Karen Ward

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Since graduating from Birmingham Conservatoire (formerly Birmingham School of Music) Karen has built up over 20 years experience of teaching piano to youngsters and adults alike (currently 6 - 70 years of age) - from first principles through to advanced level. Many of her students have gone on to study and work in music professionally.

Karen teaches on a Bechstein piano - widely regarded as the best in the industry and a particular feature of her teaching is the encouraging, friendly and fun atmosphere of her sessions. She teaches throughout the day and in the evening too. Very young students usually commence with 20 minute sessions which then extend as their ability and attention span increases. Karen always offers new students a free 'taster' lesson and to help them transition into studies.

Karen teaches piano from grade 1 to grade 8 and music theory to grade 5, using the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music (ABRSM) syllabus. She is based in Toton - within easy reach of students from all over West Nottinghamshire and East Derbyshire.

Karen is hugely experienced in accompaniment and she accompanies all instrumentalists and vocalists for examinations up to grade 8. She is also available to accompany soloists and choirs for recital and concert performances.

Karen charges £13.50 for a 30 minute lesson - other lesson lengths are charged on a pro rata basis.

Email enquiries welcome but preferably please call 07800 854732 for an informal discussion on your teaching or accompaniment needs.

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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,