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David Secchi - Piano Teacher in Wells

David Secchi Classical Piano Teacher (Bath)

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  • Wells (BA5)
  • Last Logged In: 13 Aug 2017
  • Sex: Male
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  • Professional Qualification BMus Royal College of Music
  • Professional Qualification MMus Royal College of Music
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  • Professional Membership ISM, PRS


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Personal Message
Experienced piano teacher available in Wells, Somerset. I am happy to answer any questions you might have, feel free to contact me.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach:
- Piano
- Music Theory
- Practical Musicianship
- Aural
Tell me about your qualifications.
Master of Music - with distinction (Royal College of Music)
Bachelor of Music with Honours (Royal College of Music)
Distinction for Advanced Practical Musicianship and Stylistic Studies subjects (Royal College of Music)
Distinction for Art of Teaching course (Royal College of Music)
A Level Music - one of the top five marks in the country (Wells Cathedral School of Music)
What kind of experience do you have?
Teaching experience:
-Private tuition in London and Somerset area to students of all ages (2007-present)
-Teaching in the internationally renowned Wells Cathedral Music School (one of the five established music schools in the UK) to 'specialist' pianists (2011-present)
-Teaching in Millfield School (2012-2015)
-Gained a distinction in the Art of Teaching course at the Royal College of Music (2009)
-Outreach work in primary schools (2006 and 2009)

Performing experience:
Solo recitals, chamber music and concertos throughout England, Wales and abroad in venues such as:
-St. Martin-in-the-Fields
-Wells Cathedral (broadcast on local radio)
-Cheltenham Music Festival
-Llangollen Festival (broadcast on Welsh television and radio)
-Regent's Hall, London
-Bath Music Festival
-The Sage, Gateshead (televised on BBC 4)
-Fishguard Music Festival

Competition awards:
-1st Prize EPTA Competition 2005
-Piano finalist of the BBC Young Musician of the Year 2006
-1st Prize Piano Concerto class at the Bath Festival 2006
-1st Prize Llangollen International Eisteddfod 2007
-1st Prize Junior Intercollegiate Beethoven Competition 2007
-1st Prize Wells Cathedral School Concerto Auditions 2007
-1st Prize Beethoven Competition (Kendall Taylor Prize) at the RCM 2011
-First Prize Ealing Festival 2012 and 2013
-Finalist in the Chappel Medal Competition at the RCM (2013)
and other prizes in national competitions

Composition experience:
-Piano compositions performed on the televised BBC Young Musician (2006)
-Various commissioned works for solo piano, chamber and choir (2007 - 2014)
-Music for TV adverts (2013-2014)
-Commissioned choral work for the Royal Yacht Squadron's Bicentenary celebration (2015)
How much do you charge?
£30 for 60 mins (£25 for initial 60 min consultation lesson)
£25 for 45 mins
£20 for 30 mins

Discounts for requests of 90 mins or more. If traveling to student's home extra may be charged.
Where do you teach?
I teach at home. Lessons at student's home can be discussed.
When are you available?
Contact me to discuss availability.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach any age, any level.
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
I can prepare students for all exams, diplomas and degrees.
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Yes I do.
Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
Skype lesson for Music Theory - £25 for 60 mins
£15 for 30 mins
Do you belong to any professional organisations?
I belong to:
-ISM (Incorporated Society of Musicians)
-PRS (Performing Rights Society)
Where and with whom did you train?
I studied at Wells Cathedral Music School and at the Royal College of Music with Professor John Byrne (piano), and Richard Causton (composition).

Occasional piano lessons:
Dame Fanny Waterman (founder of the Leeds International Piano Competition), Howard Shelley (internationally renowned concert pianist and conductor), Vanessa Latarche (Head of Keyboard at the Royal College of Music) and Niel Immelman (Professor at the Royal College of Music).

David Ponsford and Robert Wooley

David Ward

Chamber music and accompaniment:
Kathron Sturrock, Elizabeth Burley, Levon Chilingirian and John Blakely.

John Lill, Joanna MacGregor, Christopher Elton, Julian Jacobson, Yu Chun Yee, Ruth Gerald, Ruth Harte, Rudoslav Kvapil, Richard MacMahon, David Ward, Bryce Morrison, Madam Fang Yuan, Natalia Romenska
Tell me about some of your current students.
I have a wide variety of students, of all ages, some learning just for fun, some preparing exams, some diplomas, some going on to music college, some graduates.
Do you have a personal message for students?
I am a very flexible teacher, able to alter my style of teaching and teaching material to fit the needs of the student, whether they want to play for fun or prepare for exams, concerts, competitions or auditions to music school/college.