Becky Dell, BMus (Hons) – Piano (beginner to advanced), singing, percussion, drum kit, music theory & GCSE tuition
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. 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 Leeds College of Music and have been teaching privately and in schools for 6 years. When deciding to play accordion, it’s important to remember that there are four different types of accordion, for example the button accordion which is favoured with Eastern European musicians. I teach the piano accordion which has a keyboard like a typical piano, so ask us if you are unsure which one you have! My favourite cake is lemon cheescake.
Dave Malkin, BMus (Hons) – Guitar (all styles), cello and music theory
I’ve recently graduated from Trinity Laban where I studied classical guitar. I have performed at The Southbank Centre and St. John’s Smith Square and worked with ‘Phantom Of The Opera’ lyricist Charles Hart, The London Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Andrew Parrott. I am also one third of contemporary folk trio, Tandem, who released their first album in the summer of 2013 and most notably supported Goldfrapp in front of 5,000 people. I drive to strange parts of the country most weekends to accompany ceilidhs and barn dances, mostly for weddings. I have had some fantastic teachers and I feel it is my duty and privilege to pass on everything I’ve learnt and am still learning to the next generation, with a dollop of enthusiasm for good measure! I saw a great cake at a wedding once where each layer was a different sort of cheese. You could call it a cheesecake but that would be misleading. I really love cheese.
“I would highly recommend Dave for teaching music theory” Helen, parent
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.
Georgi Mottram, BMus (Hons) – Singing (all styles), piano (all styles), music theory and all instrument coaching
Born in Jersey in the Channel Islands. I have always had a passion for singing, music and most of all performing. I left home at 16 to study soprano singing and piano at Chethams School of Music in Manchester. I then trained in opera and classical singing at Trinity College of Music in London; I also studied Musical Theatre at Associated Studios and dance and drama at Guildford School of Acting during this time. I love performing all types of singing, musical theatre, classical and jazz and recently sang live on the Andrew Marr show on BBC One. I adore teaching and sharing my enthusiasm and passion for music and performance. Whilst at Trinity I enjoyed completing my LTCL Advanced Teaching diploma, teaching and coaching instrumentalists on performance and musicality alongside this. Aside from music I love a challenge and I climbed the highest mountain in South East Asia last time I was in Vietnam! My favourite cake is Banoffee Pie.
“Georgi is bubbly, talented, so enthusiastic and inspiring! Elle so enjoys her lessons and always looks forward to them. She also finds it stimulating and at times challenging, but no matter what Georgi is always encouraging and complimentary.” – Mandy, parent
Hello there! I’ve been playing the clarinet since age 8, and moved onto the saxophone aged 12 and have been hooked ever since! I studied at Cheetham’s School of Music in Manchester, and then Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in Greenwich. I love all styles of music, and since graduating I’ve played with a variety of ensembles, spanning all manner of genres – from classical to jazz, funk, drum and bass and pop, and have worked with artists including Peter Andre, James Arthur and Ronan Keeting. I have performed at events such as the HP one world conference – Macau, Orleans Jazz Festival – France, The London Jazz festival, Boomtown Fair, Bestival and the Radio 1 Big Weekender, including venues such as the O2 arena, Cadogan Hall, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz club and the Birmingham symphony hall. I currently teach at Lister Academy and Knole Academy, and encourage students to create music in equal measure to reading and interpreting it, with a focus on improvisation and understanding theory by playing rather than reading. I also love writing and arranging music, as well as fiddling with instruments that I really can’t play (such as the harmonica). My favourite cake is red velvet, as I like to pretend I’m far classier than I am…
“I think Greg is amazingly talented in playing the clarinet and as a teacher. He points out things you’d never even thought about, such as the breathing; it has helped me a lot. He also makes the lesson fun and builds up your imagination and creativity with improvisations. On top of that, Greg is a really kind chap, calm and patient. I am looking forward to my next lesson!” Juliette, student.
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.
