TEACHING ACADEMY

I run my training academy from my home in Knaphill.  It makes use of a wonderful music studio I have in my garden.

I am employing outstanding music teachers,  gifted in performance and teaching.   All the academy teachers are CRB checked.

The vision of the Academy is to teach strong technique, improve students quickly and develop a real love of music.  All the teachers are highly qualified with degrees and Masters and enjoy both performing and teaching.  

We encourage all the students to perform in summer and winter student concerts, and selected students play in the master classes we arrange ( http://www.eralysfernandez.com/tag/masterclass/).   We also prepare students for performance at local music festivals.

We have students preparing for Grade 1-8 ABRSM  and also a number of advanced students playing highly technical pieces.  Many students start as complete beginners.

 

Piano Lesson Prices

 

Academy teachers

£20 for a half hour lesson.

£40 for an hour lesson.

 

Price of  piano and harpsichord lessons with Eralys available on request.

 

Head of Academy

Eralys Fernandez 

 

I am a passionate music teacher. Having been trained in a Conservatoire system from the age of 7,  I do believe learning a musical instrument is a serious task.  I am a friendly person and have fun with my students, but I like to push you to achieve your goals.  I have a number of current students that have moved from total beginner to Grade 8 level within 5-6 years and I really enjoy seeing their progress. I also have a number of students that play to an advanced amateur level and perform in the local music festival competitions.

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2010-Present.  Running my own teaching business and developing the teaching academy.

2010   Arts-academy. Q West 1110 Great West Road London TW8 0GP Job description: One to one piano tuition to children and adults (all styles and grades) www.arts-academy.co.uk

2007    Hap’ning Place.The Campsbourne N8. Turnpike Lane. London. Job description: One to one piano tuition to children and adults (all styles) and accompanist pianist.http://www.hapningplace.com

2007   The Music House for children. 306 – 310 Uxbridge Road,Shepherd’s Bush London, W12 7LJ.  One to one piano tuition. http://www.musichouseforchildren.co.uk/

2006    Sonia Gergis Piano Studio, 151 Beehive Lane, Gant Hills, Ilford.  Job description: One to one tuition to children and adults.

1999-05   “Guillermo Tomas” Music Conservatoire,Havana Cuba Job description:piano, accompaniment and chamber music teacher at  (one to one tuition to young children, teenagers and adults) Havana, Cuba.

1993-05 “Amadeo Roldan” Music Conservatoire, Havana, Cuba. Piano and accompaniment teacher (GCSE and A levels equivalent)

 

Benjamin Kwasi Burrell

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Ben was born and educated in South-East London and started learning to play the piano and alto saxophone from the age of 10. Having been encouraged from an early age to express himself creatively, music grew to be a large part of school life. At school Ben was heavily involved in choirs, musicals, and concerts. 

Ben studied Jazz at Trinity Laban, the invaluable knowledge and experience gained from the school shaped his career profoundly. 

After graduating he performed with Jazz Jamaica, participating in collaborations with great artists like Hugh Masekela, Ernest Ranglin and Myrna Hague. He has also featured with Carmen Souza, Aloe Blacc, Abram Wilson and the Jazz Jamaica All Stars featuring Brinsley Forde.

Assistant Musical Director – ‘Memphis’  Oct 2014-15 (West End)

Workshop Leader – Tomorrow’s Warriors, Southbank Centre’s resident jazz education organisation

Assistant Musical Director Sept-Nov 2011 – ‘A Clockwork Orange’  - Stratford Theatre Royal

Keyboard Player – Work around the UK and Europe with American singer Aloe Black

Jazz Workshop Leader – Schools in South East London.  Jan-Jun 20111

Piano Teacher – Cherry Pie Music School.  Sept 2009 – June 2012  Classical Jazz and Popular piano styles for students of all ages.  ABRSM Grades 1-8, ABRSM Jazz 1-5

Nikolas Sideris

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Nikolas Sideris was born in Athens, Greece in 1977. He has been studying music since the age of 5, and holds a PhD in Composition from Royal Holloway, University of London. He received his Masters in Composition from the same university in 2005 with distinction and he also has a diploma in Piano with honors, and degrees in Harmony, Counterpoint and Fugue. His studies in the UK were funded by the National Scholarship Foundation of Greece (IKY).

Nikolas, as a pianist has performed in concerts all over Greece, in cities such as Athens, Ag. Paraskevi, Holargos, and Ioannina, as well as abroad in the USA and Syria.

His works have been performed in the UK, USA, Germany and greece and range  from small works for solo instruments, to large works for string orchestras. His work Piano Stories for piano, 4 hands won the 1st prize in the Second International Composition Competition “Artistes en Herbes” in Luxembourg in 2013. His work for string orchestra (6-6-5-5-2) Exeliksis won the first prize in the Royal Holloway Composition Competition in 2005 and was performed live the next year in Egham, UK. He’s received commissions by orchestras and soloists from around the world and his work The City Under Different Eyes for Solo Piano and Audio Manipulation was featured in an adaptive audio playback software system.

He is also active in the computer games industry, as a composer and sound designer and recently the game that he scored, Privates by Size Five Games won a BAFTA for best Educational – Secondary Game. He co-owns North by Sound, an Audio Production company based in Norway and Greece.