We are so proud of our tutors here at the Becky Dell Music Academy. We have a team of truly inspiring young musicians working with us who also work professionally across the entire spectrum of music from playing for major pop acts (including Eminem, Bastille, Peter Andre and more!) to theatre and circus to big band jazz to television to recording – they’ve done it all!
Read more about them all below…
I graduated from Trinity in 2002 and joined the cast of Stomp! where I performed in both the West End & European shows. I then went on to be in a band, had a record deal, played Glastonbury etc. I recorded some stuff for the BBC, did some teaching and ended up teaching Jools Holland’s daughter and Hugh Laurie’s kids (thanks for the quotes guys) as well as a whole host of other fabulous and lovely people around Blackheath. I love music and I love making it fun, from wonky dubstep to majestical Rachmaninoff. I also have a personal interest in pedagogy, the science of teaching, and love sharing what I’ve learnt. I have undertaken disability training and happily welcome applications from disabled/dyslexic/dyspraxic students. I firmly believe anyone can be taught with the right approach and tools. I am a BBC Ten Pieces Champion, a nationwide project aimed at encouraging children to fall in love with and understand classical music and have recently filmed for CBeebies (clip below). I have also been interviewed as an “expert opinion” for news articles on music for the BBC. More recently, I have helped start up the Citizen’s of the World Choir, a choir for refugees and friends, for which I am musical director and conductor. My favourite cake is a triple layer chocolate fudge cake; now you know how to bribe me!
“Becky is someone who instantly put a smile on my face when we had our lessons, (even if I was in the middle of exams!). I’m so grateful that she was able to encourage me to take my singing further whilst also making me feel more confident! Not only has Becky been a brilliant singing teacher, but she’s also much more than that to me, so I wish you all the best Becky and can’t wait to keep in contact. Thank you for everything, I’ll miss you!” -Joanna, graduating student.
I graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with a BMus (Hons) in Classical Performance (Voice), and having toured Europe with singing shows from Classical to Fleetwood Mac, have finally put into action my desire to develop an acting career alongside my singing/teaching work. I auditioned for screen and stage and featured in a series with ITV as EmmyLou Harris and in leading roles in the stage production ‘Lemons’ at South London and Theatre Tower Theatre’s ‘Wolf Hall’. Not only this but I was cast in Selina Cadell’s Time’s acclaimed production of ‘The Rake’s Progress’ at Wilton’s Music Hall Nov’ 2017.
With regards to teaching and personal life, I grew up near Edinburgh and moved down to Dorset when I was 10. It took a while to adjust to the different style of life but a wonderful singing teacher took me under her wing and taught me how to use music to build confidence through my voice and playing piano. Her daughter is possibly one of the most important people in my life: she was 32 when I met her and a real character, enhanced by the fact that she has Downs Syndrome. I would spend afternoons with Sarah so that her mum could go and run errands and eventually applied to be able to care for other special needs people as I loved time with her so much. All of this has made me a very happy, and very engaged musician, teacher and person in general and I feel incredibly lucky to be working in the same thing I do for fun and relaxation!
Connor Roff – Piano, Guitar, Singing, Songwriting
Hello! My name is Connor and I teach piano, guitar, singing and songwriting. As a British/Canadian hybrid, I was born in Kent, moved to Vancouver Canada at the age of 8 and moved back to London for musical pursuits at 23. I was classically trained on piano for 10 years and self-taught on guitar. As well as my classical background, I’m a big fan of popular and contemporary music – especially folk, soul and indie rock/pop. I’m a singer-songwriter and member of the London Contemporary Voices alternative choir. After playing hundreds of gigs to date, I have a lot of performing experience. I love teaching and watching my students progress and grow on their own musical journey.
In my spare time away from music (which isn’t much at this point), I enjoy nature walks, visiting craft coffee shops, and yoga/swimming. My favourite cake is blueberry cheesecake! You can’t go wrong with a cheesecake.
