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OUR TEACHERS

Michael Benöhr - Drummer Tutor
 Michael Benöhr 

Michael is the founder and director of London School of Music. He has been a drum tutor since 2004. Michael first started teaching the drums at Drumstudies in Rotenburg, Germany. Since moving to the UK in 2008 he has been a drum tutor at The Rhythm Studio, at All Talents Music School and at East London Drum School. Recently Michael has toured China twice teaching masterclasses as part of a teachers training program for Music Miles.

Throughout his musical career Michael has performed at international festivals, radio and TV stations such as Lovebox Festival, Kerrang! Radio and MTV. His great musicality, technical versatility and positive attitude have made him the drummer of choice for many UK artists. Michael is an endorser for Sonor, Vater and Remo.

London School of Music Director

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 Derrick McKenzie 

Derrick McKenzie has been the drummer of British Funk/Acid Jazz sensation Jamiroquai since 1994, recording more than eight albums and touring the world for over 20 years with them.​ Derrick's unique sound and groove has played a key role in Jamiroquai's music and he is considered as one of the finest British drummers.

London School of Music has the honour of having Derrick McKenzie as a guest tutor. Next time Derrick will be taking a break from his busy gigging schedule with Jamiroquai to teach at London School of Music will be in April 2020 (date TBC).

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 Harriet Bill 

Piano and Violin

Harriet Bill is a classically trained pianist and violinist as well as an experienced teacher. She studied at King’s College London and Trinity Laban Conservatoire; her areas of expertise include performance, improvisation, musical theatre, theory, and music history. 

Alongside teaching, Harriet performs in a wide range of settings and venues which in the past has included the Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall in London. Whilst she enjoys performing, her main passion is teaching. She follows an individualistic approach with all her students to ensure they enjoy their lessons whilst reaching their full potential with the instrument.

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 Ivan Panella 

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Ivan Panella is a professional drummer and a very passionate teacher. With more than 10 years of experience both in the studio and touring, he is specialised in many styles such as Rock, Funk, Hip-Hop, Jazz and many more. Ivan has been touring and playing Festivals with various Artists in most of Europe, the UK, USA, Russia, Japan as well as South Africa and other African countries.

He is currently playing with his own band TheBeanZ who are based in Italy and with local artists such as London singer/songwriter Olly Chamberlain, Rough Stone and London based South African singer Toya Delazy. 

Vocal/Singing teacher tutor
 Daniel Bowery 

Dan is a session musician and teacher with over a decade of performing and recording experience. Since graduating from the London Centre of Contemporary Music Dan has performed with and recorded for a variety of artists and toured all over the world including three tours in South Africa. 

 

Dan currently plays for up and coming pop singer Olly Chamberlain, multi instrumentalist, electronic jazz artist Leifur James and rock band Don't Feed The Animals. 

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Tony has been a professional drummer and percussionist since 1976, experienced in all styles of playing. He has been the resident drummer for many top west end theatre productions including Grease, Motown and We Will Rock You, for which he was hand picked by Roger Taylor and Brian May (Queen). He has also played on many tours, undertaken studio work and been in house bands on high profile TV series.

 

Tony has vast amounts of teaching experience, using alternative and collaborative teaching as well as more conventional techniques. 

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 Antonio Roldao 

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Antonio is a drummer and producer from Portugal now based in London. He graduated from The University of Sussex in Music (BA) in 2018 and has since been working as a session musician and teaching privately. Antonio is specialised in a wide range of genres such as Hip-Hop, Afro-beats, Funk, Jazz and many more.

 

Antonio is at the start of his musical career in the UK but he has already played alongside several artists such as; Desta French, Ella Knight, Sasha Keable, Carla Prata (and more). Antonio has performed at famous venues and festivals around the country such as The Jazz Cafe, Hootananny, Cross the Tracks Festival, Lush Festival and Pitchfork Festival.

