Welcome to Harrison's Music Academy – Musical performances and Education That Leave an Impression
Harrison's Music Academy was founded in Yarm, Teesside and Cleveland, by
Dr Robin Harrison PhD BMus(hons)/GradRNCM FNCM ARCO LTCL DipLCM PGCE(QTS) MISM
who is a cathedral standard organist, a jazz (first album just released on itunes and Google play (www.reverbnation.com/DrIvorEKeys) and classical pianist, a vocal coach and choral animateur/choral director and who has taught from Nursery to Second Year Undergraduate levels. He performs for weddings and concerts, in theatres and for public events. He is a member of the Advisory Council to the National College of Music
Specialist Vocal, Singing and Harmony Coach (Jazz, Classical and Pop)
International Guild of Adjudicators, Festivals and Workshop Presenter for the ISM-SMA
Member of the Education Council for the British Kodaly Academy
Academy Teacher for the Royal College of Organists (one of nineteen nationally)
Advisory Council Member to the National College of Music
Musical Director, Gospel Shock
Organist and Choir Director, Yarm Parish Church
Chapel Organist and Director of Music, Barnard Castle Prep School
Pianist, jazz and classical
Musical Pedagogist and Educator with Inner Ear and Kodaly specialism
Robin's stage name is "Dr Ivor E Keys" and he reached No. 4 in the UK and no. 121 in the world jazz charts (www.reverbnation.com/DrIvorEKeys), and was in the top 10 for 3 weeks. His first album, Swinging at Home was released on Itunes, Google Play and Amazon in September 2014. Latest newspaper article: http://www.teesdalemercury.co.uk/Articles/2014/teesdale-music-teacher-is-top-of-the-pops-when-it-comes-to-jazz.
WORKSHOPS AND FESTIVAL ADJUDICATION
Robin is proud to have been made an adjudicator of the ISM-SMA International Guild of Adjudicators, Festivals and Workshop Presenters for the ISM-SMA - providing the highest quality workshops and adjudication to choirs, singers and instrumentalists nationally and internationally.
NATIONALLY RECOGNISED HIGH QUALITY TEACHING
Robin is one of 19 Royal College of Organists Academy teachers and he also teaches jazz and classical piano, pop, classical jazz and musical theatre vocals to the highest levels. He has had many theory, composition, private GCSE and A Level pupils and has coached lead vocalists and choruses in theatre productions such as We Will Rock You at Sunderland Empire.
Robin has been appointed to the Education Committee of the BKA (British Kodaly Association), providing a systematic approach to music education that enhances how people hear music in their heads and thus the level of musicianship in their performances. The Kodaly methodology is very specific and has led to worldwide connected institutions.
Robin is involved in directing 7 different choirs per week from the latest pop (Titanium) to musical theatre (Let it Go) to gospel inspired (Gospel Shock), to church choral (eg Brother James' Air) to traditional choral society (such as St Matthew's Passion). All of his various choirs perform in significant public events regularly.
PEDAGOGY AND EXPERTISE
Robin's pedagogical methods are analytical and derive from the Kodaly inner-ear method. He is an expert in teaching harmony vocals, improvisation (vocals, piano and organ) and technique (singing, piano and organ). His pupils have gained high successes not just regionally, but nationally.
Robin was my high school teacher. I have never had such a compassionate teacher who would do anything to see his students succeed. He even stayed behind in his own time every day to help me and my development. I went on to receive A*s in practical and theory. Although the most important part of my learning was Robin's excellent coaching skills which took me from a mediocre singer to coming second in a national singing competition with 12,000 contestants at the age of 18. I would not hesitate having any tuition from Robin, my only regret is that I now live too far away from him to carry on!