Cert PTC Graduate 2019

Teaching Philosophy

"Learning a musical instrument is such a privilege that we should learn to embrace what truly motivates us as musicians so that we can have a life long appreciation for it" - Richard Dinsmore

Richard works with all ages of students in a fun and dynamic way to incorporate many aspects of music. Always pupil-centred, lessons are tailored to the needs of the student to provide a multi-sensory experience that focusses on core musical skills. Time is taken to build on solid foundations before more formal graded exams are considered and confidence is gained through group activities and regular performance opportunities.

With a large teaching practice based in Manchester students can have tuition at home or at his home in Chorlton. With over 10 years experience teaching students of all ages and ability, Richard combines a relaxed and inspiring approach to lessons to help develop individual creativity and musicality with access to both a digital and acoustic grand piano at his home studio


Many students work towards examinations, however greater emphasis is placed on building both technical and musical skill, supported through mock exam sessions, student concerts and several wider performance opportunities and masterclasses.

"... what a wonderfully caring and considerate piano teacher you are!"

Dr Murray Mclachlan,

Head of Chetham's School of Music



Students are gently encouraged to explore new musical ideas creatively and imaginatively, through movement, musical games, duet and trio playing, improvisation and singing in order to fully enjoy the experience. Emphasis is placed on rewarding self-motivation and hard work, with competitions to help encourage students to succeed.


Richard even runs a special competition each year for a 'Student of the Year', which includes invitation to a classical concert at the Royal Northern College of Music.

"... we feel privileged to have found such a talented and insightful teacher" - Nicola Leyland

Teaching both younger students and adults, Richard often gets enquiries from people who played as a child but did not continue. Adult learners are sometimes more nervous and critical of their own ability, so Richard provides a sensitive atmosphere for them to reignite their passon for music making through adult performances and smaller groups to encourage participation.

"You have made such a huge difference to my life, in that I feel very happy & confident in my playing. The piano plays a big part in my life and I thank you for taking me on and never judging me." - Breda Collins 

Richard has also continued to have increasing success with those students wishing to pursue music at the highest level. With students taking part in local competitions, winning top prizes, alongside audition and acceptance into Chetham's School of Music, Richard supports students at all levels to pursue their passion for music making!


"So many teachers get into a bit of a rut and it is a credit to you that you continue to push yourself and engage with new ideas"


- Penelope Roskell,

Professor of Piano, Trininy Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

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