I enjoy teaching the piano to pupils of all ages, from five years upwards, and all levels, from complete beginner to diploma (including ATCL and LTCL), across a breadth of repertoire and styles (classical, jazz, film music etc.). Both piano and organ pupils are prepared for ABRSM or Trinity grade examinations. Some of the more confident performers also compete successfully in music festivals (Croydon, Godalming, Kingston, Reigate & Redhill, Sutton and the London Organ Competition).

Julie Ainscough © Frances Marshall

A number of my school-age organ pupils gain experience of the Anglican choral tradition through organ scholarships at local parish churches (including Barnes, Ewell, Kingston, Richmond and Twickenham) or at Chapel Royal, Hampton Court, before taking up Oxford or Cambridge organ scholarships. Several of the Hampton boys have also achieved the ARCO Diploma whilst still at school.

My adult organ pupils aim to develop their skills and learn new repertoire, either to further enhance the liturgy (if they have a church commitment) or, as with a number of my adult piano pupils, for their own personal enjoyment and fulfilment.

I find teaching two related but, nonetheless, very different instruments, to a wide range of ages and abilities, really exciting and stimulating. It is such a privilege to be able to guide my various pupils on their individual journey of musical discovery. I am a longstanding member of the Independent (formerly ‘Incorporated’) Society of Musicians, with whom I have Registered Private Teacher status. I have, therefore, signed up to their ‘Safeguarding & Child Protection Policy, Code of Practice and Procedures’, and have Enhanced DBS Disclosure status.

“As a parent I feel privileged to have Julie watching and guiding my children growing up with the piano…..Julie helped them develop confidence and a lifelong love for music.”

John from Ashtead

“I started “absolute beginner” adult piano lessons with Julie way back in 2014. Julie is a very patient teacher, who has really helped me not only to pick-up the physical aspects of playing piano (reading the music, and turning that into playing the keys and pedalling), but to really appreciate the artistry of the composers whose music I’ve come to love.”

Adult piano pupil

“My son has been having piano lessons for a year with Dr Ainscough. Her calm positivity has guided him from a reluctant beginner to a boy with a love of music who is happy to practise between lessons. Dr Ainscough supported and encouraged him through his Grade 1, and his success in this exam has given him the confidence to work towards the next grade. We are really happy with the progress he has made.”

Parkside School parent


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