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Sebastian Stanley offers world class piano and theory tuition, accompaniment and chamber music coaching from a private teaching studio in St Albans City Centre, up to and exceeding Diploma levels. He can also travel on occasion to students homes.

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James Flood

30 July 2018

I've been having lessons with Sebastian for about a year now and have enjoyed every moment. The lessons are fun and easy to follow, Sebastians way of teaching makes it easy to understand even some of the more challenging parts of playing. I'm the short time I've been with Sebastian I've learnt so much and want to keep learning more, I didn't think I would enjoy Classical piano as much as I do now. Sebastian is always very flexible to work around my commitments and a truly amazing teacher I highly recommend Sebastian to anyone looking to learn. More...

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Kendra Marks

25 July 2018

Rare and beautiful both in talent and personality.

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Veganchloe Thorpe

25 July 2018

Incredibly talented and warm and caring! An absolute joy to be in his company !

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Susan May

25 July 2018

Sebastian started teaching my son the piano earlier this year. In a very short space of time, he has improved tremendously and even enjoys practising! A very impressive result, thanks to Sebastian's teaching talent. More...

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Annabel Collier

25 July 2018

I've known Sebastian for many years and cannot speak highly enough of him. I've enjoyed his detailed way of teaching and he always makes it fun! Thank you!! :)

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Andrew Tuckett

25 July 2018

Excellent teacher and very nice guy as well. Sebastian succeeds in making our lessons enjoyable, challenging and motivating at the same time. He somehow manages to demystify the art of playing by giving highly practical advice on overcoming technical challenges, and I've found this approach to be very effective. Highly recommended. More...

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Judith Knott

25 July 2018

Sebastian is a wonderful teacher. He combines a kind, patient and caring approach with a focus on the hidden depths of the music. He has recently coached me for my ATCL diploma and encouraged me every step of the way. Now we are venturing into chamber music!
He is also a wonderful pianist himself. He passes on the techniques he has learnt over the years, as well as tips for effective practice. Sometimes I wish I could spend a lesson just listening to him play!
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Daniel Addison

25 July 2018

Sebastian accompanied me for my diploma on the violin and helped me to capture the true essence of each of my pieces, allowing me to make my end performance far more authentic and true to the music. The combination of his attention to detail and relaxed, friendly approach helped me to play to the best of my ability on the day and feel well supported and prepared. I would absolutely recommend him as an accompanist. More...

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Bex Chaplin

25 July 2018

I have been a student of Sebastian's for five years now and before I began learning with him, I had no idea of the technical elements and skills necessary when playing piano. I have learnt a huge amount due to his lessons including knowledge that will help me to progress with my piano career further in the future and the teaching is five star, with instructions on how best to perform (from a professional pianist himself). Sebastian is a fantastic tutor who is able to relate specifically to one's needs, ensuring every element of a piece is understood. I would highly recommend Sebastian to anyone who has a passion for piano and a desire to learn.

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James Abrams

25 July 2018

In Easter last year I was lucky enough to have Sebastian accompany me for my violin diploma. It was such a great experience for a young developing musician such as myself to have the opportunity to perform with Sebastian, who was willing to step in and help me with only a couple of weeks to spare before the recital. Despite only having limited time to prepare, Sebastian really put himself out to fit in plenty of rehearsals, and was able to offer loads of exciting musical ideas across several different styles of playing, which really helped to make the whole experience very successful and rewarding for me. I feel like I have learnt an awful lot, especially about ensemble playing, from the short time I spent working with Sebastian, and would highly recommend him as an accompanist for anyone! More...

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Wojciech Kukula

25 July 2018

I've known Sebastian for many years now. Being a world class pianist, you cannot afford to miss the smallest level of detail when it comes to playing; Sebastian clearly demonstrates this during each and every one of his lessons. I have had many people who taught me piano, but to the level that Sebastian goes, I've known no one else. Whatever improvements there are to be made, Sebastian will not let them slip by.

My articulation, hand technique and control of dynamics before I met Sebastian were nothing like what they are now. With that in mind, I wish to say it has been a great privilege of knowing Sebastian. I will be off to university soon, so I will be living elsewhere. I do, however, thoroughly recommend seizing this opportunity of taking lessons with Sebastian if you are an aspiring pianist who would take this seriously and seek every possible way of improving your piano performance with his guidance.
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Katie Jones

25 July 2018

Seb is an excellent pianist with lots of patience.

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Bex Chaplin

26 August 2015

I have been a student of Sebastian's for five years now and before I began learning with him, I had no idea of the technical elements and skills necessary when playing piano. I have learnt a huge amount due to his lessons including knowledge that will help me to progress with my piano career further in the future and the teaching is five star, with instructions on how best to perform (from a professional pianist himself). Sebastian is a fantastic tutor who is able to relate specifically to one's needs, ensuring every element of a piece is understood. I would highly recommend Sebastian to anyone who has a passion for piano and a desire to learn. More...

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Danny Addison

29 July 2015

Sebastian accompanied me for my diploma on the violin and helped me to capture the true essence of each of my pieces, allowing me to make my end performance far more authentic and true to the music. The combination of his attention to detail and relaxed, friendly approach helped me to play to the best of my ability on the day and feel well supported and prepared. I would absolutely recommend him as an accompanist. More...

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Voytek Kukula

21 July 2015

I've known Sebastian for many years now. Being a world class pianist, you cannot afford to miss the smallest level of detail when it comes to playing; Sebastian clearly demonstrates this during each and every one of his lessons. I have had many people who taught me piano, but to the level that Sebastian goes, I've known no one else. Whatever improvements there are to be made, Sebastian will not let them slip by. My articulation, hand technique and control of dynamics before I met Sebastian were nothing like what they are now. With that in mind, I wish to say it has been a great privilege of knowing Sebastian. I will be off to university soon, so I will be living elsewhere. I do, however, thoroughly recommend seizing this opportunity of taking lessons with Sebastian if you are an aspiring pianist who would take this seriously and seek every possible way of improving your piano performance with his guidance. More...

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The challenge to help others overcome one of the most difficult arts there is, to play the piano well. I love to use my brain and love problem solving; everyone who comes for lessons has different needs and issues whether it be technical, musical or inquisitive by nature, there is no problem I have not helped solve for a student. I also adore performing and my concert tours, having taken me all over the world, have resulted in an even greater passion to pass on my knowledge.

Ever since I was 12 years old I knew I wanted to be a professional classical pianist in all its forms. It was never an option to me to be anything else.

Every lesson is considered and planned with a focus on a variety of skills that are important to succeed as a musician and pianist. From aural training, to technical exercises that I tailor to each individual; every lesson will have a little of something. Theory is also a huge part of learning the piano and a focus on this too can be useful when it comes to trying to memorise pieces, that would otherwise be very difficult.