Michael Finucane

Michael Finucane
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Michael Finucane,

Piano and Keyboard Teacher


    I have been a piano and keyboard teacher for twenty years, including a number of years as a partner of Intermezzo Music School in Canterbury.

    I was born in Edinburgh where I was educated at Scotus Academy and then gained a degree form Edinburgh University. I started learning the piano under the expert guidance of my tutor when I was ten, passing through the grades to Grade 8 and have continued playing throughout most of my adult life. I moved to Kent in 1980.

    I have dealt with all ages, abilities and levels which, of course, necessitates different approaches but the emphasis has always been on enjoyment and playing pieces right from the start. As students progress, they move on to acquiring the polished techniques that improve their performance and enhance their enjoyment.

    Special courses are used for beginners and techniques are used to learn notation quickly and achieve a relaxed playing style. Pieces cover a wide repertoire  - classical, jazz and popular - so the student is introduced to a variety of musical genres and with dedication and practice many students reach a high level of competence.

    In addition to the practical side I also teach theory and, if required, prepare students for the Grade exams and GCSE. I hold an up-to-date CRB check.
    I am happy to visit students at their home. I also teach during the school holidays.
    If I can of further assistance please contact me on 01227 712196 - please leave a message if there is no answer - or 07719219634. If using the mobile number it is better to text as it is often difficult to answer the phone.


  • All ages - beginners to advanced
  • Classical - popular - jazz
  • Grade exams - practical and theory, if required
  • GCSE
  • Home visits
  • CRB checked
  • Reasonable rates

Contact Information

  • Canterbury, Kent CT2 0HH
  • Phone: View Phone
  • Mobile: 07719219634
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Qualification: Grade 8 piano

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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,