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Mr Dan Hine
Mr Dan Hine

ABRSM Piano Grade 8 (with distinction)
ABRSM Violin Grade 8
Instruments: Piano (beginner, intermediate & advanced)
Violin (beginner, intermediate & advanced)
Genre/Style(s): Classical (see notes section for further details)
Ability Levels: Beginners to Advanced


COVID-19 UPDATE - DUE TO THE CURRENT GOVERNMENT ADVICE ON WORKING FROM HOME AND SOCIAL DISTANCING, ALL MY LESSONS ARE NOW TAKING PLACE ONLINE, AND I CURRENTLY HAVE SOME AVAILABILITY ON MOST WEEKDAY AFTERNOONS (CONTACT ME FOR SPECIFIC DAYS/TIMES). Due to the limitations of teaching online (and no travel costs), prices for online lessons are half my usual amount i.e. £12.50 for 1hr (adults) or £7.50 for 30min (children). If you already have a playable instrument, broadband or enough mobile data to use Zoom (or equivalent), and are keen to learn then please do still contact me!

Hi! My name is Dan. I'm an experienced piano player and violinist. I have a lot of formal and informal teaching experience in various subjects - particularly English as a second language. My favourite composer is Beethoven. My hobbies include long-distance running and singing badly while doing the washing up. I'm a quiet but friendly person; and a very patient and competent teacher.

My teaching is grounded in the belief that learning an instrument requires regular practice yet must also be an enjoyable experience. A good music tutor enables their students to both enjoy and excel in their chosen instrument(s). This isn't an either/or choice - i.e. have fun or get good - it should, and can, be both!

My aim with beginner students (grades 1-2) is to give them confidence in the basics of their instrument. Using a mix of my own material/methods and standard course books, students gain confidence in playing, learn to read music, and develop a feel for their instrument. I use different books depending on the age and ability of the student. All lessons are tailored to the needs of the individual student.

For intermediate level students (grades 3-5) the aim is to develop all aspects of their playing. This is an exciting stage as students begin to see for themselves just how much they can play. Using a mix of the current Associated Board exam syllabus for each grade, and pieces drawn from a wider (mainly classical) repertoire, students broaden their musical knowledge while continuing to improve technically. New pieces are carefully chosen to both engage student's interest and develop their musical abilities.

Advanced level students (grades 6-8) are consciously exposed to a wider repertoire - from baroque to the 20th/21st century. Again, using a mix of current Associated Board exam pieces (see note below), and teacher-selected pieces by e.g. Bach, Beethoven, Debussy, Gershwin, Mozart, students mature in both their technical competence and their general musicality. Depending on student ability and interest, students have the opportunity to branch out beyond classical music in their choice of pieces. For all students a healthy balance is maintained between increased technical competence and accuracy, and growing in musical awareness and individual interpretation and performance. Students who complete grade 8 will be well-rounded pianists and violinists - solidly grounded in music theory but, more importantly, skilful and versatile performers with the lifelong ability to enjoy, and enjoying sharing with others, the gift of music.

NB While pieces will sometimes be drawn from ABRSM exam selections (since these books provide an excellent and inexpensive source of suitable material), the decision of whether to sit exams (ABRSM or otherwise) is entirely the students'/their guardians'. There are many pros but some cons (mainly the cost) to sitting or not sitting such exams. My teaching is aligned with, but by no means dependent on, students taking such exams.

I look forward to hearing from you :)

Many thanks,


P.S. Please don't hesitate to get in touch even if you're not sure whether this would be suitable for you, or your needs don't quite match the details above (e.g. Sat lessons, viola not violin, live in Invergowrie etc). All my lessons are individually tailored to my students' needs so there's quite a lot of flexibility, and I'd be happy to point you in the direction of a more suitable tutor if I don't offer what you're looking for...

Contact Dan

Address: 1g Walkers Mill
Phone: 07928593980
Mobile: 07928593980
Fee (60 minutes): £12.50
Fee (30 minutes): £7.50

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