Information About Darren - Heckmondwike teacher - (1 review)
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I have been passionate about music for as long as I can remember, and my fascinations with the piano and its capabilities have always been with me. Also playing the clarinet and saxophone through college and university in all the performance situations available to me, the piano was always there and shone through as my main passion.
Whilst studying for my Masters, I specialised in historically informed performance research. This is learning how to play in a style that would have been recognised at a given point in the past. My specialism was in the performance practices of 18th Century keyboard technique. On a higher level, I always encourage pupils to use stylistic techniques that are appropriate to the piece they are playing. Of course, because I am obsessed with 18th Century keyboard music, I can offer you a healthy dose of this if you're interested!!!
I have 18 years of teaching experience. This includes teaching children from the age of 5 at the beginners end of the spectrum, to high-end business people at grade 8 and beyond.
My teaching style is different for every individual. This is extremely important. Each pupil has a different personality, a different goal, and a different way of learning. If a tutor does not cater for this, then they will not get the best out of their pupil. This has a major advantage over group lessons in a school, as the private tutor has more time to tailor each lesson to the individual's technical needs, without disruption to their schooling.
For beginners (both children and adults), I use my own material which I have edited together from several other sources. This covers the basics, and is intended to be a concise fast track to the Grade 1 standard. From there on I use the Associated Board's 'Selected Exam Pieces' books. This gives the pupil an indication as to what standard they are at and provides them with a variety of techniques. If they then wish to take an exam, that is up to them and I'll happily train them towards this achievement. If of course you prefer to not take exams and just want to learn as a hobby, this is no problem.
Lessons last for either 30 mins or 1 hour. I would suggest 30 min lessons for beginners (whether they are children or adults, and 1 hour for more advanced pupils (i.e. grade 7 upwards). Ultimately it is up to you of course. I would also suggest taking your lessons on a weekly basis, as this will give the pupil more continuity as far as their development is concerned.
Availability: Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- UNIVERSITY OF HUDDERSFIELD (2004) - HISTORICAL MUSICOLOGY (Masters) (✘ Not On File)
- UNIVERSITY OF HUDDERSFIELD (2001) - BMUS HONS (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
- HUDDERSFIELD TECHNICAL COLLEGE (1998) - A LEVEL MUSIC (College) (✘ Not On File)
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