Piano & Keyboard

Piano is the most popular instrument taught at the Centre. Piano and keyboard are taught to students from the age of five.

Kevin Miller B.Mus (Hons) (Classical & Jazz Piano and Theory)

Kevin received lessons on piano, pipe organ and flute before reading music at Birmingham University and graduating in 1982 with an honours degree. On returning to the North-East he continued to teach piano whilst running a dinner-dance band. His other musical activities have been varied - a church organist; principal pianist in the area for the Royal Academy of Dancing; rehearsal pianist for amateur operatic societies; resident pianist at Linden Hall Hotel; and accompanist for many soloists working in the area. He owns and runs the Northern Music Centre and continues to teach students up to diploma level. Kevin is also a keen photographer - www.kevinmillerphotography.co.uk.

Yasna Arsic B.Mus (Piano)

Yasna comes from a musical family in the former Yugoslavia - her mother is herself a piano teacher. After studying a Foundation Course at Sarajevo Music Academy, Yasna went on to a three year course at the University of Novi Sad Academy of Fine Arts, graduating with a degree in Performance and Teaching in 1991. After coming to England she studied piano at the Trinity College of Music with Professor John Bingham . Yasna now teaches not only students at the NMC, but also many students in her own Bosnian community in Gateshead and has had great success entering candidates in national piano competitions.

Emma Temporal BA.Mus MMus (Piano and Keyboard)

Emma Temporal started piano and keyboard lessons at the age of nine. She is an experienced accompanist and ensemble player in a wide range of styles from classical repertoire to jazz, performing in numerous jazz and singing workshops. Throughout her music degree, Emma assisted the music lessons at Byker Primary School. After graduating from the University of Newcastle, Emma became a freelance music teacher and accompanist and gained a Masters in Popular Music Studies. She has taught at the NMC since July 2000. In June 2007, Emma completed a professional development teaching qualification with the ABRSM at the Royal Northern College of Music and completed a PGCE from the University of Sunderland in 2010.

David Jobson (Jazz Piano & Keyboard)

David first became interested in the piano at the age of 11 when he had private piano lessons. He then later studied classical organ, piano and tenor saxophone at Newcastle College of Arts and Technology. His career has spanned nearly three decades both as a professional musician and then later in teaching organ, piano and keyboard. David made his name playing keyboard in venues from the Isle of Man to Jersey and most places in-between before venturing further afield on the cruise liners for a couple of years sailing all over the world - taking in the Amazon and Rio (to name a few places). Whilst on the ships his interest in jazz was heightened as he then had the opportunity to play jazz more regularly. David's feet are now firmly back on dry land and he continues teaching during the day and still finds time to play keyboards and sing in his four-piece band.

Lewis Weston JP MMus (Newcastle) DipRCMPerf ARCMTD (Piano)

Lewis Weston has been playing the piano since he was five and by fourteen made his debut with orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall Schools' Prom. Whilst still at school he gained his performer's diploma and won a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Music, London, where he won numerous awards and performed concertos by Liszt and Grieg. Having graduated as a recitalist and teacher Lewis led a varied career from entertainment promoter to bar owner with serious music-making taking a back seat for some years. But in 2003 he recommenced his studies and completed a master's degree in performing at the University of Newcastle. Lewis teaches piano, both privately and at the Northern Music Centre, to diploma level and is in increasing demand as a tutor, soloist, accompanist and chamber musician. He is artistic director and resident pianist of the Concert Pitch series, showcasing the region's finest graduate musicians. Lewis has recently completed training for the ABRSM examiner panel and sits as court chairman on the Newcastle Bench.

