Mark opened the very first Technics Music Academy at Allegro Music in 1993. Mark had worked inside the firm whilst studying for a computer HNC at the Anglia Polytechnic University. In addition to this he was also providing private keyboard and piano tuition in the Braintree, Chelmsford and Colchester area and performing as solo and band Keyboard player in a function band called "Krackers".
After gaining the HNC computer qualification the opportunity of running a Technics Music Academy was presented by Allegro Music and was setup for business in June 1993. The Academy had grown from no students to a staggering 450+. This made the Westcliff TMA the largest in Essex.
This success has lead to the expansion of the Academy, hence the opening of the Westcliff Music Academy on Saturday 6th November 2004.
Tony has been teaching music for over 30 years and studied under John Baker of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. From 1986 he worked as a professional touring musician and under the name of Tony Lloyd worked with many well known artists and was personal accompanist for the legendary Guy Mitchall on his more recent UK tours. He has recorded for the BBC and for nine years was resident musician at the Cliffs Pavilion, Southend-on-Sea. In 1998 one of his compositions was chosen to be performed at the Royal Albert Hall in London as part of a Royal Gala attended by HRH The Duke of Gloucester. As well as teaching, Tony composes for films, television and digital media and also runs his own recording studio.
Freya has become the latest edition to our Piano/Keyboard teaching team. She has been undertaking tuition at the WMA for over 9 years and has become an excellent musician. Freya has developed Piano and Keyboard techniques and many improvisation skills. She is a proud owner of a Yamaha CVP Piano and enjoys utilising all the technology on board the instrument.
With her friendly personality and exceptional playing skills the Academy proudly has Freya as our Junior Teacher, offering discount lessons for students whilst she completes her teacher training program.
Freya adopts a fun, progressive teaching approach ideal for new young students who are keen to learn.
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