Experienced piano teacher, organist & accompanist
Mike Rodgers, Leeds
Piano Lessons, Leeds
Mike Rodgers is a skilled and experienced piano teacher in Leeds, having started his professional career as a piano teacher in 2005. He has a friendly approach in order to put students at their ease, enabling them to achieve their potential.
Mike teaches piano in Leeds to all age groups, from children of 6 years old to adults of retirement age. Mike normally teaches classical piano in lessons but other styles such as jazz, pop etc can be incorporated.
All levels are welcome - Mike teaches beginners with no prior knowledge either of music or playing the piano, as well as intermediate and advanced players up to and including Diploma level. Mike also welcomes players who want to return to learning the piano after a break.
Lessons with Mike Rodgers can take place either throughout the year or during term-time only. Pupils who are planning to take a graded exam soon after the start of a new term are welcome to have ad-hoc lessons with Mike during the holidays in order to improve their pieces before the exam.
At Music House in Leeds where Mike is a piano teacher, lessons are held on a Kawai grand piano. Lessons elsewhere in north Leeds are held on an upright acoustic piano.
Piano Exam Preparation
Not all of Mike Rodgers' students take exams, but for those who do, the exams serve a variety of purposes.
For some, obtaining an examination certificate is a tangible recognition of the many hours of practice which lie behind a student's progress. School students often want to pass the piano exams as an entry requirement to further education.
Whatever the reason, Mike Rodgers ensures that candidates who take piano exams are thoroughly prepared in all aspects of the examination. Performing to an examiner usually becomes easier with experience, and Mike encourages students to take up any music making opportunities that arise in Leeds and the Yorkshire area.
Intermediate students taking the ABRSM graded examinations will normally need to have passed Grade 5 theory before progressing to Grade 6 piano. Mike incorporates music theory up to Grade 5 into the piano lessons, and teaches to Grade 6 for those students who wish to progress their study of music theory.
The examination board which Mike Rodgers uses is the internationally recognised Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. The ABRSM’s piano syllabus encourages students to develop as musicians so that they can obtain the widest benefit from their piano lessons.
Piano exams in Leeds take place at Music House (formerly called the Yorkshire College of Music and Drama), where Mike Rodgers is a piano teacher.
Acoustic vs Digital Piano
Many new piano students wonder if they will need to buy an acoustic piano to practise on, or whether a keyboard or a digital piano will be sufficient.
A digital piano may suffice if it has a full-length keyboard and full size keys which are touch-sensitive and weighted. Pupils who live in a flat or have other family members often opt for a digital piano due to the facility to play silently and so avoid disturbing others.
Electronic keyboards and many digital pianos, however, do not have the touch and sensitivity of an acoustic piano. Mike Rodgers will be happy to advise on the pros and cons of digital vs acoustic pianos so that students or parents can make the best choice to suit individual circumstances.
Frequently asked questions
For many people, taking piano lessons is a new experience, and Mike Rodgers welcomes the opportunity to answer any queries
I've always wanted to learn the piano but never had time. Now that I'm retired, is it too late?
Mike Rodgers has many students who have taken up piano lessons later in life, often when the children have left home or after retirement. It's never too late to start learning to play the piano.
How often would I have piano lessons?
Students at Music House in Leeds, where Mike Rodgers is a piano teacher, book a weekly slot, a term at a time. Under special circumstances, for example in the case of an adult whose work involves frequent travel, it may be possible to book ad hoc lessons, although progress is likely to be slower.
I'm not sure I could co-ordinate my hands to play the piano - is this a common problem?
Many people worry about this aspect of playing the piano, but in fact we do with different things with each hand all the time without thinking about it. Co-ordinating the hands when playing the piano comes partly with practice and partly by using the right techniques, which Mike will demonstrate.
If you have any other questions about Mike Rodgers' piano lessons in Leeds for yourself or a child, please feel free to ask - see contact details below.