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Piano lessons by Marcel Manshanden in Amsterdam


The teacher

I am a professionally qualified piano teacher and a member of EPTA, The Netherlands, living and working in Amsterdam. I graduated as a music teacher and have built up an extensive piano teaching practice since 1996. I teach both children and adults, from very first lessons to conservatoire entrance exam tuition.

Marcel Manshanden
Photos: Marc A. Price


A lesson costs €25 per half an hour. The rate for an hour is €50.
Once listed as a student, you will have free and unlimited access to MusicTheory.Education.

As a rule, children receive a half-hour lesson on the same day and at the same time every week .
Adults can choose how often and when they want their lessons.When you start taking lessons, a half hour is usually sufficient. Advanced students generally take a one-hour class every two weeks.

Dates and times

Lessons are scheduled in the morning and afternoon from Monday to Friday. At the moment, no lessons can be scheduled in the evening. Lesson dates and times are always made in consultation with the individual student. The student is also free to change lessons to a later date.


My lessons are characterised by a good, thorough musicality. I make sure that the lessons pupils receive are well structured, both musically and technically. I pay a lot of attention to the performance of a piece of music. In order for a piece of music to sound good, it is necessary to have both a sound technique and a well-developed musical ear. A lot of time and energy during lessons is spent on teaching how to recognise (= hear) the musical aspects of a piece of music.


My classroom is modern, with special facilities to make and play music without any distractions.
During lessons you will play on a genuine Bösendorfer Grand Piano, built in 1953. This marvellous instrument was completely renovated in 2002. See these photographs for a pictorial overview of the renovation.

Music theory

I have developed an online music lesson site called MusicTheory.Education.
MusicTheory.Education offers a variety of courses, such as learning to read notes, music theory (chords, scales, aural training, notation etc.). MusicTheory.Education is open to everyone.
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The choice of music largely depends on the taste and level of the student. However, musical achievements are always a priority, and anyone should be able to make music according to his or her own level of experience. It is important that you play music that you actually enjoy.

See PianoBookGuide.com for an overview of pieces of music from which students can choose.

What am I going to play?

For beginners, the Alfred piano method will be a common thread running through the lessons. As well as this method, students are free to explore other genres of music: classical music (Beethoven, Mozart, Schumann, Chopin); rhythmic music (pop, blues, boogie); light music (light classical or jazz); or modern music. The choice of music is always made in consultation with the student and personal ideas and suggestions are more than welcome.


Old-fashioned scales, chords and other technical exercises are – fortunately – no longer required elements when learning to play the piano. However, this doesn't mean that technique is not essential. When playing the piano, imperfections may occur as a result of technical inadequacy, and practising your technical skills, at that point, is very important. This needn't involve practising repetitious exercises, however - there are many technical piano lessons books available containing enjoyable music.

Piano Performance

Playing the piano and performing before a live audience of other people and students is a natural progression. What better way to show others the results of your practice and acquired skills? At least once a year a Piano Performance Afternoon will be organized, for children as well as adults. Participation is highly appreciated, but not compulsory.

Special projects

Special projects will be organized on a regular basis.

Making transcriptions of popular music.
Writing your own compositions and recording them for the website pianospel.eu.
Recording a piece of music for pianospel.eu.