BA (Hons) ARCM FISM
Andrew has been based in Manchester
since 1996 where he currently teaches piano at our Dawsons Music
School in Altrincham. In his 33 years of teaching he has taught
across all age ranges and has undertaken work as accompanist,
composer and arranger and has also been invited onto the panel
responsible for the new Trinity keyboard syllabus. In addition he
has been involved in teacher training and development across the
country with Yamaha Music Schools.
He joined Trinity College London in
2004 and has examined extensively throughout the UK and abroad. As
well as Trinity diploma, classical and jazz grade exams he also
examines the popular Rock and Pop syllabus.
At Leicester University he studied
piano with James Walker and Marlene Fleet and was awarded a
scholarship to travel to Poland for the Warsaw Contemporary Music
Festival. Shortly afterwards he became an Associate of the Royal
College of Music and began his teaching career at Bilton Grange and
He then spent nine years running
music departments in two large international schools in Cairo and
performed extensively within Egypt as well as teaching
undergraduates at the Cairo Conservatoire. Before returning to the
UK he took up a teaching position in a music school in Iceland and
enjoyed playing in a saxophone quartet.
He is a member of the European
Piano Teachers Association and the ISM.
Karen Ward LTCL Junior
Karen began teaching 29 years ago at an independent music school
owned by her music teacher, becoming one of the youngest Yamaha
tutors in the country.
In addition to teaching all age
groups, her Yamaha work also involved presenting music workshops in
primary schools nationwide, planning and delivering initial teacher
training, follow-up seminars and quality assuring the work of other
Karen has taught in both the public
and private sectors in various music schools throughout the North
West as well as owning and running her own schools. She joined
Dawsons in 1994 to run their classes in Wigan before moving to the
Altrincham School in 1999.
More recently, she has taken the
responsibility for the co-ordination of music in two primary schools
in Southport, delivering whole class music to KS1 and KS2 using
'Voices Foundation' techniques. She also holds the position of Early
Years music teacher at Yarrow House in Southport.