Piano Lessons in Cardiff

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Daniel Nicholson BMus (hons) MMus

Daniel studied both his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where he was taught and mentored by a number of world class musicians. Beginning as a Jazz pianist he switch to Classical midway through allowing his experience of music college to be very broad and tailored towards his multidisciplinary background in music. He gained not only a wealth of performance experience but also was introduced to music education there too. It was not long before Daniel developed an aptitude for teaching by fostering an empathetic and holistic teaching style that drawn upon an extensive and far-reaching background in music beginning which spans back his earliest lessons at age 3.

Upon graduating Daniel continued to perform and accompany in a variety of settings but was quickly establishing a good reputation as an educator in SW London. Such was the demand for lessons there he set about bringing in other tutors to teach under his mentorship which was where the name Cadenza Music Tuition was born.

After just a couple of years Daniel was managing close to 200 pupils and he had returned back to Cardiff to set up a home teaching practise from a fully equipped studio. Shortly after this he let go of the London business to focus on his pupils in Cardiff which had filled his diary very quickly with pupils including advanced post grade 8 pupils, budding composers, music tech lessons, music theory lessons, exam preparation, adult pupils, new starters, Jazz piano and much more. His diverse range of pupils is very reflective of Daniel’s own background and pupils all benefit from exposure to a variety of styles and methods.

Alongside his teaching Daniel also composes for stock libraries such as Pond 5, arranges sheet music and performs/accompanies occasionally.

Information About Piano lessons

Dan's lessons cover all aspects of piano tuition including Classical, Jazz and Popular styles for all ages and abilities. Whether you are new to the instrument, relearning after a long break, wishing to succeed in exams or revitalise your learning with fresh and innovative methods Dan will adapt lessons to meet your needs. You can see for yourself by booking a FREE 30min trial lesson at his home studio or online.

All lessons are based around the following objectives:

Sustain enjoyment of lessons
Teach holistically (Repertoire, Technique, Reading, Listening, Understanding)
Tailor lessons to suit the individual
Endeavor to motivate and inspire
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Subjects Covered

  • Beginner lessons
  • Intermediate/Advanced lessons
  • Adult lessons
  • Early Years (age 3-5) tuition
  • Music Exams (ABRSM, TCL, LCM, MTB)
  • Classical Piano
  • Jazz Piano
  • Popular Music
  • Composition
  • Online tuition
  • Music Technology (Cubase, Sibelius)
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Further Information

  • Classical, Jazz and Popular Music covered
  • Digital lesson notes for every lesson.
  • Comprehensive approach covering 5 key areas: Repertoire, Technique, Reading, Listening, Understanding.
  • Tailor made piano arrangements written to a pro level available upon request. This has recently included Taylor Swift, Franz Liszt, film/tv soundtracks etc.
  • Online piano lessons conducted over Google Meet or Zoom using a provided for link
  • Excellent exam record with majority of pupils achieving Merit or Distinction with ABRSM, TCL, MTB or LCM spanning exams in Theory, Jazz or Classical.
  • 100 % exam success rate with majority achieving Merit or Distinction in ABRSM, TCL or LCM exams (theory, Classical or Jazz).
  • Tailor made backing tracks and recordings made on demand.
  • Lesson structure and methodology customised for every pupil.
  • Lessons available for all ages (including as young as 4yo and adults)
  • Incentive schemes (including complimentary prize) for children.
  • Lessons available for all abilities (including new starters up to diploma level).
  • Rate for 2023-2024 academic year: £39/hr one-to-one lessons and £45/hr two-to-one (two pupils at once) lessons.

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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