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Welcome to Southport Piano Academy

Welcome to Southport Piano Academy

- where learning the piano is fun!

Welcome to Southport Piano Academy

Welcome to Southport Piano Academy

- enquire about your first piano lesson today!

Welcome to Southport Piano Academy

Welcome to Southport Piano Academy

- your child's musical journey starts here!

Southport Piano Academy now incorporating Southport Music Academy


Welcome to our website!
Please scroll down for our latest newsletters.

Here is a list of the instruments and services that we offer:

  • Piano

  • Jazz piano

  • Organ

  • Keyboard

  • Voice

  • Guitar (acoustic)

  • Bass Guitar

  • Electric Guitar

  • Ukelele

  • Drums

  • Violin

  • Clarinet

  • Saxophone

  • Flute

  • Recorder

  • Trumpet 

  • Trombone

  • French Horn

  • Tuba

  • Children’s’ Singing

  • Street Dance

  • Beatboxing

  • ABRSM Music Theory Exams Grades 1-8

  • Advanced grades (including diploma)

  • GCSE music help

  • ABRSM Practical exams

  • ABRSM video performance exams

  • LCM & Trinity exams

  • Rock School exams

  • Improvisation lessons

  • Composition lessons

Claire Kelly C.E.O (S.P.A / S.M.A) DipLCM M.I.S.M


Summer Update 2024

Dear parents / students
We have just performed our yearly Summer charity concert. We are delighted to announce that this year, through ticket sales and a raffle, we have raised £400 tor S.W.A.C.A. (Sefton Women's and Children's Aid.)

There were different musical disciplines showcased, through students and with four of our teachers also performing  - Stewart Hankinson on vocal, Joe Bloom & Jon Taylor on piano and Katie Lang on trumpet and cornet. 






Abrsm exams have been continuing across the board of our 22 teachers, with great results, such as Distinctions in Grade 5 Theory and Distinctions in singing and piano exams. 

We have a number of new student teachers joining the team this month too. 

As the long Summer holiday approaches we remind you to not forget about piano practice! 

Have a lovely summer 

Claire Kelly DipLCM, MISM, CEO

Spring Update:


Dear parents / students


Now spring is upon us and we have been busy with ABRSM exams.


Our lessons are all going really well, with the addition of our new brass instruments in demand too.


We have another student who we are preparing for a Chetham’s audition, after Joshua Gadsby’s success.


We are also planning our summer music variety concert, which will take place on Saturday June the 22nd at Lord Street West United church.

Claire Kelly DipLCM, MISM, CEO



January 2024 update:

Happy New Year & Welcome


Now almost at the end of January, we have started 2024 with some great news: Another of our piano students has been awarded a place at ‘Chetham’s Music School!’ Congratulations to Joshua Gadsby, age 13, who will enrol in September!


We have also been preparing for ABRSM exams, adding more brass instruments to our teaching list and looking forward to our next charity concert.


May I take this opportunity to wish all our new students and families who have joined us for lessons this year, a very warm welcome!

We now teach trumpet, trombone, tuba and French horn!





Claire Kelly DipLCM, MISM, CEO     


December 2023 update:


Dear Parents and Students


We have just hosted our two Winter Concerts with 32 of our students performing. We had piano, organ, clarinet, singing and duets.


Our charity this year was ‘Southport Macmillan Information & Support Centre’ and we are thrilled to have raised £600 for them.


In other news, one of our very talented piano students, Heidi Wilkinson, has been awarded a place at L.M.A after auditioning with a piano piece.


We have continued with exams and have also been invited to perform in some local rest homes in the New Year.


May we take this opportunity to wish you and your loved ones a very merry Christmas x


SPA teaching team

Winter Term 2023 update:

Dear parents and students


Principal, Claire Kelly met with the very famous Italian pianist and composer, Ludovico Einaudi, this month, after his Liverpool concert. Einaudi gave a very special and personal message of encouragement to all of our students here at the Academy! Click the link to see the video message!

September 2023 update:


We have had a great return to lessons in September and many received music exam results back from the Summer. (Everyone passed!) One of our adult learners even got full marks ( distinction) for her first theory exam! We have also taken a lot of newcomers to lessons.  Our team of 20 teachers work hard to accommodate everyone and we would like to welcome all to The Academy. 


