Courses for Pianists 

There are courses and summer schools for pianists of all levels, from single days and “taster” courses to piano weekends and whole weeks of piano goodness in the company of some of the finest pianists and teachers from around the world. Courses are a great way to connect with other pianists and like-minded people and are brilliant for improving skills such as technique and performance, and inspiring productive practising. Here are some of the best courses in the UK and Europe, many of which have been warmly endorsed by pianist friends and colleagues.

COURSES IN THE UK

Benslow Music. Residential and day music courses for students of alllevels at a beautiful purpose-built campus in Hitchin, Hertfordshire. Tutors include Nigel Clayton, Timothy Barratt, Caroline Clemmow and Heli Ignatius-Fleet. Further information

Chetham’s Summer School for Pianists. An announcement from the organisers of Chets: “Following on from twenty-one extraordinary successive annual courses since 2001, Chetham’s International Summer School will have a break in 2022“. Further information

Finchcocks Piano Courses for pianists and piano teachers throughout the year to suit all abilities in a beautiful setting in the Kent countryside. Further information

Hindhead Piano Course. Summer piano course for those who wish to further their pianistic knowledge and enjoy four days of intensive study with masterclasses on technique, workshops, faculty lectures and recitals, and participants’ concerts. Tutors: James Lisney & others TBC. Further information

Jackdaws Music Trust. Popular weekend courses throughout the year for pianists, singers and other instrumentalists. Friendly supportive atmosphere. Courses to suit intermediate to advanced students, plus courses on jazz, accompanying and duets.  Further information

London Piano Meetup Group. Co-founded in 2013 by Frances Wilson (AKA The Cross-Eyed Pianist), the LPMG hosts regular informal performance platforms and social events for adult pianists in London, as well as one-day courses/workshops with visiting tutors, including the very popular Diploma Day with Graham Fitch and Frances Wilson. The group is run via an email mailing list (contact londonpianomeetup@gmail.com) and Facebook group

Lot Music. Relaunched for 2022 as “Not in the Lot Music”, this popular summer course for pianists has relocated to Fair Oak Farm in the Kent countryside. The course is aimed at those who would like to join a group with a common musical interest in a convivial relaxed atmosphere. Ability level: Grade 8+. Further information

Penelope Roskell’s Advanced London Piano Courses. Inspiring and supportive weekend courses (3 full days) focussing on repertoire, technique, and yoga for pianists. Ideal for pianists preparing for concerts, competitions, diplomas or auditions, or for anyone suffering from technical problems, physical tension, injuries or nerves. The course is run as a series of masterclasses with plenty of opportunities for discussion and exchange of ideas, and ends with a concert on the Sunday afternoon. Ability level: post-Grade 8 to post-diploma. Further information

Pianissimi  A three-day intensive piano course for advanced adult pianists (Grade 7 to post-diploma). The aim of the course is to meet other pianists, receive excellent tuition and be immersed in music. Tutors include Penelope Roskell and Warren Mailley-Smith.  Further information

Piano Week Run by pianist Samantha Ward, Piano Week offers classes for adults and children of all abilities, combined with an international piano festival.  Further information

Pro Corda. Adult courses designed to serve both the keen amateur musician who has little time in a hectic lifestyle to further skills and indulge their musical passion and excitement, along with those who have never had the chance to develop musical skills but have always longed to do so. The unique setting of Leiston Abbey is the perfect place to enjoy music along with great food and wine, while getting to know other like-minded people in a warm and sociable environment. Further information

Summer School for Pianists. This popular and long-standing summer school is now based at Stowe School in Buckinghamshire. All-Steinway facilities with stunning architecture set in National Trust gardens. Friendly, supportive atmosphere, tutor recitals and many optional music activities, plus opportunities for accompanying. Faculty includes Karl Lutchmayer, Graham Fitch, Ann Martin Davis and Christine Stevenson. Further information

COURSES IN EUROPE

**New for 2022** The Castle Piano Course. A week-long residential piano course with James Lisney. Daily masterclasses and workshops, individual tuition, performance opportunities, tutor recitals together with fine food, conviviality and beautiful waterfront accommodation on the west coast of Ireland. Further information

Piano with James Lisney. **New venue for 2022** Masterclasses, individual tuition, tutor and student recitals at Canel, an attractive 16th-century farmhouse in the beautiful Lot-et-Garonne region of SW France. Further information

Piano at Le Maillard. Pianists Helen Leek and Ann Martin-Davis invite you take your playing to the next level – online or at residential courses at their home in the beautiful French village of Édon. Further information

ArtePiano, Germany. An attractive house in the picturesque medieval town of Sankt Goar, overlooking the Rhine, is the setting for a weekend of piano masterclasses and performances for students of all ages and levels to prepare for an upcoming examination, competition, concert, audition or festival. The masterclasses are also ideal for amateur pianists who would like to throw themselves into a full on weekend of piano tuition, music making and performances. Tutors: Niel du Preez & Mark Nixon. Further information

La Balie. Summer piano courses in a picturesque part of SW France. Luxurious accommodation, gourmet food and access to a Steinway D as well as other quality instruments for practising. Daily masterclasses, faculty and student recitals, and more. Further information

Music Holiday Italy. Not the usual group masterclasses, these unique 1-on-1 coaching weeks cater for beginners through to diploma level. Just you and your tutor, 4 hours intensive coaching each day and plenty of time to practise, relax, or discover the cultural treasures and scenic wonders of the Sibillini national park. With no distractions and none of the pressure of performing in front of fellow pianists, this is an immensely effective way to learn a lot in a short time. Courses throughout the summer, with en suite accommodation and gourmet meals. Further information