“Our children love their piano lessons with Connor. He is an enthusiastic and patient teacher, always willing to praise our son and daughter when they get things right. Connor’s lessons are full of fun exercises that keep the children engaged. He encourages their learning through games and is able to keep the children motivated and willing to practise during the week. Both my children and I would highly recommend him is a teacher!” – Parent of students
Claire-Louise Auguste, BMus (Hons) – Singing, Flute, Piano
During my musical career so far I have been fortunate enough to record the BBC Blue Peter Theme Tune, play with the BBC Philharmonic at the Proms, I have founded a youth group (The DSBeenies) that creates opportunities for children within the arts whilst raising money for charity (just over £25,000 raised so far!) and most recently toured the UK as an official tribute to The Spice Girls…have a guess which one I was!
Darren McCarthy, MMus, BMus – Double bass, bass guitar, and guitar
Emma has trained at the Royal Academy of Music and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, principally studying trombone. She is a Live Music Now performer and is currently playing with the Hackney Colliery Band. Her most recent claim to fame was playing onstage with Adele!
“Anna is delighted to have Emma as her teacher and is always enthusiastic to have a lesson. Her siblings are often hanging around the door hoping to be invited in too to participate! She has managed to make Anna’s ‘can do’ confidence increase whilst gently exploring ability.” Antonia, parent.
Fraser Bowles – BMus Hons, MMus – Cello and Piano
Hi, I’m Fraser and I teach cello and piano for the Becky Dell Music Academy. I started learning cello at the age of 6 with Marian Dutton, and loved it so much that I went on to study at the Kent Music Academy and then at both Trinity (BMus) and Guildhall (MMus).
Chamber music is my thing – I’ve performed at Wigmore Hall, Kings Place, the Southbank Centre, and the Barbican (some of the most famous venues in London) and have been awarded the ABRSM Marguerite Swan memorial prize in both 2003 and 2010 and was a finalist in the Vera Kantrovich competition in 2015!
Although I love to play classical music, I’ve played with some pretty cool bands, too; Matt Emery, VLMV, Ben Laver, Taz Modi, Heather McClelland, and as a member of Parallax Orchesta; Eminem, Alter Bridge, Sweet Billy Pilgrim, Bring Me The Horizon, Jennifer Ann, The Irrepressibles, dodie and Ardyn to name a few! I am also a founding member of the contemporary music group, Ret Frem. We are committed to the performance and promotion of music of exquisite craft by living composers – established, emerging or underrepresented.
When I’m not hanging out with Eminem or playing at Wigmore Hall, I am partial to a slice or two of Red Velvet cake!
Hello! I’m Glenda and I teach harp, piano and violin. I grew up in a tiny town on the Welsh borders before moving to Manchester to study at Chetham’s School of Music and then to London to go to Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.
My musical life is very varied, taking me from concert halls to festival stages, the classroom to secret gigs across the country – I’ve even braved taking my harp onto the Queen’s rowbarge, the Gloriana! My favourite thing is to keep my love of music central to everything that I do and I aim to help my students to do the same.
I’m a bit of a funny one when it comes to cake… Courgette cake anyone?!
“Glenda is a very positive teacher and always keeps the students happy during lessons. My old teacher can not be compared to Glenda, for example she can’t be compared by her jolliness and helpfulness. […] I cannot say more she is an amazing teacher and I recommend her to all little girls and boys that play the harp and need help playing…” – Amelia, age 10, student.
Grace Buttler, BMus (Hons), MMus – Violin, Viola and Piano
Hi! I’m Grace and I teach violin, viola and piano. I grew up in Wales and when I was four started learning violin at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama Junior Department. Growing up I was part of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales for seven years, and part of Cardiff County ensembles for over twelve years. I then moved to London to study for a Bachelors Degree at Trinity Laban. After four years in London I decided to move to Sweden for two years, to study for a Masters at Gothenburg University. I loved living in Sweden, but am very excited to be back in London!
