My name is Robin Thomson and I have been a musician for more than 50 years since I first picked up a nylon string guitar at the age of fifteen to learn Led Zeppelin riffs.
I have been playing the piano for over 10 years since I decided I wanted to learn it after playing and teaching classical guitar for over 30 years.
Apart from one year of traditional piano lessons, I essentially taught myself, because I was able to transfer the skills I had learnt from 10 years of classical guitar lessons.
Interestingly, considering my traditional training at the West Australian Academy of Performing Arts, I took a non-traditional approach to the piano.
I shunned technical material such as scales/arpeggios, theory and practical exams concentrating on improvising and playing a whole variety of music including blues, classical, contemporary and my own compositions which I would generally learn to play from memory. Composition and improvisation are both important parts of my musical life and the main reasons why I switched to the piano.
A few years in to my piano journey, a musical colleague, introduced me to the Simply Music Piano method. I recognised that using this breakthrough method to teach students was a
no brainer considering how similar it was to my own piano journey. In 2016, I completed the training to become a licensed Simply Music Piano Teacher and am very excited to finally be in a position to introduce students to this breakthrough method.
Apart from being a Licensed Simply Music Piano Teacher, I have over 40 years of experience as both a one-on-one and class-based educator and hold these additional qualifications and certifications.
Diploma of Music Teaching (West Australian Academy of Performing Arts)
Associate Degree in Vocational Education & Training (Charles Sturt University)
Certificate IV in Training & Assessment
A current Working With Children card