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Following the unveiling of our new studio facility in January 2015, we are delighted to introduce the Bell Music Academy. Offering some of the best instrumental teaching in the UK, the Academy will run six days a week to inspire a generation of blossoming musicians and unlock the potential in those who didn’t think they had it or never thought they could. Spread over eight individual practice spaces, the Bell Music Academy will also uniquely use their larger spaces to bring the students together to collaborate and experiment. Our world class teachers look forward to meeting, encouraging and stimulating any eight to eighty year old, or older to join a world of creativity and sound that is unique to those who play.
We tailor our lesson plans completely around you
Bass lessons are available for all ages and abilities covering most popular styles. Lessons are tailor-made for the individual student, based on requirements. Topics covered include: understanding the role of the bass player, tuning the bass (by ear/with a tuner), familiarisation with the fretboard (finding and learning note positions – understanding the symmetry and mathematics of the fretboard), dampening techniques (playing single notes cleanly/avoiding the ringing of unwanted notes), introduction to the major scale, chromatic circle (a method of working out scales and chords), memorising finger positions, strengthening the hands and fingers (various exercises to build up stamina), introduction to the minor scale, learning extant bass lines (playing along with songs – working out musical arrangements), understanding modes, intervals and chords, studio recording techniques and using technology to help with study.
Our drum tuition covers all ages from complete beginners to advanced players. The student can never be too young or old to get started. Lessons are tailored to the student and their specific goals to ensure positive progress. All styles are covered from contemporary Pop, Rock, Funk, Jazz, Latin and World Rhythms. In addition, note values, sight reading, time-keeping, compound time signatures and working with click tracks and sequencers. Whether the student is looking to Jam with Daft Punk, Get Down with James Brown, play Cool Jazz with Miles Davis or Rock Out with AC DC, anything is possible once enrolled. Drumming can help improve concentration and co-ordination, boost self-confidence, relieve stress, aid relaxation and improve verbal, perceptual, numeric, spacial & motor skills
Guitar lessons are open to players of all abilities from beginners to intermediate and advanced. Guitar students can choose to learn genres including Blues, Rock, Jazz, Soul, Funk, and Fusion. Beginners will learn about chords, classic riffs, simple melodies and how to read music. Students can study the styles of Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton, George Benson, Al Di Meola and Yngwie Malmsteen. Basic techniques such as hammer ons, pull offs, string bending and vibrato will be studied in detail as these are essential elements of modern guitar playing and help to define the individual character of the player. The more advanced student will learn scales, arpeggios, string tapping, metal styles, chord progressions, picking techniques and complete songs.
Beginner students can expect to learn the fundamentals of piano technique and the basics of rhythm, melody and harmony including how to construct major and minor chords and counting and clapping rhythms.
We will teach more advanced students scales, chords progressions and songs/pieces from different genres of music including Jazz, Pop and Classical.
Our saxophone lessons are suitable for children and adults of all ages from complete beginners to advanced players. Working with the student an appropriate repertoire is chosen based on which styles they are interested in.
The student will learn to build and develop a solid foundation in all aspects of playing the saxophone. The lessons follow structured courses using either the ABRSM standard classical grades or ABRSM jazz grades, which cover all aspects of saxophone playing & musicianship including reading & theory.
In our vocal lessons, students will learn about the voice as an instrument in a fun and exciting way. We will work to develop our singing technique with a range of exercises that are easy to practice at home and by getting the foundations right we can focus on expressing our musicality. Other exercises are aimed at freeing up the body and mind in order to focus on the music- making. Together with the student the appropriate repertoire is chosen based on which styles the student is interested in pursuing. These can be songs from Pop, R'n'B, Jazz and related styles and the student is encouraged to listen to and explore new repertoire to increase their musical knowledge. The student will learn about phrasing, stylistic awareness, how to interpret a song and make it their own, how to re-arrange songs for their own performance, as well as some basic harmony and scales that enhances their musical theory knowledge.
Pierson is a professional musician with over 25 years teaching experience. He has toured and recorded with artists including Rage, D:Ream, Peter Andre, CJ Lewis, Pauline Henry and Jane McDonald. He has taught in schools for Hillingdon Music Service for 14 years and Tasis American School in Surrey for 12 years.
Now living and working back in his hometown of London, Neill’s teaching and performing profile covers every corner of the SA Music Industry and beyond.
Positions include Director and Principal of the DrumLab SA group of training studios, house band member for the popular Idols TV series 1-6, Shell Road to Fame & Jerry Springer’s Saturday Night Band.
Neill was the drummer for Southern Africa’s most iconic band, Mango Groove and played recording & live dates with many international artists such as Johnny Glegg, Mi Casa & Lira, as well as numerous Orchestral, Corporate, TV and Radio commercial engagements.
Neill has undertaken international tours to Germany, Italy, France, USA, Australia and New Zealand, Russia, Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia and the United Kingdom with the likes of the Soweto String Quartet at the Royal Festival Hall, top SA/USA vocalist, Joseph Clarke, The JHB Male Voice Choir US Tour and Mango Groove at the Hammersmith Apollo in 2015.
Amongst other notable engagements, Neill was invited along with three other musical luminaries to perform at the Moscow Conservatory and the Gdansk Jazz Festival alongside the John McLaughlin group, as well as representing South Africa with Mango Groove at the historical hand-over of Hong Kong back to China.
Recent London include engagements with the National Symphony Orchestra, CMS and a cutting-edge corporate band including Luke Smith (George Michael) & Kevan Frost (Boy George).
