Derby Music Academy

Institute of Excellence

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Beginner to professional level tuition and coaching

Our Services

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You can be anywhere along your musical journey and we’ll meet you there. Let’s work together to assess where you are, discuss where you want to be, and plan how best to get you there.

Let’s talk wants and dreams, let’s plan, then, let’s take action.

Singing & Voice Coaching

Piano & Keyboard Lessons

Classical Guitar Lessons

Music Theory Lessons

Music Composition Lessons

Music Exam & Competition Preparation

Exam Accompaniment Services

Singing & Voice Coaching

Transform your vocal abilities. Let’s increase your range and improve your breathing. All ages and all abilities are most welcome.

Piano & Keyboard Lessons

Learn, improve, or simply practice. You have a choice of 2 magnificent grand pianos and 2 magnificent instructors. All ages and all abilities are most welcome.

Music Theory Lessons

Compose, arrange, or write songs? Trying to figure out how to take your next piece up a gear? All ages and all abilities are most welcome.


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What our customers are saying

I’ve been having lessons with Dana to help with composing music and learning about harmony. I’ve never had lessons in the theory of music so Dana is helping with this, whilst making it relevant to the music I’m writing. I’m finding the whole experience very instructive and extremely exciting. Dana’s website is very easy to navigate and booking a lesson is very simple and easy to do.

Harmony & Composition

Vicki Clemerson

Credit to Anne for providing a positive and patient teaching environment. My boys have developed creditable piano skills in a very short time due in part to the supportive approach that Anne uses. They love it!

Piano Lessons


Dana de Waal is a genius! My daughter has been having singing lessons with him for almost a year now, and the improvement is amazing. He has the most wonderful teaching style, he combines fun with technique seamlessly. We are so impressed, that we now have piano sessions. These lessons are the highlight of her week. He is a true professional and a great inspiration in my daughters life!

Singing Lessons

Clare Cottom

Always fun, always stimulating, always challenging. I always feel mentally and physically joyful after a lesson.



Dana’s skill and commitment draws out what a voice can be

Singing Lessons

Carol Fieldhouse

Dana has found a voice which I didn’t know I had, and I am so thrilled. He is an excellent teacher – upbeat and patient. I look forward to my lessons and always go home on a high.

Singing Lessons

Avril Parkman

Learn From The Comfort of Home!

Distance Learning

It is true, you can continue your engagement with us right from your favorite sofa. Our current cohort includes students whose busy schedules don’t allow for the time spent traveling. Perhaps our location isn’t on your bus route. Let’s meet online. 

Blog Posts

Online Music Lessons – Breaking Down Barriers

Online Music Lessons – Breaking Down Barriers

Online Music Lessons - Breaking Down Barriers As the whole world went into lockdown, we noted with interest, that our younger pupils had no concerns whatever with changing over to online music lessons. They did not think twice about how they were going to cope with...

WE’VE MOVED… our music lessons online

WE’VE MOVED… our music lessons online

We had to consider the delivery of lessons. How would we supply accompaniment to singing students? How would we demonstrate hand position and new fingering to piano students? How would we approach composition lessons? Even taking notes to keep track of pupil progress had to be done differently.

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