Piano, Drum, Percussion lessons

Why choose me?

Hi there! Allow me to introduce myself to you. I’m Suzanne Manly and teach piano, drum kit and percussion lessons privately in Portadown.

Why choose me as your preferred music tutor?

My experience– I graduated with a Music Education degree and performance diploma, studying piano and drum kit. My teaching experiences include working as a classroom and music specialist teacher in primary, secondary, inclusive, mainstream and international schools! (BEd DipLCM MISM).

I personally tailor every lesson to each student’s unique interests and abilities. It does not matter the age or ability. No two lessons will be the same! I encourage pupils to explore their instruments to express their personal musical and rhythmical language. Every lesson will have a different focus with guidance notes given for specific practise areas.

I teach young children, teenagers and adults. Students can complete performance awards in music as well as playing music purely for fun! I maintain 100% pass rate for all externally assessed music exams, awarded by London College of Music (West London University).

If you would like to find out more about my business and teaching style, please check out my Business Facebook Page ‘SM Music Tuition.’ If you would like me to get in contact with you, please send your details via my website, privately below.

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*May your day be upbeat and melodious!*

My Teaching Objectives:

  • Inclusive, multi-disciplinary learning opportunities.
  • Encourage critical thinking and listening skills.
  • Provide opportunities to take inspiration from musicians of a variety of styles and genres.
  • Create a relaxed environment so creativity can flow naturally.
  • Outline and develop the language and theory of music.
  • Give guidance for practising- how we can sound better!
  • Encourage pupils to achieve their own personal best.
  • Embrace what makes our musical journey better, letting go of fear of failure.

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Dynamics- crucial in music from the start?

Each musical instrument (including voice) can distribute its dynamics (from quietest to loudest sounds) by various degree but what makes it essential to hear these nuances? We hone our sound. That’s our desire surely, whether it be our hobby or profession as a music player. Not much refinement has occurred for a pleasing sound if…


Names are given to the degrees of the notes in the scales in music. Unusual names you might say, including Tonic and Supertonic- not to be confused with a gin menu or herbal remedy! Tonic, supertonic, mediant, subdominant, dominant, submediant, leading note (and return to tonic or octave). For example, in C major, the tonic…

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