Piano Performance

MUSICAL INTRO....

My name is Mark Wilkinson, born in 1975 - in Yorkshire, of course! I am a professional, classically trained musician. My piano lessons began at the age of seven. After leaving school, I studied at Leeds College of Music, where I gained a graduate diploma (majoring in performance). During my career,  I have worked with many singers and instrumentalists in various musical styles, e.g. classical (including opera), jazz & blues, rock & pop (including 50s/60s rock 'n' roll). My work as Musical Director and performer has taken me to a variety of venues both in England and abroad, including Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, Granada Studios (Manchester) and Tivoli Gardens (Copenhagen). This has included live radio broadcasting and TV appearances. Productions include GUYS AND DOLLS, OKLAHOMA, A SLICE OF SATURDAY NIGHT, JOSEPH, ANYTHING GOES, THE BOYFIEND, OLIVER, SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, HALF A SIXPENCE and various PANTOMIMES.

 
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DANCE ACCOMPANYING

Enhanced DBS certified
Professional member of the ISM

I have extensive experience accompanying dance. This includes ballet, modern & tap exams from pre-primary to diploma level. Over recent years, I have been working with Northern Ballet, accompanying dance workshops in primary and secondary schools throughout East and West Yorkshire. Some of these workshops are repertoire based, where there is a requirement to read and play from orchestral reductions of ballet scores. Others are purely creative, where I improvise in response to various dance movements.

 
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PIANO TEACHING

Enhanced DBS certified
Professional member of the ISM

I am extremely passionate about teaching and about developing all-round musicianship. A most enjoyable and rewarding part of my music career, now spanning over 25 years, involves helping pupils to develop their skills and gain fulfilment in the field of music, through their favourite genres and styles. A pupil's musical development often leads to graded exams being taken (ABRSM, Trinity or Rockschool). However, my tuition is very much tailored towards the progression and goals of each individual, and what is right for them at the time.

 

REVIEWS

"Mark has been my piano teacher for over 3 years. He is a fantastic teacher. Having learned to play classical piano to grade 5 standard as a child Mark has now helped me explore the world of jazz, rock and blues. His lesssons are always fun. He is encouraging and inspiring. I can’t recommend him highly enough."

Alison Lumley

"Mark has taught my son to play piano for the last six years. His patience and dedication are extremely commendable. He has been happy to encourage my son in a direction that best suits his individual style of learning. Mark always has time to offer pertinent and helpful feedback to both student and parents, helping to foster a good attitude to the piano practice that takes place in between lessons which strengthens the student’s skills. I would not hesitate in recommending Mark to anyone either beginning or enhancing their playing... indeed I already have several times and our friends have been very pleased to have him teach their children."

David Johnson

"Apart from being an exceptional pianist, Mark is an inspirational teacher. He has the ability to relate well to his pupils and knows how to encourage them on. My grandson was hesitant and lacking in confidence until Mark showed him a different way to practise which resulted in a boost in confidence, renewed enjoyment and immediate progress.I recommend Mark's teaching / accompanying / performing without any hesitation."

Mike Brown

 

CONTACT ME

07930 664451

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