Daniel Espie

Daniel E.

Philadelphia, PA

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Daniel delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:

I am a graduate of Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance as well as the Royal Academy of Music in London where I attained my BM in Piano Performance and Pedagogy and my MMus in Piano Performance, respectively. I am an active performer as well as a keen and engaging teacher, so I'm always thinking of new ways to get students thinking about being performing artists, whether they're well into their studies or just starting out. I'm interested in the student's perspective - what kind(s) of music do you enjoy? How can we work out an approach that will be as productive as possible for you? I'm a firm believer that every student is unique and has something special of their own to offer. The piano is a wonderful vehicle for expression, and my job is to help you find your voice.

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Aug 2016 - Present
Cohan Collective

The Cohan Collective is a course for composers and choreographers which is based on collaboration and quick creative production. The hired musicians work alongside the creative team and perform new works nearly every day during the residency. The Cohan Collective is associated with the Yorke Dance Company.

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Freelance Musician
Jun 2009 - Present

Since I graduated from high school in 2009 I've worked as a freelance pianist in the Philadelphia and London areas. I perform frequent solo recitals but I also collaborate with other chamber musicians. I've played in weekly church services, pit orchestras for music theater, and have accompanied numerous choirs and vocalists. I've had the pleasure and privilege to travel and perform in New Zealand, England, France, and Italy and I intend to keep an active performing and touring schedule.

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Piano Teacher
Sep 2015 - Aug 2016
Fireworks Music Company

Fireworks Music School operates in London and was the institution i worked for while I was enrolled in my Master's Degree at RAM.

North Penn Marching Knights Staff
Aug 2010 - Nov 2012
North Penn Music Aides

I taught the fundamentals of marching technique and worked on the visual staff for the award-winning Marching Knights of North Penn High School. This group of hard-working and dedicated students competed across the country and maintained a reputation for being one of the best bands in the region.

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Master of Music
Sep 2014 - Jul 2016
Royal Academy of Music, London
Bachelor of Music
Aug 2009 - May 2013
Temple University Boyer College of Music and Dance


2nd Place, Delius Prize
Apr 2015
The Delius Society and the Royal Academy of Music
Jacobs Music Steinway Award
Jun 2013
Jacobs Music and Temple University Boyer College of Music and Dance

Photos & Videos

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Photo by Daniel E.

Photo by Daniel E.

Photo by Daniel E.

Samuel Barber's Sonata, Op. 26 in a recital on May 1st, 2014 at Temple University's Rock Hall Auditorium.
Les Yeux Clos, Toru Takemitsu

Daniel Espie, Piano
Nicholas Kohut, Film

13 Reviews

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William L. Sep 19, 2017
Piano · In home

skilled pianist. clear explanations

Sophie Jul 28, 2017
Piano · In studio

Dan is an exceptional performer and teacher, and has extended his talents outside the US, most recently, to London. He is great at coaching me towards reaching my goals, and calm his demeanor is very refreshing. I highly recommend Dan as your next teacher- you'll feel productive and excited about music!

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Luca G. Sep 28, 2016
Piano · In home

He was on time, very professional and
My kids really like him. We
Look forward to our next lesson

Puri G. Sep 28, 2016
Piano · In home

Daniel is great. My kids seemed to really like him. We look forward to our next lesson

Luca G. Sep 28, 2016
Piano · In home

He seems very professional, he was on time and my children really liked him!! So we r ecstatic!!!

Nicky Sep 19, 2016
Piano · In home

I put an advert at the Royal Academy in London asking for a pianist to accompany my singing. Dan arrived and was totally exceptionable: not only did he accompany beautifully but also gave me vary valuable singing tips. All our family used to look forward to the times he came round to play - he is a pleasure to know and such an intelligent and thoughtful - not only pianist - but person!

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Ethan Sep 1, 2016
Piano · In studio

Top-notch teacher! Dan inspired my renewed joy and interest in playing the piano. It is rare to find a teacher with such great musical skill and knowledge, and who is also kind, personable, and helpful. He's the very best! I highly recommend him as your next instructor.

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Peter Sep 1, 2016
Piano · In studio

I have seen Dan perform and conduct in a wide variety of musical settings and he is without question a fantastic musician. The first piano lessons I ever took were with Dan, while he was still studying at Temple, and I could not have asked for more out of the lessons. Dan's instructions were both technical and expressive even though I was an absolute beginner on piano. I always looked forward to my lessons and I feel like the exercises, repertoire, and advice he gave me was always spot on.

More importantly he is a wonderful person who brings amazing passion and energy to everything he does. I hope to make music again with him someday, and I highly recommend him to anyone looking for an exceptional and dedicated teacher.

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Oskar Aug 30, 2016
Piano · In home

An excellent pianist, an inspiring musician and a valuable colleague.
Mr. Espie's artistic output is a meeting point between the American and the European musical heritage. It is a great pleasure to see his good skill and experience being shared, passed on. Why search any further ? You have just found your piano teacher.

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Jarred Aug 30, 2016
Piano · In home

Top quality pianist and teacher! He really takes pride in what he does. I would definitely recommend him to any aspiring piano students!

Cameron Aug 30, 2016
Piano · In studio

Dan Espie is both a top notch musician and human. I've watched him excel in all facets of musicality, from solo piano, to individual and choir accompaniment, to group leadership/teaching, to composition, and even to singing. And on top of all that, he is a thoughtful and fun person who has a lot more than just teachings of the musical variety to contribute.

Could not more highly recommend Dan for piano lessons.

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Brian Stoudt Aug 29, 2016
Piano · In home

I have had the opportunity of working with Dan over the last 5 years and have known Dan well over 10 years. Dan has accompanied my chorus and select chorus numerous times and is a remarkable accompanist, is incredibly professional, always easy to work with, and a highly talented musician overall. He always was prepared and offered great insight when asked on ways to take our music to the next level. Additionally Dan sight read numerous times for us in performance and didn't blink an eye when asked always performing at an incredibly high level. My students have been blessed to have had his level of expertise associated with them and they have thoroughly enjoyed working with him. A consummate professional that I would trust any of my students with to receive the highest level of teaching and musicianship you will find.

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Maria Mirenzi Aug 29, 2016
Piano · In studio

Daniel is one of the most effective, creative and personable piano teachers I've ever known. He is an endless wealth of knowledge and guides you in your lessons through his keen musicianship. He is very adaptable, too. Whether you wish to study Bach or Ben Folds, Dan can teach you anything you wish to learn on piano.

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