Piano Lessons - Cambridge
Steven Levitt has been teaching the piano in the Cambridge area since 1980 and before that in Buckinghamshire from 1972.
On moving to Cambridge in 1980, he became a piano teacher and choir trainer at the Young Arbury Music Makers, where he became Assistant Director of Music, and subsequently Director of Music from 1983-1990.
In 1989, Steven and Lynette moved to Milton, just north of Cambridge, when they married. The name Rowans Music was adopted, as they lived in The Rowans at that time. Rowans Music became part of the Rowans Group, when I started Rowans Scientific Publications in 2007.
Steven has taught many hundreds of children and adults over the ensuing years. He taught one family for over twenty years, from January 1992, having taught all three daughters, and their mother, until the youngest daughter went to study music at university. He has several families where he teaches two or more children, and a number of families who have been with him for many years.
For a period of 5 years, from 1990-95 Steven held Saturday morning music sessions at the Milton Primary School, under the name of The Rowans School of Music Saturday Centre. This served the school and community offering lessons in a wide range of instruments, a choir, bands and an orchestra.
Steven is one of the few teachers in the area who travel to most of his students. This has resulted in a practice serving Barton, Bottisham, Caldecote, Cambourne, Cambridge, Coton, Dry Drayton, Girton, Hardwick, Harston, Histon & Impington, Horningsea, Landbeach, Milton, Swavesey, Trumpington, Waterbeach, Wilburton and Willingham. He teaches a wide range of styles, and aims to try to introduce his students to any style of music that will help to maintain their interest in playing. After initially teaching his students to play, Steven's main aim is that, above all, his students should enjoy playing.
In July 2000, Steven sustained a serious injury to his hand, in an accident, which reduced the development of his teaching practice for 2 years, but since then, his practice has continued to grow, mainly by word of mouth, but also some advertising. In 2015, he was diagnosed with cancer and underwent surgery and 6 months of Chemotherapy, during which time he carried on with his teaching practice. He has now been in remission for a year.
Steven enters pupils for examination with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), when I consider them to be ready. He expect scales to be fluent and aural tests to be understood at the beginning of the term the examination is to be undertaken so that the final term can be spent concentrating on polishing the pieces. Steven has entered over 100 students for examination over the years, with a 99.5% pass rate, and over 50% have been passes with merit or distinction.
You will need to obtain the music I suggest, from any of the music shops in Cambridge. Occasionally I might be able to get it for you, if I am visiting one of the shops, but I am not able to make regular visits to buy music for clients. For child beginners I use the John Thompson Easiest Piano Course, Part 1 or for the very young, Music for Little Mozarts Music Lesson 1. For older beginners, I use the James Bastien's "The Older Beginner Piano Course, Level One", Pianoworks Book 1 by Janet & Alan Bullard or the Alfred "Adult All-in-One-Course".
The Fees I charge depend entirely on where you live, and how many other students I have in your area. From the start of the new academic year in September 2017 my fees for teaching at my home, £16.00 per 30 minute lesson, and away from home prices start at £19.00 per 30 minutes, to allow for the cost of running a vehicle, additional public liability insurance, and the fact that whilst I am travelling, I cannot be teaching another student.
Please use this application form if you would like lessons.
Updated: 20 July 2017