Altrincham Piano Lessons

Altrincham Piano Teachers

Andy Smith 
Piano Mate and Trinity Piano

Andrew SmithAndrew Smith studied piano with David Hartigan in Manchester and then with James Walker and Marlene Fleet at the University of Leicester. Whilst reading for his music degree which included studying composition with Andrew Wilson-Dickson he became interested in the music of Witold Lutoslawski and was awarded a scholarship to travel to Warsaw Contemporary Music Festival in Poland. Shortly afterwards, he became an Associate of the Royal College of Music. After graduating, Andrew took up teaching positions at both Bilton Grange and Rugby School in Warwickshire where he taught piano and clarinet.

From Rugby he moved to Egypt where he spent nine years running music departments in two large International Schools in Cairo. Before returning to the UK, Andrew moved to Iceland to take up a teaching position at a music school in the north of the country. Since his return to Manchester, he has been working with Yamaha Music Europe GmbH (UK) and is now involved in teacher training, course development and the delivery of music workshops around the country. He is an examiner for Trinity Guildhall and Yamaha Music Schools as well as being a member of the European Piano Teachers Association.

Karen Ward
Junior Music Course, Junior Play for Keeps (Yamaha) and Pianomate

Karen WardKaren has been involved with Yamaha Music Schools since 1984, first as a pupil and then a teacher. In 1987 she was asked to be part of a national recruiting team for Yamaha Music Schools, visiting state schools throughout the UK. After training in Sept 1987 she worked at the independent YMS in Southport, taking over that school in 1993, and in 1994 joined Dawsons to run their Wigan School. In 1999 she joined the YMS team at Dawsons in Altrincham to concentrate on Yamaha junior courses, becoming an instructor for Junior courses in 2005.

As well as her considerable experience with Yamaha Karen has enjoyed performing at the Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, and in 1992 represented the U.K in the European Yamaha Electone Festival final in Milan. It was here that Karen won an outstanding performance prize with her own composition.

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Book Your Free Trial Piano Lesson at Dawsons Altrincham

Submit your details above and someone will contact you within 2 working days to arrange your free trial piano lesson.

Your free trial piano lesson will last approximately 30-45 minutes and gives a taster of the course. We will also explain the cost of the lessons and advise of available lesson times.

Free Trial Lessons (FTL) are open to anyone (providing they are above the minimum age) so it really is NEVER too late to learn. All of our piano teachers have adult classes and in some cases operate mixed age classes so we really do have something for everyone.

Where a prospective student has previous experience the piano teacher may offer a free one-to-one consultation instead of a FTL, with a view to putting the student into an already existing piano class.

Please note that free trial piano lessons take place when there are enough students to fill a group, this may mean your details being kept on a waiting list until the next available FTL. Some of our music schools only offer lessons during term-time, where this is the case FTLs are held in term-time.

Free taster piano lessons are available to those who are not already existing students of Dawsons Music School. A taster piano lesson will be held by arrangement with the teacher providing the student is above the minimum age for the relevant course.

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  1. Hi,

    I was just wondering if the lessons were private or all group lessons?
    & can I still take lessons if I dont have a Piano at home?


    • Hi Laurie

      Teachers usually offer group and individual lessons- group lessons are slightly cheaper, however. Of course, you can still take lessons without a piano at home, but without at least a keyboard to practice on, it’s likely that you will find progress very slow.

      If you give the school a call, the teacher will happily discuss all of your concerns.