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
Vocals and Piano
Ambra Sorrentino, is an artist and opera manager with more than ten years’ experience working for top EU companies and music organizations such as the Teatro San Carlo Foundation in Naples, Puccini Festival Foundation, Teatro Goldoni Livorno Foundation, Oper Leipzig, Ravello Festival, Salerno State Conservatoire. Before Opera Co-Pro, AS was responsible of the London headquarters of a 200 artists management agency. Devoted to help and discover new talents, she often sits in panels for Singers auditions, most recently for NYIOP, The Opera Stage, National Opera Studio London, Fabbrica Opera di Roma. Her academic career includes conferences and lessons as Guest Lecturer for La Sorbonne University Paris, the University of Salerno, the Catholic University of Milan and Nordic Baltic Festival Platform.
Vocals, Piano, Guitar and Clarinet
Born to classically trained parents, Olly Chamberlain has been a vocal coach for 5 years teaching at many schools across the Kensington borough. He is extremely passionate about his work and loves to share his knowledge with his students. He was fortunate enough to be trained by top vocal coach, Maureen Scott. While predominately working as vocal coach, Olly also teaches clarinet, guitar and piano.
In his spare time, Olly is focusing on his solo career. Last year his debut EP ‘Fear’ was championed by BBC introducing. Two of his tracks were featured on BBC Radio 1. Olly then went onto perform at Reading and Leeds Festival. He is currently working with an array of industry names.
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.
Guitar, Bass and Drums
Originally from The Netherlands, Koen moved from Berlin to London in early 2019. Besides teaching for many years, Koen has been touring and recording around Europe with many different bands and projects.
After graduating in the Netherlands in 2014 it was time to move to Berlin, this resulted in playing a lot of jazz and live electronic music. With a background in jazz/rock and major influences from electronic music, Koen is a very versatile and passionate teacher.
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.
Guitar, Bass, Band Practice
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.
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).
Julien did his music education in the National Conservatoire of Versailles in France, in classical piano. He always kept a close relationship to jazz music, and developed his improvisation skills through various Master Classes or live practice. Julien moved to the UK 5 years ago and is the piano Chair-holder of the Mojazz Orchestra big band, performing in various venues in London.
Julien is also a composer and produces his own music. He is open to new technologies, synthesizers and music production as a whole. Teaching has always been a major part of his classical music training. Julien understands the challenges presented by music and is very keen on transmitting his knowledges to make his students grow.
A Parisian born professional singer and all-round performer, Anna was raised by her two opera singing parents and started to perform at the age of 3. She studied classical singing at the Conservatoire National de Paris, performing as a child soloist through different line-ups: concerts and recordings with the Paris Choir, in trio with the Company Opera Autrement, while composing her own songs American-Soul music, a genre she will quickly prefer to classical. Though still practising classical singing, she now performs with her own band her originals, and in solo or different line-ups, a broad repertoire of covers. Always very keen to share her knowledge and help students develop their own style and personality, Anna has been teaching for 15 years to students from 4years old to 80 years old, in Paris and now at LSM.
Vocals and Guitar
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.
Frederick is a pianist, conductor and teacher who has worked in a wide variety of genres, from employment as a pianist and conductor for opera houses and festivals in the UK and Europe to running a jazz band, leading his own jazz piano trio, conducting 200-voice choirs and performing chamber music live on BBC radio and at venues including the Wigmore Hall, St Martin in the Fields and St Johns Smith Square in London. A passionate teacher who believes in inspiring students to find their own musical personality and helping them to acquire the skills needed to find their voice and reach creative fulfilment, he trained at Cambridge University and the Royal Academy of Music in London, before embarking on a varied freelance career. He teaches classical, jazz and rock along with music theory and compositional techniques and works with students of all ages.