Andrew Eales is a pianist, teacher and writer based in Milton Keynes UK, where he runs his independent music education business and creative outlet Keyquest Music. He is a published composer and author.
Andrew has been at the forefront of piano teaching for more than two decades, working on a number of projects which have helped to shape and improve musical education in the UK and beyond.
He played a key role as a member of the National Steering Committee for the A Common Approach 2002 instrumental curriculum, adopted by Music Services and schools across the UK. He also helped create the ABRSM Music Medals, and composed several of the original pieces and arrangements published in the five Keyboards Together books.
Andrew has contributed to several publications as a writer, composer and adviser. His four Keyquest tuition books for electronic keyboard have sold more than 10,000 copies worldwide.
On SoundCloud, his original compositions and piano recordings have received approaching a million listens.
Andrew has spoken at national conferences and local events throughout the UK, as well as in Africa and the USA. He has been a guest tutor for the Piano Teachers’ Course UK, and a member of the ABRSM Professional Development Mentor panel.
Recent projects include contributing to the ABRSM Teaching Notes on Piano Exam Pieces 2019-20, composing several pieces for the best-selling Piano Star books, and acting as a consultant for the new LCM Piano Syllabus.
Andrew established Piano Network UK in 2014, an active online community which has grown around 3,000 members, including amateur and professional classical performers, jazz artists, teachers and music industry leaders.
Through the Pianodao website, Andrew continues to freely offer his professional expertise, wisdom and experience to pianists and teachers around the world.
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, 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.
As a postgraduate, he completed his 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.
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 innovative work was featured in Music Teacher Magazine and The Guardian newspaper.
Andrew founded Keyquest Music in 2005, through which he has focused his ongoing teaching work, consultancy and writing.
He currently has 60 regular students, more than half of whom are adults. Several of his former students now enjoy careers in music – while many more are successful in other fields while continuing to love music as an active part of their lives.
- Andrew’s business website Keyquest Music includes information about his teaching practice in Milton Keynes UK, teacher mentoring, publications and other services.
- To listen to Andrew’s original compositions and recordings:
Andrew’s Page on SoundCloud
Andrew Eales is an elected member of The Incorporated Society of Musicians, Britain’s leading professional association for musicians and teachers.