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Andrew Eales B.Mus, ARCM
Andrew was born in Surrey in 1966. His talent for music was recognised early, and he won a music scholarship to Oakham School. He later completed his schooling at Bedford Modern School - a move which enabled him to take up his simultaneous place as a Junior Exhibitioner at the Guildhall School of Music in London. By the age of 15 he had achieved a distinction in Grade 8 Piano, Grade 8 Flute and Grade 8 Music Theory.
Andrew went on to read Music at the University of Birmingham where he gained his honours B.Mus degree and won the University's esteemed Roland Gregory Music Prize. During his time in Birmingham, Andrew studied harpsichord with David Ponsford, developing a growing interest and expertise in authentic historical performance practice.
As a postgraduate he completed his professional training at the Royal College of Music in London, where he took lessons with the internationally acclaimed harpsichord player and fortepianist Robert Woolley, gaining his ARCM Diploma and winning the coveted Raymond Russell Harpsichord Prize.
Alongside this, Andrew studied piano for two years with the Hungarian concert pianist Joseph Weingarten, who had been a student of Dohnányi at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest. Joseph’s profound and inspiring teaching had a huge impact on Andrew as a musician.
Having taught music since he was 16, Andrew launched his teaching career full time in the early 1990s. His reputation quickly grew, and he was approached by the Milton Keynes Music Service for whom he taught and led the Keyboard Faculty for several years, before concentrating on his private teaching practice and consultancy since 2005.
Andrew has worked on a number of influential projects which have helped to shape and improve musical education for all in the UK. He has worked as a consultant for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM), Trinity Guildhall examinations, the National Association of Music Educators, and the Federation of Music Services among others. He has spoken at national conferences and local events throughout the UK and beyond, passing on his experience and training other teachers.
Andrew has written widely, contributing to publications including A Common Approach (Faber Music), All Together – teaching music in groups (ABRSM), and Raising an Amazing Musician (ABRSM). Several of his pieces for electronic keyboard are published in the Keyboards Together series of publications from ABRSM and he now enjoys a growing international reputation as an educational composer and writer.
As well as being an accomplished classical pianist, Andrew is well known for his electronic keyboard method Keyquest, which has sold many thousands of copies throughout the UK and beyond. He also devised KEYBAND!, an exciting electronic keyboard ensemble programme which was featured in The Guardian newspaper and Music Teacher magazine. In 2006 he was the co-director with Nancy Litton of the first ever National Electronic Keyboard Courses Summer School.
In Autumn 2011 he made his first visit to the USA as international guest teacher at the Colorado Federation of Music Clubs Junior Convention. He also gave a number of teaching workshops, masterclasses and lectures. He returned to Colorado in 2013, accepting the role of Education Director of KEYBAND! USA, a new organisation specially formed by the teachers in the USA inspired by Andrew's work.
In 2012 Andrew accepted an appointment as a member of the ABRSM Professional Development Mentor panel, a part-time role supporting other teachers from around the UK and overseas. This appointment is a significant honour, and fits perfectly alongside Andrew's full time commitment to his own students at his private teaching studio.
Eager to network, Andrew established Piano Network UK in 2014, which has already grown to more than 1,100 members, including some of the world's leading clasical performers, jazz artists, teachers and music industry leaders.
In 2015 Andrew started Pianodao - a new website blog that aims to encourage and support pianists at all levels of ability. Built around the metaphor of piano playing as a lifetime journey, the site will focus on our musical and creative development as well as our personal well-being: Mind, Body & Spirit.
From October 2017 Andrew takes up a part-time role as a Principal Tutor on the EPTA Piano Teachers’ Course, which he will do alongside his ongoing commitment to full time piano teaching in his MK Studio.
Andrew has been happily married to Louise since 1992.
They are parents to Jonathan and Ruth, both of whom are currently studying at University.