We are very lucky at Funky Monkey to have a diverse and talented group of musicians bringing our classes to life. Read more about them here!
Ali Edwards, Director, Founder & Teacher
I launched Funky Monkey Keyboard Classes in 2003, as I had always been inspired to educate children not only in the art and discipline of learning an instrument, but also how to read and write their own music. The electronic keyboard seemed the perfect choice being an inexpensive, accessible instrument, with the added bonus of headphones to aid concentration within a group session.
My own musical career all began with a Casio keyboard, which in turn inspired me to take up the piano age 7, followed by the oboe age 11. After gaining Grade 8 on both instruments, I then auditioned successfully onto the specialist music course at Peter Symonds College, Winchester, and then again to Birmingham Conservatoire where I completed a BMus and MMus in music performance. This culminated in a place at the Rotterdam Conservatoire where I was lucky enough to study the oboe with the principal of the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.
Upon returning, my private teaching practice built rapidly in London and it was this that motivated me to write my own set of books to encourage children to enjoy learning an instrument in a group environment. Now, the business takes up all my working time, alongside having a busy family of my own! I also run weekly piano lessons for children and grown ups and fun 'crash courses' for beginner adults, which often involves a lot of laughter, patience from both sides and occasionally a spot of 'dutch courage' for those extra nervous pupils!
VICTORIA ISAAC - PRINCIPAL TUTOR
Streatham, Sydenham, Clapham, Dulwich, Herne Hill
Victoria is principally a flautist and second study pianist and has a CV bursting with experience in various workshops and mime and music based activities throughout the UK.
She has an extremely busy schedule teaching in various schools around South East London during the day and is the longest serving member of the Funky Monkey team to date, having joined us right back in 2003! Her classes are consistently lively, engaging, always enjoyable and she has an excellent rapport with both pupils and parents (and incredible patience, I might add!) She has seen endless pupils through our scheme and gleaned fantastic exam results through our Trinity Syllabus year upon year.
NAOMI BARNES - Sevenoaks, Thursdays
Naomi is a proud mum to George and twins Max and Freya and is thoroughly enjoying taking the afternoon off her hectic family life to teach our classes! Naomi is constantly building up a great reputation as a piano and keyboard teacher in the Sevenoaks area, having worked both in mainstream and special needs schools. She has a great sense of humour, is a bubbly, cheerful and enthusiastic teacher and is always very popular with our students!
NIOMI O'ROURKE- East Dulwich, Wednesdays
Niomí is a singer and pianist and has been playing piano and keyboards from a very early age. After passing her Grade 8 piano, she went on to study Popular Music at Goldsmiths College and has since been teaching piano in schools and workshops as well as releasing her own music and performing regularly.
Niomí has also set up her on music label, Galang, and runs music workshops and events around London.
DANIEL BRAMLEY - Balham, Saturdays
Dan has been playing music for most of his life and will proudly tell you that keyboards are his main instrument! He passed his Grade 8 Piano with distinction in 2010, then went on to study at Goldsmiths College and graduated with a degree in Popular Music in 2014.
As a teacher, Dan teaches students of all abilities both at home and in schools. He has a wide age range of students - from 4 to 65! His passion for teaching music came from receiving great tuition when he was growing up, and now works hard to ensure his students understand and enjoy their lessons, connect with their instrument and get the most out of music.
As a performer, Dan plays keyboards in many different bands and projects. He enjoys playing all styles of music, including rock, jazz, blues, pop and theatre music and is currently working on a new single with his Glam-Pop band Showboy!
ADAM WOODS - Blackheath, Saturdays
Adam was previously tutoring in our Bromley Centre and has now hot-foot it over to Blackheath to take our Saturday classes! Also a graduate of Goldsmiths, Adam teaches both violin and piano to various ages - ranging from 5-adult and beginners to Grade 8. He has extensive teaching experience for one so young, having coached group ensembles, workshops and of course Funky Monkey! Adam is patient, engaging, clear at explaining without bamboozling and very much an asset to our team!