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Gary Washington is a classically trained cellist, bassist, banjo and guitar player, and an experienced teacher from the USA. He began playing at age 8 and studied cello and orchestral studies at the South Carolina Governor's school for the arts and humanities, he later attended Loyola University, New Orleans where he studied jazz bass, cello and orchestral studies. Gary has performed in various orchestras and bands throughout the United States and has travelled the world playing music, including at the Kennedy Centre, Washington DC and Opera de Monte-Carlo in Monaco. He has played with Kermit Rufins, Irvin Mayfield, Delfeayo Marsalis, Herlin Riley, Ellis Marsalis and Waterseed, some of the leading names in jazz music.

 

Gary moved to the UK from the US in 2020 and taught music for four years prior to moving to the UK. 

 Gary Washington 

Cello, Bass and Guitar

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 Doug Cartwright 

Doug Cartwright is a guitar and bass tutor, specialising in modern techniques, applied harmony and theory and improvisation. As well as teaching over 500 students since 2005 as a private tutor and for schools including The Rhythm Studio, IGF/Ministry of Guitar and ICMP, his instructional material has been published by Lick Library, Guitar International Magazine, The Sound Magazine and others. Doug’s most recent release is the 2018 album ‘Shadow Self Psalms’ by his band Amid the Barren and Lost, which Metal Hammer magazine described as “a new British metal gospel”. He performed all the guitars on the album, as well as recording and producing it.

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 Enea Leshi 

Enea Lleshi is a Pianist, composer and tutor specialised in jazz and music theory. He has studied at the Academy of Contemporary Music and graduated in 2019. He has been working as a session musician playing in venues like Ronnie Scott’s and the Jazz Caffe. 

Enea tailors his lessons to fit the learning style of each student and will aid in developing their musical persona through lessons that encompass technique, harmonic analysis and repertoire development. 

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 Joe Armer  

Guitar and Bass

Joe Armer is a guitarist, composer, and educator based in London. A professional Jazz and Classical guitarist with over 4 years teaching experience, Joe graduated from the University of Bristol with a First Class Honours Degree in Music (BA) in 2017. Joe’s specialisms lie in guitar performance but he also has an extensive background in music theory, composition, and musicology. Classical Guitar, Jazz, Brazilian Guitar music, music theory, and improvisation are particular areas of interest to Joe. His teaching philosophy takes a holistic approach, tailoring each lesson to the individual student’s needs whist making each lesson fun and engaging.

Selin is a singer-songwriter, DJ and producer. She has been teaching vocals and piano for over eight years. Her journey into music began with an honours degree in opera singing at the Ankara University State Conservatory. Thanks to her passion for teaching she has since acquired a masters degree in educational sciences.

Selin offers lessons focused on classical music, jazz, improvisation and other popular genres, to help students explore their interests in both piano and singing. As a musician, Selin writes her own music combining electronic music with vocal harmonies. Her debut single can be found on all digital platforms.

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 Selin Asar 

Vocals and Piano 
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 Katherine Amy 

Katherine  is a vocalist/songwriter with over 10 years of experience in teaching. Since graduating from The ICMP with first class honours she has toured with theatre productions throughout Europe including her own independently created show, performed as the lead vocalist for Disney Cruise Lines and held an 8 month residency in Beijing. Her original work has reached the no.1 spot twice
on Dance charts, and she has performed at venues throughout the UK and Ibiza including Ministry of Sound and Shepherds Bush Empire.
Her teaching credits include Dancebites, Artemis, Song Academy,
Ravenscourt Stage School, ICMP and The Rhythm Studio. She also takes music into Chelsea & Westminster and St Mary’s hospital – a position that she has held
for 7 years.

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 Ewan Moore  

Ewan Moore is a Drummer, Teacher and Composer based in London. Whilst studying at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance he found time to tour and record with artists such as multi-platinum record selling Charlotte Church, Jamie Isaac and Luke Marzec in venues such as Brixton O2 Academy and Albert Hall Manchester. With his own projects Ewan has headlined Ronnie Scott’s Late Late Show and performed at Symphony Hall, Birmingham. Ewan is also a passionate and driven educator. His teaching career has led him to produce masterclasses across the country and teach students in a multitude of different settings. 

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