Associate Teachers 

Bozhidar  Chapkanov - piano, music theory, composition 

Mainstream Tuition 

Bozhidar is a classically trained pianist, composer and musicologist. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Huddersfield, and a Master’s degree in composition from the National Music Academy in Sofia, Bulgaria. 

Throughout the years of thorough musical training, Bozhidar was taught by a number of distinguished piano tutors and experienced many different teaching methods. In his own teaching practice he enjoys sharing his professional knowledge and experience, and he carefully tailors the content of lessons to each pupil. He is particularly interested in finding new and creative ways of teaching piano and communicating music to young beginners. Since 2017 he uses the acclaimed Dogs&Birds piano method with his youngest students.

Eliot (Eddie) Jones-West - drums, piano

ASD and Mainstream Tuition  

Eddie Jones-West is a professional drummer, pianist, composer and producer who has been performing since he was 10 years old. Since graduating with a 1st Class Honours in Jazz from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama he has been active playing across Europe and the UK. Whilst at college he was mentored by some of the finest musicians in the world including Martin France, principal drum tutor at the Royal Academy of Music, John Hardy principal of Composition at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Huw Warren, world reknowned improvisor and principal of Piano at the Royal Welsh College.

 

Eddie has extensive experience teaching any style or approach on the drums, whether complete beginner or seasoned professional; as well as being able to teach piano for beginners. At the heart of his musical identity is the enjoyment that comes from creativity without boundaries and Eddie is always enthusiastic and encouraging when passing on this approach to his students, no matter their age or ability.

Zina Melekki- piano, composition, music theory, aural skills

ASD and Mainstream Tuition

Zina studied Music at the University of Surrey, specialising in classical piano and composition. During her studies, she collaborated with other musicians such as cellists, pianists, and singers, taking part in concerts, recordings, and performance competitions.

 

Zina is now a freelance pianist and composer, writing music for short films and animations. She is also a part-time Music Specialist in a nursery in London. From a young age, she has been performing live solo and accompanying roles in hotel bars and choirs.

 

Zina has a wealth of experience teaching piano, focusing not only on technique and theory exams but also on developing creativity. As the music specialist in a nursery, she teaches children of 6 months to 4 years old creative music and dance, in groups of up to 20 students.

 

Zina is passionate and strongly motivated to help all her students explore the beautiful world of music and to bring out their best. She is very dedicated to her students wanting them to most importantly enjoy their piano lessons.

Laura Blanchard - violin 

ASD and Mainstream Tuition 

Laura has the greatest of passion for violin playing. Her enthusiasm for music and passing on her knowledge is a life's work. Laura has 100% pass rate with exams and has experience with preparing students for concerts. Each lesson is catered to the individual needs of the student whether that be the technical aspect of violin playing or how the music speaks.

 

Laura has played with several orchestras in Bedfordshire and London.

 

Laura studies with the great master of violin Fabienne Fauritte.

Richard James- piano, voice, music theory

ASD and Mainstream Tuition 

Richard James was raised in Aberystwyth and gained a Bachelor of Music degree from The Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. He is currently studying his masters at the Royal College of Music.

Richard began singing and playing piano from a young age, winning national competitions, such as the National Eisteddfod and was awarded a young musician’s prize and the Brecon singer prize whilst at Christ College Brecon. More recently whilst at the conservatoire a finalist in the Corton-Hyde early music prize, John Ireland prize, Edward Brooks Lieder Prize and American song prize where he was highly commended.

He appeared as a soloist on the English music CD, released in 2016. In 2015 he also sang with the choir in the English song festival at Ludlow where he was a soloist and the performance broadcasted on radio 3. 

Richard has also had extensive experience in teaching both the voice and the piano. As well as teaching he often accompanies young choirs in Concerts.

He is a strong believer that teaching music should be not only educational but also fun. He teaches music in a very interactive way including games on and off the bench for the little ones, and confidence-building for the older students. 
 

Aldo Ziranek Wilson - all guitars, music theory

ASD and Mainstream Tuition 

Aldo Ziranek Wilson is a 27 year old South London raised musician. With over 10 years of experience playing the guitar he's been gigging all over England, playing many notable venues and festivals.

On top of performing, Aldo has been conducting guitar tutoring in and out of schools. He has obtained a Rockschool Teaching Diploma and received a degree in Popular Music from the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP) in London.

Aldo brings a real energy and enthusiasm to everything he sets his mind to, and he is a really encouraging, friendly and nurturing teacher.

