Amy Wakefield mmus bmus (hons) pgce- tuition

Amy Wakefield MMus BMus( Hons) PGCE- Tuition

Amy teaches piano, violin and music theory at her home in Congleton. Amy has over 15 years of teaching experience and is fully qualified with a secondary music PGCE.  Amy fully supports the entry of ABRSM, Trinity and LCM exam entries and has taught from beginner level up to Grade 8, Diploma and Music College level.  

Fully DBS checked (available on request) 

Teaching days; Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday morning 

Times are subject to availability- Please contact me to discuss a regular slot, I also have a waiting list for pupils requiring a specific time which may become available

Tuition Pricing


£17- 30 mins     (Recommended 5-6 years old )                  

£34- 1 hour        (Any level under 18's) 

£25.50- 45 mins      (Recommended 6-18 years old)      

£40- 1 hour        (Tuition for Adults beg-Grade 5) 

£45- 1 hour        (Tuition for Adults Grade 6+)     

Piano Consultation- £55


£27.00- 45 mins   (Age 6+)   

£40-£45- 1 hour

Online Tuition

I am now very pleased to be able to offer 'remote' teaching sessions so that I can offer tuition even if you are in a different part of the world!

I currently offer remote teaching using the following platforms:





If you are interested in receiving some online tuition please contact me using the contact form and we can discuss an appropriate method. Payments are made prior to sessions (BACS Payment only). 

What will my Child receive as part of Amy's tuition service?

  • Regular and weekly tuition (34 week contract and additional holiday lessons if required)
  • Termly progress meetings
  • One progress report each academic year with target setting and goals
  • At least two concerts at my house in Congleton each year (with cake!)
  • Opportunities to enter ABRSM, Trinity and other graded exams
  • Opportunities to enter local music festivals and the EPTA competition
  • Opportunities to play in EPTA concerts at Chetham's School of Music
  • A chance to play at the workshops in Forsyths Manchester
  • Regular challenges set by Amy (e.g. The Pom Pom Challenge- see pictures below!) with incentives
  • A chance to win 'The Wakefield Award'  at each concert
  • A certificate for your first concert
  • Lots of fun and the chance to achieve your full potential!

Interview with Amy


My career started when I was accepted at Chetham's School of Music and studied at the very highest level. I was offered a scholarship to Birmingham Conservatoire in 2004 and gained my BMus (hons) with a 2:1 in 2008. Over the next year I trained at Birmingham City University as a Teacher of Music and Peripatetic keyboard teacher and achieved Qualified Teacher Status (PGCE). I was awarded Grade 8 piano and violin distinction at a young age. I have a Masters with Distinction in Piano Performance and Artistic Research which I gained at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. 

What kind of experience do you have? 

During my training as a pianist I participated in various masterclasses and concerts. This included concerts at the Bridgewater Hall in Manchester, the Birmingham Symphony Hall and masterclasses with elite musicians across my 9 years of specialist training including, Peter Donohoe, Margaret Fingerhut and Charles Camilleri. As a performer I have given a series of Classical concerts regularly on P&O, Fred Olsen and Cunard’s flagship cruises such as the Queen Mary 2 and the Queen Victoria. I also perform across the UK in concerts series such as the Sandbach Concert Series, Buxton Opera House and concerts in London.  

I have over 15 years of teaching experience which includes instrumental and classroom  teaching with all age groups. My pupils have gained distinctions across all Grade levels with ABRSM and Trinity exam boards. I also teach Diploma syllabuses and specialise in Grade 8+ teaching. I have also helped pupils gain entry to music college and also to the RNCM Junior school. My teaching experience also includes different subjects across the curriculum e.g. science, art, drama and maths and I am well versed in using a variety of teaching strategies to suit the individual needs of my pupils. 

Where do I teach? 

I currently teach privately at my home in Congleton and at schools in the Biddulph area in Staffordshire. Full facilities are provided in my studio and pupils are invited to develop their skills at my home. I also offer remote lessons to those who cannot travel to Congleton. 

Which ages and levels do you teach? 

My age range for piano and violin may range from 5 years and upwards. It is also never to late to learn and adults are very welcome to join.  I specialise in the teaching of advance pupils. 

Which qualifications do I prepare my students for? 

I teach pupils from Prep Test/Initial and grades 1-8, Diploma level and beyond through a variety of exam boards including Trinity and ABRSM. I am able to assist with all levels of ABRSM Music Theory and GCSE/A Level Music examinations. I also prepare pupils for entry into Universities and Music Colleges across the UK and with the audition process they would be required to take. 

Where and with whom did I train? 

 On the piano I began my lessons with Mrs Vera James and went onto learning with Miss Susan Bettaney at Chetham's School of Music where I also learnt with teachers for musicianship skills, sight reading, accompaniment, harpsichord/fortepiano, performance classes and duet lessons with teachers such as Peter Lawson, Simon Bottomley, Murry Mclachlan and Bernard Roberts. My violin tuition began with Sarah Morley and at Chetham's with David Vernon.  

  At Birmingham Conservatoire my training was with the Head of Piano, Malcolm Wilson and Victor Sangiorgio but also studied with various teachers in masterclasses and also in musicianship as well. 

I studied at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with Dr. Murray McLachlan. 

  My current students. 

 My students range from beginner level up to Diploma level and higher. They mainly learn in a classical style but some of my students prefer to learn in a more modern style and are learning to play some current music in the charts. I always ensure that pupils choose the route they are most suited to pursuing. 

Personal message for students: 

I welcome any ability and age to try something new or alternatively, continue with something they are passionate about. I can teach music to the highest level and am extremely keen to pass on my knowledge of Music and the Performing Arts in general. Please feel free to contact me if you require further information about the learning of an instrument or further your musical skills.