Hey there! I'm a Bristol Piano Teacher and Music Tutor. I’ve been teaching music and performing arts for around 10 years now, and I love what I do. I’ve taught, written and worked for a number of Bristol’s leading Orchestras and Music Schools, including The Bristol Ensemble, Bristol Cathedral School & The Bristol Metropolitan Orchestra.
Piano is without doubt the most popular instrument I teach. I've been teaching piano students in Bristol for around 8 years now & it's always a great privilege to explore this instrument with new players.
Piano's popularity is I think, in part due to how much it allows us to get our 'hands on' so much of what constructs music: harmony, arrangement, multiple rhythms, accompaniment & melody are all part of playing piano - so to grasp piano, you really must aim to grasp music as a whole.
Understanding the compositional side of Piano features strongly in my teaching but I'm also really passionate about healthy technique and physicality. My approach is truly tailored around my students, so lessons evolve around how you learn. Whilst I’m very serious about developing efficient habits and practice – generally speaking it’s mostly about having good fun.
‘Jack is a highly accomplished young musician. He is passionate about music and serious about developing his craft. He’s a lovely guy: personable, mature, friendly, and an absolute delight to work with.
‘Jack gets the best out of people and inspires them with his creativity and abundant musicianship. His calm and open attitude gets a really good response.’
‘Jack is an excellent teacher, patient and insightful. And perhaps as important, he is a lovely person and is always learning himself.’
Now in his 11th year of private teaching, Jack provides piano lessons in Bristol to all levels – from complete beginner to advanced intermediate. Lessons cover the fundamentals of all major approaches to the piano from jazz harmony, classical theory & composition, sight-reading, improvisation and playing by ear.
Together we pursue your most comfortable way to learn and lay the foundations of musical awareness.
Lessons are held at Jack’s home studio in South Bristol, Brislington – very close to Totterdown and Southville. However, Jack's students travel from: Clifton, Cotham, Redland, Southville, Bedminster, Brislington, Totterdown, Victoria Park, Ashton, Kingsdown and Montpelier.
‘My 7 year old has been having lessons with Jack for nearly 6 months now – we could not ask for a better teacher. Jack has tailored lessons to my son’s personality and as a result the response has been remarkable. I’m amazed with the progress he’s made and how much he enjoys his lessons. He is developing a real love not just for the piano, but for music generally. Would 100% recommend.’
‘Jack has been teaching my 10 year-old son for 2 years. He is a fantastic teacher who doesn’t stay within the conventional teaching methods, but explores what is best for the student. His lessons are fun and enjoyable. Because of his deep knowledge of theory and technique, my son is learning something new every week. A highly recommended teacher!’
‘Jack has taught my son for the last year and he’s loved it. Jack is a super-talented, flexible and empathetic music coach, very different from other teachers. I’d highly recommend him.’
‘I recently began piano lessons with Jack and I have to say that I’m really enjoying them. Jack is a really nice guy, and an excellent musician. Most importantly he really ‘gets’ where I’m at musically and what I want to learn and adapts his pedagogical style to suit. He is patient and flexible and doesn’t mind exploring different approaches to get the best result for me as a student. I have no hesitation recommending him to anyone – whether you’re a complete beginner or, like me, a musician looking to move onto a new instrument.’
Jack has been teaching our three children piano (abilities from Grade 1 to Grade 6) and I cannot recommend him highly enough. His approach with the children is the right balance of intelligence, patience and support. In addition, he has lots of different methods to make the lessons fun and enjoyable without detracting from their effectiveness.
Jack is intuitive, intelligent and versatile. [He] can find the correct key for each student to access their personal comprehension of music. A rare quality indeed. In my personal instance Jack has managed to lead me to establish a bridge between saxophone and tai chi chuan. This alone simply cracked the nut and made it all instantly clear for me.
‘I’ve really enjoyed jazz piano lessons with Jack, he’s friendly, engaging and a great teacher.’
‘Jack has proved to be an excellent choice of piano teacher for our twin girls. He is extremely patient and is very good at tailoring the lessons to suit the individual needs of the student. I have been very impressed with his enthusiasm for teaching and am so pleased we found him!’
‘I would thoroughly recommend Jack to anyone interested in learning the piano. I started lessons at the ripe old age of 26 and thanks to his tailored approach and encouragement I have made more progress than I thought possible in a previously non musical adult. His lessons are very enjoyable and pack a lot into the time slot, he makes every effort to teach according to individual musical interest which I find very useful in keeping enthusiasm levels high! Lessons are very easy to arrange anytime online, a great benefit for people working irregular hours. Looking forward to my next lesson!’
