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Derby Music Academy

Institute of Excellence

Beginner to professional level tuition and coaching

What we offer

Singing Lessons

Let's transform your vocal abilities. Let's increase your range and better your breathing. All ages and all abilities are most welcome.

Piano Lessons

Learn, improve, or simply practice. You have a choice of 2 magnificent grand pianos, and 2 magnificent instructors.

Music Theory & Composition

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.

Meet the Maestros


With a life spent on stages around the globe as a concert pianist and singer, Dana is a fountain of musical knowhow and experience.

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A musical and theatrical coach and performer, choir leader, and wizard with the little ones. Anne too has spent her life on stages around the globe.


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Vicki Clemerson

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.


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!

Clare Cottom

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!


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


As a singing teacher Dana is: patient; positive; expert; enthusiastic; inspiring; excellent value for money. What's not to like?

Carol Fieldhouse

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


I can't believe how much my singing has improved in such a short period of time - would recommend Dana wholeheartedly

Avril Parkman

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.


Effective: 1st Jan 2019

1 Lesson
£17 Per Lesson
20 Lessons
£15.81 Per Lesson

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