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 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.


The 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.


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)


Nikolas Sideris

Nikolas Sideris was borScreen Shot 2016-01-20 at 10.26.39n 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 honours, 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.

Nikolas is teaching on Thursday and Friday.




Mariana Farah

Mariana Farah is a professional pianist and piano teacher. Her studies, artistic activity and work as a teacher has taken place in Latin American and Europe. She completed postgraduate piano performance studies at the Autonomous University of Mexico and the Conservatory of Barcelona. She studied with Monique Rasetti, Eunice Padilla, Paolo Mello, Salvador Ojeda and Eugenia Arús. She also worked together with the recognized Mexican composer Horacio Uribe giving public performances of his original music.

She recently finished Dalcroze’s Training Bachelor that has expanded horizons in the fields of pedagogy, musical composition and opened a wide range of actively participating as a piano accompanist and arranger.

As a piano performer, she has given concerts with various chamber music ensembles, as a soloist and accompanying pianist. She recently composed the main theme of the national campaign that takes place in Mexico to promote a healthy diet among Mexican children to prevent childhood obesity. It was recorded with the Mexican violinist Abel Romero and the children’s choir of the National School of Music.

Last year she made a public performance of her recent compositions, short pieces written for violin and piano which she performed together with the Venezuelan violinist Ana Corona.

She is a dedicated teacher and has a specific interest teaching children with special needs. 


The special interest in Latin American music has led her to continue studying with the renowned Cuban Professor Tensy Krismant with whom she has worked in expanding her piano technique, pedagogy and knowledge of Latin America work for piano and ensembles.

Mariana is teaching on Monday and Tuesday.


Nathalia Rakotoson


Nathalia has 11 years of teaching experience and a Performance Pianist Diploma from the Academy of Music in Gdansk and a teaching certificate.  She has recently been working in a music school in Harrow providing the ABRSM programme, teaching students from ages 4 to 40.  The lessons have been a mixture of classical and modern music and both individual and group lessons.

Nathalia has a passion for teaching children and has unique skills in teaching beginners.  She has developed her own teaching materials to make lessons fun and educational.  

Nathalia is teaching on our busy Saturday.