Dave Nelson

Hebden Bridge pianist, composer and teacher

Dave Nelson Calderdale piano teacherIf there’s music going on in and around his home town of Hebden Bridge, there’s a fair chance that Dave Nelson is involved. Born in London, he has lived in the Yorkshire Pennine town since 1984 and been making music locally ever since.

A freelance musician, some of his work over the last 20 years has involved workshops and projects for schools, colleges and community groups. He is also 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 he has performed with, and of other music (eg for theatre) by commission. He also sings, plays acoustic guitar, bass guitar and percussion, and has worked with and composed music for most orchestral and many non-western instruments.

Dave was the Music Director of Hebden Bridge Arts Festival for 16 years and now directs Hebden Bridge Piano Festival. He promotes many of the jazz events that take place in his home town, and also runs an annual series of concerts at Wainsgate Chapel in Old Town, Hebden Bridge.

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Piano lessons with Dave Nelson

Based in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, David has been teaching piano for over 30 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

Dave’s teaching ethos

Dave has a set of values and beliefs which influence the way lessons are taught. He strongly believes 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.

He also believes that lessons should be fun!

As a teacher, Dave feels that it is important for him to also be working in music as performer, composer, workshop leader etc. These other aspects of his multi-faceted profession bring to his 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. Dave intends to save that kind of inertia until in his eighties! Click here to find out more.