It’s perhaps no surprise that I’d love music to mean as much to you as it does to me. Music has been central to my life since I started piano lessons at the age of six. The enjoyment and fulfilment I’ve had from music for over 30 years is immeasurable.
My musical journey hasn’t always been easy. Sometimes I’ve been stuck in a rut with no clear idea how to progress. There have been times when I’ve ended up doing what I feel I ought to do rather than what I really wanted to. Inevitably, there have been times when the enjoyment of the music itself has been sapped by criticism and anxiety.
But lessons can provide a gateway to whole range of musical experiences, hours of enjoyment, and a lifetime’s fulfilment.
“You always had faith in me when I said “I can’t” or when I was adamant I had failed. I admire your love for music and care for your pupils”
– Dina, singing student
If you’ve arrived at this page, you probably fall into one of two categories:
You’re a parent of a child interested in learning an instrument…
Like I was, your child might be inspired to learn an instrument, even if they have no prior musical experience;
Your child might be having lessons, but they’re not getting the enjoyment from them they’d like;
Circumstances mean you need to change teacher. Maybe you’ve moved house, or your child has moved schools;
Your child might be having lessons, but they’d like to take a different route on their musical journey, maybe to explore new repertoire or learn new skills;
You’re child is hungry to learn, but you haven’t found a teacher they ‘click’ with yet;
You need someone who’s approach to teaching is as adaptable and flexible enough to work with your child’s varied musical interests.
You’re an adult interested in learning an instrument…
Maybe you learnt an instrument as a child, and now you’d love to return to it;
Perhaps you’ve just retired and are looking to take up a new hobby;
Life and work can often be busy and demanding, so maybe you’re looking to learn an instrument to help you relax;
You might already play in an ensemble or sing in a choir, and you’d like to increase your confidence;
You’d like to get to a place where you can play more fluently and find escapism with your music;
For you, playing music might ‘just’ be for fun, but you also want to challenge and push yourself to develop your skills.
Over nearly 20 years:
- I have taught some 15,000 hours of one-to-one instrumental and vocal lessons;
- I have taught over 230 individual students ranging in age from five to 75+;
- I have taught a whole range of students from beginners to diploma-level, both amateurs and professionals;
- I am an active researcher in the field of music education, with a number of specialist education and teaching qualifications;
- In 2018, I was hugely honoured to be nominated and shortlisted for the Musicians’ Union Inspiration Award at the Music Teacher Awards.
But, I had to start somewhere. The decision you’re looking to make now: I’ve been there too.
“I cannot believe the transformation from someone who had never played or sung in front of anyone. I find it difficult to believe. Never in my wildest dreams did I think I could achieve this. It has brought such pleasure into my life.”
– Elizabeth, piano and singing student
As a teacher, I meet students where they’re at on their journey of development as a musician, whether they’re a complete beginner, or they have years of musical experiences behind them. I am committed to working collaboratively with each individual student to harness the unique skills and knowledge they bring to the table, in as authentic a way as possible.
I offer a range of simple and flexible options to help students learn, all of which centre around a sense of creativity and imagination. I create an holistic environment which nurtures each student’s commitment to develop their musical skills further. However each student engages with music, I want them to grow and experience all it has to offer.
“David is one of the most patient, encouraging and nurturing teachers I have ever had the pleasure to know! I wanted to know if I could still sing (having been in choirs as a child) and he coaxed me with wit and humour all the way to Grade 8. I would never have had the confidence or courage to have reached as far as I did and I only wish I could find a similar teacher – no one else has filled the void.“
– Jan, singing student
As a teacher, I’m committed to each student’s development as an individual. Through tailoring what we do to each student’s individual needs, goals and aspirations, I create an experience which is about far more than exam results and certificates. I believe that music transforms lives, offers a voice where words fail, and has a positive impact on health and well-being. Just as my own teachers nurtured my musical skills, so I want to nurture each of my own student’s too.
What do you get?
- Commitment to each individual student with lessons tailored to their own needs, aspirations and goals;
- A creative approach harnessing each student’s imagination, where music-making is always at the heart of the process;
- The development of skills and knowledge which will enable each student to enjoy making music for the rest of their lives;
- Sensitivity and reassurance every step of the way, wherever the student is at on their musical journey;
- Enjoyment and fulfilment, without pressure;
- A range of lesson options to suit a variety of different learners, both children and adults;
- A qualified, Enhanced DBS-checked teacher with ISM Registered Private Teacher status.
What do I offer?
Singing & Music Theatre
Beginner to Grade 5
How does it work?
I offer two different options for taking lessons with me:
Regular weekly or fortnightly lesson slot, paid monthly:
Weekly lessons (paid monthly)
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Fortnightly lessons (paid monthly)
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Book lessons online at times to suits you, pay per lesson:
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Whatever stage you’re at on your musical journey, I’d love to hear from you.
To find out more about the lessons I offer, and to arrange a taster lesson, click on the button below to contact me:
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I too old?
Never! My oldest student is currently 76, and I’ve previously taught older.
Do I have to do exams?
Exams aren’t for everyone, and there is never any pressure to sit exams. That said, for those who do wish to measure their progress, I enter pupils for a range of ABRSM, LCM and Trinity Exams. There are a range of options available, and we always find the assessment which best matches the needs of the student.
Do you offer a taster lesson?
Yes, I offer a taster lesson with no ongoing obligation. These lessons are charged at the normal pay-per-lesson rate.
Which days do you teach?
I currently teach on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Do you teach during the daytime?
Yes, I teach both daytimes, after-school and evenings.