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K
King's Oak Primary School
« [Dan] was able to record the music, come to two rehearsals and... More »
K
King's Oak Primary School
« [Dan] was able to record the music, come to two rehearsals and accompany both performances - all in the space of a week! Dan was extremely supportive, professional and versatile - and the children loved working with a real musician who could adapt his playing to their individual delivery. The performances were immeasurably better as a result! We're planning to work with him again next term - and I'd definitely recommend him to any other school in need of an accompanist for performances or choir work'. »
£37/h
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Response Time 12h
Lessons offered by Daniel
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • at his home
  • at your home
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • Music
Levels
  • All Levels

Daniel - Balham - Music

Methodology

Jazz and Classical piano lessons available to pupils of all ages and abilities. A creative, imaginative and encompassing approach with an excellent track record.

- Which subject(s) do you teach?

As a teacher I thrive in a creative and progressive environment and will teach in a way that is motivating, inspiring, enjoyable and challenging. The piano is one of the most versatile instruments there is and it is my aim to match this with my teaching style and ethos. The benefits of learning an instrument can also tap into daily life whether it be public speaking, hand-eye coordination, organisational skills, or dealing with anxiety. The business I run, Cadenza Music Tuition, includes a team of tutors who I also mentor and encourage a similarly well thought through and innovative approach.

The subjects I cover are as follows (this is also the case for Cadenza Music tutors):

Classical Piano
Jazz Piano
Popular/Contemporary piano
Music Theory
Composition

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Lessons are tailored to meet the requirements of each learner. This include the planning of lesson content, performing opportunities, target setting, exam entry, and any personal ambitions.

Below are a few points that are specific to lesson with Cadenza Music Tuition:

- Multi-faceted approach. Daniel's background in both Classical and Jazz disciplines allows him to draw upon a huge creative resource. Facets from each including improvisation, composition, theory and technique, are used in tandem to allow for varied, interactive, and highly enjoyable lessons.

Daniel also manages tutors in SW London under the name Cadenza Music Tuition. They all share the same values and motivations as teachers.

- lessons are conducted from a home teaching studio equipped with a Yamaha Upright piano, Kawai ES7 Stage piano, an iPAD pro, Sibelius, room for parents to sit in, library of resources, basic recording set up and a high quality Bose bluetooth speaker.

- 100% ABRSM exam pass rate

- Specially designed practice notebook aimed at making the setting of weekly work organised and the planning and reviewing of progress clear.

- Termly reports

- Use of Cadenza Music's own self published Missing Bars book series. Two sub series featuring books for Beginners and Improvisers. The books are a great alternative to the current literature and offer a fresh approach that may not have been encountered before.

- Practice points incentive scheme (certain criteria that is achieved during the weekly practice is rewarded with points which is included in a league table. Prizes awarded at the end of each academic year)

- A Piano Showcase concert aimed at providing a performance platform each year. Further participation in piano festivals and local events is also encouraged.

-Daniel orders all books and personally enters students for examinations/festivals/competitions. This will save parents time and ensures accurate ordering of resources.

- A database of online resources from the Cadenza Music Pupil's Portal (see website)

- group tuition and workshops available to pupils in Cardiff. Day trips for those wishing to join some SW London pupils for a day of workshops.

- Approximately 170 different tutor/repertoire books used to date in addition to digital and interactive resources to supplement lessons.

- Lessons are also available for just theory and composition

- Online lessons are available for adults

- Tell me about your qualifications.

Daniel studied at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama between 2007-2013 gaining BMus (hons) and MMus qualifications in music performance.


Tutors with Cadenza Music Tuition are also highly qualified with degrees and diplomas from highly respected institutions.

- How much do you charge?

FREE TRIAL LESSON

£37.00 - 60mins
£30.00 - 45mins
£22.50 - 30mins

Recommended duration:

Grades 0-2 - 30mins
Grades 2-4 - 45mins
Grades 5+ - 60mins

- Where do you teach?

PIANO LESSONS AT YOUR HOME!


SW London includes:
Balham, Streatham, Tooting, Battersea, Wandsworth Common, Earlsfield, Wimbledon, Putney, Southfields.

Cardiff:
Home studio is Llandaff North

- When are you available?

Mon-Sat. Specific availability is subject to change so please get in touch for further details.

- Which ages and levels do you teach?

New starters to diploma

Early years to adult

- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?

ABRSM and Trinity/Guildhall exams (100% success rate grades 1-8).

- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.

Skype, Facetime.

I have a very good ear for music with reliable relative pitch. My current experience tutoring online relies on this so that I can give accurate advice and detact errors in playing as competently as if I were there in person.

Digital notes are given immediately after the lessons and copies of the music are shared by both parties.

Experience of online tuition dates back to early 2015.

- Do you have a personal message for students?

