About Helen Morris

Helen Morris
Helen’s practice and teaching room

Helen has been playing the piano for most of her life. Following a Bachelor of Music Degree at Bangor University, where she specialised in performance, she did a post-graduate year at Trinity College, London (now Trinity Laban) where she studied with John Bingham.

With the birth of her first child in 1991, Helen looked to piano teaching as a convenient job to combine with motherhood but she quickly became gripped! She undertook further training to take the LTCL Teaching Diploma and completed her MA (Music Teaching in Professional Practice) with Reading University in 2003, gaining a Distinction.

With 30 years’ teaching experience behind her, Helen still feels that she learns something new from every pupil she teaches. Everyone has a unique way of learning and expressing themselves through music and this makes the job endlessly varied and fascinating!

Helen has worked continually to develop her own playing by attending advanced lessons, workshops and summer schools and has given numerous recitals both as a soloist and in a duo with fellow pianist, Kate Burrows. While teaching is Helen’s vocation she also loves performing and values the insights it provides when helping others with performance practice (including helping with performance anxiety).

Composition

Helen developed an interest in composition while studying with Professor William Mathias at Bangor and has been writing accessible and fun pieces for her pupils for many years. She will be publishing a book of pieces of Grade 6-7 standard called ‘5 Moods for Piano’ very soon.