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Music tuition - piano, harpsichord, theory, composition


David teaches music from beginners through to advanced - whether young or adult beginner, all levels and aims are covered. Learning for leisure as well as more formally for music examinations or serious theory and composition studies. David has a consistently high pass rate among students. CONTACT FORM BELOW.


David Lewiston Sharpe holds Masters and Bachelors degrees awarded by King's College London. He studied piano and harpsichord at the Royal Academy of Music and composition at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He studied piano with composer Brian Chapple and professor of harpsichord Virginia Black at the Royal Academy. He received composition lessons with Gary Carpenter at the Guildhall; as a composer he has had performances across the UK and in the USA, including a piano concerto premiered by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - as well as chamber, solo instrumental and vocal song cycles in venues country-wide. CONTACT FORM BELOW.

"Sensitivity towards
       your own musical aims"

PIANO - learn piano in a lively, varied and engaging lesson environment. At home by arrangement, or at the teacher's address, lessons are geared towards the music you'd love to play. Drawing on a wide knowledge of repertoire and with sensitivity towards your own musical aims, lessons are focussed but fun too.

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"Informed by historical
         performance practice"

HARPSICHORD - learn harpsichord in a lively, varied and engaging lesson environment. At home, or at the teacher's address, where the instrument available is a double-manual French instrument after Vaudry at London's V&A Museum (David's harpsichord pictured). Lessons are informed by historical performance practice.

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"Freeing the imagination...
     cultivate musical invention"

COMPOSITION - whether aiming to compose for pleasure or professionally, lessons are based on the philosophy of freeing the musical imagination. Grounded in conventional Western music theory and practice, the aim will be to cultivate the germ of musical invention via exercises, early input into writing complete pieces, problems of instrumentation, and addressing expressive as well as stylistic and structural questions.

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"Build your knowledge...
     looking beyond the labels"

MUSIC THEORY - whether in support of your playing or as a discrete aim to build your knowledge of harmony and line in a more rigorous and abstract way, theory lessons are useful for making sure you're ready for higher Grades (ABRSM) or for higher education in music. Grade 1 through to Grade 8 is taught - with an emphasis on the 'why' as well as the 'how' of what makes music what it is. 'Looking beyond the labels' of acciaccatura or atonality, chords or counterpoint.


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