Mr William Binden MBA BA(Hons) DipABRSM

Mr William Binden MBA BA(Hons) DipABRSM

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

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

 

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Additional User Information

Disclosure and Barring Service: yes

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

Other Information

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Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks (previously CRB checks)
The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) have merged to become the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). CRB checks are now called DBS checks.

A DBS check may be needed for: certain jobs or voluntary work - eg working with children or in healthcare applying to foster or adopt a child There are different rules for getting a criminal record check in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Who can ask for a DBS check An employer can ask for a DBS check for certain roles. DBS eligibility guidance lists most roles that are eligible for a check. However, the guidance isnít comprehensive so contact DBS if unsure. Applicants (job candidates) canít do a criminal records check on themselves, but they can request a ëbasic disclosureí.

How to get a DBS check
  • The employer gets an application form from DBS or an umbrella body (a registered body that gives access to DBS checks).
  • The employer gives the applicant the form to fill in and return to them along with documents proving their identity.
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If the applicant has subscribed to the DBS update service, the employer can check their certificate online.Basic disclosure If applicants need to run a check on themselves, they can get a ëbasic disclosureí with details of any unspent convictions from Disclosure Scotland (they can do this anywhere in the UK).Types of criminal records check There are 3 types of check. The employer or organisation running the check should provide the applicant with more information about the level of check required. Criminal record check applicants must be 16 or over.

Standard

This will check for spent and unspent convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings, and will take about 2 weeks.

Enhanced

This includes the same as the standard check plus any additional information held by local police thatís reasonably considered relevant to the workforce being applied for (adult, child or ëotherí workforce). It takes about 4 weeks.

Applicants and employers can use the DBS update service to keep a certificate up to date or carry out checks on a potential employeeís certificate.