Teaching has become a major part of my life as a musician. I believe that teaching style must adapt to each and every pupil, so I've developed an empathic, patient approach where I work out what kind of guidance and level of discipline works for each learner while providing a solid framework of musicianship. I like to develop a relationship of mutual trust with pupils of all ages and at all levels, from absolute beginners to post-grade 8, and to share the wonderful advice I've received from some amazing teachers over the years, including Guy Richardson, Margaret Grimsdell, Evgenia Startseva, Yuri Paterson-Olenich, Malcolm Martineau and Gary Matthewman. I aim to help intermediate and advanced players to develop a range of colours and tones, the ability to interpret repertoire and a variety of approaches to ensure that practice always remains both enjoyable and constructive. (If practice isn't the most enjoyable part of your day, you're not doing it right!) I also arrange concerts for pupils twice a year to give experience of performing for other people, varying the programme by including some of the singers and instrumentalists I work with!
"Joe Ward is an excellent piano teacher. He is highly qualified with extensive knowledge and understanding and sensitive to individual needs. Alex , my son, remarks on how Joe shows real depth in being able to answer any question - in detail - and how he shows his love of the piano and music in the way he teaches. He understands how children learn, he is gentle and encouraging in his approach. Both my boys like him and are aware of the progress they have made not only in playing but also in their wider musical knowledge. I would recommend him as he is brilliant at getting the best from his students."
- Rani S
"Joe is a very talented and accomplished pianist, which provides a great deal of motivation to me as an adult beginner. He can always spot the underlying causes of my difficulties and recommend ways to overcome them which, with a bit of practice, invariably work. His teaching style and choice of practice pieces is ‘grown up’. In particular, I appreciate his detailed explanations and reasons for doing what he suggests. Joe seems to remember well the problems that he encountered when he first began to play; his empathy and encouragement adds to my determination to make progress. I am surprised at what I have achieved in such a short period of time and I am delighted with the results of his lessons.”
"I am returning to the piano after a number of years' break and have just started lessons with Joe. It is wonderful to be playing again. From the outset, I was impressed by Joe's knowledge of the piano repertoire and I have found him to be an excellent teacher, able to give help on technical points as well as guidance on the phrasing and feel of the music. I suffer from nerves about playing in public, but Joe is very sympathetic and encouraging and I have already noticed an improvement both in my playing and in my confidence. I have no hesitation in recommending him as a teacher."
- Rebecca F
"Joe has been teaching me and my nine year old son piano for a few months. He is very clear in his instruction and he has a gentle, encouraging approach. Since starting to learn, both James and I have grown in confidence, enthusiasm and interest. I'd recommend him to anyone, he's a great teacher."
- Rebecca M