Hey! I’ve been playing the drums since I was eight, and teaching since I was sixteen. I studied jazz at Leeds College of Music and Trinity Conservatoire, but I love all kinds of music, from Drum and Bass to Trad Jazz. I currently find myself playing in various musical situations up and down the country (and beyond!), as well as teaching, both privately and at Corelli College in Kidbrooke. Recently I’ve been touring with Ray Harris and the Fusion Experience, running my own night at Oliver’s Jazz Bar in Greenwich, and been recording music for the BBC1 TV show ‘Call the Midwife’. Oh, and I really, really love cheesecake. Lemon, if you have it…
“Harry is a great tutor who is an inspiration to our daughter. She’s come on leaps and bounds since he’s been teaching her. He makes lessons fun and engaging and is able to form a solid relationship with his pupils. And he’s the real deal; an incredibly talented drummer who can also teach. Who could ask for more?” – Alisa Miller, 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
I started playing both the piano and violin when I was six years old and music has been a huge part of my life ever since. I studied violin at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and I am now continuing my studies at Trinity Laban. Making music with other people is my absolute favourite thing to do, especially in huge orchestras and chamber groups. As well as performing I love teaching and I’ve taught regularly for the past 7 years. it is a great feeling to see your students making music, and more importantly, enjoying it! As for cake, I think I’m going to have to go for banana… or coffee… or both…
“Helena stepped in to help our son prepare for his violin exam at the last minute. Helena has a calm presence and my son describes her as kind. She was great at motivating Sasha in a gentle way which is what he needed. I would highly recommend Helena to anyone looking for a violin teacher for their child.” Neeta, parent.
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.
Hi, my name is Llinos, (I know, it’s really hard to say) and I’m from South West Wales. I’m currently studying 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, double bass and violin. 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’m currently studying BMus Jazz Voice and Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and I love 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 -BA (Hons), Singing, piano and cello
Phillipa Thomas, BA (Hons), MA – Singing, piano, flute, cello and music theory
Prior to studying classical singing and opera at Birmingham Conservatoire I studied music at The University of York. I have over ten years teaching experience both privately and in schools. I teach all styles of music and am particularly passionate about classical singing. I sing with Sinopia, a female cross-over trio and Blossom Street with whom I’ve appeared on radio and TV. Growing up, I was privileged to sing with Cantamus Girls Choir, with whom I later worked, travelled the world with and competed with in international competitions; one of my favourites was winning a gold medal at the choral Olympic games in Bremen. When I’m not singing I like baking lots of vegan goodies and my speciality is chocolate and chilli cake!
“I would thoroughly recommend Phillipa. Ellie really enjoys her singing lessons and has made great progress both in theory and practical. Phillipa makes the lessons fun and she is always positive and encouraging.” – Kate, parent.
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.
The rest of the team
Meg Ella Brookes, Becky’s Glamorous Personal Assistant
Hello! I’m Meg and I’m Becky’s brand new personal assistant. I’ve just graduated from Trinity Laban studying cello but I am also a singer-songwriter. As well as this PA role, I am a tutor at Becky Dell Music Academy, teaching piano, singing and cello. I look forward to meeting you!
James Beckwith, Piano Tuner
Steinway trained piano tuner. £70 per tune. Please contact Becky (07889 365297) or email James directly (firstname.lastname@example.org). Let him know you’ve come through The Becky Dell Music Academy.
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Polly Bowler, BMus (Hons), MA – Music Therapy
I’ve been playing cello and saxophone for over 20 years and have studied at Guildhall, The Purcell School and Trinity Laban. I think it is important to approach music in different ways such as using sheet music but then also making sure one can play by ear; keeping flexibility and adaptability in the forefront of ones skill-set. I thoroughly enjoy teaching, passing on my knowledge and skills to future musicians. Currently, I am an accredited music therapist with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) working with older people with dementia whilst continuing to teach. I have also worked in the areas of children with mental and/or physical disabilities, adult mental health and children and adults with learning disabilities.
“Music therapy is the use of music and/or it’s musical elements (sound, rhythm, melody, and harmony) by a music therapist, and a client or group, in a process designed to facilitate and promote communication, relationships, learning, mobilisation, expression and organisation (physical, emotional, mental, social and cognitive) in order to develop potentials and develop or restore functions of the individual so that he or she can achieve better intra- and interpersonal integration and consequently a better quality of life.” – Ruud, World Federation of Music Therapy, 1998
We also have contacts for music therapists, piano tuners and repairers and can recommend a piano removals company. Please get in touch with Jess at email@example.com if you require their details.
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.