Music BA (Hons) 2:1
Child Protection Course:
Completed Educare child protection training course.
Support with A-level & GCSE Music
Beginners to Advanced
WILLIAM BINDEN - PIANO TUTOR
William Binden has been playing the piano for 25 years and has 13 years’ experience of teaching music full time. He graduated from the University of Liverpool with a 2:1 BA (Hons) Music degree. William currently tutors approximately 40 students, with an equal split between children/ teenagers and adults. Lesson times can be flexible to fit around work and family commitments. All lessons are one-to-one and students are given a clear structured approach that is tailored to their needs. Lessons take place on a Bechstein grand piano, in a dedicated music studio located in Princes Park, South Liverpool. The studio is easily accessible by public transport and there is free parking available.
William offers prospective students a free consultation before they decide if they want to commit to their first lesson. During the consultation students have an opportunity to meet William, view the teaching facilities and ask any questions they may have.
LEARNING THE PIANO
Emphasis is placed on enjoyment and building confidence in your piano playing. This is done by focusing on reading ability, listening skills and finger technique; music theory is taught in conjunction with this. Students are encouraged to study a wide ranging repertoire encompassing the many different traditions of piano performance from Classical, Jazz and Popular music. Students can focus on just one or two areas if they prefer.
Every adult’s reasons for wanting to learn the piano are unique; that's why William designs a learning plan that is individual to each student, fitting in around your musical aspirations, ability and experience. For adults who have not played previously William will work with you through a preparatory course, teaching you all the basics of playing the piano. After the first lesson you will leave being able to read and perform a couple of simple pieces. If you have some experience of learning the piano we will work towards whatever your goal is.
Many of William's students study or work in jobs where knowledge of the piano, reading music and listening skills are beneficial. People who have benefited from music lessons with William include piano teachers, music undergraduates, actors, singing teachers, music producers, primary school teachers and DJs.
CHILD & TEENAGE STUDENTS
Parents are encouraged to sit in on lessons and there is a comfortable seating area from which to observe the lessons. William has passed the NSPCC course 'Child Protection Awareness in Music' and is CRB checked (enhanced disclosure). Support is also offered to students wanting extra tuition who are studying towards their GCSE and A-level music exams.
For those students who feel they would benefit from taking formal music exams, William has an excellent track record. Music exams are not everyone’s goal and for students who prefer to play for recreation there is no pressure to take this more formal route. These are the 2011-2012 exam results for William's students: exam pass 100%; with distinction 83%; with merit 10%. All practical and theory exams are taken with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM). ABRSM exam results can count towards UCAS points requirements when applying to study at University. Previous students of William's have gone on to study music at The Royal Academy of Music, The Royal Northern College of Music and The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA).
"How old do I have to be?"
William accepts students from the age of 8. There is no upper limit and the oldest current student is 74.
"Can anyone learn music?"
Yes. There are no special requirements to learning the piano. William also has experience in teaching students who have specific educational needs.
"How often do I need to attend lessons?"
William offers both weekly and fortnightly lessons to fit in around your schedule.
"When are lessons available?"
William is available for lessons Monday to Friday, 10am-8pm.
"Do I need to practise between lessons?"
Yes. William suggests a minimum of four 20-minute practice sessions between lessons, though if you can manage more than this you will gain more from each lesson.
"How long are lessons?"
This depends on the age and ability of the student. I would recommend 30 minute lessons for children under 12, 45 minute lessons for teenagers and adult beginners and 60 minutes lesson for intermediate and advanced students.
"Do I have to learn to read music?"
Yes. Being able to read music allows a musician to participate in a far wider range of styles and experiences. Students will also be encouraged to learn to play by ear and improvise.
"How do I pay for lessons?"
Payment by cheque or bank transfer (BACS) is preferred.
"Where do I buy the music that I'll need in the lessons?"
All the music needed can be purchased from William. If you would prefer to purchase it yourself William can provide you with a reading list.
"How much are lessons?"
30 minute lessons: £17.00
45 minute lessons: £24.00
60 minute lessons: £31.00
If you have any other questions please do not hesitate to get in touch.
WILLIAM BINDEN - PIANO TUTOR
Fee (45 minutes): £24.00
Fee (60 minutes): £31.00
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