Teacher Profiles

A little about our background

Martyn Blair

Martyn has been teaching and playing all guitar types for over 15 years all throughout the UK. He is capable of teaching all popular styles of music and caters for those just starting out on the guitar, as well as those wanting to take advanced examinations. Martyn has worked in the music industry for most of his life in retail, performance and tuition. He was assistant guitar manager at Foulds Music Shop involved in many aspects of the business and will be a familiar face to those who regularly visit the shop. Martyn has a very calm relaxed nature and will make anyone feel at ease with learning all types of guitar.

Guitar Teacher

Elissa Devins

Elissa has been playing the piano from the age of five years old and is now an expert in her field. She has many other musical talents including singing and woodwind instruments. Elissa has a special talent for teaching and is equipped to help complete beginners and more experienced players equally well. Along with work at the academy, she teaches piano in schools as a peripatetic teacher. Elissa was our very first piano teacher at the academy and has been with us from the start. A very popular teacher of ours often with a waiting list! As it stands Elissa is only taking on a handful of new students so get in touch while you can!

Piano Teacher

Victoria Bonham

Vicky is an extremely well qualified and talented teacher. Vicky has two master’s degrees in piano performance and music with Distinction at the Guildhall school of music and drama in London. Vicky is just as good at teaching beginners as she is at teaching grade 8 and diploma levels. Vicky has taught for many years throughout her studies which also include a BMus(Hons) in piano performance at Birmingham Conservatoire. As well teaching she has performed in many venues in London, Birmingham and Norwich and is a specialist in teaching and performing classical and contemporary classical music.

Piano Teacher

Chantal Caroli

Chantal was born in Venice from both French and Italian parents and began playing piano from the age of 9. She developed a natural flair for the instrument and music in general. After playing and teaching for many years she later studied gaining music diplomas from her local conservatoire. At 19 she moved to France and studied at Strasbourg university gaining both a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in music. A supremely talented and qualified teacher capable of teaching in French and Italian as well as English!

Piano Teacher

Paul Tabor

Paul has been teaching all forms of guitar privately and in schools for many years and is a regular gigging musician based in Derby. Paul is capable of teaching complete beginners all the way to grade 8 and beyond and also teaches the drums as well as the guitar. As well as teaching, Paul is in a number of bands that regularly perform in Derby and the rest of the UK performing both original material as well as covers. Paul has only very select days and teaching time slots available, so book whilst you can!

Guitar teacher

Gemma Bower

Gemma is our woodwind teacher at the academy. Whilst her specialty is in teaching saxophone, she is an excellent teacher of all woodwind instruments including clarinet and flute. As well as teaching at Forte, she also teaches as a peripatetic woodwind teacher in schools across Burton. Gemma also works in the Foulds music shop which means she is also the perfect person to ask for advice on purchasing or renting an instrument. Time slots for Gemma's lessons are almost fully booked so enquire whilst you can!

Woodwind Teacher

"The teachers at Forte are amazing. Very down to earth and friendly."

Sam Truby

Sam is the owner and founder of Forte Music Academy and has studied music business and guitar performance at the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford. He began teaching from the very early age of 16 years old and taught himself how to market his business effectively. He is a seasoned guitar teacher with a core group of students, but now focuses most of his time on running the academy. Sam's ambition is to open a chain of Forte music schools across the uk. Also...that is not a picture of Sam.

Academy Owner/Founder

Ben Glover

Ben has attained a spectacular first-class Honours degree in Popular Music with Music Technology at the University of Derby. Ben has a wealth of performing and teaching experience on both drums and guitar. From an early age, he rocketed through grades in both instruments with ease and is now particularly adept at guiding pupils through exam preparations. Ben regularly plays in shows and plays drums in the band Oobleck. A truly gifted multi-instrumentalist, great with all ages and abilities.

Guitar and Drum Teacher

Andy Lingard

Andy is an experienced teacher of many years. He has taught and performed in bands all over the UK and is an expert in his field. As well as private teaching, Andy was previously a music teacher at Woodlands Community secondary school in Allestree for over 10 years. We are now glad to have him as one of our Violin tutors. Andy is very down earth and will make learning what can be an initially challenging instrument feel much easier, as well as lots of fun! An excellent teacher with a wealth of experience.

Violin Teacher

Andy Gatford

Andy is a well-recognised name in guitar tuition in the Derbyshire area. He has been teaching and performing for over 20 years and has wonderful experience in guiding students to their full potential. Andy can teach any style at any level and is a regular peripatetic tutor at Repton school. Andy also has his own song writing and music production company and has written songs for the goliath company that is Disney, as well as music for New Balance football. He has also toured with Soundgarden in the early 1990's. Jealous!

Guitar Teacher

Natalie Windsor

Natalie is a supremely talented singer and specialises in classical singing as well as popular music. Natalie honed her skills at both the Birmingham Conservatoire and Keele University in music and singing. She regularly performs as a classical and jazz artist, with an additional love for alternative rock, pop and musical theatre. Natalie has a very gentle approach to teaching and will make anyone feel at ease with their vocal talents. Singing lessons with Natalie are perfect for all ages and any ability.

Singing Teacher

Ellie Martin

Ellie is an experienced professional singer and singing teacher with many years of experience. Ellie trained in classical singing at Trinity College of Music, London, where she gained First Class Honours in her degree. Ellie has taught pupils of all ages and abilities, in both classical and popular styes of singing; her lessons are tailored to each pupil’s needs. Ellie creates a relaxed and supportive environment so that pupils feel able to grow in confidence and ability. As well as teaching, Ellie is the Youth Choir Director at St.Barnabas Cathedral.

Singing Teacher

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