Piano & Keyboard

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

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.

Paul Jones BA (Hons) MLitt (Piano)

Paul began by teaching himself piano, before starting private lessons when he was sixteen. Despite starting his music lessons relatively late, he nonetheless progressed quickly and within seven years had passed his Grade 8 exam. He has continued to study music alongside undergraduate and postgraduate studies in English language at Newcastle University, and now divides his time between teaching piano and his work as a freelance writer.

Matthew Ryan B.Mus (Hons) (PIano)

Matthew began studying piano and violin from an early age, and made his first concerto appearance aged sixteen, alongside Greenhead Festival Orchestra, with Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21. He recently completed his undergraduate honours degree at Newcastle University, where he studied with David Murray, and performed Grieg's piano concerto with Newcastle University Symphony Orchestra. Between 2012-2013, Matthew studied at the internationally renowned Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, where he undertook modules in performance, theory, and pedagogy. Alongside his degree, he has actively taught piano and violin, and during his second year of studies taught group singing classes for a North-East based childrens performing arts company. He presently performs actively as a soloist and accompanist in the area, as well as teaching at the Northern Music Centre.