Information About Bryan - Battersea teacher - (4 reviews)
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Bryan, born 1991 in Poole, is an award winning pianist and graduate of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with First Class Honours, where he formally studied Classical and Jazz piano, as well as electronic music. His professors included Malcolm Edmonstone and Peter Bithell. During his studies he was able to participate and perform in masterclasses by notable figures including Liam Noble and Keith Tippett. He has also completed his ARSM diploma, scoring a high 96% for his recital performance.
As a piano teacher his broad range of skills and resources has helped him to guide students in their musical interests while fostering a creative engagement with music. Through both online and one-to-one sessions Bryan has delivered engaging and motivational lessons and has successfully led students to excel in their grades for examination boards. He teaches a range of topics including music theory (including jazz), playing in any style of music, improvisation, sight reading, ear training, composition and electronic music production. Bryan has been teaching since 2017.
For several years has enjoyed many successes in piano festivals in the South of England, including winning the PACA piano prize for solo recitalist, sponsored by 2CRFM and adjudicated by Phillip Fowke, and the MINNS Young Musician of the Year award. He has appeared live as a solo Jazz pianist on BBC Radio Solent and performed in a variety of venues across the UK as both soloist and ensemble player including the Barbican Cinema, and with the Southbank Sinfonia. He also performed a week long tour in France with L’association Musicale de Combret Sur Rance with the Guildhall Jazz Ensemble.
Bryan has a broad repertoire covering music from Classical through to Contemporary, traditional Jazz through to free improvisation, and also live electronics. A growing interest and recent performances of the virtuosic piano works of Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji have earned Bryan recognition on the performers list of the official Sorabji Archive Website run by Alistair Hinton. As an improviser and musical director he works with actors and singers in a professional theatre company specialising in live improvised musicals, providing musical accompaniment and coaching in musicianship.
His multi faceted interests have also led to collaborative projects such as the Curious Festival, run by the Creative Learning of Guildhall and the Barbican – a week long residency style project involving multimedia and installations with over 20 collaborators from ual: Central St Martins, resulting in a full weekend of unique cross-arts work derived from experimental themes. In addition, Bryan performed at the Barbican Cinema in collaboration with electronic music students at Guildhall School of Music and Drama, providing electronic sound and solo piano to the silent film ‘The Lodger’ by Hitchcock.
Community and other educational work includes acting as workshop leader for the Barbican on the ‘Sounds of the South pop-up project’ which took place in secondary schools in east London over 3 consecutive days, collaborating with folk artists to deliver dynamic, interactive educational workshops on the use of technology for creating sound and music.
Read some recent reviews from current students:
Arpita S & Antariksh S (her son)
"Bryan is a very good teacher. He is very engaging during the lessons and makes music learning fun for my son. What we really appreciate about Bryan is how encouraging and positive he is while teaching Antariksh."
"Bryan is a very good teacher who makes piano lessons enjoyable but also productive. He has helped me perfect my piano playing technique. Through his unique style of teaching with konnakols, I have learnt a lot about tempo from him."
John B, Brixton
"I have been taking piano lessons with Bryan since May 2021.
He is a tremendous pianist and an excellent teacher. He is open to his student’s priorities and doesn’t try to force any particular curriculum or way of learning on his students. We have practised everything from basic theory to experimenting with different methods of learning rhythm, and have played classical music, jazz music and even some country music (at my request!). The variety has kept the lessons fresh and enjoyable, with Bryan always ensuring we are making progress and learning core skills regardless of the lesson content.
In December 2022, Bryan helped me successfully pass my Grade 3 classical exam. As a 36 year old student, returning to piano after 25 years without playing, Bryan has filled me with confidence and worked at a pace I am happy with.
He is also reliable and in nearly two years, has postponed lessons on only one or two occasions, which is important to me as I fit my learning around a full-time job.
All in all, I couldn’t recommend Bryan more highly. A highly competent teacher, who is both friendly and personable to boot."
With experience teaching from absolute beginner (children and adults) to diploma level I have the resources to make exciting and enjoyable lessons for all abilities, ages and interests. I get excellent results from my students who feel inspired by my teaching approach.
Lessons are structured around the students own needs and goals. Piano is my primary area of expertise and I can teach any style - classical, jazz, pop, gospel, rock, and skills including improvisation, ear training, transcribing and sight reading.
I believe in developing a range of skills early on, such as developing a good ear and the ability to think critically about how to approach musical problems in any given situation. However, I am more than happy to cater to the students needs rather than insist on fitting them into a predetermined mould. Crucially, I aim to inspire and to foster the joy for music!
I can teach from ages 4 and above. Lessons can focus on piano, theory and/or composition (including electronics!). We can also work on Grades for exam boards.
I have extensive experience teaching young children starting from scratch.
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Additional Languages: Japanese
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- ABRSM (2017) - ARSM Performance Diploma Piano (Other) (✔ On File)
- Guildhall School of Music and Drama (2015) - BMus (Hons) 1st Class (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
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I asked them for feedback and they say Bryan is 'funny' and 'creative'; he's teaching them the fundamentals of music theory as well as the notes; we would recommend him to other families any day.