Learn to play pain free, permanently
Alignment. Efficiency. Freedom.
Welcome to my teaching page.
I help pianists prevent and recover from injuries by playing with healthy technique.
Pianists suffer from repetitive strain injury in shockingly high numbers. Piano music is physically demanding, the pressures involved with a musical career are intense, and on top of that there is a lot of conflicting information out there about piano technique.
Few teachers understand how to play in a way that respects the design of the human body.
Of all the things that helped me recover from my own injury, learning better technique was probably the most important. I found the best teachers available in the piano world and outside of it, and devoted myself full time to learning healthy technique. I eventually recovered and went on to complete my Doctorate in performance at one of Canada’s top schools. (You can read the whole story here)
Now I’m able to practice several hours a day, play some of the most demanding music in the repertoire, and give regular solo and chamber performances.
My teaching activity is currently focused on working with advanced pianists through online lessons. If you are reading this page, it means I have at least one space available for a new student.
“Patrick’s technical mastery, musical sensitivity, patience, and general chilled-out demeanour made him the perfect teacher for me! I came to him with a very specific goal—to complete my ARCT diploma in piano performance after a long hiatus from playing—and he gave me just the help I needed to get there.”– Jason
I can help you:
- Learn the most important principles of body alignment relevant to piano playing.
- Pinpoint what you may be doing wrong at the piano and fix it.
- Stay present in your body and notice unhealthy movements immediately.
- Choose strategic pieces and exercises to get you on the right path.
- Transform your daily practice into a conscious, health-promoting activity.
- Navigate the physical demands of complex, virtuosic piano compositions.
- Use arm movements to reduce or eliminate strain on the hands and wrists.
- Choose fingerings that allow free movement of the arms.
- Achieve powerful expression through coordinated effort from the whole body.
“In every lesson Patrick points out a few musical or physical points that magically improve how I’ve been playing and understanding the piece.”– Parastoo
It may not be a quick fix. Learning new technical habits takes time and patience, and you might still need medical treatment or general movement retraining in order to heal from an injury.
I only work with pianists who are willing to slow down, see the big picture, and do the daily work required to create a healthy, sustainable musical life.
If that sounds like you, I would love to help.
Click this link to book a 15-minute phone call and see if we’re a good fit.