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."

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 leade

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.

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. 

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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