We continue to be involved in the community however we can:


In September, one of our teaching team, the talented Joe Bloom, was honoured to play for Princess Anne at the Monument ten year anniversary ceremony. 


Another of our team, Jon Taylor, also is now the resident pianist at the prestigious Grand Hotel on Lord Street . You can hear him play there every Sunday afternoon. 


One of our talented students, Joshua Gadsby, is also preparing with us for his entry to Cheetham's music school (full time) with piano as his first instrument and voice as second, and training with our highly qualified and experienced vocal coach, Stewart Hankinson. 


We are now preparing for our Christmas concert which will take place at Lord Street West church on the 2nd of December.

Claire Kelly DipLCM, MISM, CEO

10th Anniversary Concert Press Release

May 2023 update:

Dear parents & students 

The summer is almost upon us and we are so excited that we are getting ready to present our summer showcase concert on July the 9th to celebrate ten years of The Academy! 

The Mayor of Sefton, our MP and the chairman of The Southport Music Festival will all be in attendance. We will be using The Bijou cinema for the showcase as we will be sharing some videos of our journey and growth as a music academy, alongside live student and teacher performances. 

The show will incorporate two new areas- dance and drama as these will be part of our summer workshops due to take place in August. 

We have other events we are participating in also  including performances in Sandpipers and St Patrick’s summer fair. 

We have had a great term of exams with Abrsm which included a distinction for Joshua Gadsby at Grade 4 and a merit for Shane Fonseka at Grade 5.

Claire Kelly DipLCM, MISM, CEO

January 2023 update:

Firstly , happy new year to all our families and students! 

Congratulations to all who took part in our two winter concerts. 

We had a beginners concert and an advanced one. The standard was amazing and we raised £500 for 'Music For Dementia'.

Our piano course book is almost ready to be published throughout the UK so other teachers and music schools can try out our fun and successful methods. 

We have already had some exams this year and had results of merits in grade 5.

In order to manage the demand for lessons we have also taken on more talented staff for the team. 

We continue to work closely with our local community to bring music into the forefront and in keeping with this our teachers have performed many places locally, including The Grand - as regular pianists, various functions over Christmas. 

Next month one of our teachers will be playing piano in a local restaurant for Valentines night. 

We are working towards our showcase summer concert as we  endeavour to find a worthy local charity to raise for. 

If you would like to put one forward please tag or comment and share.


Claire Kelly 
ABRSM teacher

Annual Staff Meal

This year was held at "The Thatch & Thistle" hosted by the lovely owner Vicki Bradshaw, courtesy of Southport Piano Academy.

Winter Term 2022 update:

Dear parents & students


We hope you have had a great autumn term. We have been very busy booking and scheduling in new pupils:


In September we had a students sponsored practice in aid of a local Southport lady for urgent cancer treatment overseas. The students worked so hard and managed to raise £350!!








In October we took part in the Southport Music Festival at Greenbank High School. Our students were awarded four First places in piano solos- under 12s, 14s and 16 and one of teachers,Joe Bloom, won overall with a £250 cash prize for his piano composition.





This was an amazing start to our term following our performance in the new, prestigious ‘Grand’ on Lord Street for our local MP. We were also in the papers for our end of year finale summer concert, which was a musical variety show in aid of Churchtown Botanic Gardens which raised £800, making our charity raising total now £14k!


We are now preparing for our winter concert, which will be in aid of our music therapy department, reaching out to dementia in the community and music for special needs.


As always, our A.B.R.S.M performance exams continue this year with MERITS and some DISTINCTIONS awarded.
Our studio in Churchtown is fully operating with many lessons taking place there, including piano, singing and drums.


Our teaching team continues to grow with 20 teachers now offering ukelele, mobile guitar, cornet, trumpet, violin, beatboxing, jazz piano and saxophone as new instruments this year. Our other 200+ weekly lessons are at our teachers’ home music studios or mobile; travelling to students’ homes.


We are continuing to expand as we gradually morph into Southport ‘Music’ Academy, rather than just ‘Piano’ Academy.
Last year we  launched a dementia music school in conjunction with local care homes. We will be performing in dementia home Abbey Lodge in Sept 2022.


Additionally, the exclusive Southport Piano Academy Music music course book is almost complete. The course is an excellent beginners piano book like nothing else available, incorporating original music, modern ideas and traditional songs with a contemporary twist, appealing to the whole family in a very thorough, systemic learning style.

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