MEET OUR TEACHERS

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ANDREW SMITH

Principal Teacher

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KAREN WARD

Piano Teacher

ANDREW SMITH

BA (Hons) ARCM (Tchr) FISM

Andrew has been based in Manchester since 1996 where he currently teaches piano at Altrincham Music School. In his 35 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 various organisations.
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 (Tchr)

Karen, based in Southport, has taught in the Manchester area since 1999 where she currently teaches piano at Altrincham Music School. In her 33 years of teaching she has taught across all age ranges particularly focusing on the 5-7 year old age group. In addition she has been involved presenting music workshops in primary schools nationwide as well as 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 schools and music schools throughout the North West as well as owning and running her own schools. More recently, she has taken the responsibility for the co-ordination of music in two primary schools in the Lancashire and Sefton areas delivering whole class music to KS1 and KS2 using 'Voices Foundation' techniques. 

She is a Licentiate of Trinity College London and a member of the ISM

 
 
 
 

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