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.
Marielle studied at Royal Academy of Music and Trinity College of Music and now balances a successful performing career with a busy teaching schedule. She has worked with numerous ensembles across the UK, leading to performances at Aldeburgh and Dartington Festivals and venues such as Southbank Centre, King’s Place, National Portrait Gallery and St Martin In The Fields .
Marielle has many years of experience teaching piano from beginner to grade 6 level and is currently a piano tutor at Dunraven School in south London
Marielle has over 10 years experience teaching both privately and in schools, from beginner to diploma level, as well as coaching youth orchestras and preparing students for audition. Within teaching, she most enjoys meeting and working with a diverse range of people as well as sharing and communicating through music. Marielle also loves cooking, walking her dog Basil the beagle, travelling and learning French!
Anna is an inspiring cello and piano teacher with over 25 years of experience of teaching both privately and in private/maintained schools. She has a calm and patient approach which her adult and younger pupils like. She went to a Steiner School so her lessons are influenced by Steiner methods and she is also skilled at teaching with Suzuki methods. She has taught in private schools (currently cello teacher at St Christopher’s, Hove) and in state schools (Patcham High school, Patcham) as well as from her home in Hove. Children and adults love to play her baby grand piano!
Anna teaches all genres of music (classical, pop, jazz) and takes students through ABRSM music exams or music scholarships. She has just found out one of her piano scholarship pupils who went to Hurstpierpoint studied Music Production at Leeds and graduated with a First Class Degree. She also plays regularly in a trio and quartet and is available to perform at events/functions.
Clare – BA (Hons), DipMus, QTS
Clare has had long and varied career both performing and teaching music. As a child she performed at a variety of top venues in London including The Royal Albert Hall as part of the Schools Prom as well as in Poland, Europe and America. She was privileged to have lessons from Jean Dolmetschand then went on to study at The Guildhall School of Music. Her teaching career was with the East Sussex Music service for 14 years when she then gained a BA Hons and QTS in Primary teaching. She then went on to become a class teacher in Primary school where she taught Year 3, 4 and 5 as well as being the music specialist teaching music lessons as well as the choir and orchestra. Ten years on she has returned to just music teaching and am now Head of Music at a lovely school in the heart of Sussex. She specializes in class music, flute, recorders, singing, choir and orchestra. She loves all genres of music ranging from early music to pop music. She loves encouraging children to explore a wide variety of music, composing and like to link my lessons to the curriculum as often as possible.
Mara is from an international family and has lived in the UK, Kenya and Bahrain. She has continued to travel since leaving Nottingham University in 2008. Over the last 4 years she has travelled through, and been involved in projects in, the Americas (Pan American Cycle Test), East Africa, China, South East Asia, Europe and worked in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Having been based in New Zealand and Berlin she has now moved back home to England.
As a professional musician Mara has recorded and released two albums as well as performing as session vocalist for artist Ray Wilson (Genesis). She has played various festivals in Europe and New Zealand. For more information please see http://twobirdsbooking.com/artists-2/mara-simpson
Sally was educated at the Arts Educational School, Tring Park, where she studied Music, Dance and Drama. She continued her musical training locally with a private Tutor gaining my ALCM Diploma. She taught Piano and Dance in Aylesbury then returned to her old school to work as a Pianist prior to moving to Cornwall, where she taught Piano in a number of different schools over the past 30 years. Her pupils ranged from beginners to post Grade 8, with many pupils from overseas. She has entered pupils for ABRSM exams with Piano, Jazz Piano and Theory of Music with 100% pass rate, most being high merits and distinctions . She has played for dance schools throughout Devon and Cornwall for examinations, Royal Ballet Associate Ballet Classes and Summer Schools for the Royal Academy of Dance and South West Ballet Seminars.
Sally has also played for Truro High School Prep and Senior Choirs. The Prep choir were semi-finalists in Songs of Praise Junior Choir of the Year in 2013 and the Senior Choir, under the Direction of Frances Eagar, travelled abroad with Concert tours , where she can say she has played all over Europe, New York, Hong Kong and South Africa.
At present Sally teaches privately at Vinehall School, Robertsbridge and in January started her own Teaching Studio at Horsham Piano centre. She also works as a freelance dance pianist at Royal Academy of Dance, Battersea; Laine Theatre Arts, Epsom and various dance schools throughout the South east of England for Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and Imperial Society of the Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) Examinations.
Sally holds the Associate of London College of Music (ALCM) diploma for Performance and the diploma Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (dip ABRSM)for Teaching.
Sally main objective is to make music fun and she is willing to teach various styles according to the pupil’s interest. She enjoys Jazz style but is also happy teaching classical music.
