David DEAR - Teacher Profile

About Me

I am based in South Liverpool and primarily teach piano privately at home, from beginners to Grade 8 and beyond.&nbsp; I also accompany many people for instrumental and vocal exams and performances, both for ABRSM exams, University performance and any other requests.&nbsp; My area of expertise is mainly the classical tradition, from early Baroque to 20th Century, but I am happy to turn my hand to popular music and jazz.&nbsp; I do offer ABRSM Jazz Grades for those with the ability, who are not intimidated by improvisation.&nbsp; Grade 5 Theory is offered for those wishing to proceed to the higher grades. &nbsp; I have been teaching piano as my main occupation for about 10 years, previous to that I was a Head of Department in a local secondary school.&nbsp; I studied at Huddersfield School of Music, the University of Liverpool and the Liverpool Institute of Higher Education, now Hope University.<br /><br />The tradition that was passed on to me by my teachers, was respect for the composers wishes, as far as we can ascertain.&nbsp; I encourage the use of Urtext Editions where possible and try to bring an historical perspective to the teaching of different styles.&nbsp; I try to engender self reliance and a sense of enquiry in my students.