Keys Piano School

Keys Piano School


Hi, I wanted to share with you this blog post I wrote for Melanie Spanswick of The Classical Piano & Music Education Blog - Melanie Spanswick which highlights the benefits of teaching through composition in the early stages. As a Trinity Champion centre we use Trinity College London exams exclusively for our students as we greatly value the option for including own composition, and we feel this sends a very positive message to our students that their music, their voice, is heard.

Jeni Warder
Founder and Creative Director at Keys Piano School, Bolton.
This is our lovely Evie, with her very exciting piece called "Parade Waltz" for February! We are so proud of you Evie, and you achieved so much in such short time!! 🙌❤🎹
This is our lovely Evie, with her fabulous "Parade Waltz" for February! Well done Evie, it's such an exciting piece!! 🙌❤🎹

Love this - Keys Piano School have some exciting things planned for their this year! Check out the link below for more details and to book.
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Heading into the last week of school and looking for ideas for how to fill the next few weeks? Check out the Summer Raring2go Bolton edition. Packed with ideas of where to go and what to do. Remember like us here at Little Wanderers places such as Curly Whirleez Bolton and Keys Piano School may need you to book so plan ahead.
We didn't know a smidge of all the great stuff that Keys Piano School have available for little (and not so little) ones - they're full-on! Have a read in the link in the comments below and see what great stuff you can get involved in.
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Did you miss out on last week's live webinar on 'Creative and Engaging Piano Lessons' with Piano Network UK and The Piano Teachers' Course UK Tutors? The recording is now available to watch at your convenience!

Follow the link for a series of quick-fire top tips to make every lesson count:

Image Courtesy of Jeni Warder of Keys Piano School
Don't forget to sign up for our webinar with Piano Network UK on Monday 22nd March @ 11am where we will be discussing 'Quick-Fire Teaching Tips for Creative and Engaging Lessons' 👌

We have an amazing team of tutors who are experts in this topic - you won't want to miss it!

Sign up here:

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Jeni Warder @ Keys Piano School
Ever wondered how to make your piano lessons more engaging? We are collaborating with Piano Network UK for a webinar which could help:

Quick-Fire Teaching Tips for Creative and Engaging Lessons - Monday 22nd March @ 11am
Join Principal Tutors from The Piano Teachers’ Course UK for a selection of practical and easy-to-use teaching tips to make every lesson count - you won't want to miss it!

Follow the link to register:

Photo credit: Jeni Warder @ Keys Piano School
We love seeing new and creative teaching ideas from our alumni, such as this fun idea to get students composing from Keys Piano School 🎼

“🌳❄️ N E W P R O J E C T F O R 2 0 2 1 🌼☔️

🍁 T H E S E A S O N S R E I N V E N T E D 🌞

Throughout 2021 we will be studying and sharing Tchaikovsky's "The Seasons", played each month by Madalina Rusu.

This set of pieces was written in 1875-6, after the completion of the first piano concerto, and while Tchaikovsky was also working on his first ballet, Swan Lake. The clear story telling in this set of pieces vividly reflects the style of the ballet.

In an exciting new project we are inviting all students at Keys to compose their own pieces this year! Each month we will choose a winning composition to feature on an album "The Seasons Reinvented" at the end of 2021! “

Great showcase today. Well done to everyone, you were all fabulous!
Hi, We offer new and used pianos for a great price! If you have an old piano, we can trade that too :) We've just given your page a like, and hope you will return the favour!

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Operating as usual

Photos from Keys Piano School's post 15/09/2023

🧸🍭F R I D A Y 👧🧒👶 F U N D A Y 🎈🍼

In a rare alignment of childcare circumstances, Jen H, Jeni W and Madalina were all relieved of teaching duty today… and with our little ones! So of course we had some fun together!


Our newest member of the Keys family is just so precious. 💕

Born to play.......🎼

When your mother is an exceptionally talented, international, concert pianist..... you're born to play.

Freya, I know your dad has high hopes for your future golfing career but from the positioning of your fingers in this pic, my money's on something more musical!!

I can't wait to see you and your family again soon and watch your wonderful character develop.

