About us

Our provision is to offer students extra-curricular opportunities, and to make music an engaging academic discipline. It is an alarming statistic that the number of GCSE entries in GCSE music had fallen since 2014/15 even accounting for changes to pupil numbers. Teacher numbers have also reduced as a result. As a music teacher, I have seen this happen due to the lack of opportunities given to students to learn an instrument, and musical notation as an additional language.
Our teachers have rapidly made progress to engage children, young people and also adults in music. We provide a reputable service and the music teachers in our group have years of experience in their own field, and are professionally trained. Before jumping ahead to our classes, we would like to introduce ourselves:

Dzvina Stepanyak

BMus, PGCE and DipABRSM in Piano Performance. Trained as a Secondary Music Teacher at the University of Cambridge.

“I have always been an advocate for promoting musical experiences to all ages. Trained as a classical pianist, I wanted to share my experiences in music and trained to be a teacher at secondary school. In schools, statistically, numbers of music students are rapidly decreasing, and I felt that there was not enough musical outreach. My mission is to expose more young people to great music, and make music learning an enjoyable journey. Music Education should not be mundane, and only theoretical, but also practical. Therefore, as an educator at ‘The Music Castle’, I endeavored to create practical and easy to use resources. I sincerely hope you will enjoy music once you have had your first trial!”

Yumi Ishitani

BMus. Graduate of Goldsmiths University of London. Vocal, Piano Teacher, and Manager.

Yumi had been trained classically in Japan and received her training from acclaimed Opera singers, such as Misato Iwamori. She had worked together with Dzvina to establish a Music School, which brought great success by developing new programmes of study. She now teaches at her home studio and has an impressive flow of students, adults and children, who achieve outstanding results in their ABRSM examinations and is working as a private tutoring consultant. After relocating to Beckenham, she co founded ‘The Music Castle’ (TMC), as many students in the area expressed interest in music classes.  Yumi frequently hosts recitals and loves to involve all her students and fellow performers in South London.

Contact Dzvina or Yumi at info@themusiccastle.co.uk

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