I began nagging my mother, this is what she calls it, for piano lessons when I was a little under 5 years old. She eventually managed to organise a piano and a teacher about a year later. I have played since then. I enjoyed a busy musical life while at school, including performances in the Harare Eisteddfod, both solo and with orchestra and choir, of which I eventually became deputy leader. I also took Saturday classes at the Harare College of Music. I left school after my A-Levels, (Music and English alongside Office/Business Skills).
The time had come to choose which direction my further education would take. I followed my interest to know more about this wonderful and expressive instrument. From my home in Zimbabwe I travelled to Edinburgh to take a course in piano tuning and restoration. Arriving back in Harare with my new skills I found a huge market and set up my business as the only other piano tuner in Harare and the only female piano tuner in the country as far as I was aware. All the time still enjoying my own time spent playing the piano.
My ambition took me back to the UK, this time to London, I was offered my dream job tuning for Steinway & Sons. I felt very honoured to be one of the 12 tuners at that time on full time staff. My technical skills were honed through working on such high quality instruments. Before long I was tuning for concerts in all the major London venues, Wigmore Hall, Barbican Centre, BBC studios, Abbey Road Studios, The Royal Albert Hall for the Proms, The Royal College of Music and Trinity College, to name a few. I was at the epicentre of London's music scene and was loving the rich musical content of my life.
After some years I felt inspired to play more seriously myself. I was accepted for private lessons by a teacher at the Royal Academy of Music and also took a course through Goldsmiths College in Music Studies. I quickly achieved my first teaching diploma and began teaching part time, whilst continuing my work for Steinway. After leaving London to settle in Surrey, I decided to dedicate all of my time to teaching and playing. Working on my skills as a teacher and performer led me to achieve the ABRSM LRSM teaching diploma and the ATCL performance diploma from Trinity College London, as well as a certificate in Kodaly musicianship.
I have taught group musicianship classes to young children and I have worked as a peripatetic piano teacher in two independent schools in London. I have been involved in music making in several local schools. When I am not teaching I enjoy performing. I have recently performed a short programme of Elgar's Piano music for the South London Concert Series. I also play regularly with a piano duet partner, a violinist and a piano trio. I have recorded a CD of film music and am a patron for Richmond upon Thames Performing Arts Festival. I enjoy the challenge of finding creative ways to support students. My Music Me Piano series has received good reviews in EPTA's magazine Piano Professional and out of that I am now being asked to write guest blogs. I am always looking for new challenges and for new ways of reaching each very individual student I meet.