Photos from Keys Piano School's post 25/08/2023

We have such wonderful news to share today…

Yesterday, 24/8/23, our fabulous Madalina gave birth to a beautiful baby girl, named Freya Elizabeth. She weighed 8lb 5oz and both mummy and baby are doing brilliantly. Huge congratulations to Madalina, Jonathan and big sister Ruby! We can’t wait for a snuggle soon! 💕🍾🥂🥰

Now Enrolling! 16/08/2023

We are *VERY* excited to announce that we have created some new spaces at Keys Piano School this September! If you're looking for lessons for your young musician, check out the available sessions - ALL FOR BEGINNERS.

Thursday 10.30am Preschool (age 3-4)
Saturday 10am Preschool (age 3-4)

Monday 4.30pm, age currently open, please enquire.
Monday 6pm, yrs 1-2 (age 5-7)
Tuesday 4.15pm, Reception (age 4-5)
Friday 5.30pm, Reception (age 4-5)
Saturday 11.30, yr 2 (age 6-7)

Wednesday 6pm, age currently open, please enquire.
Wednesday 6.30pm, yrs 7-9 (age 11-14)
Thursday 5.45, age currently open, please enquire.

If you are looking for adult lessons, sessions during the daytime, or more advanced teaching, we may also be able to accommodate you. Please email [email protected] for all info.

Now Enrolling! Availability and booking details for new students


Busy days getting sorted for Holiday Club and the next academic year here at Keys!

Photos from Keys Piano School's post 09/07/2023

🎵 F O U N D A T I O N C E L E B R A T I O N 🎵

Yesterday our youngest students shared their hard work in a fantastic summer showcase! Lots of proud parents and teachers!! Well done to every one of you superstars 🌟🌟🌟


We need more space for 300 students!!

Now Enrolling! 28/06/2023

New sessions for beginners now available from September!

Now Enrolling! Availability and booking details for new students

Holiday Club 5-11yrs | Keys Piano School 22/06/2023

If you were thinking of joining our holiday club this summer, please book asap as some days are already nearly full! I think I'll need to close the 'full week' options within a few days!

Holiday Club 5-11yrs | Keys Piano School Embedding essential musical skills and knowledge through creative teaching and fun activities.


Raaaaaannttt!!!!! 🤯🤯🤯🤯


Super exciting day! Thanks to Park Pianos and Gilberts Piano Transport Limited for bringing my baby to me!
I have properly fallen in love with this instrument tonight and can’t wait to get stuck in to composing more and playing properly again. 🎹❤️


Our Superstar Madalina Rusu 🤩🤩🤩

You can see Madalina live at Keys Studio next Friday!


And only a week after Jen’s - cake fest here at Keys right now!!


This looks great!

We're excited to be teaming up with manchester jazz festival for another year putting 13 pianos around including this
Yamaha G2 grand for everyone to enjoy at the Corn Exchange Manchester ! ....and if you venture into Harvey Nichols Manchester you'll find a NEW Yamaha C3X to enjoy! Join us with Andy Burnham at Manchester Piccadilly 1pm 27/4/23 for the official trail launch! There's a great competition to enter with lots of prizes including a Yamaha Pianos digital piano.

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Studio tour!




Peggy on her first holiday! Can you guess where she's travelling to??? 🐼🥰🎹


This sounds awesome!

Announcing our next concert - A concert performance of 's . Back at our usual time of 7.30pm on Saturday 13th May at The Victoria Hall, Bolton. We are very excited to be collaborating with the BMS Singers and BCMCS Choral for this project. The four main roles will be played by Georgina Crowe (Carmen), Michael Jones (Don Jose), Carlo Asuni (Escamillo) and Helen Latham (Micaela). The smaller roles are being played by members of The BMS Singers and BCMCS.
All adult tickets remain at £12, and as always, Under 19s may attend for free. Full details and tickets here:
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Good luck to all our superstars playing in the Academy recitals today!

Photos from Keys Piano School's post 05/03/2023

What a fantastic day we had on Saturday!

Our Academy learnt all about the importance of posture, use of hands, arms, and even feet in our ‘Shake it Out!’ Masterclass.

The evening saw perform a storming virtuoso Rachmaninoff recital, followed by an exciting premiere of the Tetris Variations, performed by students of our Creative stream! So proud of you all! Well done team!!!


