Girl singing music theatre or classicalHaving a page devoted to testimonials is a contentious issue as it can seem like showing off! This page isn’t really about showing off, but David does believe that the following are testament to his skills and knowledge as a teacher; it’s important that potential pupils and parents have the chance to read what others have thought in the past:

‘Thank you for all you have done for her. Her confidence has grown and she would never have played in public without your help and guidance.’ Annie F (parent of a flute pupil)

‘I’d like to say thank you so much for creating an opportunity to play in front of folk last night. For me it was such an incredible experience which I enjoyed very much. I loved singing in the choir too and it was great to have the choreography done by someone young…I think young or old we were all nervous but there was such a supportive atmosphere and camaraderie from everyone which really helped me through it. I’d do it again…and I’d really encourage others to do it.’ Elizabeth W (adult pupil: singing and piano tuition)

‘Thank you for all your help – you’ve been a great teacher.’ Charlie G (pupil age 11: piano tuition)

A Gala Evening - performance by David Barton and pupils‘Our two audience members said they thoroughly enjoyed the evening and were quite moved by the whole thing. We felt the same when we came to watch the previous one – the evening has an intimacy about it that is rather old-fashioned and touching. It felt more like people sharing something with friends and family rather than performing for an audience. Thank you for looking after us (food and tea and props and encouragement and so on). You did a great job!’ Fiona W (adult pupil: singing and piano

‘Thank you for being a great teacher.’ Amy H (pupil age 11: flute tuition)

‘Thank you for teaching me piano – I’ve enjoyed the lessons very much.’ Angie W (adult pupil: piano tuition)

‘Thank you for everything you have done for me over our time together. You patiently guided me into being better singer, but I mostly thank you for identifying a ‘gift’ of composing within me. If you hadn’t noticed, I would have never known! You always have faith in me when I say ‘I can’t’ or when I was adamant I had failed. I’ve highly enjoyed every lesson and have much appreciation for the extra things such as the concerts and for the help with composing. I admire your love for music and care for your pupils and thanks for enlightening me into a new music.’ Dina A (pupil age 16: singing
and composition tuition; Dina recently graduated with a BA(Hons) in Media Studies from Middlesex University)

One of David Barton's pupils holding their medal for the VCM Silver Medal in Composition‘Thank you for all your patience and help in teaching and improving my singing. I shall miss Friday afternoons!’ Sue E (adult pupil: singing tuition)

‘What can I say – you have taught me to play the flute and I’ve had fun doing it. I know I have a huge amount to learn and practise – thank you for your teaching and your patience.’ Roger T (adult pupil: flute tuition)

‘Thank you for teaching me for a couple of years – with your help I have really improved – my timing has come on a lot!’ Ellen F (pupil age 14: flute tuition; Ellen recently graduated with a BA(Hons) in History from the University of Liverpool)

‘Thank you for managing the impossible!’ Gemma H (adult pupil: singing tuition; Gemma’s progress is testament to what can be achieved with those who think they can’t sing, and who can’t even pitch a note!)

‘I really appreciate your hard work and expert teaching. I have enjoyed my lessons, performance experience and meeting with others who share a passion for music.’ Caroline B (adult pupil: singing, flute and piano tuition)

‘Almost two years on and I cannot believe the transformation…from someone who had never played or sung in front of anyone, I have done both…I find it difficult to believe. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I could achieve this. The duet playing also has brought such pleasure into my life. Thank you for being an inspirational teacher. I don’t think I need to say anything else.’ Elizabeth W (adult pupil: singing and piano

A mixture of adult and child pupils at one of David's Platform Performances - an informal opportunity to perform to other pupils in a supportive environment‘Thank you so much for the good humoured pushing and prodding – I would never have made it as far as I did, to the giddy heights of Advanced Level (Grade 7) without it.’ Jan U (adult pupil: singing tuition)

‘Thank you for making my musical journey challenging and fun…I shall miss our Tuesday morning lessons and cups of tea…’ Stella H (adult pupil: piano tuition; Stella took up the piano in her retirement and by the age of 72 had reached Grade 5)

‘Thank you for helping me progress so much with my flute playing. You have taught me so much about the theory of music and also with my rhythm! I have enjoyed all of my lessons and they have sometimes improved a bad day.’ Ellen F (pupil age 15: flute
tuition; Ellen recently graduated with a BA(Hons) in History from the University of Liverpool)

‘Thank you very very much for all the help you have given Ellen over the years. She has enjoyed all her lessons and never asked to give up which is a great credit to your teaching and understanding of teenagers!’ Tony F (parent of a flute pupil)

‘…an enormous thank you. I have much enjoyed the lessons and will always remember and appreciate your expert teaching.’ Caroline B (adult pupil: piano, flute and singing tuition)

‘Thank you so much for your help over the last couple of years. You have very much helped me regain my confidence after an accident.’ Sue B (adult pupil: piano

‘I want to thank you not only for all you have taught me during my lessons, but for taking that extra time outside the ‘classroom’. You have not only developed my knowledge but deepened my passion for singing, composing and music altogether. I have much respect for you as a musician, a teacher, and a friend. I am always astonished by your talent; I truly aspire to be like you.’ Dina A (pupil age 17: singing
and composition tuition; Dina recently graduated with a BA(Hons) in Media Studies from Middlesex University)

…thanks again for the lessons…they’ve been amazingly effective and I’m now getting more comments about my singing than my guitar playing!’ Martin V (adult pupil: singing tuition; Martin wanted to improve his singing/confidence so he could record a CD to sell after gigs)

‘A huge thank you for your patience in getting me enthused and motivated!’ Julie T (adult pupil: piano tuition)

‘Many thanks for all your support over the years…you probably deserve a medal!’ Jan U (adult pupil: singing tuition)

‘Grateful thanks for your leadership, guidance and provision of music over the past years’ The Choir of St. John’s Northgate, Gloucester

‘Thank you for your contribution to the wedding service last Saturday. The musical ‘interlude’ was much appreciated and we are very grateful for your help and support’ Anne & Graham D, St. John’s Northgate, Gloucester

‘Thank you so much for the last 3 years, and all your hard work to get me to Grade 8. You really are a great teacher!’ Abi F (pupil: singing tuition; Abi went on to graduate with a BA(Hons) in Music from Oxford Brookes, studied for a PGCE in Music is ow teaching herself)

‘Many thanks for your invaluable help, pointing me in the right direction and giving me the confidence to do it. I will gladly recommend your services to any others who may ask me about singing lessons’ Vince E (adult pupil: singing tuition; Vince wanted to improve his singing/confidence so he could take part in an open mic night near Lichfield).

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