April Chapman founded the Piano Academy back in 2002. April specialises in Classical & Contemporary Piano as well as all styles of keyboard skills. April has a real passion for music theory and composition. Whilst she now mainly teaches advanced piano students she still loves to take an interest in all of the Academy students progress, old and young, beginners to advanced. April is also the Honorary Local Representative for the ABRSM Examination Board.
Grahame joined the Academy team in 2015 after retiring as Head of Music at the Skegness Grammar School. Since learning to play the piano, aged just 7yrs Grahame has always been very passionate about music. He has been teaching instrumental studies since 1987 and he specialises in all woodwind instruments, guitar, ukulele, piano and singing. He is also leading our G.C.S.E. Courses. He has recently formed the Ukulele Orchestra for beginners and we are very excited that he has agreed to be the Musical Director for the newly formed Skegness Community Orchestra.
Hi, I'm Rachel and I joined the Piano Academy team back in September 2009. I teach both classical & contemporary piano and vocals in various styles for beginner to advanced. I also lead the Just Sing Ladies choir which was first formed in 2013 and we love to perform frequently at local events. I have always had a passion for music from a very young age and my ambition is to pass this on to my students so they can enjoy learning the correct skills to sing and play as much as I do.
Jason is a guitarist with electric and classical training and 30 years performing experience.
He studied classical guitar at the Royal Welsh College Of Music with classical guitar legends such as John Mills, John Williams, David Russell and Jorge Morel.
As a session guitarist, Jason has backed musicals from Shostakovich to Little Shop Of Horrors and performed with established artists such as Bucks Fizz, Sonia, Ray Quinn and Jackie Graham. Jason has 25 years of teaching experience across multiple genres from jazz, rock, blues to classical guitar. Jason has himself studied with classical guitar legends John Mills and Jorge Morel and has had masterclasses with John Williams, David Russell, Stephan Rak and Tommy Emmanuel. So when Jason teaches you, you are not just learning from him but from some of the best guitarists that have ever lived!
I have been singing and performing for a number of years on stage and also as part of a band. I have a real passion for musical theatre and have enjoyed playing lead roles in productions such as Deloris in Sister Act and The Witch in Into the Woods. Having studied Performing Arts at College & teaching drama and singing at children’s summer camps in America and the UK, I am looking forward to be teaching again at the Piano Academy. My classes will be fresh & modern and I aim to bring out the best in my students and help make their confidence shine through. At the age of 17 I gained my performing arts Diploma and I have been awarded grades in popular music and musical theatre singing. I am really looking forward to joining the team at Piano Academy and I can’t wait to be sharing my passion and teaching a wide range of people to sing pop, musical theatre and other music genres.
Jean has been our Mini Mozart tutor since 2005. Jean specialises in bringing out the very best in our youngest musicians. She has a vast knowledge of fun musical theory games, songs and easy piano to really capture the attention and interest of our mini mozarts. Which means that under Jean's careful guidance they quickly progress towards their preparatory grades in piano and singing. Jean is also our Key stage 1 & 2 schools music hour leader.
Hi, my name is Charlotte and I am a new music tutor at the Piano Academy. I studied BA (Hons) Music at the University of Salford and graduated in 2004 with a first class degree. I have been a qualified secondary school music teacher for 8 years and for the past 4 years Curriculum Leader for Music at Skegness Grammar School. Having left the Grammar School at Easter, I am now looking forward to a new adventure at the Piano Academy where I will be teaching trumpet, piano and singing. In my free time I play the cornet in Alford Silver Band and Skegness Community Orchestra and I also sing with the Elizabethan Singers in Alford.
Josh Wilkinson: Piano & Trumpet Specialist
In September 2017 Josh obtained a master’s Degree in Chamber Music, with distinction, from the University of York. During this course he was awarded with a financial assistantship, enabling him to work as an accompanist for both students and professionals. Whilst at York he formed the Jochama Piano Trio, with whom he completed his MA. His work as an accompanist led him to play at the Ryedale Festival in June 2017 with both the Miranda Wright Singers and a masterclass given by the violinist Jack Liebeck. As a pianist he has received tuition from many notable pianists, including Chris Glynn, Artur Pizarro, Ashley Wass, Jeremy Young, Peter Graham and Graham Scott whilst in attendance at the Chetham’s International Piano Summer School. Josh is currently working as an accompanist for Newcastle University as well as carving his career as a freelance accompanist and teacher. Recently Josh has worked with The Voices Foundation, Samling Academy, and as répétiteur for Opera Schmopera’s production of ‘A Shoe full of Stars’.
Reception Manager. Hayley deals with the daily management of tutors diaries and invoicing services. She is also happy to offer advice about lessons and our group music activities.