Tim Riley – Director, Primo School of Music (MA, AC ABRSM Piano)
Tim originally trained at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in the 1980s before embarking on a career as a musical director and composer for theatre and opera. He has worked for many well-known companies including a time as composer in residence working with the education department at Welsh National Opera, musical director for the National Youth Theatre of Wales and co-founding The Stage Centre performing arts school in 2007. He has also been responsible for training children’s choirs for the national tours of Joseph and Whistle Down the Wind at the New Theatre, Cardiff. He has written songs and incidental music for many Radio Four plays recorded in Cardiff.
Throughout his career Tim has taught private piano pupils, and discovered that his skills in the rehearsal room with groups of young performing arts practitioners were extremely transferable to teaching the piano in a group situation.
Tim’s experiences as a musician working within education and the performing arts have heavily influenced his approach to teaching group piano. However he still roots his teaching in ‘non-faddy’ tried and tested teaching methods and resources to underpin all he does.
Amy Bishop – Primo Piano Teacher
Amy grew up in North Wales and started to play the piano at the age of five. She has always loved playing and singing whether at home, with friends or in church. At the age of sixteen she became involved with a local charity Save the Family which helped children from extremely troubled backgrounds. It was here that she discovered the power that music can have to engage young people. She also discovered a talent for teaching. She went on to study music at Cardiff University (initially piano and then singing) and graduated in 2012.
Eulalio Diaz – Primo Piano Teacher
Eulalio (we call him JR) has been teaching since 2008 and has more than fifteen years experience as a professional musician. Originally from Australia, he studied music at the University of Western Sydney before going on to teach piano ‘one to one’ and in groups. He also teaches a number of other instruments including guitar, ukulele, recorder and percussion. He is actively involved in Church music making and before moving to the UK was responsible for conducting a Parish Church Choir in Sydney. As well as being passionate about music, JR has also been involved with a number of homeless charities.
Viv Lock – Primo Guitar, Director and Teacher (BSc – Hons, L.L.C.M. – T.D.)
Viv has worked as a musician and guitar teacher for more than 25 years. As a performer he has toured extensively within the UK and Europe. As a sessions musician he has recorded at some of the most prestigious studios in the UK including Rockfield and Abbey Road.
Through the Early 90’s he worked as a music columnist for International Musician, and Recording and Guitar magazine, covering techniques for beginners and advanced players. He continues to works as an examiner and sits on the panel of examiners for RSL Ltd, the leading board examining for contemporary styles.
Viv is a keen cyclist, and likes walking in the country. He also enjoys cooking, particularly Indian dishes, and spends time growing vegetables and gardening.
Lynne Phillips – Summer School Tutor (BMus Hons, CT ABRSM, PGDip)
She encourages her students to develop critical thinking skills, and she has a passion for teaching in a manner that not only imparts a thorough grounding in instrumental skills but also an understanding of the music itself.
Lynne is currently writing a book about the teaching of Independent Learning in Music Education.
For more information about Lynne you can visit her personal website at www.properpianofingers.com