Join In with Lessons
Fortismere Music Centre offers high-quality instrumental lessons, taught by experienced musicians from Haringey Music Service.
Our teachers come from a range of backgrounds and training methods so we are able to offer a style of learning suited to every student. We offer the option of preparing for graded exams, or pursuing an individual route through musical education. We offer instrumental lessons one-on-one or shared between friends. For more advanced players, we can also form ensembles with other students, from String Quartets to Jazz Bands.
Each year ends with the option to share progress with other learners and parents in our Sharing Concerts. These concerts aren't about being polished, but rather about sharing all the different types of music being studied at the Centre.
To apply for lessons or find out more, fill out the below form or email the Centre Manager at
Saturdays 9.30am – 5pm
Term Start Dates
14 September 2019
11 January 2020
25 April 2020
10 weeks + half term
20 mins lesson £140
30 mins lesson £210
45 mins lesson £315
60 mins lesson £420
Izabella graduated from the University of Szeged Music Conservatoire (Hungary), followed by piano performance studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. As a student she took part and won prizes at various piano competitions in Serbia and Hungary. She attended several piano/accompaniment/chamber music masterclasses, including one with Roger Vignoles in London. She mainly teaches classical piano, prepares students for grade exams, but she also incorporates improvisation, jazz, pop and other styles into her teaching. She has been learning singing and jazz piano, as a second study, over the years. Izabella regularly performs as an accompanist, chamber musician, and occasionally as a solo pianist.
Sam is a professional drummer and drum teacher of 15 years, teaching all ages and abilities. He is also a multi-instrumentalist and a trained Nordoff Robbins music therapist. His rounded and person-centred approach to teaching is therefore tailored to the student, their specific strengths and passions. Sam teaches through song-based curricula, from various grade systems and a wealth of other drum literature, within all styles and genres, and through improvisation. He aims to help you flourish as a musician, within a fun and interactive learning environment. There is an emphasis on collaborative music-making, enjoyment and musicality above everything, focussing on groove, feel, time-keeping and interpretation, as well as technique, independence and posture. For a more interactive approach, Sam can accompany you on guitar, piano, bass or percussion.
Fahran began his studies with Nick Walker at the age of 6. At 9 he joined the Haringey Guitar Groups performing in many different countries including France and Argentina. In 2008 he was invited to give a solo performance in the presence of the Queen at Buckingham Palace. He then went on to study with Chris Stell at the Royal College of Music. In 2010 he became a founding member of Guitar Circus run by Gary Ryan and Helen Sanderson. At this time he was awarded a scholarship for his undergraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music with Michael Lewin. Fahran has also received a number of awards throughout his studies. He has participated in many masterclasses with world renowned guitarists such as David Russell, Fabio Zanon, Milos Karadaglic, Christoph Denoth and many more.
Jazz, Acoustic & Electric Guitar
Dan Weiss is an all round contemporary guitarist. Dan went to California to study rock guitar in Hollywood at the tender age of 19 and not before too long his curiosity led him to the East Coast to learn some jazz guitar at Berkeley College Of Music before finally settling down in London. Dan has a degree in performance and composition from the Institute Of Contemporary Music (bMus hons). In his spare time he likes to compose and record guitar for musicians he has met over the years. Dan’s speciality lies in inspiring learners to approach music with a fun attitude and he likes to simplify any ambiguity found in the academic world of music theory. He has a wealth of experience in preparing learners of all ages for graded exams.
Cello & Strings Coaching
John studied music at King's College London, the Royal Academy of Music and cello at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. In 2002 he started to learn the organ at the St Giles International Organ School and in 2006 he became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists. He is a freelance cellist and organist, manages his string quartet named Four Strings Attached, and is organist at St Magnus the Martyr, London Bridge.
Saxophone & Clarinet
Alto saxophonist Christian Brewer has been playing on the London Jazz scene for over 20 years and has performed with some of leading musicians internationally. Bebop influenced, contemporary sounding player, he plays with great fluency, and has a clear, lyrical and soulful sound .
He has two highly rated CD’s under his own names and has performed extensively across Europe in clubs and festivals across Europe ( his first CD came second in the international competition in Granada). He has worked and recorded with some of the top players including Leon Greening, Carl Orr, Gwyllm Simcock, Jim Mullen, Peter King, Jim Hart, Bobby Wellins (UK) Andrea Pozza (Italy), Joe Cohn , Mark Taylor,Orin Evans (US), Chano Dominguez, Francesco Posé, Antonio Mesa (Spain), Dick de Graaf, Jos Matchel (Holland), Dmitry Baevsky (Russia) as well as many pop arts including Paul Weller, Seal, The Ragga Twins, Otis Grand and Rico Rodriguez, Push amongst many. His jazz quartet features Leon Greening, Adam King, and Matt Skelton and he has an exciting Quintet featuring long time collaborator, trumpet player Damon Brown. His recent new funk band, Brewers Crew features some of the top jazz and session musicians on the scene: Jim Mullen , Mike Gorman , Ernie McKone and Crispin Taylor and feature regularly at Ronnie Scott's having supported Incognito, The Blackbyrds and Taj Mahal.
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"one of the best I've heard in a long time …" Tony Hall
"the standard of playing is phenomenal …an excellent player and composer .." Ian Carr
"a Phil Woods like accuracy on fast tunes and soul searching Art Pepper quality on his ballad playing. Duncan Heinin
LogicPro, Jazz Piano & Flute
Nick studied flute, singing and piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He enjoys music making of a wide variety and has worked mainly in the field of popular music, jazz and music for theatre. Nick has been teaching piano and flute for Haringey for over twenty years and is a tutor in the Haringey Young Musicians Big Band and Symphony Orchestra.