As children approach teenage years, they develop different ways of thinking, different motivations for playing and different interests competing with their time! I like to give teenage students as much choice as possible over the music they play, guided by me when they want to be. We work towards developing practice methods with which they can achieve great results independent from parental involvement. Now is the time when many students start wanting to learn to use chords, for composing, playing pop songs and exploring jazz. Harmony skills are integrated into all lessons, and I offer all students the chance to explore the Jazz piano syllabus if they want to flex their creative muscles in a more contemporary way. The teenage years can also be a turbulent time, and I take the time to get to know each of my students, and what’s going on with them at school. If we need to adapt our plans, take our foot off the gas, or even rip up the plan and start again, I’m ready! Read more below about what we might do in a typical lesson, how I motivate teenage learners, how exams fit into the equation and some genuine Frequently Asked Questions.