‘I would absolutely recommend Jack as a teacher to anyone who has a passion for music and wants to learn. My 7 year old can’t get enough of his classes. She looks forward to it every week and is always sad when it ends. If she had it her way she would be there every day for the whole day! Jack personalizes his classes in a way that he brings the student’s own interests and personality within the class structure. Expect to have a super fun time with Jack :)’
‘Jack has been a teaching ‘breath of fresh air’ for us! My son is 9 and has been learning piano for 4 years. He started having lessons with Jack about 6 months ago and, since then, has regained his passion for the piano which had started to fade with his previous teacher. Jack’s approach is different and this works for my quirky and easily distracted son! Jack is friendly and enthusiastic yet, at the same time, can critique (thinking about exam pieces in particular) in a way that encourages students to improve and give them the strategies and belief to do this. He endeavours to tailor his teaching to suit each student and is patient, thinking of interesting and alternative ways to help understanding of theory. He is clearly passionate about music and this comes through in his teaching, bringing fun to the lessons yet students are still learning. I would wholeheartedly recommend Jack.
‘Jack has been teaching my 3 children age 10, 8 and 6 for several months. They were complete beginners. They all enjoy and look forward to their lessons with him and he adapts his style of teaching week to week to their individual interests, personality and level. More than anything he is fostering a love of music in them which makes me happy! Jack is a thoughtful, kind and patient teacher who is an excellent communicator, he is positive and encouraging with each of them. I would highly recommend him.’
‘My son's favourite day of the week was the day he had his piano lesson with Jack! He loved his piano lessons more than any other club or activity last year and we can easily say it was Jack who instilled this love for music in him by always creating fun and relaxed lessons to suit his age. He was able to support my son to do his best in moments where he had his full concentration and he could instantly tell when he was distracted or tired then he would mix things up with fun rhythm exercises or practising songs from my sons favourite cartoons. Jack is lovely, kind and patient and relates very easily to his students. He helps them enjoy music and is a great role model for little people. We very very highly recommend him! :)’
‘Despite playing for many years, I recently began lessons with Jack to improve my music theory understanding, and he has really helped me out. Jack is very patient and friendly, and lessons are packed with relevant information, that’s interesting and has really helped break down music theory for me, in a way that I can understand. Flexi lessons are perfect, as some weeks I have to work late and my free time can be quite irregular. Definitely recommend!’
‘Jack is a great teacher, very patient and he has great enthusiasm for the piano. Both myself and my daughter have learnt a lot over the past few months he has been teaching us and we both really enjoy his lessons. If you’re looking for a music teacher then I heartily recommend him.’
Jack is an amazing teacher! He taught my daughter piano for several months. Initially she was nervous but Jack was a natural and eased her worries. He was happy to adapt lessons to her style & personality. Although she doesn’t have lessons any more, she has left a more confident individual. Thank you Jack’
‘It’s like going to see a nice big brother but you learn stuff too.’
‘I can thoroughly recommend Jack as a music teacher. He is a talented musician himself, and has genuine enthusiasm for all things musical. What has most impressed me is his versatility as a teacher – he can adapt to what his students need and want, and he encourages curiosity and fun in his lessons. He has taught my three children, aged 14, 12 and 10, all of whom need a slightly different approach to the piano. We all give Jack five stars!’
‘Jack is a superb music teacher who I would highly recommend. Jack’s passion for music shows through his teaching which makes each lesson enjoyable. Jack’s lessons encompass a wide range of different musical skills, allowing me to begin to understand music at a deeper level than with previous teachers. Jack’s booking system makes it easy for me to book lessons in around work.’
‘I would have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Jack based on my experience as a late starter to learning the Piano. Jack’s approach to teaching is interesting and flexible and tailored around my goals. He also makes good use of technology – the flexible lesson booking and Google Drive are great when you can’t commit to a regular slot.’
'Jack is a fabulous teacher. He is patient and creative in his teaching which I find motivates me in my practice. I would definitely recommend him.'
‘Jack has a very calming demeanour and an eloquent way of explaining concepts. Within 5 minutes I was learning things that really helped me improve my technique. I’ll certainly be coming back for more lessons.’
‘Great music teacher! Knows what he’s doing and can teach a lot of different skills. Enthusiastic and friendly.
Definitely would recommend him to a friend.
‘I have been going to jack for about three years, and I have vastly improved in both piano skills and digital composing. I look forward to every lesson and Jack is fun and relaxed. I will keep going to him for many years into the future!’
‘I would highly recommend Jack based on my experience as a starter in playing piano. He is very passionate about music and it is the best motivation. The lessons are absolutely tailored to you and your needs, also flexible. I am personally very much impressed and will keep continue my mission. Thank you for all your support Jack!’
‘I recommend Jack wholeheartedly. We had searched for months for a new piano teacher for my daughter with no success. Immediately on coming to Jack, Elen felt happy and confident and has enjoyed her lessons and Jack’s inspiration and enthusiasm ever since. He is professional, caring and insightful, putting pupils at their ease but at the same time drawing the best out of them, tailoring lessons to whatever is appropriate. Recently Elen needed help with recording her duet performance for her GCSE. Jack gave of his own time including going to school to play the duet with Elen. Jack is patient, kind and encouraging, wanting the best for his pupils, whether that means remaining learning with him, or moving onto a new teacher. Jack’s thoughts are in giving the best he can to his students, their enjoyment in playing the piano, and in fostering a love of music. He is a gem!’
‘Carlsberg don’t do Piano teachers… but if they did, they’d definitely be Jack Vaughan.’