NW8-mums Music School is a boutique music school teaching children and adults from the very basics to professional standards.


NW8-mums Music School was started by the founder of NW8-mums.com, Karin Thyselius, who is a professional opera singer and who also has a small teaching and coaching studio in St John’s Wood, and pianist Anna Eleftheriadou-Blonsky who is a highly experienced performer and teacher.

Whether you are a parent who wants to learn just a little so that you can help your child practice, or you want to do it for you regardless of whether it is for your own pleasure or with a professional aim, we can help you achieve your goal.

We prepare those who want it for exams and auditions. We teach music theory and composition too.

All instruments and singing are taught by professional musicians.

We currently offer the following instruments:

  • singing
  • piano
  • recorder
  • musicianship including theory
  • composition
  • guitar

There will be more to come!

For any queries, please email Karin at info@nw8-mums.com

For more information about Karin, please go to www.karinthyselius.com


More About Anna

A graduate of The Royal Academy of Music (RAM) in London, Anna has worked as a piano teacher and accompanist since 1994 teaching children and adults alike. Anna also teaches theory, improvisation, chamber music, sight reading, aural studies and musicianship. Anna teaches complete beginners to diploma level students.

Having returned to London in 2007 after having her daughter, she started a part-time BA course in Music Composition at the university of Middlesex in 2008. Anna started teaching privately again in February 2009 and continues doing so together with accompanying string players and singers.

Aside from her private teaching, Anna also holds a teaching post at The Dragon School in Oxford and the Our Lady’s Abingdon Senior School in Abingdon as a Peripatetic Piano Teacher.

Anna’s teaching approach is creative, fun and educational. She uses different piano methods and books depending on the student’s personality and targets. She also uses a lot of demonstration and improvisational techniques in her teaching as she finds that this approach is more targeted and effective.

Our Other Teachers

Nikolas Sideris is a composer, pianist and publisher. He is a great teacher whose students not only have lots of fun with him, but they also achieve their goals.


Independent Teachers

Danny ShortGuitar/General Music Tutor

• Royal Academy of Music master graduate (jazz guitar)
• PGCE in music from Institute of of Education
• 1st class honours degree from Strathclyde University
• Supported Elton John at the Royal Albert Hall
• West End musicals such as Jersey Boys, Showboat, High Society, Made in Dagenham, Sweet Charity and others
• Musical Director with National Theatre Scotland
• Taught in various Universities, Primary and Secondary schools (KS 2 – A level)
• Updated DBS (criminal records) check


Other options as to how to find a teacher


Students at the various music colleges here in London usually are keen on pupils. Below is a list of the main music colleges.

Royal Academy of Music (RAM)

Guildhall School of Music & Drama (GSMD)

Royal College of Music (RCM)

Trinity Laban


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