David Nelson

Hebden Bridge pianist, composer and teacher
Dave Nelson

I’VE BEEN TEACHING VIA ZOOM FOR SIX MONTHS NOW. IT WORKS REALLY WELL AND MY STUDENTS ALL RELISH THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONTINUE LEARNING DESPITE COVID-19.

‘Dave is a brilliant teacher, fun and serious at the same time, always pushing me to improve, I always look forward to my lessons.  He’s kept me going through lockdown and playing the piano has become something I do to cheer me up when the going gets tough.  I never thought I’d be playing Beethoven for relaxation!  I can’t thank Dave enough for this gift.’ Katie

‘I have really enjoyed learning piano via zoom. I have kept my own practice going through lockdown and Dave is a patient teacher. Online piano learning has been fun and just as positive as in-person learning.’ Kate

‘I like Dave’s lessons cause he makes it interesting to learn the piano. Video lessons are just the same as being in his house.’ Martha (9)

‘I really enjoy doing video lessons with Dave cause I can use my own piano. Dave is very funny too!’ Bea (7)

‘I have been having piano lessons with Dave for a number of years.  His teaching is excellent, and he has developed so many areas of my playing.  When Covid 19 put a stop to face-to-face lessons I was so glad to be able to continue using Zoom.  I did wonder whether they would be as useful and enjoyable as previously, but have been delighted that they have continued seamlessly. Many thanks to Dave for setting up Zoom lessons so quickly, for his creativity, hard work, good humour and sheer breadth of musical knowledge.’ Helen

If you’d like to start have piano lessons drop me an email to dave@piano40.co.uk and let’s get started. You can see my rates here.


I’m David Nelson and I’ve been teaching piano for over 35 years and for much of that time I’ve been based here in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire.

Born in London, I have lived in the Yorkshire Pennine town since 1984 and been making music locally ever since.  If there’s music going on here there’s a good chance that I’m involved.

A freelance musician, some of my work over the last 30 years has involved workshops and projects for schools, colleges and community groups. I am a professional pianist (playing classical and jazz, both solo and in various ensembles), a private teacher (piano, theory, composition, songwriting) and a composer for the various ensembles I have performed with, and of other music (eg for theatre) by commission. I also sing, play acoustic guitar, bass guitar and percussion, and have worked with and composed music for most orchestral and many non-western instruments.

I was the Music Director of Hebden Bridge Arts Festival for 16 years and now direct Hebden Bridge Piano Festival. I  also run an annual series of concerts at Wainsgate Chapel in Old Town, Hebden Bridge.

Photo by David Mitchell at DM07images.com

Piano lessons with David Nelson

I’VE BEEN TEACHING VIA ZOOM FOR SIX MONTHS NOW. IT WORKS REALLY WELL AND MY STUDENTS ALL RELISH THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONTINUE LEARNING DESPITE COVID-19.
IF YOU’D LIKE TO START HAVE LESSONS DROP ME AN EMAIL TO DAVE@PIANO40.CO.UK AND LET’S GET STARTED. YOU CAN SEE MY RATES HERE.

Based in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, I’ve  been teaching piano for over 35 years, with students from Halifax and around Calderdale; also from Bradford, Leeds, Manchester and points both in between and beyond.  Click here to find out more. Also find out about day-long lessons and weekend-long lessons.

‘Inspirational teacher and electrifying performer’ David and Connie Gott

My teaching ethos

I have a set of values and beliefs which influence the way lessons are taught. I strongly believe for example that everyone is capable of playing a musical instrument and that everyone has musical potential. Also that it is important to encourage and develop a wide range of musical skills (such as sight reading, ear playing, rhythm sense, improvisation, harmony and singing) because these skills are essential in piano playing and in being a musician.

I also believe that lessons should be fun!

As a teacher, I feel that it is important for me to also be working in music as performer, composer, workshop leader etc. These other aspects of my musical life bring to my teaching a very different and interesting quality which is appreciated and understood by students. Whilst it is true that most performing musicians want/need to also take on educational work, it is sad that so many instrumental teachers no longer wish to perform or create music. I intend to save that kind of inertia until my nineties! Click here to find out more.