is at the heart of music making. Even when
you are innocently whistling a made-up tune, or hitting notes on the
piano as you
see fit, this is just improvisation which is instant composition! To
to live and breathe your music, it is pure creativity and a raw
your very being. However, don’t be frustrated or impatient
doesn’t sound different from Chopin or Rachmaninoff. Finding
compositional voice is all about listening and experiencing the music
others. You will find that the greater variety of music you listen to,
broader your compositional style becomes. Every famous composer at one
another took tiny phrases or ideas of music from his fellow musician
even realising it. Ergo, your compositional voice becomes a rich
varying timbre. What makes the voice your own is how you
personally combine your influences into your music, how you
personally interpret the music of
others into your own.
up to, and including, university entrance level and can help you create
portfolio of compositions for this purpose. Lessons include learning
rudiments of notation (progressing onto advanced notation where
harmony/counterpoint and orchestration. You will also be introduced and
encouraged to use the Sibelius notation software. Remember, though,
Sibelius is purely a tool for neat presentation of your score,
don’t rely on it
to compose your piece!
(GCSE, A Level, instrumental exams or accompaniment)
you need extra help with aural, score
study, composition, Bach chorales, performance study, or you just need
accompany you for your instrumental exam, I can provide support at a
suits you. It isn’t always possible to have ideas and methods
explained in more
depth in your school lesson due to time constraints. One-on-one tuition
great way to really step back the pace, gain a solid grasp of the
are studying and build confidence.
entrance or auditions
Preparing for university entrance and any other
audition can sometimes seem like a daunting task. A piece of advice,
no need to be nervous! The examiners always have your best interests at
and should always do everything they can to make you comfortable in
audition. When you are in the audition room, though, your mindset
changes and you can sometimes end up playing your pieces in the exact
way that you intended. I can help show you how playing for an audition
different than practising at home, by helping you to understand how we
performers work in different mindsets.
offer this service
to any instrumentalist, regardless of what you play the principals are
same. I can also help you choose an appropriate programme that is
demonstrates your various abilities as a performer.
perform or rehearse with you
performance experience and
offer solo work, accompany you as an individual instrumentalist or play
chamber ensemble. I can also offer you instrumental ensemble tuition so
hear and appreciate how your instrument sounds with the piano. A
lot of the
time it isn’t possible to hear your piece with the
for example) and there is a last minute rush to book a pianist, quickly
to play together and then perform. I can offer you the time you need to
used to playing with someone else and help you really listen to the
picture. Although the piano traditionally plays an accompanying role
be surprised at the musical detail to be found if you listen!
N.B Extra costs will apply if you require me to perform for/with you.
me for details.
contact me on Dan@CheltenhamPianoLessons.co.uk