Welcome to Cadenza Music Tuition


Piano lessons in Cardiff for all abilities, ages and musical styles

Cadenza Music is the business name of Daniel Nicholson, a piano teacher, pianist and composer established in Cardiff. For more information on his piano teaching style, background experience please see the Piano Lessons page. If you are seeking to hire him as a pianist then you can browse the Pianist for Hire page. For more information or query anything specific you can contact Dan directly here:

What You Can Expect From Your Lessons

  • Highly qualified with BMus (hons) and MMus degrees from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama.
  • Experience dating back to 2011. Full time since 2013.
  • Lesson available for first time starters to highly experienced advanced learners.
  • All styles covered including Western Classical music, Jazz and Popular music.
  • Lessons also available in music theory, composition, music technology, curriculum support.
  • Fully equipped teaching studio with two pianos, Sibelius, Cubase Pro, extensive book selection, Ipad Pro, recording setup, whiteboard and interactive apparatus for younger learners.
  • Online lessons available permanently or hybrid learning mixed with face to face.
  • Bespoke lesson planning for each pupil.
  • Specially made pro level piano arrangements made upon request.
  • Excellent exam record with ABRSM, TCL and MTB with majority achieving Merit or Distinction.
  • Biannual pupil concert at local venue called ‘The Piano Showcase’.
  • Recordings and backing tracks made upon request.
  • Incentive prizes for younger pupils.
  • Digital lesson notes provided for each lesson split into area specific categories.

What Pupils Say

Sarah Redman

Vasilis has been teaching my partner and son to learn piano for a few months now and its been a really positive experience right from the start. Dan was great at setting everything up and his organisation is really professional and efficient. Vasilis is a great teacher, so encouraging and very flexible with our last minute changes! We started off with a keyboard but now with Dans guidance have bought a second-hand upright piano. It so lovely to have the sound of the piano being played whenever anyone feels inspired. I would highly recommend Vasilis, Dan and cadenza music generally.

Telma Domingues

Vasilis started teaching my 6 year-old daughter. He is lovely and very patient with young kids. My daughter likes him a lot and it is always a real pleasure to welcome him at home!

James Lee

I started the piano in January after years of 'when I've got time'. Dan is a brilliant tutor - knows exactly what's needed, is encouraging and able to get you to play better each time. I've had a number of tutors in the past (play the cello) and he is one of the best. I passed G2 jazz in the summer and take G3 soon. Am still amazed at being able coordinate the two hands (very different from the cello) and am really enjoying it. Lessons are online which works well - easier to fit into the day.

Peter Watkins

Started lessons in London and when I moved to York we switched to internet based lessons over webcam. It has been very successful and provided much more flexibility than we had before - we could have a lesson virtually wherever we are.

Dan's ability to hear the music I play and make suggestions means the quality of tuition is not comprimised. We share music online using the excellent new portal he has built.

I would certainly recommend this for anyone who wants piano tuition built around their schedule, which is also fun and based around their music tastes or learning requirements.

Christina Pettican

Dan is teaching my 4 year old how to play piano. He's very engaging and can see when attention is being lost so he moves swiftly onto something else.
My son loves to visit 'Dan the piano man', and he's learned so much in the short space of time with him.

Emily Kirwan

Dan has been a brilliant teacher, helping me pick up piano again after not playing for 12 years. He covers a broad range of music perfectly suited to my level and style and is an incredibly knowledgable, talented, patient and fun teacher. Thanks to his teaching I've rekindled my love for piano and have many happy hours playing. Highly recommended!

Peter Steadman

Daniel gave a very well received lunchtime concert at Leatherhead on Aug 31st, titled From Bach to Jazz. He started by saying he sits somewhere between being a concert recitalist and a jazz pianist - but we were in no doubt that he can call himself a concert pianist. Several noted his lovely, quite sparing, pedal technique. We hope he'll come again.

Plum Lomax

Dan has been amazing helping my kids get through their Grade 5 music theory. He has managed to make it fun and engaging and they really look forward to his lessons.

Cath Mack

Thanks to Ben for a great first ever piano lesson for my 8yo daughter. She has been excited to show me what she learnt and the books she has. She is looking forward to her next lesson and has been practising avidly. "Ben is REALLY nice" was the verdict!

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