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.
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.
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.