Ian Elliott BA (Hons) (Piano)

Ian began piano lessons at an early age with Kevin Miller, achieving a Grade 8 distinction by the age of 17. As a youngster Ian was Assistant Pianist for the Consett Theatre Workshop Junior Group. Through college and university, he worked as a rehearsal pianist for various amateur dramatics groups in his local area and taught the piano part-time. Ian returned to the north east in early 2007 to begin a career in piano teaching. He has worked as pianist for the Consett, Blackhill & Shotley Bridge Amateur Dramatics Societies' musical theatre productions, the Derwentside Pantomime Group and is now the pianist for the Glendale Choir. As well as his teaching at the Northern Music Centre, Ian runs Consett Music Tuition in Consett.

Grace Alexander MA BA (Hons) (Piano)

Grace started piano lessons at the age of 6, but it was through playing in the Big Band at her secondary school that her musical interests started to take shape. Her love of jazz music lead her to play in the Lincolnshire County Big Band, and from the ages of 16 -17 she attended the Leeds College of Music Saturday School. She moved to study music at Newcastle University, where she graduated with a Masters in September 2018. During her years there she gained experience in many performance roles - from first keyboardist in six musical productions to classical accompanist. Her recitals at university focussed on the work of jazz pianists such as Robert Glasper and Herbie Hancock. Since graduating she has been the Musical Director of a production of Hairspray, as well as taking on multiple teaching roles around the Newcastle Area.

Anne-Marie Rosa B.Mus (Hons) ATCL (Piano)

Anne-Marie has played piano since the age of 7, and moved to the North East from Scotland in 2011 to study Music at Newcastle university. During this time she was able to specialise in classical performance for a year at the Conservatorio 'Arrigo Boito' di Parma (Italy), where she performed regularly and studied with musicians such as Claudio Ferrarini and Barbera Rincicotti. In 2015 she graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree, obtaining a First Class mark in performance, and since then has taught piano to a wide range of students. Anne-Marie is also a flute player with a breadth of orchestral and solo experience, with performances ranging from James MacMillan's Veni Veni Emmanuel Percussion Concerto in Edinburgh's Usher Hall (soloist Dame Evelyn Glennie) to playing as support for the Jazz Jamaican All Stars with the Tinderbox Orchestra.

Sarah Robinson B.A. (Hons), P.G.C.E. (Secondary) LRSM (piano)

Sarah Gordon Robinson began playing the piano at an early age, and gained her Grade 8 with distinction at the age of 16; shortly after that she made her concerto debut playing Mozart Piano Concerto no. 23, K488. She went on to read Music at the University of Durham, where she studied piano under Dr. James Murray Brown, and developed her compositional skills under the tutelage of John Casken; in that time one of her pieces was performed on Radio 4 and the World Service. She returned to Durham to study for her PGCE, and subsequently became Head of Music in successive schools in Ponteland, Sunderland, and finally in Gateshead, before deciding to leave classroom teaching and concentrate upon her performance and piano teaching work in 2015. When she moved to the coast in 1999 she began piano lessons with David Murray, and achieved both the Advanced Certificate and the LRSM in Piano Performance. Since then she has had the opportunity to take part in many diverse musical events, such as a masterclass and performance of the Brahms Piano Quintet with members of the Lindsays; performing Mozart’s Sonata in D major for Two Pianos K448 at the King’s Hall; as orchestral pianist in Stravinsky’s ‘Petrushka’ with Newcastle University Orchestra; as an accompanist for the Felling Male Voice Choir where she accompanied the choir and Graeme Danby at The Northern Proms; and as an accompanist for many very talented young soloists in the region. She has taught piano privately for many years and her piano pupils have taken part in masterclasses given by Kathryn Stott and Murray McLachlan. Sarah is much in demand as a pianist; recent engagements have included a concert of flute and piano music with Dr. Naomi Barker; accompanying LRSM diploma students; accompanying the award winning St Thomas More Chamber Choir at the Sage in the final concert of the 2017 Winter Festival; and playing the two piano and percussion version of ‘Carmina Burana’, with David Murray, Mid Northumberland Chorus and the King Edward VI High School Senior Choir in March this year.