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About Daniel H-T
Daniel is a highly experienced Music Tutor specialising in electronic music, composition, song-writing and piano. A versatile and patient tutor, he has lead courses, workshops and lessons in everything from composition to studio-engineering, piano to instrument building.
Composing and performing music for over 20 years, Daniel is passionate about exploring the broadest possible aspects of music and performance, and has worked with string quartets, punk bands, jazz ensembles, electronic producers, sound-artists, and film-makers. He has released worked internationally on a number of record labels and holds a BA in Musical Composition from Dartington College of the Arts, and both a Masters and PhD in Musical Composition from the University of Sussex.
For the past three years he has served as Programme Lead for a FdA/BA course in Creative Music Production, assisting a broad range of students to compose, perform, and produce bespoke degree-level projects. In this capacity, he has written and delivered modules in song-writing, synthesis, instrument-building, Ableton / Logic production, music theory, piano / keyboard skills, critical theory, studio recording, film-composition, and sound-art studies.
Daniel prides himself on being an extremely diverse musician, and has a strong passion for helping others to explore the nuance of their own individual practice. By engaging with the widest possible range of musical practices – whether that be EDM, contemporary classical, avant-garde composition or noise-rock – Daniel is able to foster a deep understanding of the specific aims of his pupils, and help them to realise their ambitions in a relaxed and supportive environment.
Whether your interest is in song-writing, electronic production, studio-recording, keyboard/piano skills or music theory, Daniel is able to guide you through the process of finding your own unique artistic voice, and applying the skills you accrue so as to meet your personal and professional objectives. He is passionate about exploration and experimentation, and firmly believes everyone has the capacity to be a musician, no matter what genre or area of study they chose to engage with.
Daniel teaches adults and children of all ages, specialising in beginners / intermediates (piano, keyboard, music theory), and beginners to advanced students (song-writing, electronic production, Ableton/Logic, studio recording, home-studio/mixing, improvisation, performance).
Piano / Keyboard / Music Theory
My instrumental tuition focusses on exploring students specific interests and creative goals. Lessons will develop core skills required to perform and compose in a variety of genres, including the techniques and approaches employed by the artists and genres that you love. Rather than simply following traditional grading systems, classes will help you develop your own compositions, and make playing the piano / keyboard an inspiring and rewarding endeavour. Suitable for students of all ages, these sessions will help you to develop core instrumental and theoretical skills in an applied fashion.
Lessons will include:
- Learning the fundamental techniques of the instrument
- Finding your own unique sound
- ‘functional’ music theory designed to aid your own composition
- Performance techniques and their application in different genres
- Live Performance Coaching (Confidence, Stage presence)
Ableton / Logic Pro / Music Production
These lessons will explore different solutions for composing, recording and performing music as offered by Ableton Live and Logic Pro X. Students will be guided through the key techniques utilised by different genres, including the use of fx, eq, and compression, and learn how to both emulate their favourite producers and to find their own unique voice as a contemporary producer. Classes will focus on both contemporary electronic production, as well as the historical context by which such methods have developed. Likewise, students will explore engineering and studio techniques for recording solo acts and small ensembles.
Lessons will include:
Setting up and working in the home studio environment
Music theory for electronic musicians and producers
Understanding audio chains, mic techniques, midi and plug-ins
Performance techniques and relevant technologies
Synthesis, sampling and working with outboard gear
Working with complex projects and understanding acoustics
Composition / Songwriting / Improvisation
Exploring the fundamentals of composition, students will be able to specialise in numerous areas, including film-music, singer-songwriter, and rock and electronic composition. Classes will explore the specific techniques and expectations of different styles, including structures, lyrics, idea development and creative limitations. Whether you are just starting out, or looking to develop your existing practice, these sessions will help you to foster an understanding of various devices and tools that comprise contemporary composition and improvisation.
Lessons will include:
Developing ideas and finding your sound
The use of melody, harmony, and timbre in composition
Expanding your palette with keys, time signatures and poly-rhythms
Improvisation and extended technique
Live Performance Coaching (Confidence, Stage presence)
Understanding genre, instrumentation and transposition
Daniel teaches (almost) all genres, but specialises in electronic production, singer-songwriter, film-composition, and classical music.
The first lesson will explore why you want to study - are you just starting out? What creative, personal, or professional goals do you have, and how would you like to see your skills develop? Starting with an informal chat, we will aim to gather an understanding of what inspires you about music, and to articulate which areas you want to develop. We will run through an overview of the area of study, and use some preliminary exercises to plan the best course possible for your creative development. I have a wealth of experience working with accomplished musicians and absolute beginners alike - and the main goal of the first session will be be to explore the pace and content most suited to your specific needs.
Just bring yourself, a pen and some paper. Everything you need to know will be covered in the lesson, and remember - there is no such thing as a stupid question! Please get in touch if you would like any further info.