🎹 Calling *adult pianists* (from approximately Grade 5 standard to advanced)! 🎹

I am thinking of running a mini course/group lesson series for a group of people passionate about the piano and about this gorgeous piece of music. You might be an enthusiastic amateur player, or a piano teacher looking to develop their repertoire and own pianism in a supportive and very enthusiastic environment.

It will be a three lesson series delivered online (so location is not an issue!) where you’ll be in a group of three students with me as your teacher and guide. It will aim to explore the background and structure of the first movement of Beethoven’s “Moonlight” Sonata, and give you some tips on practice strategies and interpretation.

Because it’s a group course, the price will be much cheaper per person than the cost of three hours of individual lessons!

If you’re interested in finding out more, please pop “info” in the comments and I will let you know a few more details. ⬇️⬇️⬇️

Edit: it seems that we may run *more* than one course, so don’t be afraid to ask for info!

Holiday Club 5-11yrs | Keys Piano School 07/02/2023

February Holiday Club Spaces Remaining:

Monday 20th 6 Spaces
Tuesday 21st 2 Spaces
Wednesday 22nd 2 Spaces

Holiday Club 5-11yrs | Keys Piano School Embedding essential musical skills and knowledge through creative teaching and fun activities.

Holiday Club 5-11yrs | Keys Piano School 29/01/2023

Although we provide much-needed childcare, that isn't really what holiday club is about. Its an intensive but super fun training programme to fast-track progress, get additional support with pieces, deepen musical awareness and develop confidence in performance. We've really noticed that children who regularly attend holiday club definitely progress more quickly.

We're already over half full for the next holiday club! 10% discount using code ocean10 still available for the next 48 hours!

Holiday Club 5-11yrs | Keys Piano School Embedding essential musical skills and knowledge through creative teaching and fun activities.

Holiday Club 5-11yrs | Keys Piano School 22/01/2023

🐠 We can’t wait for our next holiday club at Keys! 🐡 Book before end of Jan 23 and use the code ocean10 for 10% off!

For February half term we’re going ‘Under the Sea’ to explore music about life under the waves… 🌊 🌊

If you want to enhance your child’s learning and fast track their progress, this is a great opportunity to immerse them in music and inspire them to practice!

We’re open 8am-6pm to accommodate working parents, but main teaching will take place 9-4.

Holiday Club 5-11yrs | Keys Piano School Embedding essential musical skills and knowledge through creative teaching and fun activities.


This is so beautiful 😍🎹

Making the Leap: Five years on. 01/01/2023

Happy New Year 2023! 🎉

It’s exactly five years since the concept of our piano community started to become a reality. With a touch of nostalgia, I’ve been reliving those early days in this post. 🎹🥳

Making the Leap: Five years on. Marking five years since the beginning of the Keys journey, we relive those first few crazy months.

Lessons for adults | Keys 2022 26/12/2022

Our January beginners course is now fully booked but places are still available for the February course! 🎹

Check out other lessons for adult learners - still available as bargain bundles until 1st Jan!

Lessons for adults | Keys 2022 Enjoy learning a new skill with some piano tuition from Keys.

Benedetti Sessions — The Benedetti Foundation 21/12/2022

This is so exciting! Any string players out there get yourself registered!!

Benedetti Sessions — The Benedetti Foundation The Benedetti Foundation is a music education charity established in 2019 by violinist and dedicated advocate Nicola Benedetti CBE. We deliver transformative experiences through mass musical events and unite those who believe music is integral to life’s education. We provide equal access to music ...


We have a new Foundation group for reception age starting on Thursdays at 5.45! Only 3 spaces left so book in now if you'd like to get your child in here at Keys!

We also have a few spaces left in our preschool groups (age 3+) on Saturdays at 10am and Thursdays at 10.30!

All info below ⬇️

Photos from Keys Piano School's post 21/05/2022

We had so much fun this afternoon exploring articulation, tempo and dynamics at our Academy Workshops. Madalina led two creative and challenging sessions … and the children challenged her back!!!! 😂🙌🏻🎹


More tenors and basses required for the 80 strong choir for our Bruckner concert on 2nd July The Victoria Hall, Bolton with BMS Singers and BCMCS Choral. Please come and join us for this wonderful evening. More details of the choir here: and full concert details here:

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