Sebastian Stanley

Sebastian Stanley
4 star(s) from 8 votes

I am not only dedicated, but completely absorbed and passionate about music education in all it's forms. Because I am actively in the world of piano performance, I am constantly exploring new ways to give my students the performance experiences they need in order to succeed for exams and concerts.

I am Director of Piano Studies at St Albans High School for Girls (Sunday Times Best Independent School in the UK 2016) and also at Aldenham School. In total I have 13 years of experience as a teacher, adjudicator and have given public masterclasses around the UK. Past students have gone on to gain distinctions at all the graded levels, and have won places at the Royal Academy of Music and Trinity College of Music to name a few.

Every lesson is considered and planned with a focus on a variety of skills that are important to succeed as a musician and pianist. From aural training, to technical exercises that I tailor to each individual; every lesson will have a little of something. Theory is also a huge part of learning the piano and a focus on this too can be useful when it comes to trying to memorise pieces, that would otherwise be very difficult. 

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  • 6 Wetherall Mews
    St Albans, Hertfordshire AL1 1AS
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Qualification: MMus (Advanced Performance) - Distinction from the Royal College of Music

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Did You Know Piano Facts

Common Piano Tuning Tools
Common tools for tuning pianos include the tuning hammer or lever, a variety of mutes, and a tuning fork or electronic tuning fork. The tuning hammer is used to turn the tuning pins, increasing or decreasing the tension of the string. Mutes are used to mute strings that are not being tuned. Most tuners in the UK use a Papps wedge for tuning upright pianos because it slides easily between hammer shanks. . Wedge-shaped felt or rubber mutes are used on grandís they are inserted between two strings not being tuned to mute them. While tuning the temperament octave, a felt strip can be placed over the scale section of the piano, and inserted between each note, muting the outer two strings of each note, but leaving the middle string free to vibrate. After the centre strings are all tuned, the felt strip can be removed note by note, tuning the outer strings to the centre strings what mutes are used is down to the personal preference of the piano tuner and the tuner may use a combination of mutes