Colin Druce, Concert Pianist

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Teaching


Approach

  • Colin’s approach to teaching combines the essential elements of sight reading, improvisation, playing from memory, technical skills, aural training, musical perception and general musicianship – essential skills for anyone aiming for musical competence. Many of his pupils opt to enter for graded examinations, and some take part in the Leamington Spa Competitive Music Festival.

Teaching Career

  • Colin previously gained much teaching experience at Solihull School, King Edward’s School Birmingham, Birmingham Bluecoat School and Warwick Preparatory School.
  • He currently teaches piano and theory at the Kings High School for Girls in Warwick.
  • Colin has also been teaching organ and piano privately for 25 years and has an enviable success rate in graded examination preparation, with many pupils achieving outstanding results.

Teaching Practice

  • Colin has a thriving private piano and organ teaching practice, and he welcomes enquiries about lessons for children and adults, from complete beginner to Grade 8 and Diploma level. He also does some singing teaching for children up to Grade 6 level.
  • Lessons take place at his home; Oakley Wood Farm Cottage, Banbury Road, Bishop’s Tachbrook, Leamington Spa, which is located just south of Leamington Spa and Warwick, adjacent to Junction 13 of the M40 (approximately 10 minutes drive from Leamington and 5 minutes from Warwick).


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  • Colin teaches using his Steinway grand piano and a three-manual and pedal Ahlborn Classical organ.
  • Theory of Music is taught to Grade 5 level alongside the practical training, and is also offered as a separate subject either as a long or a “crash” course.
  • Colin is registered in the Incorporated Society of Musician’s (ISM) Professional Register of Private Music Teachers as a piano and organ teacher, and he is CRB checked to work with children.

Recent Teaching Achievements

During the 2007/2008 season over twenty of Colin’s pupils took graded examinations, many gaining merit or distinction awards. Three pupils are currently working towards diplomas. One of Colin’s pupils won a substantial study bursary at his school for piano playing, and another has been awarded a music award at a university for her piano playing. Colin’s pupils enjoyed considerable success at the Leamington Spa Competitive Music Festival this time – winning first prize in the Grades 5 or 6 class, first prize in the Grades 7 or 8 class, first and second prizes in the Open Romantic/Impressionist style class, third prize in the 15 years and under class, and second and third prizes in the 17 years and under class. In Autumn 2008 one of Colin’s organ students won the organ scholarship on entry to St. Andrew’s University.