I love playing all sorts of music, but especially big orchestral pieces and musical theatre. Most recently I was back in London performing in the band for West Side Story at Bishopsgate Institute. I also love chamber music and am looking forward to a series of summer concerts in the South of England with my duo, Flö.
In my spare time, I love hiking, dressmaking and eating cake. My favourite is carrot cake!
My name is Hannah and I teach Singing and Piano with BDMA. I studied Music (MA Hons) at The University of Glasgow, from which I graduated in 2015. I then moved to London to study Vocal Performance at London Centre for Contemporary Music (LCCM). I now work as a professional singer, songwriter and teacher here in London. I am an alto with London Contemporary Voices choir, with whom I have performed backing vocals with the likes of Tom Chaplin (Keane), Laura Mvula and Orlando Weeks (The Maccabees). When I’m not teaching, I continue to establish myself on the London Music Scene. I have played solo shows with my original folk/soul music at the likes of Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, Sofar Sounds, Nest Collective, The Troubador and The Bedford. I also performed solo at The Scotswoman of the Year Awards two years in a row and had residencies at Hard Rock Cafe Glasgow, Swing Ltd and The Polo Lounge Glasgow. She hosts a fortnightly Open Mic Night in Tooting. I will be releasing new music later in 2018!
I love teaching. In addition to teaching with BDMA, I am also the singing teacher at Richmond Theatre. I absolutely love working with young people and adults alike to develop their skills and most importantly, their love of music.
In my spare time, I love reading, writing, charity shop shopping, walking and going to lots and lots of gigs! My fave cake would have to be a classic chocolate one!
“The girls are really loving their lessons with Hannah, she has a lovely approach, very supportive and encouraging and a beautiful voice. In the words of our daughter recently, “She just gets me” which for a child with SEN is huge” Alexia, parent
Hello! I’m Hayley and I’ve lived in London for the entire 22 years of my life so far! I’ve just graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, studying violin, and during this time I also completed an LTCL advanced teaching diploma. Outside of studies I’ve been enjoying the world of Musical Theatre, having performed shows such as Oliver!, West Side Story, Beauty and The Beast and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. I am also a member of the newly established London Musical Theatre Orchestra. I have a huge passion for food and my favourite cake would have to be a gooey chocolate fudge… Gluten free of course!
“Hayley is great, thanks so much for putting us in touch Becky!” – Kim Coates, parent
Ian Sankey, BMus (Hons), All Brass (Trumpet, Flugel, Trombone, Euphonium, French Horn, Tuba)
Hi, My name is Ian. I teach Brass for the Becky Dell Music Academy. Having spent my young life in Sheffield where I began learning Euphonium (Because I was told my arms weren’t long enough for Trombone 🙁 ), I moved to Nantwich, a little town in Cheshire, a few years later where I then swapped to trombone before moving to a music school in Scotland called St. Mary’s. Having spent six years in Scotland I now still love it to this day and try to go back as often as I can. Some of the groups that take me back up to Scotland are the Aeris Brass trombone quartet and the Old Fountain Jazz Orchestra.
I studied at the Guildhall and graduated with first class honours. While I was there I enjoyed pursuing my love of chamber music as part of the Elysium Brass quintet, winners of the June Emerson Launchpad Prize in our third year, and the Aeris Brass trombone quartet. As a soloist I came second place in the Ian Bousfield Tenor trombone Competition, run by the British Trombone society. I was placed as runner up for the International Trombone Association Alto trombone competition.
While at Guildhall I began playing the sackbut, which is the renaissance trombone, something I still enjoy to this day. Playing sackbut has taken me as far Toronto in Canada when a group of us joined forces with Girton College choir from Cambridge to record a CD of the music of Lassus out there.
I now live and work in London and enjoy the variety of life after college, the good bits and the bad bits! My taste in cake changes with my mood – I love carrot cake but am partial to chocolate cake on a rainy day (as long as it’s not Black Forest Gateau – Yuck!).
