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 


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

"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 Albelda

"Hello my name is Lulu Albelda 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."

Richard Dawson


"Hi, my name is Richard and i'm the newest member of the Piano Academy Team. Music has always been in my blood and my passion for as long as I can remember. I now have over 17 Years of experience playing drums and can't wait to pass my knowledge onto my students. I studied music at college which improved my practical skills and increased my general knowledge about drums and performance. I've had some great experiences with previous bands and have been lucky enough to tour outside the country. In my spare time I tend to write music for my band and do a lot of home productions, recording and mixing. My main focus here at Piano Academy is to ensure my students have the best drumming skills and technique to enable them to achieve what so ever they desire.”

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.

Jessica Gillison 

Jess is our receptionist and is the busiest member of our team. She studied Piano, Singing and Theory at the academy for 5 years as a pupil before joining the team full time in 2015. She is currently working towards her Grade 8 Piano and music tutor training. Jess also provides invaluable support to the tutors during the Just Sing Ladies and the Ukulele Orchestra weekly workshops as well as managing our online gift shop www.giftsformusicians.co.uk

Martha Chapman

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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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