 100%
Joel Richardson AMEB Gr1 100%
Luke Richardson AMEB Gr1 98%
Parkin Pham ABRSM Gr3 94%
Alicia Xiao AMEB Gr3 99%
Keshmira Vijayan ABRSM Gr 5 95%