Testimonials Page.

5 Star Service

My 15-year-old son Ben has been having lessons with Valerie Whiteside for 2 years now.  He's currently working towards his Grade 8 exam and we're firmly convinced that his motivation for continuing to develop his musical talent is in no short measure due to the structured but fun and enthusiastic tuition provided by Valerie.  It's testament to her skill and success as a teacher that she can maintain the interest of a 15-year-old boy who also has many other interests and activities.  Valerie's teaching expertise is developing Ben's playing skill which will stay with him and give him - and his family - pleasure for the rest of his life.  If you're thinking of piano lessons for a child or for yourself I could recommend no better teacher than Valerie.

Best Regards,
Janet Courtenay



  Piano Lessons in Blackpool, St Annes and Lytham. Tuition by Mrs Valerie Whiteside. Independant Testimonials.

5 Star Service

My son Andrei really enjoys his piano lessons with Valerie - we never have  any complaints from him about going along - despite him being 11 years old 
and having other interests. He got a merit at his recent exam, which we were  really pleased about.

I think Val strikes a good balance in teaching; she encourages her pupils and prepares them well without putting them under pressure and she's always happy to have a chat with Andrei about the other  things he has been doing during the week.

Though she's passionate about the  piano, she recognises that her pupils have lots of other demands on their time  too, and takes an interest in them.
Shirley Morgan
St Annes


' Despite not being able to read or play a note of music, It has always been an ambition of mine to learn to play the piano. So I arranged to have lessons with Val. It was one of the best things I did following retirement. Thanks to Val's very professional teaching, it has opened up a whole new interest for me to persue.'





Val Whiteside has been teaching piano to both my daughters for several
years. She is a professional, enthusiastic teacher who is clearly
confident in her own abilities and takes great pleasure in getting
results from her pupils. My daughters have very different approaches to
learning and I'm very pleased that Val adapts her style to suit their
individual needs, tuning in to what best will interest them musically.
This has paid dividends and both have recently passed exams.

It is also very encouraging that Val continues to invest in her own
development, keeping abreast of teaching techniques and improving her
own standards. I'm sure all of this contributes to her ability to get
the best out of her pupils.

Hannah Whiteside (no relation)


When my daughters, Mira and Maja, expressed their wish to learn piano four years ago, I was slightly apprehensive, as they were having violin and flute lessons at the time - and although progressing nicely, practicing at home has always been a bit of a chore. Luckily, a friend of ours kindly recommended Valerie as an excellent piano teacher, and we decided to take the plunge. We haven’t looked back since, the lessons have been a pleasure, and they enjoy practicing at home as well. Both my daughters are working hard now in preparation for their Grade Four exam.

I am more than happy to recommend Valerie to anyone who is looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated teacher. Her pupils have great fun whilst doing what is, essentially, serious work and that is not as simple as it sounds, not to mention the ability to keep the attention of teenagers nowadays! I am very grateful to Valerie for what my daughters have achieved up to now and we are looking forward to our next challenge!

Mrs M Houghton


I started piano lessons with Valerie unable to play a note or read
music. In a very short time I was playing tunes and for a mature
student I was very pleased with myself.

I can totally recommend Valerie for her professionalism, patience,
thoughtfulness, total commitment and above all a really lovely piano
teacher who enjoys teaching and watching her clients fulfill their




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