Tom – BMus Performance
Tom is a professional jazz musician, who graduated from the University of Chichester with a BMus in Performance. Having taught composition, guitar, piano and singing for several years, Tom has helped many students to realise their potential. Believing that students should choose their own musical direction, he has an adaptable teaching style that caters to the needs of each individual student. By encouraging creativity, Tom endeavours to guide and empower his students to be able to develop their own ideas, to take the initiative,and strives to do so in a fun and engaging way.
Tom has been composing and performing for most of his life, both as a solo artist and in a number of groups; one of which was an award winning jazz quintet. Over the years, he has featured at different festivals and events, including the prestigious 2012 Olympic Torch Relay. Throughout Tom’s career, his work has been praised by several commendable figures in the industry for his imaginative and innovative songwriting, which covers a variety of genres. Alongside a range of other projects, Tom is playing regularly around the south and writing the music for an upcoming musical.
Anthony – MA Music Education – University of London (2008), ATCL BA (Hons) LLCM PGCE
Music is an absolute passion for Anthony and he loves nothing more than to share his love of the piano, organ, singing and theory with others. He has taught Music since 1996 and the Piano for even longer. Most recently he was Director of Music in a London school and is a freelance musician as well as Director of Music at St Peter’s Church, Bexhill-on-Sea. His teaching style is practical and integrated – he likes to build in technique, performing, reading, composing and listening into every lesson. He is married with a teenage son and enjoys anything musical from Plainsong to Minimalism and R & B. His favourite composers are too numerous to mention, but Mahler, Howells, J S Bach and Libby Larsen would be near the top of his list. He enjoys reading and cooking, but dislikes sitting in traffic jams.
Gennaro was born 1971 in America of Italian descent. He studied under the Keith Harling School of Music in Eastbourne. He has been playing the Accordion for over 30 years and has won many competitions including National Championships. He also plays the Chromatic button Accordion, Piano, Keyboards and sings. Since graduating in 1997 Gennaro has undertaken a wide variety of work teaching well over 60 pupils. He has given concerts in Eastbourne, Harlow, Blackpool and Jersey and is an advisor to Eastbourne and Hastings Music Festivals. Gennaro composes, arranges and publishes his own music. His compositions include Keitholean Waltz, Polka Brillante, Triadic Waltz, Jasmine, Nicoleta and Musette de la France. Discography: Latin Rock Italia (2004).
Gennaro currently teaches privately, one-to-one and is able to teach classes, from absolute beginners to advanced, including Diplomas A.B.C.A. (T.D.) & L.B.C.A. He is a member of the Associate Teachers Advisory Council for the British College of Accordionists, and (UKAAT) United Kingdom Association of Accordion Teachers. Gennaro has worked with the organisation Carillon Studios giving seminars and concerts and performed with musicians such as Harry Hussey, Steve Roxston, Richard Addy, Antonio Sccapruatella, and many others and also with the Eastbourne Symphony Orchestra.
Simon started learning the piano and brass instruments whilst very young. He moved to guitar at 16, studying classically then taking private lessons with composer and session musician Steve Dodds (Mica Paris), before completing the Rock Metal and Intermediate guitar courses at the Guitar Institute in London.
In his early 20’s Simon studied at Berklee College of Music, graduating with the Berklee Certificate, having made the Dean’s list for Excellence every semester.
In the UK Simon became a popular musician, teaching and working in and around London & Brighton with rock bands, the jazz-funk improvisational group the ‘Kings Cross Project’, forming the band ‘Mobius’ with Otto Williams (Ray Charles, Chaka Khan, Amy Winehouse) and the jazz duo ‘Indigo’ which made numerous appearances on BBC Southern Counties Radio and recording the album “Old, New, Borrowed and Blue”. Currently Simon records and performs regularly with ‘Pop Sonic’ and ‘Licence to Ceilidh’.
Simon is also a very experienced teacher, with students going on to have successful careers in music.
Annie – BA (Hons) Music
Annie works as a violinist and pianist, playing an eclectic mix of music. She tutors individuals, ensembles, choirs, fiddle bands and small orchestras and devises and facilitates music and writing workshops, often with people who have never before had an opportunity to explore the arts. Annie loves encouraging others to be the best musician that they can be. She was introduced to improvising when first learning music and it continues to fuel her playing and composing. Many styles and influences from literary, visual and musical genres inspire Annie’s own creative work and she has collaborated with other musicians, composers, dancers, writers, visual artists, and film makers in studio and live. Annie loves contemporary and experimental music and has a particular interest in creating and playing from graphic scores.
Aside from music, art and writing adventures, Annie is happiest when walking on mountains or wild beaches and loves making and reading books.
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