Our Music Teachers are Experienced, Inspiring & Patient

Our music teachers are fully trained, enhanced DBS checked, teaching professionals.

They’re highly experienced at what they do, and dedicated and passionate about music and passing their musical knowledge on.

To aid all students, our tutors have over many years developed a vast range of teaching resources.

With thousands of lessons experience, our tutors know how to get the best out of each student.

We aim for every pupil to feel secure and happy in a purpose built learning environment with focused and encouraging learning techniques.

Elena Sava – Piano Lessons & Singing lessons (Teaches on Mondays)

Elena is a music graduate from the Academy of Contemporary Music. She was classically trained on piano and violin, but also plays & teaches contemporary modern music and folk.  Her musical practice revolves around teaching songwriting, performance and research.

Elena’s teaching approach adapts the fundamentals of good technique and musicianship to the individuals personality, ability and learning style. 

She has 5 years of teaching experience as a peripatetic teacher in schools around Surrey, at DK Music Academy, Hogan Music Academy. She is familiar with ABRSM and RockSchool Syllabuses and has prepared and passed many students through exams. 

Neil Shervell – Drum Lessons (Teaches on Tuesdays)

The founder of CMT, Neil has twenty years professional musical & teaching experience ranging from one-to-one lessons to group tuition with students of all ages and abilities.

He takes pride in being an inspiration to the students that he teaches. As well as a full time tutor, Neil is also an active musician, gigging frequently for several acts, which means his students are taught all the skills needed to play in a band and are given invaluable inspiration.

Having played literally thousands of gigs, Neil still frequently tours the UK, and has played many famous venues including Glastonbury Festival and The Royal Festival Hall (headlining the London Jazz Festival).

Nora Geidmane – Piano Lessons, Singing Lessons (Teaches on Wednesdays)

Nora is a well-accomplished musician who frequently performs, records, teaches and writes music. She has been singing and playing piano from a young age and while growing up was classically trained. As she started her music degree she took a more contemporary path and discovered her love for jazz and popular music. Nora is part of several music projects including a jazz act called “The Breeze Acoustic Duo” (performed in UK, France, Latvia); her own originals project Nora Anna and singing backing vocals and playing piano in many other bands.
She has many years of teaching experience which includes private singing and piano tuition, choir-leading and teaching singing and music theory in a theatre school. Nora teaches ABRSM, Rockschool and Trinity grade syllabuses but she also has a vast repertoire of popular songs for students who aren’t interested in doing grades. She is a patient teacher and she is motivated to make the lessons fun and engaging while helping her students reach their maximum potential.

William Looms – Guitar Lessons (Teaches on Thursdays)

William is an accomplished guitarist, mastering the instrument to degree level. He is a patient, yet fun and motivational teacher.

William likes to tailor his lessons specifically to each of the student’s needs so they can achieve their goals and see real progression and development in their playing. He teaches the popular Rockschool and Trinity Grade syllabuses, as well as his vast catalogue of popular song lessons for the students who do not wish to go down the grade route.

William is an in demand musician, who has played countless festivals and gigs in the UK and Europe supporting many different artists. He is also an in demand studio session player, the highlight being a session with the funk legend George Clinton of Parliament and Funkadelic.

Deanna Wicks – Singing lessons (Teaches on Fridays)

Deanna has completed studying her BA (Hons) in Music in practice specialising in vocals at The Academy Of Contemporary Music.

Deanna has now been teaching for several years and attends regular vocal conferences, as well as webinars to broaden her knowledge. These help shape her one-to-one lessons better and improve the level of teaching she is able to provide to her students. 

“Deanna’s passion for vocal geekery is unrivalled. Her determination to find what works, through research and experience, is evident in the way she approaches her own training and in her teachings. With Deanna, you’re placing yourself in extremely conscientious and well-informed hands.” – Steve Giles (Singfinity, Vocology in Practice, The Naked Vocalist)

Naomi Kauffmann – Singing lessons & Piano lessons (Teaches on Saturdays)

Originally from Switzerland, Naomi has been studying music and vocals since 2012. After getting an advanced education in music theory while learning the piano, she quickly developed a passion for singing. After getting introduced to jazz, she worked towards a lot of different genres including gospel, soul, R&B and rock. In 2018, Naomi moved to the UK where she recently completed her BA (HONS) in Music Performance (Vocals) at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford. During her studies, Naomi had the chance to be taught by excellent professional musicians and she got to perfect her skills as a technical singer, as well as a performer.

Naomi is also experimenting with songwriting, as well as being the keyboard player and backing vocalist of the band « Dani Gonzalez & The World Citizen Festival ». Being a teacher was always part of Naomi’s projects as a musician, as she loves to be able to pass on her passion and fascination for music to her students.

Alex Nash – Guitar lessons (teaches on Saturdays)

Alex is an accomplished guitarist and teacher with a First class degree in Professional Music Performance (Guitar) from the Academy of Contemporary Music. He frequently tours both the UK and Europe with a variety of performers and acts.

Alex is an accomplished guitarist and teacher with a First class degree in Professional Music Performance (Guitar) from the Academy of Contemporary Music. He frequently tours both the UK and Europe with a variety of performers and acts. With a wealth of experience teaching a multitude of styles and techniques, Alex can enrich any students learning experience regardless of age, ability and musical preference. This could be by working towards grades from the prominent exam boards, utilizing harmonies/backing vocals, implementing music theory or employing superb general musicianship.

Alex has a vast repertoire of popular songs for students, and he is a patient teacher and motivated to make the lessons fun and engaging while helping his students reach their maximum potential.

Dani Gonzalez – Guitar lessons, Singing Lessons, Piano Lessons, Drum Lessons (Cover teacher)

Dani is currently our weekend teacher, and is a talented multi instrumentalist, who has been working with many different bands and projects in all kind of venues and theatres as a session musician, songwriter and arranger for over ten years all over the UK and Spain, playing a wide range of genres (such as Blues, Rock, Jazz, Heavy Metal, Pop, Rn’B, Rock N’ Roll, etc.) and studying and exploring his musicality with instruments like piano, guitar, vocals and drums. He studied Guitar Performance (specialised in Jazz music) and Classical and Contemporary Music (including Piano, Vocals and Composition) at the High Conservatoire of Music of Canarias (Canary Islands, Spain) and is finishing his degree in Guitar and Music Performance at the Academy of Contemporary Music (Guildford, United Kingdom)

As a music teacher, Dani has now been teaching children and adults for about four years and he tailors his lessons to make the student have a fun and relaxed music time while learning the repertoire they like, technique, sight-reading, music theory and preparing all the skill set they need for their musical journey.

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Contemporary music tuition has always provided the highest standard of performance education in a superb environment. The preparation of their unique syllabus is unparalleled in the extra-curricular music tuition while still being incredibly fun.

Stuart H.

As a complete novice & a rather late starter, I was very nervous when I arrived at your studio but was immediately made welcome. Neil was encouraging and non-critical & always manages to get the best out of me. I'm so thankful for the time & effort he has put in.

Ian M.

My son is literally buzzing after every lesson and practices all the time. He really looks up to his teacher - Jamie explores modern methods of teaching that keeps them engaged, & he is a great example of how a music teacher should be.

Peter G.