Aldo is also a member of the band ''The Dirty Truth''.

His music influences are Guns And Roses, Pearl Jam, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Alice In Chains, James Brown, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Extreme, AC/DC. 

Jack Bochow- piano, music theory 

ASD and Mainstream Tuition 

Jack is a classically trained pianist and composer. He holds a Bachelor of Music
from Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University and has just completed a
Masters of Fine Arts (Music for Film and Visual Media) with the Film Scoring
Academy of Europe
, Sofia, Bulgaria.

He has extensive experience as a performer within Australia, and is beginning to
grow his film credits as a composer. During his Bachelor years, he studied under
pianists Oleg Stepanov, Natasha Vlassenko and the jazz pianist & composer

Yitzhak Yedid. He has had masterclasses with Sonya Lifshitz & Michael Kieran-
Harvey, received several awards for piano and composition and had music

published within the country. Since coming to Europe, he has been mentored by
American composer/producer Andy Hill, has written music for several award
winning short films and has both performed and had music performed within
Bulgaria and Italy. Jack has a strong belief in improvisation as a means of
performance and as an invaluable tool of composition, and much of his own
work reflects this.

As a teacher, Jack is enthusiastic and experienced. He brings a focused and friendly
approach to students of all ages. His methods are drawn from a many great
schools of thought which he has digested throughout his diverse education and
experience. His overall objective with every student is to help them find their
own path, establish their own goals and then help them develop the tools they
need to be able to pursue those goals. He believes no two people learn in the
same way, and takes great joy in being that link that connects the ‘wanting to be
able to do it’ to the ‘being able to do it!’, whether that be for exams, performance,
to relax, to focus, or purely to gain the self satisfaction and enjoyment that comes
from learning music!

Tom Noyes - piano, music theory

ASD and Mainstream Tuition 

Tom is a music graduate from the University of Birmingham, having gained a great deal of teaching experience over the course of six years in London, Buckinghamshire and Birmingham. Having toured the United States twice as a classical pianist and accompanist, Tom now works as a piano tutor, choir leader and musical theatre teacher at multiple venues all over London, having performed as a pianist and singer in an Off-West End musical about Rachmaninoff! 

 

With a passion to nurture each student’s individual musicality, Tom tailors each session to suit the unique needs of the student, ensuring a high level of enthusiasm for the piano and the tools to self-motivate in between lessons. Tom draws on his experience in multiple creative domains in order to create a musical environment that relaxes and inspires, whether you are a total beginner or an assured performer.

Tomyr Warcaba-Wood - piano, all brass

ASD and Mainstream Tuition 

Tomyr Warcaba-Wood graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, with a First Class Honours Degree. During his time at the Guildhall he undertook regular lessons from Simon Wills, Eric Crees and Peter Gane.

 

Tomyr’s study of the trombone, euphonium, piano and sackbut allows him to explore and perform a range of musical styles; everything from Gabrielli to Berio and beyond. This has given him the opportunity to cater his teaching to the wide range of
musical interests of his students. Tomyr believes that learning a musical instrument should be fun as well as educational, and teaches with a strong emphasis on imagination and music-making from the outset.


Since graduating from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Tomyr has been working as a freelance musician and teacher across the UK and Europe.

George Mayne- piano, music theory

ASD and Mainstream Tuition 

George Mayne is a musician, composer, concert pianist and a piano teacher based in England. He has studied in the UK as well as abroad, and have pursued a Conservatoire Diploma and participated in various Master Classes.

George started playing the piano at the age of 5 and has enjoyed making music anywhere through teaching and performing. 

Eddie Giffney- piano, keyboards, accordion

Mainstream Tuition 

Eddie Giffney received his Masters of Music with Distinction, majoring in Performance Piano at the Royal College of Music, with Ashley Wass. He has achieved considerable success on several instruments: piano, early keyboards, and piano accordion. He recently won the Mitchell Prize after four rounds of the Royal Overseas League Competition, and reached the semi-finals of the Jean Francaix International Piano Competition. Other performance highlights of the last season include solo recitals at St James’s Piccadilly and Princess Alexandra Hall, for the London Chamber Music Society at King’s Place, and presenting at the Geelvinck Fortepiano Festival. He also gained 12th place in the Accordion World Championship in Shanghai, and has twice been the South Pacific and NZ Open champion on the classical accordion. He has been teaching piano for the last decade, and loves working with students of all ages and ability levels.

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