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Sussex Music School provides exceptional quality piano or keyboard tuition for both adults and children across Brighton, Hove, Worthing and all of Sussex.

Whatever your age, keyboard or piano lessons will bring the player a sense of enjoyment, achievement and well-being.

Many adults are returning to the piano as a way of relaxing after a busy day. It is one of the easiest instruments to begin to play as an adult. Playing a piece of Chopin or a pop song you love can slow the heart rate, eliminate stress and give great personal pleasure.

Children love playing the piano because of the wide range of pieces and styles available and also the many tone colours it produces. There is great opportunity for improvisation and composing on the piano as well as a huge classical repertoire to master. Learning the piano can also enhance skills in mathematics, memory, concentration, resilience and creativity.  Piano skills are also a great asset to your child’s formal music education (keyboard skills are studied at KS3 and a necessity at GCSE). Our teachers will advise on what type of instrument is best for your needs if you need to purchase one.

Sussex Music School teachers bring out the creative side of their students and will design a study programme based on each individual pupil’s needs – there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach or ‘method’. Practise books and concert opportunities for those who want them, will be provided.

A list of our current teachers is supplied below. Sussex Music School is adding to our teacher database all the time so not all current teachers will necessarily be listed.

Piano Teachers

Paul BMus (Hons) Music 

Paul is a Brighton based performer, song writer, recording artist, composer and teacher. He has been teaching piano/ keyboards for over 15 years, and believes that learning music should be about variety and fun.

Recently Paul has performed at the 3Arena, and live on Ireland AM TV.   Over the years he has performed in the Albert hall, on BBC 1, around the world in various theatres, festivals and clubs with bands, orchestras, choirs and ensembles. He has studied with great modern composers at his time at Christ Church University, and had pieces performed in churches, concerts, festivals and cathedrals nationwide.
He has also successfully helped absolute beginners to play and perform their favourite pieces, and budding composers to write and record their own songs. His patient, calm, and yet enthusiastic teaching style has kept many a student on track for reaching their music goals!
Rachel – BA(Hons) , PGCE Secondary Music, MMus (advanced performance)

Rachel  is a professional pianist with over 20 years of experience teaching to all ages and standards. She has worked in a variety of settings, ranging from primary and secondary schools in areas of deprivation to independent schools, working with pupils of all ages including those with special educational needs. 

Rachel is delighted to be working for Sussex Music School. “Under Alex’s inspirational leadership, which is always delivered in a relaxed and friendly way, I have really enjoyed the challenge of teaching primary school music in a variety of schools and the joy of inspiring young people to love singing and music.” 

Rachel can offer workshops and advice in a range of topics including practice tips, playing without tension and dealing with performance nerves. 

In addition to piano and general music teaching, Rachel has experience of working with contemporary music and can teach A level music, composition, improvisation, jazz, music theory and violin. 

Rebekah – BA Hons Music (1st class)

“I graduated from Sheffield University in 2000 with 1st class honours in music.  My first study instrument was piano, and I was awarded the Thomas Beecham scholarship after my first year.  Following university I completed a primary PGCE at Reading University, with a specialism in primary music teaching.I have extensive experience of teaching curriculum music in primary schools in the London area.  Since relocating to Eastbourne in summer 2019, I am now involved in primary music teaching and piano teaching through Sussex Music School.  I love to see children’s enthusiasm as they engage with music and I am passionate about ensuring that there is access to excellent music teaching for all.When I’m not teaching or playing the piano I also like to sing, play the guitar and write songs.  I love to go for walks my family, and I like baking (and eating!) cakes.


Seb – Bmus Durham 2:1, grade 8 in piano

Seb  is a piano, guitar, singing and music theory teacher based in Eastbourne, East Sussex.

Seb graduated from Durham University with a bachelor’s in Music in 2017, specialising in Piano Performance. Since then, he has taught music, largely in schools – this included a graduate position at St Edward’s School in Oxford. More recently, he took up a position as Musical Director for a top-rated show on board the Norwegian Getaway, playing keyboards and guitar as well.

Seb’s theoretical approach to teaching all styles of music aims to produce not just better pianists, but better overall musicians. He places an emphasis on not just “what is correct”, but also “why it is correct”, meaning that his students are better equipped to tackle new musical challenges in future

Jason BA Music (Hons), Recital Certificate, Guildhall School of Music & Drama, PGC

Jason is a talented composer and pianist and a dedicated teacher. He brings a wealth of performing and teaching experience to the role. Clients for his compositions include Ralph Lauren and Canadian TV network CTV. His album ‘Story Teller’ has received excellent reviews and is frequently aired on several solo piano radio stations around the world.  He was also a semifinalist in last years UK songwriting competition with his upbeat dance-influenced track ‘Flight’.

Jason has extensive experience in teaching music, both privately and in schools.

 Joanna , BA (Hons) Music 2:1, MA Music, (Contemporary composition & composing for film & media), PGCE Secondary Music , Grade 5 Music Theory, Grade 8 Piano ABRSM

Joanna graduated from Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge with a BA (Hons) Music degree in which she developed a huge interest in composition, world music and jazz, taking up private jazz piano lessons in addition to her classical studies. She performed as part of the ARU Jazz Ensemble throughout her degree and accompanied jazz vocalists, broadening her knowledge of jazz standards.  

She later went on to pursue her passion for Composition and composing for film and media, graduating from Sussex University with an MA in 2007. She also played keyboard as part of the university’s 21st Century Ensemble and, along with this ensemble, premiered and performed in a number of her compositions at varying venues including the SoundWaves Festival, Brighton.  

Her love of working with children as a private piano teacher since 2005 then led her to take a PGCE course in Secondary Music at Bath Spa University which she completed in 2008. She has since worked in different schools both in the UK and overseas, teaching children of varying ages and abilities. Her main experience has has been in the Primary Sector (EYFS up to Year 6) but, as a trained Secondary teacher, has also worked with children up to A-Level. Within these roles, she has directed choirs, accompanied children in concerts and exams, and written short arrangements for various ensembles. 

Along with her work in education, she continues to compose and was a part of a collaboration with a DJ forming a band called ‘Hidden Park’ whilst living in Barcelona, Spain. 

Joanna has a passion for working with children and young adults and believes that music should be an essential part of their lives, aiding their social and cognitive development significantly. It is also a means of self-expression and for some, therapy; this is something that she tries to put across and enhance in both her work as a classroom music teacher and private piano teacher.  

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