I have been working with children for many years, particularly children with special needs and physical disabilities and I enjoy running workshops for all ages and abilities. I love teaching and am passionate that music should be taught in a fun and encouraging environment.
Aside from music I enjoy cycling, netball and cooking! (I’ve recently discovered the joys of a slow cooker!. Hands down my favourite cake has to be a big slice of carrot cake!
“Maya loves her piano lessons since she started with Jess, and that is the first time I can say that (3 piano teachers later!!). Jess is energetic and enthusiastic and has a very gentle way of encouraging Maya, which has helped Maya’s confidence a lot!” Bushra, Parent.
Joel Waters – Drums and Percussion
Hi there! I’m Joel and I teach Drums and Guitar. I have been teaching since I was fifteen and have been playing drums since I was five years old. Currently I am currently studying Jazz, at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. I love all styles of music from heavy metal to classical and have worked with various different bands and artists across the UK. In my spare time I love to play table tennis and go running. My favourite cake has to be a good old Victoria sponge (especially with fondant roll up icing – I could eat that by itself!).
Hi, my name is Llinos, (I know, it’s really hard to say) and I’m from South West Wales. I’ve just completed a Masters at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in jazz voice following an undergraduate degree at Cardiff University in classical singing. In addition to classical and jazz, I enjoy singing traditional Welsh music and compete regularly at the Welsh Eisteddfod festivals. My love of world music has led me to travel, the most recent place being Gboloo Kofi in Ghana where I was able to teach and in return study the village’s music and culture. Outside of music my hobbies are running and cooking. My favourite cake is chocolate orange and I have never met anyone who makes it as well as my gran.
Hey! I’m Louise and I teach singing, guitar and double bass. I’ve been brought up surrounded by music – I picked up my first instrument when I was six and have been teaching and performing all over the place since I was sixteen. I’ve just finished studying BMus Jazz Voice at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and I loved every second of it! I get on really well with children (I used to be a Redcoat at Butlins!) and I think that the best gift you can give to anyone is inspiration. I have also taken disability training. If I had to confess to having a weak spot, I’d say it would be for a slice of homemade carrot cake. Yum!
“Louise is an incredibly creative music teacher and is great with young children. She’s been a huge inspiration to our daughter Matilda who has loved learning to sing jazz songs. Louise now also teaches Matilda the double bass. Louise encourages improvisation and also focuses on developing a student’s unique style. From Day One she encouraged Matilda to tell a story through the pieces she sings and this approach has worked brilliantly in keeping Matilda engaged. Matilda has also had the privilege of singing with Louise’s Jazz band – quite a perk!” Carly, parent.
Meg Ella Brookes, BMus (Hons), singing, piano and cello
Petra Hadjuchova – BMus Hons, Piano, theory, harpsichord and organ
Rob Griffin – BMus Hons, Woodwind and pop/jazz piano
Hi, I’m Rob and I teach woodwind (saxophone, clarinet and flute) for the Becky Dell Music Academy. I recently graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire with a 1st Class degree and was awarded the Trinity Laban Jazz Achievement Award in 2016! I have played at venues all over London and the rest of the UK including Ronnie Scotts, Kings Place, Royal Festival Hall and many more.
I have been teaching students of all ages for a long time and although my favourite genre is jazz, I love to teach pop, classical and some funkier stuff just as much!
Ronald Maas BMus (Hons) – Bass guitar, pop and jazz piano, band coaching
I graduated from Utrecht Conservatoire (NL) with an Honours degree in Jazz and Pop. Over the last fifteen years I’ve played over 1000 gigs with a huge variety of bands and projects, including big festivals and club tours all over Europe. I have also recorded ten albums and contributed bass lines to a handful more. I have taught several hundreds of bass guitar students in all styles, such as pop, rock, funk, blues and jazz. I am also experienced in coaching bands of all levels. I have helped those with little experience to set up a new band and coached musicians writing their first original songs, but have also coached experienced bands.
