School of Keyboard Studies

The RNCM School of Keyboard Studies has a fantastic reputation for successfully developing the individual talents of young pianists.

Whether you’re interested in recitals, concertos, chamber music, collaboration, teaching or becoming a répétiteur, the well-rounded training you’ll receive will prepare you for a rewarding portfolio career.

Principal Study tuition is available in piano, harpsichord and, for postgraduates only, accompaniment. We arguably house the best fleet of pianos in the UK, including 49 Steinways and 75 Yamahas, and harpsichordists have access to a variety of period instruments. You’ll also benefit from inspiring masterclasses and clinics with artists including our International Chairs in Piano, Stephen Hough and Jean-Efflam Bavouzet. And we regularly welcome non-musicians, such as sports psychologists, to give motivational talks to enhance your professional skills.

Performance opportunities include a weekly performance class, internal competitions covering various repertoire, professional engagements throughout the country, and public concerts at the RNCM. Harpsichordists also have the chance to perform with both modern- and period-instrument chamber groups, as well as in opera and orchestral concerts.

For more information on the audition process and requirements for the School of Keyboard Studies, click here.

Further Information

Keyboard Studies Staff

Head of School
Graham Scott GMusRNCM, PPRNCM

Deputy Head of School
Adam Swayne MusB (Hons), MMus, DM, GRNCM, SFHEA

International Chairs in Piano Studies
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet
Stephen Hough CBE

International Visiting Tutors in Piano
Phillipe Cassard

International Tutor in Fortepiano Studies
Stefano Fiuzzi

International Tutor in Song Duos
Julius Drake FRAM

Principal Study Piano Tutors
Alexandra Dariescu
Benjamin Frith BA, ARCM
Paul Janes MusB, GRNCM, PPRNCM
Helen Krizos LMusA
BingBing Li
Sally Ann MacLeod PPRNCM
Murray McLachlan MA, LRAM 
Richard Ormrod MA Cantab
Dina Parakhina PGDip, MDip (Tchaikovsky Moscow Conservatory)
Roberto Plano (from September 2023)
Benjamin Powell
Dr Stephen Savage PhD
Graham Scott GMusRNCM, PPRNCM
Colin Stone MA (Oxon), Hon ARAM
Kathryn Stott 
Frank Wibaut ARCM, Hon RAM
Jeremy Young LRAM, ARAM

Tutor in Jazz Piano
Dan Whieldon

Tutors in Accompaniment
Paul Janes MusB, GRNCM, PPRNCM
Dr David Jones BMus, MusM(Perf), PhD, PGDipRNCM
Harvey Davies PhD GRNCM

Tutor in Harpsichord 
Roger Hamilton

Tutor in Pedagogy
Helen Krizos LMusA

Tutor in Subsidiary Piano
Sam Brook
Benjamin Powell BMus, MMus, PRNCM, MPhil

Staff Pianists
Roderick Barrand MusB, GRNCM, ARNCM
Gemma Beeson MusB (Hons),GRNCM,PGDip,MMus
Leanne Cody MusB, GRNCM, MMus
Harvey Davies GRNCM
Jonathan Fisher BMus, MMus
Jonathan Gooing BMus (Hons), MMus, LRSM
Dr David Jones BMus, MusM (Perf), PhD, PGDipRNCM
Benjamin Powell BMus, MMus, PPRNCM, MPhil
Stephen Reynolds GRSM, ARMCM
Lauryna Sableviciute MMus
Jonathan Scott BMus, PPRNCM, ARCM, FTCL
Ruth Webb BMus, PPRNCM, PGDip

Head of Accompaniment
Dr David Jones BMus, MusM (Perf), PhD, PGDipRNCM

Principal Study Options

Accompaniment (postgraduate only)

Available Courses

Contact Us

School of Keyboard Studies Administrator
E [email protected] 
T 0161 907 5305

Admissions and Course Enquiries
E [email protected]
T 0161 907 5465

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