Tim has over twenty five years' experience of teaching JAZZ PIANO, BLUES PIANO and IMPROVISATION, privately, in secondary schools, in adult education and at degree level.

He has also led WORKSHOPS, for all instruments at various levels from beginners to advanced, all over the UK.

In 2006 he gained a teaching qualification from Goldsmiths College - the GRADUATE DIPLOMA in MUSIC TEACHING to ADULTS.


One-to-one jazz piano tuition

• Private piano lessons in London SE15 (one-to-one).

• Sample jazz piano lesson #1 Two-handed Chord Voicing.

• Sample jazz piano lesson #2 Thickening the Melodic Line (PDF)
First published in MUSIC TEACHER magazine, Dec 200.7
Acrobat Reader required

• See also the FREE tuition videos on YouTube
Look for the 'Blues Piano' and 'Exploring Jazz Piano' playlists


Piano classes, short courses and workshops

• Blues piano evening classes and short courses 
• INTERMEDIATE Jazz piano evening classes
• ADVANCED Jazz piano classes and short courses
• Premises Jazz Piano Summer School (Hackney, London)
• Jazz Piano Weekend at Benslow House (Hitchin, Herts)
• Jazz Piano Weekend at Wiltshire Music Centre

Short courses for classical piano teachers

• ABRSM Jazz Piano Syllabus
Now available in London (The City Lit) and Hitchin (Benslow)

Classes or workshops for all instruments

• Small Jazz Studio Ensemble
A three-term course for ALL instruments at Morley College (London), with time spent in the recording studio making a demo. Bass, drums, brass, woodwind etc are all welcome!

A range of jazz standards in different styles are covered. Help is given with improvisation, interpretation, chord symbols, etc.

All classes are on Tuesdays 8:00-9:30pm. Students are encouraged to enrol for all 3 terms. Start dates are:

19 September 2017 - 12 weeks - Course No MJP069A £130 TBC
9 January 2018 - 11 weeks - Course No MJP069B £110 TBC
17 April 2018 - 10 weeks - Course No MJP069C £120 TBC Details


Tim's educational publications have been internationally acclaimed as setting a new standard in music education. Here they are in order of publication:

• Improvising Blues Piano 
• Exploring Jazz Piano (Vols 1 and 2)
• Exploring Latin Piano
• Brazilian Piano Collection
• Blues, Boogie and Gospel Collection
• Jazz, Latin & Modern Collection (in preparation)
• Tim Richards' Jazz Piano Notebook
• Full list of Publications, articles and commissions

Related information

• ABRSM Jazz Piano syllabus
• Rockschool Popular Piano syllabus 
• Nottingham International Jazz Piano Competition + workshops
• Full Teaching CV
• Performance CV