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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Did You Know Piano Facts

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By approximately 1400 the clavichord had about ten strings and inearlier examples two notes or more were produced from that string or pair of strings by making two or more tangents contact thesame string or pair of strings at different points. This typeis termed fretted, or in German Gebunden. A later type, in whicheach note has its own string, or strings, is called a "Bundfrei"clavichord. The clavichord is the simplest and usually the smallestof string keyboard instruments. It is rather like an oblong boxwith the keyboard running nearly the length of one long side andwith the horizontally placed strings almost parallel to that side.The small wrest pins and bridge are at the right-hand side andthe strings are permanently damped at their left-hand ends by astrip of felt or cloth. The strings are struck from below by smallpieces of metal shaped like a screwdriver blade, which are fixed tothe backs of the key frame as tangents.

Since about 1450 keyboards have virtually remained the same,except for a little variation in the colour of the keys, as the older ones had the reverse of the present-day key colouring. The organ was the first keyboard instrument and the weight of the keys has varied greatly since the earliest examples, whose keys were so heavy that the players were called "Organ Beaters." Around the thirteenth or fourteenth century, keyboards were laid out according to the natural modes which were the basis of the musical system. The interval of the augmented fourth, B toF, was considered discordant, so B was lowered by adding anextra short key, which procedure then led to five accidentals, B flat being followed by F sharp, E flat, C sharp, and G sharp.

Today's arrangement was found as long ago as 1361, as demonstrated by paintings of the time. The first member of the harpsichord family was the virginal or virginals. The strings on this instrument are plucked by plectra and the shape is similar to that of the clavichord. The spinet followed the clavichord and then came the more elaborate harpsichord.

Tuning often followed the meantone system where major thirdswere tuned precisely and other intervals tempered. This created somevery wild intervals and the howling sound resulted in them beingcalled "wolves" or the "wolf interval." If a series of fifths is tunedfrom the bottom A upwards, when the top A is reached it will be a quarter of a semitone sharp if all are tuned in pure intervals, and this is called the Pythagorean comma. The spinet could have received its name from a possible Italianinventor, Giovanni Spinette, or from the connection with spinethorns, which were used for plucking the strings.