Our Tutors

April Chapman

April Chapman

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 Baumber

Graham Baumber

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.


Rachel Butler

Rachel Butler

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.


Ainjiel Clark

Ainjiel Clark

Hello! I'm Ainjiel. I am a vocal and piano tutor. Before coming to the academy I taught privately. I am very passionate about passing over musical knowledge for everyone to enjoy. As an avid performer, I have been on stage since a very young age, and through this gained much industry experience as a solo, ensemble, choir and orchestral team player. I also have a great passion for composition, particularly composition for media.


Lulu Grainger

Lulu Albelda

Hello my name is Lulu and I have been singing and playing the guitar since I was at school. I took part in a number of productions including Miss Saigon in which I took on the lead role of Kim. This made me want to study musical theatre and so with my scholarship from Cameron Mackintosh, I studied at the Urdang Academy and the University of West London which has given me a breadth of experience in singing, dancing and acting for musical theatre. From 2009 until I moved to London in 2012, I performed with the award winning Boston Youth Jazz Orchestra(BYJO). At the age of 17 I gained my musical theatre performance Diploma and have gained numerous grades in classical, popular music and musical theatre singing. I am really excited to be joining the team at Piano Academy and I look forward to coaching a wide range of people to sing pop, music theatre and classic music.


Jean Taylor

Jean Taylor

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.


Charlotte Burton

Charlotte Burton

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.


Carl Welch: Saxophone, Clarinet & Flute Specialist

My name is Carl Welch and I have just moved to Chapel st Leonard’s from Milton Keynes. I first started to learn the clarinet aged 9 and have always had an interest in playing and teaching music.

In 2007 I joined the Army Reserve band the Royal Yeomanry, based in London. This is a professional band and part of their duties include playing at Buckingham Palace for the changing of the guard, Lord Mayors Show and Remembrance Sunday. I am currently an Army Reservist with the Royal Anglian band based in Peterborough.

I studied for a music degree at City University ( London) from 2009-2012 where I took clarinet performance as a module for two years. Since then I have taught clarinet flute and saxophone at schools around the Milton Keynes area. I have entered students of all ages for ABRSM and Trinity exams from Grade 1 to Grade 8. I have also taught music theory.

I am very much looking forward to teaching at the Piano Academy in Skegness and to meeting new students of all ages


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 Nottingham 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’.


Lewis Knight

Lewis Knight

We are very excited to introduce Lewis to the Piano Academy team. Lewis Knight is a professional freelance drummer and percussionist, originally from Manchester, and has performed across the UK and internationally. Lewis graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music with a BA Popular Music Degree. During his time at the RNCM he was under the watchful eye of well known international drum tutor Dave Hassell.He is currently touring with the George Michael - Faith The Legacy Tour. He is regularly involved in other projects alongside the GM Tour and, away from music, is a member of the Skegness Lifeboat Crew. Highlights of his career include: performing alongside Snake Davis (M People, Take That), Kym Marsh (Hear'Say), Edele Lynch (B*Witched) and Basil Brush!Lewis is passionate about live music and, through his learning, believes that drumming is a fun experience that should be enjoyed by all.


Hayley Brown

Hayley Poyser

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.




Martha Chapman: The Academy Dog!

Martha Chapman: The Academy Dog!

We are actively recruiting for enthusiastic instrumental teachers to join our team. Please email april@pianoacademy.org.uk for more information.

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