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.


Our facilities include a comfortable waiting area with tea/coffee, water and free wi-fi, sound-proof drum rooms, guitar amplifiers and upright pianos.

With locations in Cosham and Southsea, we are convenient to all areas of Portsmouth. Click here to see where we are located.

Meet the team

Adrian Gregory

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.

Chris Gregory

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.

Shaun Hall

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 Evans


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.”

Gina Hall


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 King


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 Evans


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.

Dave Lindsay


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 Elsender


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.

Mike Heidstrom


Coming soon

George Turner


Coming soon

Lewis Clark

Guitar, Ukulele

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.”

Emily Cook


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.

Pete O’Connor

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.

Georgie Rust


Coming soon

Richard Morris


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.


Frequently Asked Questions

We currently offer lessons Monday-Friday 9am-9pm and Saturday mornings 9am-2pm.

All lessons take place at our centres in Cosham and Southsea. Click here to see where we are.

We work with several schools across Hampshire providing instrument lessons and music workshops. If you’re a teacher or represent a school we’d love to chat with you to see how we can work together. Click here and get in touch.

Yes – if you’re under 18, all booking and correspondence will go through your parent or guardian.

If you are unable to make a lesson please contact us with at least 24 hours notice so that we can inform your tutor and reschedule your lesson to another time. Lessons unattended or cancelled after this time cannot be rescheduled and are non-refundable.

For drum and piano lessons, the instruments are provided. For guitar lessons, it is best if you bring your own instrument so that you’re learning on the same guitar that you practise on at home. Amps are provided. If it’s a problem bringing your own guitar to a lesson, speak to us as you may be able to borrow one.

It goes without saying that the more practice you do the faster you will improve on your instrument. We want you to get the most out of having music lessons with us so putting in some time outside of lessons is essential. We generally recommend a minimum of 20-30 minutes, 3 times a week although everyone has different goals so ask your teacher what they would recommend for you.

Yes you can, no you don’t have to! While we do encourage students to work towards grades, our teachers tailor lessons to the individual student’s needs and goals, so it really depends what you want to get out of having lessons. If you do choose to take exams, our teachers have experience using Rockschool, Trinity and ABRSM syllabuses.

Progression varies from student to student and depends a lot on how much you can practise outside of lessons. You will learn the basics of your instrument in a few months but playing to an advanced level takes years of dedication. To give a rough idea, students who practise regularly will most likely have a decent repertoire of songs under their belt and/or are well on their way to taking their first grade within a year.

All our lessons take place on a weekly basis.
We do keep lessons at the same time each week for the majority of students however we realise this is not possible for some, for example those who work shifts. Speak to us if this is the case and we will see what we can arrange for you.