Andrew Eales

Andrew Eales is a widely respected piano educator based in Milton Keynes UK, where he runs a successful teaching studio.

Andrew is a published composer and author:

  • His book How to Practice Music (2021) is published worldwide by Hal Leonard.
  • His compositions been published by ABRSM, LCM and Editions Musica Ferrum, and have featured on exam syllabi.
  • His piano recordings have been streamed more than a million times worldwide.

Training & Qualifications

Born in Surrey, UK in 1966, Andrew started piano lessons aged 9. Within a few months he was awarded a music scholarship to Oakham School. He later completed his schooling at Bedford Modern School, simultaneously taking up a place as a Junior Exhibitioner at the Guildhall School of Music in London.

Andrew went on to read Music at the University of Birmingham where he gained his honours B.Mus degree and won the University’s esteemed Roland Gregory Music Prize. While in Birmingham, Andrew studied harpsichord with David Ponsford, developing an interest in authentic historical performance practice.

Andrew went on to complete his postgraduate professional training at the Royal College of Music in London, where he took lessons with the internationally acclaimed harpsichord and fortepianist Robert Woolley, gaining his ARCM Diploma as well as a Certificate in Advanced Study in Early Music. He was also the winner of the Raymond Russell Harpsichord Prize.

Andrew also studied piano for two years with the Hungarian concert pianist Joseph Weingarten, who had been a student of Dohnányi at the Franz Liszt Academy in Budapest. Joseph’s profound and inspiring teaching had a huge impact on Andrew as a musician.

Professional Career

Andrew worked for EMI Classics in London for four years before launching his teaching career in the early 1990s.

He was soon appointed Head of Piano and Keyboard for the Milton Keynes Music Service, a post he held for several years, during which time his work was featured in Music Teacher Magazine and The Guardian newspaper.

Andrew’s series of four Keyquest tuition books for electronic keyboard sold more than 10,000 copies, quickly establishing his reputation for combining technology and innovation with established core music teaching values and priorities.

Andrew with students from the UK teaching and presenting instruments
to the Mansek Music School in Takoradi, Ghana, 2003

Andrew played a key role in the creation of A Common Approach 2002, the instrumental curriculum adopted by Music Services and schools across the UK, and the ABRSM Music Medals programme, for which he also composed several original pieces and arrangements published in their Keyboards Together books.

Andrew has spoken at national conferences and local events throughout the UK, including for ABRSM, Trinity College London, EPTA, The Piano Teachers’ Course UK, as well as in Africa and the USA.

Andrew leading a workshop in Colorado Springs, USA, 2013

Andrew continues to devote his primary attention to piano education as a writer, composer and consultant while running his own thriving teaching practice based in Milton Keynes UK.

Recent projects include:

  • syllabus consultant to the brand new RSL Classical Piano grades.
  • consulting and composing for LCM Piano and keyboard syllabuses.
  • contributing to the ABRSM Teaching Notes on Piano Exam Pieces
  • composing several pieces for ABRSM’s best-selling Piano Star books
  • composing original piano pieces to the Mosaic series (Musica Ferrum)
  • recording a series of educational films for PWM Edition in Poland.
Andrew Eales film
Andrew filming at the Krzysztof Penderecki European Centre for Music 
in Lusławice, Poland, 2020

Andrew is founder of the Piano Network UK forum, which with more than 5,000 members is the most successful online community for piano enthusiasts in the country.

…and Pianodao

Launched in Summer 2015, Pianodao has established itself as a leading piano education site and is now the hub for all of Andrew’s ongoing professional work.

Through Pianodao Andrew offers and range of innovative opportunities for players everywhere to benefit from his teaching, direct feedback and input.

Ranked the number one piano education blog worldwide for two successive years, Pianodao provides a wide range of articles and reviews to support piano players and teachers, and a friendly online community.

Andrew has been happily married to Louise for 29 years. She is a clinical nurse specialist in child and adolescent mental health, currently also training as a professional acupuncturist. They have a son and daughter who are both now young adults.

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Andrew on retreat in India, 2017

Andrew is a Fellow of The Incorporated Society of Musicians, the leading professional association for musicians and teachers.