Dr. Steve Potter, FHEA

Dr. Steve Potter, FHEA

I provide piano, theory and composition lessons at all levels, for children (5 & up) and adults. For beginner piano students I emphasize learning by ear over reading music. My piano lessons are an opportunity to learn poise and focus in an enjoyable way, in addition to learning pieces and techniques.

I am an American composer-pianist based in South London. Originally from northern California, I came to London 12 years ago to do a PhD, which I earned in April 2011, and happily have stayed - I now divide my time between teaching, performing, and composing for video art and experimental theater.

I have 21 years of experience as accompanist/coach and piano teacher, and I have tutored music theory, composition, and music & culture, at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Cornell University, Amherst College (USA), University of Sussex, King's College London, and Goldsmiths University of London, as well as privately. I recently earned a postgraduate certificate in performance teaching from Guildhall School of Music and Drama (2018).

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  • Clapham Common, London SW4 9DA
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Qualification: FHEA

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Ludwig van Beethoven
Was baptised on 17 December 1770 he was a German composer and pianist. A crucial figure in the transition between the Classical and Romantic eras in Western art music, he remains one of the most famous and influential of all composers. His best-known compositions include 9 symphonies, 5 concertos for piano, 32 piano sonatas, and 16 string quartets. He also composed other chamber music, choral works and songs.

Born in Bonn, then the capital of the Electorate of Cologne and part of the Holy Roman Empire, Beethoven displayed his musical talents at an early age and was taught by his father Johann van Beethoven and Christian Gottlob Neefe. During his first 22 years in Bonn, Beethoven intended to study with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and befriended Joseph Haydn. Beethoven moved to Vienna in 1792 and began studying with Haydn, quickly gaining a reputation as a virtuoso pianist. He lived in Vienna until his death. In about 1800 his hearing began to deteriorate, and by the last decade of his life he was almost totally deaf. He gave up conducting and performing in public but continued to compose; many of his most admired works come from this period. in February 1818 Beethoven acepted a piano from Broodwoods England he worte

My very dear friend Broadwood,I have never felt a greater pleasure than your honours intimation of the arrival of this piano, with which you are honouring me as a present. I shall look upon it as an altar upon which I shall place the most beautiful offerings of my spirit to the divine Apollo. As soon as I receive your excellent instrument, I shall immediately send you the fruits of the first moments of inspiration I spend at it, as a souvenir for you from me, my very dear B.; and I hope that they will be worthy of your instrument.

My Dear Sir,Accept my warmest consideration, from your friend and very humble servant, Louis Van Beethoven Vienna,