The Roskell Academy offers events for pianists of all levels wishing to develop their playing to the next level, musically and technically.  Events include online workshops on specific aspects of musicianship or technique, in-person performance courses and the renowned Teaching healthy expressive technique course for teachers.

Courses for teachers

Four-day online course for piano teachers: Teaching healthy expressive technique

Dates for next course (Course 21C) – Sept 19th, Oct 3rd, Oct 17rd, Nov 7th, 2021.  

10.30-16.30 GMT (all courses are recorded to accommodate participants in different time zones).

An intensive conservatoire-level practical course available to all piano teachers, both new and experienced, wishing to receive more in-depth training in how to adopt Penelope’s approach to healthy, expressive technique in their teaching practice.  All the main aspects of technique are covered at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. There is plenty of time for teacher interaction, discussion and questions.  All sessions are recorded for future reference.  On completion of the course, participants have the option to work towards accreditation in the Roskell approach.  For further details click here.

Teaching Healthy Expressive Technique – recorded course

This course, recorded by Penelope and published by Informance, will be made available from summer 2021.  It will be particularly beneficial for teachers who prefer to study Penelope’s teaching methods at their own pace, or who find it difficult to attend the live course because of time-zone differences. Further details will be available in June/July 2021.  

Workshops and courses are taking place regularly. If you would like to receive information about upcoming Roskell Academy courses, please sign up to the mailing list for the latest news and announcements.

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The section on pedaling was eye-opening!

Performance courses

The Roskell Academy advanced performance courses are suitable for pianists of Grade 8 level and above (unless otherwise stated).  The focus on work on repertoire and related technical issues.  The London Advanced course culminates in an informal concert at the end of the course. 

All London-based advanced performance courses have been postponed during the coronavirus pandemic.  Find out which performance courses are currently on offer and book your place on the Courses, News and Events page.

Outside London Courses

Penelope is frequently invited to teach courses for other organisations. In 2021, these include performance courses at Finchcocks, Jackdaws, and Pianissimi. Please book directly with the venues for these events.

Technique workshops

During 2020, Penelope Roskell gave six online technique workshops for pianists of all levels.  Further workshops will take place in 2021-22. Find out which technique workshops are currently on offer and book your place on the Courses, News and Events page.

Alternatively, you can sign up to the mailing list to be notified when new workshops dates are announced.

Course information and terms for Online courses:

These courses are conducted via Zoom.  Participants are encouraged to sit at a piano or keyboard if possible, with their camera showing their face and hands.  Pianists can mute when they wish in order to try out ideas at the piano. Please use the Original sound option.

The meeting is kept open during breaks so that participants can chat if they wish.

Payment in full is requested at the time of booking.  Cancellation made at least four weeks before the start of the course will receive a 50% refund.  There will be no refund due for cancellations made within 28 days of the beginning of the course.

If a pianist is unable to participate owing to ill-health, a recording of the session will be sent out. 

Find out which technique courses are  currently on offer and book your place on the Courses, News and Events page

During the Coronavirus pandemic, a full refund (minus admin costs) will be offered in the case of renewed lockdown causing inability to travel, or participants experiencing Covid-19 symptoms.

Outside London Courses

Penelope teaches many performance courses outside London for different organisations. Please book directly with the venues.

Find out what courses are on offer outside London and book your place on the News and Events page.

All London workshops and courses take place at Penelope’s beautiful home, which includes a comfortable piano studio, separate practice room, an attractive garden and relaxation areas.

Located near Clissold Park and Stoke Newington Church Street with eclectic shops and cafes within a few minutes walk.

Nearest tube stations: Finsbury Park and Manor House. Free parking nearby. A list of suitable local accommodation at a range of prices is available on request.