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Andrew Smith 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 Rugby School.

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 Piano Courses


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 teachers.

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.


Paul Anderson BA (Hons)



Paul has been playing guitar now for over 27 years, and in January 2015 finished two and a half years of performing as a solo classical, Spanish and jazz guitarist on the 6-Star Cruise Line Seabourn. Prior to this he spent four years working as a professional musician in London, performing on his own and also with a great variety of bands and styles in venues including Wembley Arena and the BBC.

Having returned to land he continues to play professionally – he has formed a Spanish Guitar Trio and a Jazz-funk Quartet alongside doing regular function and session work.

Over and above being a performer and studio-musician, Paul is of course a keen educator. He has taught classical and electric guitar for over 13 years in education services including Leicestershire Arts in Education, London Brent Music Services and Bolton Music Services.

On moving to Manchester he joined the well-established and highly successful guitar department at Dawson’s Music School in Altrincham where he puts his wide-ranging experience of music education and diverse performing career into practice. Alongside the Trinity College syllabus he has developed his own curriculum that focuses not only grade-exams but also musicianship, technical ability and working well with other musicians, ideal for those who do not wish to pursue the exam route and wish to play for sheer personal enjoyment.


Charlie Powell BMus



Charlie is the most recent addition to our piano school and actually began his musical journey learning at the Dawsons Music School himself from the age of 7. He studied there for 11 years right through to Grade 8. If ever there was proof of the school's success in developing young musicians Charlie must surely be it!

He continued his musical education at the University of Huddersfield where, in 2014, he graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree.

Aside from his teaching Charlie is also the keyboard player in an originals rock band and is currently working on his own solo album.