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About Stefan Joubert

Stefan Joubert manages the London Piano Institute, a premier destination for adult piano learners seeking individualised instruction and progress towards their musical goals. He believes anyone can learn to play regardless of age or ability!

Interview with Laura – May 2023

2023-07-18T09:59:08+01:00

About Laura Laura Bevan is a piano teacher at the London Piano Institute. She has been playing the piano since she was seven years old and since then has studied at the Conservatoire in Leeds, gaining a degree in classical and Popular music. Stefan Joubert: Who is your favourite pianist and why? Laura Bevan: My favourite pianist is Yuja Wang for reasons other than her technical capabilities. Yuja Wang is my favourite pianist because she doesn’t listen to what is expected of her. The fact she wears what she likes despite it being deemed as ‘inappropriate’ for a classical musician [...]

Interview with Laura – May 20232023-07-18T09:59:08+01:00

Interview with Laura – April 2023

2023-07-18T09:57:42+01:00

About Laura Laura Bevan is a piano teacher at the London Piano Institute. She has been playing the piano since she was seven years old and since then has studied at the Conservatoire in Leeds, gaining a degree in classical and Popular music. Stefan Joubert: Laura Bevan: My favourite pianist is Yuja Wang for reasons other than her technical capabilities. Yuja Wang is my favourite pianist because she doesn’t listen to what is expected of her. The fact she wears what she likes despite it being deemed as ‘inappropriate’ for a classical musician is inspiring and shows that she is [...]

Interview with Laura – April 20232023-07-18T09:57:42+01:00

Why Scales?

2022-03-30T13:30:40+01:00

Scales can be seen as a tedious task by many people who choose to study the piano but without them your technique and knowledge will never reach its full potential and no one wants to be held back! I get asked frequently by students ‘why do I have to play scales?’ ‘What do they even do that benefit me?’ I usually struggle to find one short answer when this happens because there’s a whole list of reasons I could dive into…. And I do. The main reason for practicing your scales is to build up your finger technique. If you take [...]

Why Scales?2022-03-30T13:30:40+01:00

Five benefits of learning the piano in small group format

2021-03-01T10:48:51+00:00

You learn from others in the class. This is a tremendous advantage as you can see the mistakes that others make and avoid those mistakes. In fact at the highest level of piano virtuosi study classes are generally in masterclass and group format. The reasons for this are that individuals have the opportunity to listen to others, analyse each other’s playing, have the opportunity to listen (as you will not always be playing; hence there’s no pressure) and have the benefit of hearing sound advice on their playing with a master teacher in front of a class. At a beginner/intermediate level, [...]

Five benefits of learning the piano in small group format2021-03-01T10:48:51+00:00

Interview with virtuoso pianist Ljubica Stojanovic

2021-03-01T10:44:53+00:00

How and when did you develop your passion for the piano? It was early on in my life, it started since I know of myself. My father is a pianist and my older sister is violinist, music was surrounding us since we were born. We would go to sleep listening to classical music tapes and were in general encouraged to play songs or music that we heard. The piano was the central piece in our living room and I considered it a fun toy. I loved music straightaway and would always dream awake while listening. It felt like one of the [...]

Interview with virtuoso pianist Ljubica Stojanovic2021-03-01T10:44:53+00:00

Why is it advantageous to learn to play a musical instrument in your adult years

2021-03-01T10:43:34+00:00

This question begets a much more fundamental question namely why is it advantageous to learn a musical instrument at all? I will, however, proceed on the premises that the reader is convinced of the benefits of being able to play an instrument reasonably well at an early age, the only question now remaining, is if it is worth your while to put in the time and effort at a later stage of your life. It is not only about being able to play “The Moonlight Sonata” faultlessly at a party to impress your friends with Coldplay's’ newest “Hot” play but in [...]

Why is it advantageous to learn to play a musical instrument in your adult years2021-03-01T10:43:34+00:00

How learning piano can improve other areas of your life

2021-05-28T00:00:22+01:00

From Donna Maurer: how learning piano can improve other areas of your life The piano is a powerful instrument, allowing a person to become musically talented as well as gaining and retaining the knowledge of various abilities. When you take the time to learn the piano, the benefits can actually help with improving many other areas within your life. It’s hard to imagine that playing an instrument can do this, but these improvements are actually backed by science and studies, proving that it truly is a beneficial instrument to learn all around. If you are or were ever considering taking up [...]

How learning piano can improve other areas of your life2021-05-28T00:00:22+01:00

Reasons why giving piano lessons as a gift for Christmas is a fabulous gift idea!

2021-03-01T10:40:44+00:00

Reasons why giving piano lessons as a gift for Christmas is a fabulous gift idea! You literally change someone's life and who knows perhaps their destiny! By giving piano lessons as a Christmas gift, you are doing so much more than simply giving a gift! You can literally change that person's life and even their destiny! The piano is such a powerful and majestic instrument. Learning how to play the piano can bring a lot of internal joy and satisfaction to the gift recipient. Who knows, perhaps he or she can even become a professional pianist. Or a fantastic and very [...]

Reasons why giving piano lessons as a gift for Christmas is a fabulous gift idea!2021-03-01T10:40:44+00:00

How do I get started learning jazz piano as an adult?

2022-04-29T18:28:06+01:00

Discover how to get started with jazz piano as an adult. In this article, you will get a much deeper understanding of how jazz works! Learning to play jazz piano as an adult is one of the most rewarding things you can do! It is, however, important that you understand the process of getting started with jazz piano. Jazz piano is not easy to master, it requires a lot of practice and self-discipline. It can be downright arduous at times, but the rewards are humongous once you get it right! In this article, I will do my utmost to help you understand the journey [...]

How do I get started learning jazz piano as an adult?2022-04-29T18:28:06+01:00

Why is technique so important when playing the piano?

2021-03-01T10:38:48+00:00

Discover the importance of developing great piano technique in this article by James Barnett When I was young, I heard a recording of Clair de Lune by Debussy and it ignited a tremendous passion in me: I simply had to learn this magical piece of music. I worked very hard, learnt all the notes and I could pretty much play the piece but it was inconsistent and sounded very different from the recording. I was disappointed and frustrated; the famous opening thirds were not smooth and singing, rapid left-hand semiquavers lacked fluidity. Chords lacked voicing and melodic lines struggled to project [...]

Why is technique so important when playing the piano?2021-03-01T10:38:48+00:00

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