Neill Ettridge is an international endorser & clinician for Sonor Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, Remo Drumheads & Pro Mark Signature Drum Sticks & Roland V-Drums
Hilda is a recent music college graduate with a 1st class honours, studying Jazz and Pop vocals with Iain MacKenzie at the London College of Music. Current projects include pop act Benjamin Yellowitz and a recent self-managed European tour lasting 5 weeks covering 8 countries. Hilda has performed in venues including Shepherd's Bush Empire, the South Bank Centre and The Roundhouse in Camden.
Pierson Grange - Drums
Neill Ettridge - Drums
Lauren Kosty - Drums
Jon Cox - Saxophone
Lauren is a multi-percussionist performing orchestral, jazz, musical theatre, & recording for film, TV, and pop. Credits include: Los Angeles Philharmonic at Hollywood Bowl, Puff Daddy at American Music Awards, Cirque Du Soleil on MTV, John Williams, David Benoit, Jane Monheit, Gustavo Dudamel, and Sir Neville Marriner.
Jon has played in various shows, function bands & Soul/Funk bands. As a composer his music has been featured on numerous TV & radio shows including Friends & Sex in The City.
Hilda Sibeck - Vocals
Mo Nazam - Guitar
Gianluca Chiarella - Guitar
Nathan Morson - Keys
Inspired by artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Brian May, George Benson and Jimmy Page, Mo started playing guitar at 15 and has since gone on to play with some of the most talented musicians and bands in the UK. These include The Jazz Warriors, Pete Brown and pop song writing trio Stock, Aitken and Waterman. A professional musician and composer for twenty years, Mo is also a very respected music educator.
Gianluca has a masters degree in Jazz Fusion guitar from Centro Professione Musica, Italy. He has played with some of the most important musicians in Jazz and Pop including, Sarah-Jane Morris, Eric Martin (Mr. Big), Baba Sissoko and Dee Dee Bridgewater.
'Nathan is a Pianist, Composer and Arranger, and is a recent graduate from the MA Jazz Course at the Royal Academy of Music. Nathan has performed in venues including Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, The Vortex, The Bull's Head, The Ealing Jazz Festival and the Purcell Room. He is the recipient of The Hannah Horowitz Award from the Royal Academy of Music, and the Postgraduate Performance Award from 'Help Musicians UK.
Huw is an experienced bassist and music teacher from West London. He has been a full-time musician since 2010, during which time he has become an in-demand musician for live and studio work. He is comfortable teaching a range of styles (Pop, Rock, Jazz etc), and can provide tuition for students of all ages and abilities.
Nixon Rosembert - Bass
Winston Morson - Guitar
Karme Caruso - Keys
Colin Carroll - Bass
Nixon is an accomplished musician and producer who has performed/recorded either in the recording studio, on television, or live with Mariah Carey, Ronnie Laws, Reasons To Be Cheerful (The Musical) Band, Angie Brown, The Honeyz, Maxee (Brownstone) Sam Moore, Ruby Turner, Jools Holland, Juliet Roberts, Billy Paul, ABC, Cleveland Watkiss, Emmett North Jnr, Clem Curtis & The Foundations and many more.
Winston is a Guitarist and Composer who leads his own band called 'Off the Cuff'. He has performed, recorded and toured in venues all over Europe. He's also an experienced educator and currently teaches in schools in the Ealing and Hilllingdon areas.
Karme began his music career in Italy, making a name for himself first in Palermo where he studied jazz, then in Milan where he produced his debut EP “Evasioni Prevedibili”.
Passionate about groove and jazz-influenced music, his versatile session activity includes work with Pixie Lott, Blue, Eliza Doolittle, Maverick Sabre, The Supremes.
Colin has been a professional musician for almost 30 years. He studied at the Berklee College of Music Boston and has a BA Mus. from Brunel University.
He has taught music in West London schools for the last 15 years teaching bass guitar, theory, composition and performance technique.
Huw Foster - Bass
Nadie Keating - Vocals
James Ryan - Drums
James has been teaching in West London for over 10 years. Some of his students have gone onto successfully complete Trinity Guildhall Grade 8 on Drum Kit, study at ACM in Guildford and win awards at Berklee College of Music in Boston.
James also works professionally, in theatre and producing music for TV and film.
Nadie has had the pleasure of working with or supporting established artists such as Catatonia, Jesus and Mary Chain, Liberty X, Kym Marsh, Level 42, David Essex, The Honeycombs, The Fortunes, Brotherhood of Man & Medicine Hat and has worked with well renowned function bands all over the UK, Europe, USA and the far East.
CHOOSE YOUR PLAN
Book one half an hour taster lesson
for a one-off fee of £20.00
This session is perfect for the novice. The student will instantly get their hands on the instrument and start to make some beautiful tunes.
1 Lesson Only
Block of 4 Lessons
Book our 4 lesson plan to start at a time that works for you.
This plan is perfect for the student of any ability looking to consolidate their skills but with a small commitment.
£160.00 in total
for all 4 lessons
Block of 6 Lessons
Book our 6 lesson plan to start at a time that works for you.
£234.00 in total
for all 6 lessons
Block of 8 Lessons
Book our 8 lesson plan to start at a time that works for you.
£304.00 in total
for all 8 lessons
Book 9 lessons or above to start at a time that works for you.
9 Lessons or more
Our most popular plan allows for a run of lessons of any ability but with the benefit of flexibility and targeted goals.
This plan is designed for the student who wishes to have regular lessons but with a targeted end date.
Our longest plan has been designed for the student who is looking to create a bespoke plan with their teacher leading to structured goals.
Cancellations will be charged at full price if less than 24 hours notice is given
Our studio facility is home to 8 inspiring and professional rooms complete with air conditioning, natural daylight, professional equipment and fresh air filtration. The largest of which is our Red room. At 11m x 8m in size it is the perfect setting for our end of term showcasing and performances.