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Classical and Jazz piano tutor - all ages and abilities welcome.

Daniel Nicholson Classical Piano Teacher (South West London)

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  • Professional Qualification BMus (hons)
  • Professional Qualification MMus
  • Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS, formerly CRB) Check Up to date DBS certification
  • Professional Membership ISM, EPTA, ABRSM
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Personal Message
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

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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.
What kind of experience do you have?
Full time since 2013. Part time Since 2010.
How much do you charge?

£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?

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

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).
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
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 belong to any professional organisations?
Incorporated Society of Musicans

European Piano Teacher's Association (EPTA)

Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM)
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.