Diana de Cabarrus


Tuition to impart a sense of possibility: workshop participants and students of guitar, voice and songwriting will leave sessions with an expanded idea of what’s available to them in their exploration of music, and practical techniques they can implement right away. 
Diana has been devising and refining approaches to tuition that that are fun and get results since 2005 and delivers tuition via her music school in Edinburgh and as a visiting instructor in the UK and USA.


Solo, duo, band performances across a range of the most loved material from classic song folk, blues, country, pop, chanson and singer songwriter. Vibrant performances sometimes feature imaginative use of loop pedals and eclectic arrangements. Tours and performances in the UK, Europe and USA.


Writing and releasing singer songwriter material since 2006; additional works for chamber orchestra and string quartet.
‘Lovely…haunting stuff’ Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2

‘Immaculate orchestration and incredibly erudite song-writing make for an extremely rewarding experience.’ Rough Trade
‘Wonderful and beguiling, gorgeous and terrifying, full of twists and turns but always enchanting and engaging.’ Is This Music?

Student experience

What students have to say about their tuition
Rebecca Yahr

Rebecca Yahr


Diana's teaching has been super. Our son started from a very beginner and has just brought me a recording of song that he composed, with three separate tracks, including chord progressions, riffs, and effects, all put together by him. Diana has a strong emphasis in developing musicality supported by fundamentals -- learning chords, developing rhythm, and playing with others. She also offers the most incredibly thoughtful performance opportunities -- fun and current songs, played with other students on stage at the Fringe and on other independent stages. HIghly recommended!

Jennifer Alexander

Jennifer Alexander

Adult student and performer

I had the most amazing experience with Diana and Key To Music! I took Vocal, Guitar and one-on-one classes with Diana while living in Edinburgh for 5 months in 2016 and couldn't believe how much I progressed in such a short time! She gave me so much confidence, helped me prepare for a very challenging performance singing live at a close friend's memorial, and even taught me how to use a loop pedal! I'm so lucky to have found someone like Diana to personally oversee my progress. She put so much time and care into her lessons and I still to this day have yet to find another music teacher that compares. Wish I could go back to Edinburgh just for these classes!

Dominic Harris

Dominic Harris

Songwriter and Artist

Diana was highly talented and very patient. I arrived with a guitar that had ceased to interest me and went home after my first lesson with a very 'alive' instrument. I have since had many lessons and taken part in some excellent progress sessions.
My efforts were rewarded by the new album we pulled out of the hat in Indiana this month.
A long way to go to record - but I was prepared and gave myself a good chance of writing and performing well.
Delighted at myself (eek) but more importantly at the Key to Music for inspiring me.

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Broadly based in London; also found in Edinburgh, Spain, USA.