Lessons with me are varied, interactive and tailored to ensure that you get the most out of lessons both in terms of progress and enjoyment. Learning the piano is not just about being examined. I will ensure that you are able to develop various aspects of creativity, performance, technique, expression, knowledge, ensemble playing and performance skills.

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One of our best tutors! High-quality profile, qualifications verified and response guaranteed. Daniel will plan your first lesson with care.

Background

- What kind of experience do you have?

Full time since 2013. Part time Since 2010.

- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?

All lessons are conducted by a tutor with enhanced DBS certification

- Do you belong to any professional organisations?

Incorporated Society of Musicans

European Piano Teacher's Association (EPTA)

Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM)

Rates

Rate for online lessons : £37/h
Lessons offered by Daniel
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at his home
at your home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • Music
Levels
  • All Levels

Daniel's CV

• BMus (hons)
• MMus
• Up to date DBS certification
• ISM, EPTA, ABRSM

5 reviews on Daniel
  • 5/5

All our ratings are collected by us and are given in confidence, they correspond to a real experience.

5 recommendations

K
King's Oak Primary School

[Dan] was able to record the music, come to two rehearsals and accompany both performances - all in the space of a week! Dan was extremely supportive, professional and versatile - and the children loved working with a real musician who could adapt his playing to their individual delivery. The performances were immeasurably better as a result! We're planning to work with him again next term - and I'd definitely recommend him to any other school in need of an accompanist for performances or choir work'.

H
Helen

Dan has re-enthused my son with learning jazz piano - he seems to really enjoy the lessons and is practising independently. Thank you, Dan, for your commitment and natural teaching skills and enthusiasm.

S
Sally

The lessons were interesting and stimulating and you managed to incorporate a fund of useful teaching tips into both the scale playing and the pieces. You even succeeded in making note learning an interesting exercise for the Grade 1 pupil! Any problems were broken down into smaller components and sorted out.

Interview with Daniel

QUESTION 01 | 08
When did you first develop a passion for music and your favourite instrument?
Daniel — I was born into a musical family and therefore have been playing and engaged with music and the Piano for as long as I can remember. I began teaching and performing at a more serious level (i.e. competitions, recitals, teaching pupils) from my mid-teens.
QUESTION 02 | 08
Is there a particular type of music or artist that you listen to on a loop without it driving you crazy?
Daniel — Due to my diverse musical background: Suzuki lessons between the ages of 3-12, Jazz piano lessons between the ages of 11-18 and Music Conservatoire training between 19-25, my musical tastes both as a listener, musician and teacher cover a wide scope. This includes all periods of Classical music, Jazz music and elements of Popular music from the last 50 years. Listening to music has played a pivotal role in influencing me as a musician and I strongly encourage this aspect of learning as a teacher.
QUESTION 03 | 08
Explain to us the most difficult or riveting course you could personally give to a student of music.
Daniel — The most obvious answer would be to go through the ABRSM grade syllabus as this offers a challenging and standardised means of progressing the core skills as a musician. However, there is much more out there which can challenge pupils further and help develop overall musicianship rather than the core skills of repertoire, technique, reading and listening. The 'most difficult' course would depend on the individual. In my opinion, it would involve taking the pupil out of their comfort zone and allowing them to experience something new and exciting. This would be more fulfilling and challenging than simply getting them to play something technically difficult. Examples of this could include getting a Classical Pupil on a course of composition or Improvisation. Alternatively, it could be to have a Jazz musician perform a simple piece of Classical music in a festival or concert.
QUESTION 04 | 08
What do you think is the most complicated instrument to master and why?
Daniel — This all depends on context. For many pupils reading music is the most difficult aspect to master because there is no 'end point' in sight. For more advanced pupils who are competent readers a sense of musical freedom is complicated to master as it can be easy to become enslaved by what the music 'tells' you rather than what it 'implies'.
QUESTION 05 | 08
What are your keys to success?
Daniel — Motivation and focus. You have to love what you do in order to make a success of it. If you don't and you do make a success of it, it will be very hard to sustain, which in itself goes against the very notion of success.
QUESTION 06 | 08
Name three musicians you dream of meeting in your favourite bar in the early hours of the morning. Explain why.
Daniel — Art Tatum - because he has an almost mythical/biblical status in Jazz history. Frederick Chopin - a composer whose compositions seems to touch me emotionally in ways other composers' works have not yet managed to. Sergey Prokofiev - to meet the 'bad boy' of Russian music and to hear his interpretations of Classical music prior to the 20th Century revolutions.
QUESTION 07 | 08
Provide a valuable anecdote related to music or your days at music school.
Daniel — Going quicker is slower, and vice versa
QUESTION 08 | 08
What are the little touches that make you a Superprof in music?
Daniel — If I am not learning when I am teaching then pupils are unlikely to learn with me.

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