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.
Andrew has been teaching for more than two decades and currently has around 60 regular students. 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.
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 Keyboard Faculty for the Milton Keynes Music Service, a post he held for several years before developing Keyquest Music since 2005.
Andrew has worked on a number of influential projects which have helped to shape and improve musical education in the UK. He has spoken at national conferences and local events throughout the UK. From 2012-14, Andrew accepted an appointment as a member of the ABRSM Professional Development Mentor panel.
In Autumn 2011 Andrew made his first teaching trip to the USA as international guest teacher at the Colorado Federation of Music Clubs Junior Convention, also giving workshops, master classes and lectures. He returned to Colorado in 2013. Andrew has also taught at the Mansek School of Music in Takoradi, Ghana, Africa.
Andrew has written widely, contributing to publications including:
- “A Common Approach” (Faber Music)
- “All Together – teaching music in groups” (ABRSM)
- “Raising an Amazing Musician” (ABRSM)
- ”Ideas in – Music out: Using Technology in Music Education” (NAME)
As well as being an accomplished classical pianist, Andrew is known to many for his electronic keyboard method Keyquest, which sold more than 10,000 copies. He also devised KEYBAND!, an electronic keyboard ensemble programme which was featured in The Guardian newspaper and Music Teacher magazine.
Also as a composer:
- On SoundCloud Andrew’s original compositions and piano recordings have received approaching a million listens.
- Several easy educational pieces have made their way into the newly published “Piano Star” series from ABRSM.
- Andrew’s original compositions for electronic keyboard are also published in the “Keyboards Together” series of publications from ABRSM.
Eager to extend his online network, Andrew established Piano Network UK in 2014, which has grown to 2,000 members, including amateur and professional classical performers, jazz artists, teachers and music industry leaders.
Andrew became interested in Chinese philosophy around a decade ago. He has subsequently read widely, studying the “I Ching” and taking private lessons in T’ai Chi and Qigong. In recent years he has begun to apply this knowledge to his work as a pianist and teacher with exciting results.
- 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.