Andrew Eales B.Mus, ARCM
Andrew has been an active and well-respected voice in piano teaching for nearly three decades, working on a number of projects which have helped to shape and improve musical education in the UK and beyond.
He played a key role in the creation of A Common Approach 2002, the instrumental curriculum adopted by Music Services and schools across the UK. He also helped create the ABRSM Music Medals, and composed several of the original pieces and arrangements published in the accompanying Keyboards Together books.
Andrew has subsequently contributed to several publications as a writer, composer and adviser. His self-published Keyquest tuition books for electronic keyboard sold more than 10,000 copies worldwide.
On SoundCloud, his original compositions and piano recordings have been streamed by approaching a million listeners.
Andrew has spoken at national conferences and local events throughout the UK, as well as in Ghana, Africa and the USA. He has been a guest tutor for the Piano Teachers’ Course UK, and was a member of the ABRSM Professional Development Mentor panel.
Born in Surrey, UK in 1966, Andrew started piano lessons aged 9. Within a few months he was awarded a music scholarship to Oakham School. He later completed his schooling at Bedford Modern School, simultaneously taking up a place as a Junior Exhibitioner at the Guildhall School of Music, London.
Andrew went on to gain his B.Mus (Hons) Music degree at the University of Birmingham where he also won the University’s esteemed Roland Gregory Music Prize. While in Birmingham, Andrew studied harpsichord with David Ponsford, developing an interest in authentic historical performance practice.
As a postgrad, he completed his professional training at London's Royal College of Music, where he took lessons with the internationally acclaimed harpsichord and fortepianist Robert Woolley, gaining his ARCM Diploma as well as a Certificate in Advanced Study in Early Music. He was also the winner of the Raymond Russell Harpsichord Prize.
Andrew also 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.
Andrew worked for EMI Classics in London for four years before launching his teaching career in the early 1990s.
He was soon appointed Head of Piano and Keyboard for the Milton Keynes Music Service, a post he held for several years, during which time his innovative work was featured in Music Teacher Magazine and The Guardian newspaper.
Andrew founded Keyquest Music in 2005, through which he has focused his ongoing teaching work, consultancy and writing.
He currently has more than 50 regular students, more than half of whom are adults. Several former students now enjoy careers in music – while many more are successful in other fields while continuing to love music as an active part of their lives.
Eager to network, Andrew established Piano Network UK in 2014, which has already grown to more around 4,000 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 focuses on our musical development in the context of our broader lives.
Since its inception, Pianodao has welcomed around a quarter of a million readers from more than 90 countries, further extending Andrew’s voice into the world of piano education.
Read this interview with Andrew.
Andrew has been happily married to Louise since 1992.
They are parents to Jonathan and Ruth, both of whom are now adults.