Karen Hicks Piano

Karen Hicks Piano

Based in Earls Barton, Northamptonshire. I teach from home, mainly adults but sometimes take on children. Our home is not pet free, but it's clean and tidy. We have parking available on the drive. I Offer exam preparation for those who want it, practical and music theory. I adopt a structured approach, and I do expect students to practise, every day if possible, but if not then a target number of hours per week is suggested depending on ability and age. 

I have a good sense of humour and am very patient. Prior to working as a piano teacher I have had a few different careers, so have a reasonably broad background, not just music!

I am learning to play the cello and am progressing through ABRSM exams. I play in 2 local orchestras. I am 52.

Contact Information

  • 19 New street
    Earls barton
    Northampton, Northamptonshire Nn6 0nn
    England
  • Phone: View Phone
  • Mobile: 07758007115
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  • Hours

    Monday:
    13:00 - 18:30
    Tuesday:
    13:00 - 18:30
    Wednesday:
    16:30 - 18:30
    Thursday:
    13:00 - 18:30

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Additional User Information

Disclosure and Barring Service: yes

Qualification: Grade 8 piano, grade 7 music theory, grade 3 Cello

Other Information

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Piano Teachers

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Did You Know Piano Facts

What is Piano Voicing or Toning?

What is voicing?

Voicing is an extremely difficult area. It's subjective in the extreme, and has caused endless discussion in piano maintenance circles. But the final goal of voicing is to have the hammers striking the notes of the piano to offer a uniform sound from the bottom to the top of the instrument. Goes without saying that evaluating this capability is governed by the capability of the piano, and the construction of the action parts. But, often a technician will find extremes in voicing, such as a particularly hard hammer, which may result in a note sounding louder than the rest. But, this too can be laid at the door of regulation. This is where the tuner's skill comes into play here. Voicing can be accomplished by pricking the hammer with a set of needles. This pricking changes the structure of the felt, and softens the hammer to a degree.

What is toning?

This is the reverse of voicing, and accomplishes the inverse sort of thing. May be necessary to bring up a particularly soft sounding hammer, and bring it into line with its neighbours. This is accomplished by applying a special material to the hammers or ironing with a special tool.