I always genuinely enjoy every second of helping students find their way in music, whether that’s learning how to play their favourite songs or writing their own originals.
When it comes to cake, I don’t really like lemon. I was always more of a McCartney fan.
“Ronald is polite, confident and friendly. He put me at ease and is clearly skilled. We did some fundamental technique work and talked a little at the end about creativity and songwriting. Big thumbs up” – Dafydd James, student
Hi there! I’m Tom and I’ve recently graduated from the University of Nottingham with an honours degree in Music. At University I specialised in Classical and Romantic Piano performance, but have also played many other styles for a number of years, including Jazz, Rock, Pop and Blues. Since I graduated I have been working as a piano teacher both privately and in schools, and also work part time in Artist Management (trying to find us poor musicians some gigs!). Outside of music, I am a great fan of travel and last year I spent 4 months hiking in New Zealand. My favourite cake is Cheesecake, but I don’t like Lemon Cheesecake. Is that weird?
“My son Sasha loves his piano lessons with Tom. In fact, if we ever have to cancel a lesson, Sasha is disappointed! I asked Sasha why he loves his lessons so much and he said it’s because Tom ‘gets him’. He also said Tom is fun, makes the lessons interesting and he listens to what Sasha need. We are very happy with Tom and would recommend him to anyone looking for an inspiring piano teacher.” Neeta, parent.
Hi, my name is Twm (short for Tomos strangely enough) and I’m from Aberystwyth, West Wales. I started playing double bass when I was 10 and have barely put it down since! My double bass is called Ruby, and very fittingly my favourite cake is Red Velvet. When I do put my double bass down, I pick up the guitar and learn something new everyday.
Being able to play different instruments, as well as sing, has exposed me to all sorts of different music and cultures that I wouldn’t have known about otherwise. At present I play in a Jewish klezmer band, jazz groups, an afro spiritual outfit, an English folk duo and a whole host of other things. I love sharing knowledge and learning even from my students. I am of the firm opinion that you never stop learning and there’s no one that you can’t learn from.
“Eva has been working really well with Twm, she thinks he is brilliant and fun [and] he challenges her to some fun exercises. She is also learning a few chords as well as continuing with the classical – she loves how Twm can do both! We watched a YouTube of him in a gig and loved that. He has been inspiring and [she is] actually remembering to practice on her own! Great teacher for Eva, thank you!” Bo, Parent.
The Rest Of The Team
Becky Dell, BMus (Hons) – Director
Hello! I’m Becky and I started up the Becky Dell Music Academy in 2012. I love music and I love making it fun, so I pass this ethos on to my tutors and students.
Meg Ella Brookes, BMus (Hons) – Blackheath Manager
Hello! I’m Meg and I’m the manager for the Blackheath Academy. I graduated from Trinity Laban studying cello but I am also a singer-songwriter. As well as this Manager role, I am a tutor at Becky Dell Music Academy, teaching piano, singing and cello. I look forward to meeting you!
Louise Balkwill, BMus (Hons) – Greenwich Manager
Hello! I’m Louise, the Manager of the Greenwich Academy. I have recently graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with a BMus(hons) in Jazz Voice. I have been a singing, double bass, guitar and violin tutor for BDMA since 2013 and look forward to getting to know you all!
Nicole is currently studying a piano masters at Guildhall Conservatoire of Music and Drama and has joined the BDMA family as our official accompanist for exams. Get in contact with us if you need her services!
Adrian Steele, Piano Tuner
We proud to have a professional relationship with Adrian who has over 30 years experience tuning pianos. £70 per tune. Please contact Becky (07889 365297) or email Adrian directly via email (email@example.com) or telephone (07802 580971) . Let him know you’ve come through The Becky Dell Music Academy.
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We aim to teach lessons in every single instrument, or music discipline. If you don’t see your instrument here, please do get in touch as we are expanding our tutor range all the time.
I haven’t, as yet, found anyone to teach Mongolian nose flute, but I like a challenge.