I teach every level / age of piano accordion privately; performance skills, ensemble arranging and composition. My focus is on acoustic music and having fun, being creative and expressive. I also teach via Skype.

Regarding skype lessons: it’s very easy to set up and I am flexible about times (in case you are overseas). The way it works is that you pay for an hour’s credit; we can structure the skype lessons in small chunks of say 15 minutes at a time, to give you time to use what you have learned and then come back to continue – and I simply deduct the time from your credit as we go along. When you have used up the hour and would like more tuition, you can top up by paypal. Skype lessons can be purchased online here – Skype Lessons.

The lessons (private or skype) are structured to follow whatever music you wish to play. I don’t teach for exam grades (but I can suggest a tutor in your area who does) and while I do specialise in the folk musics of northern Europe, I am also happy to teach popular ballads, simple swing / jazz standards and basically encourage you to progress in whatever music you would like to play. I can email you notation or mp3s to practice with in advance or following a lesson.

From time to time, I help duos and ensembles to sharpen their performance / arrangement skills and the rates are hourly so it doesn’t matter how many people take part in a lesson, the hourly rate is the same.

I am also beginning to teach basic music theory; how to read notation; how to know what chords to play where (in a session or a piece of folk music / song) and how to be more creative with left hand harmony.

For further information email me at karenstweed27@gmail.com

(c) Richard Faulks (www.rfaulks.com)