Piano Tutors

Sharon Harris

I grew up learning the piano from the age of five, then also guitar, oboe and saxophone before taking a music degree at Southampton University. I had particular interests in composition and music recording. My music career began in a London recording studio which produced music for television, films, music libraries and adverts. I then moved into instrumental teaching full time achieving the LRSM Teaching Diploma from The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. Early on I taught piano, oboe and saxophone, but for many years now I have concentrated on just the piano which I have been teaching for over twenty four years to pupils of all ages, including adults, and pupils with special needs and disabilities. My lessons are friendly and fun, so that pupils feel at ease and able to take part in a variety of musical activities such as improvisation, and rhythm and listening games to suit individual pupil’s needs and learning styles. As well as being enjoyable, piano playing improves physical co-ordination, language and listening skills, and it can be incredibly therapeutic. Music is a skill that can last a lifetime and it is wonderful to be able to share it with others. When I do have time for other interests, they include arts and crafts, cooking, walking and gardening.

Brian Cotterill – B. Mus (Hons) QTS

Brian grew up in Farnham where he studied piano and organ whilst a head chorister at St Thomas-on-The Bourne Church. He gained a music scholarship to Lord Wandsworth College and then progressed to University College, Cardiff where he studied organ and composition, during which time, as Organ Scholar, he held the position of Organist at the University Parish Church.

Brian has taught the piano for over 30 years. He has also held several high-profile organist posts and, as a qualified teacher, has musically directed (and written) many school shows and has performed in the USA, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Austria and in many parts of England and Wales. In 2012 Brian notably played the organ for Mass in St Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican. Brian also holds a professional Braille music qualification and has transcribed for and taught music to the visually impaired.  

Brian is also a keen composer and has written and arranged pieces for many local choirs and ensembles. After over 20 years as Director of Music in three schools he now enjoys teaching piano, playing the organ and directing church choirs.

Brian and his wife, Irish operatic soprano Nicola Sharkey, recorded their first CD “Music for a While” in 2000. Their second CD, “Music When Soft Voices Die” was released to much acclaim in 2006.

Video and audio clips of Brian playing the piano (and also some of the great organs of Europe!) can be found on his website: https://briancotterill.webs.com/

David Marsden

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David has worked for Surrey Arts as a piano and guitar teacher since 1998. He began his music career at the age of 18 and having studied practical piano and theory to grade 8 with the ABRSM went on to work extensively as a professional musician playing Piano, Keyboard and vocals in various live bands and working with a number of well known artists on the Club/ Cabaret circuit. Between 1987 and 1992, David ran his own recording studio working as a recording engineer, arranger and producer and in 2002 he made a number of live appearances on Capital FM with the challenge of talking to listeners and writing a personalised song for them live on air. David has a unique method of teaching children at Surrey Arts; giving them the opportunity to learn Classical, Jazz, Improvisation and Popular styles of playing the piano, keyboard and guitar. He has led many students successfully through the Associated Board and Trinity Classical and Jazz examinations in Piano, Keyboard and Guitar