Information about Christien
Music is all about storytelling. It`s not simply `playing` notes, it`s about telling a story that affects your audience and leaves them with changed emotional feelings, whether that be joy, melancholy, confusion, fear etc.
So whilst I adapt the lessons to suit the needs of each individual student, my aim is to create an open and fun environment that makes learning to play piano enjoyable, whilst always coming away a stronger pianist. In a typical classical exam you`ll get 90% from a perfect technical performance, but if the dynamics that bring the story of the piece to life aren`t there, you won`t get the final 10%.
I actively look to enter all of my students into the official ABRSM or Trinity Exams, depending on their style and goals, although some students simply want to learn to play the piano and have fun as it`s been their dream from childhood, and others just want to learn to play their favourite songs that they can sing to in their spare time.
I teach and encourage students to enjoy all styles of music, from Classical, Jazz and Samba, to Musical Theatre, Pop and R&B. Once students knowledge has reached around the Grade 3 mark (with theory), I often then look to start teaching improvisation.
I hold an Enhanced DBS.
Availability: 7 days a week. During these unprecedented times I am only teaching online (via Zoom/Skype).
Willing to travel: 5 miles
Experience: I currently teach several students from 5 years old up to mature older adults.
After passing my Grade 5 Practical as a teenager and Grade 5 Theory (Distinction), I continued my own independent study, and have now played for 17 years. I also play the Harp (Folk/Lever).
Feedback For Christien (7)
Christien has been teaching my 5 & 7 year old children for over a month now and I have only good things to say about him. He is polite, patient and clearly very competent. My children enjoy their piano lessons and I wholeheartedly recommend Christien as a tutor.
Christien is an experienced and passionate tutor. My daughter really enjoys the lessons and she is making noticeable progress. I have already recommended him to friends.
Christien is a really great tutor, he takes time to understand what you want to gain from the lessons. He encourages you to learn and supports you with whatever you struggle with. Cant reccomend him enough!
Genuinely Personable, friendly, accommodating and very pleasant. Would happily recommend.
Punctual,reliable and professional. Knows and delivers his subject area very well(both theory and practice). Works well with my 9 year old grandson , who enjoys his music lessons. Would highly recommend Christien.