Acclaimed Educator, Music Entrepreneur and Musician, Francis Seriau is a true original whom many regard as the single greatest influence on contemporary music education in the UK.
Francis has pioneered and led work in this field since 1983 and helped provide the crucial bridge between vocational music training, academia and the music industry itself. He founded the first contemporary music school in the UK, the world-renowned Tech Music Schools, starting with Drumtech in 1983 followed later by Vocaltech, Keyboardtech and Guitar-X.
Francis developed new concepts and techniques for the teaching of contemporary music. His ground-breaking approach attracted students and musicians from over 50 countries, as well as some of the biggest names in music - among them: Bill Bruford (Yes) Pick Withers (Dire Straits) Rat Scabies (The Damned) Phil Selway (Radiohead) Jason Cooper (The Cure) Nathan Curran (Basement Jaxx) Jed Lynch (Peter Gabriel) Mick Avory (The Kinks) Elliott Fyfe (George Benson) Mark Roberts (Massive Attack) Tom Meadows (Duffy), Julian Brown (Kylie Minogue) and many many more… A truly unique and unrivalled track record of successfully training musicians for the music industry.
In 1998 Francis received an honorary doctorate from Thames Valley University in recognition of his outstanding contribution to music education and in 2005, he was made a Fellow of The Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA). He is also a member of the Institute of Directors.
In June 2010, after over a quarter of a century developing specialist music education, Francis sold his schools. Now, through a range of new exciting projects and services packed with fresh insights and new ways of thinking, he is again sharing his knowledge, passion and experience - helping musicians and organizations around the world as well as developing new musical opportunities.