Portsmouth Music Academy plays an important role in inspiring and developing musicians through quality music tuition.
PMA teaches people of all ages and abilities in one-to-one sessions and group courses from their fully-equipped centres in Cosham and Southsea. Instruments taught include guitar, piano, drums, vocals, bass and ukulele. PMA also provides music teachers to primary and secondary schools, runs a community ukulele initiative in local libraries and hosts live jam nights, student concerts/recitals as well as providing many other opportunities for aspiring musicians to play together.
Meet the team
Co-Founder, Head of Operations
Adrian is a co-founder of PMA and oversees all aspects of the running of the academy. Before launching PMA, he taught music privately and in schools for over 10 years, gaining a wealth of experience in teaching and a drive to bring quality music education to all ages in Portsmouth. This shared vision was what brought Adrian, Chris and Shaun together to form what is now the growing PMA community.
Co-Founder, Head of Tuition
Chris is a co-founder of PMA whose role is to oversee our tuition and courses as well as develop new programmes for the future. Since taking up the guitar at age 7, Chris has gained vast experience performing and teaching. He gained a degree in Music Performance from the Academy of Contemporary Music where he studied under some of the world’s leading music educators.
Co-Founder, Head of Outreach
Shaun is a founding member of the PMA team and, as head of outreach, he focuses on growing the business by connecting with partner organisations and enrolling new students. He is often the face of PMA, representing us at various local events and promoting our role in the local community. Since graduating with a degree in Music Performance, Shaun has had extensive experience as a teacher and performer.
David started playing piano at 7 and has played live in function bands and for original acts for 20 years. He completed a BA in Music & Sound at Portsmouth University and since has worked as a record producer and studio engineer. David has been teaching piano with us since 2013. “I love seeing students progress and get to love playing the piano.”
Proving that music is for all ages, Gina learnt her first piano piece, ‘The Way You Look Tonight’, at age 5. She worked through grades during school, achieving grade 8, and since then has worked professionally as an accompanist, a live pianist and teacher. She enjoys attending jazz workshops and composing and can regularly be found performing around Portsmouth.
Tom began playing drums at 12, learning primarily jazz, samba and rock. He gained a degree in music from Southampton Solent University. Tom’s career as a professional drummer has seen him tour Europe with a chart topping Spanish artist as well as working in a steel pan band and function bands. Tom’s been with us since 2014 and he loves seeing students grow in confidence as they learn drums.
Paul started learning piano at 5 but gave up playing music until, at 11, he discovered the drums and loved it. He studied at the Academy of Contemporary Music in the early 2000s and has played with various artists including touring the world with the band Delirious. Paul has played with Chad Smith from the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. And hugged him.
After completing a degree in music performance at the Academy of Contemporary Music, Dave has played professionally for a number of well-known bands. He currently plays all over the world as Ringo Starr in top Beatles tribute band, The Counterfeit Beatles.
Jon started learning classical piano at 7 with a childhood ambition of being Showaddywaddy’s keyboard player! Having studied Jazz, Popular & Commercial Music at Newcastle College, Jon now has over 20 years experience working as a professional musician all over the UK and on cruise ships.
Piano, Guitar, Vocals
Multi-talented Luke began learning drums at age 11 and then went on to learn guitar the following year and piano the year after that. He achieved a 1st class degree in Popular Music Performance from Southampton Solent University and has gone on to perform as a solo artist as well as session keyboards for well-known artists such as Paloma Faith.
Lewis began learning guitar at age 17 and studied music at Plymouth University. He is part of various function and cover bands and has also performed in classical recitals. Lewis joined the PMA team in 2016 teaching guitar and ukulele both one-to-one and in group courses.
“Seeing enthusiastic students progress is one of the most rewarding aspects of teaching.”
Following the path of all respected musicians, Emily began her musical journey playing the pots and pans as a toddler. Having gained a BA Hons and a MA in Music Performance from Chichester University, Emily performs as vocalist for two function bands, an acoustic duo and a solo jazz act. She has also done some session work and featured on a number 1 single in South Africa.
Guitar, Ukulele, Bass Guitar
Listening to Greenday and Guns ‘n’ Roses got Pete started on his musical path at 13 and he went on to study Popular Music Performance at Southampton Solent University. He has since recorded at the iconic Abbey Road Studios and plays live with a rock/country act. Pete joined us in 2016 teaching one-to-one, group courses and in our partner schools.
Christian began playing the piano at 12 after being raised on a musical diet of exclusively grunge music – no nursery rhymes here! He went on to study at the Academy of Contemporary Music and has played with Radio 1 and chart topping artists. Aside from being a music teacher, Christian is a published songwriter having had his music used in advertising and indie films.
Richard joined us in 2017 as administrator and also looks after our social media. A singer-songwriter himself, Richard has played all over the UK and Europe with his band and been featured on BBC radio.