Mr William Binden MBA BA(Hons) DipABRSM

Mr William Binden MBA BA(Hons) DipABRSM

THE TEACHER
William graduated from the University of Liverpool with a BA(Hons) Music degree & also has a piano teaching diploma. William offers lessons for beginners & experienced players & currently tutors 40 students. Lesson times can be flexible to fit around work & family commitments. All piano lessons are 1-to-1 & students are given a clear structured approach tailored to their needs. Lessons take place in a music studio in Oxton, Wirral.

THE PIANO LESSONS
Emphasis is placed on enjoyment & building confidence in your playing. This is done by focusing on reading ability, listening skills & finger technique; music theory is taught in conjunction with this. Students are encouraged to study a wide ranging repertoire encompassing the many different traditions of piano performance from Classical, Jazz & Popular music.

ADULT STUDENTS
Every adult’s reasons for wanting to learn the piano are unique; that’s why William designs a learning plan that is individual to each student, fitting in around your musical aspirations, ability & experience. For adults who have not had lessons previously William will work with you through a preparatory course, teaching you all the basics of how to play the piano. After the first lesson you will leave being able to read & perform a couple of simple pieces. If you have had piano lessons previously we will work towards whatever your goal is.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Many of William’s students study or work in jobs where knowledge of how to play the piano is beneficial. People who have benefited from piano lessons with William include piano tutors, music undergraduates, actors, singing teachers, music producers, musical directors, school teachers and DJs.

CHILD & TEENAGE STUDENTS
Parents are encouraged to sit in on piano lessons & there is a comfortable seating area from which to observe the lessons. William has passed the NSPCC course ‘Child Protection Awareness in Music’ and is DBS checked. Support is also offered to students wanting extra tuition who are studying towards their school music exams.

MUSIC EXAMS
William's students acheieve excellecnt results in music exams. Exams are not everyone’s goal and there is no pressure to take this formal route. Students have a 100% pass record with 48% passing with distinction (against a national average of 17%). Previous students of William’s have gone on to study music at the Royal Schools of Music and LIPA.

FAQs
“How old do I have to be?”
Students are accepted from 8. There is no upper limit & the oldest student is 84.

“Can anyone take piano lessons?”
Yes. There are no special requirements to learning piano.

“How often do I need to attend my piano lessons?”
Weekly & fortnightly lessons are offered to fit in around your schedule.

“When are piano lessons available?”
Monday to Friday, 9am-8pm.

“Do I need to practise between lessons?”
Yes. A minimum of four 20-minute practice sessions between lessons is recommended, though if you can manage more than this you will gain more from each lesson.

“How long are lessons?”
I would recommend 30 minute piano lessons for children under 12, 45 minute lessons for teenagers and adult beginners & 60 minutes lessons for intermediate and advanced students.

“Do I have to learn to read music?”
Yes. Being able to read music allows you to participate in a far wider range of styles and experiences. Students will also be encouraged to learn to play by ear & improvise.“How much are lessons?”
30 minute lessons: £18.00

45 minute lessons: £26.00

 

Contact Information

  • Palm Grove
    Oxton
    Birkenhead, Merseyside CH43 1TG
    England
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  • Hours

    Monday:
    09:00 - 08:00
    Tuesday:
    09:00 - 08:00
    Wednesday:
    09:00 - 08:00
    Thursday:
    09:00 - 08:00
    Friday:
    09:00 - 08:00

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Disclosure and Barring Service: yes

Qualification: University of Liverpool Music BA(Hons); ABRSM Piano Teaching Diploma

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Did You Know Piano Facts

1400
By approximately 1400 the clavichord had about ten strings and inearlier examples two notes or more were produced from that string or pair of strings by making two or more tangents contact thesame string or pair of strings at different points. This typeis termed fretted, or in German Gebunden. A later type, in whicheach note has its own string, or strings, is called a "Bundfrei"clavichord. The clavichord is the simplest and usually the smallestof string keyboard instruments. It is rather like an oblong boxwith the keyboard running nearly the length of one long side andwith the horizontally placed strings almost parallel to that side.The small wrest pins and bridge are at the right-hand side andthe strings are permanently damped at their left-hand ends by astrip of felt or cloth. The strings are struck from below by smallpieces of metal shaped like a screwdriver blade, which are fixed tothe backs of the key frame as tangents.

Since about 1450 keyboards have virtually remained the same,except for a little variation in the colour of the keys, as the older ones had the reverse of the present-day key colouring. The organ was the first keyboard instrument and the weight of the keys has varied greatly since the earliest examples, whose keys were so heavy that the players were called "Organ Beaters." Around the thirteenth or fourteenth century, keyboards were laid out according to the natural modes which were the basis of the musical system. The interval of the augmented fourth, B toF, was considered discordant, so B was lowered by adding anextra short key, which procedure then led to five accidentals, B flat being followed by F sharp, E flat, C sharp, and G sharp.

Today's arrangement was found as long ago as 1361, as demonstrated by paintings of the time. The first member of the harpsichord family was the virginal or virginals. The strings on this instrument are plucked by plectra and the shape is similar to that of the clavichord. The spinet followed the clavichord and then came the more elaborate harpsichord.

Tuning often followed the meantone system where major thirdswere tuned precisely and other intervals tempered. This created somevery wild intervals and the howling sound resulted in them beingcalled "wolves" or the "wolf interval." If a series of fifths is tunedfrom the bottom A upwards, when the top A is reached it will be a quarter of a semitone sharp if all are tuned in pure intervals, and this is called the Pythagorean comma. The spinet could have received its name from a possible Italianinventor, Giovanni Spinette, or from the connection with spinethorns, which were used for plucking the strings.