About Us

Meet The Team (click or hover!)

Hikari Arts Owner
Studio And Admin Assistant
Singing Teacher
Drama Teacher
Piano Teacher
Saturday Piano Teacher

Our History

Written By Our Owner Nina

I started Hikari Arts 13 years ago in 2011, fresh off the block having just graduated with a Masters from Exeter University.  When I returned to my home town of Swindon, I started teaching piano and keyboard for a local music school in Old Town. Then when that music school closed down, I had these students, but no venue! At the time I was working part time for Swindon Dance, and they offered one room on the top floor to rent. Well.. that one room has turned into three teaching rooms, an office and a waiting area!
Hikari Arts started with just 10 students, 1 teacher (me!), £500 pounds and a pipe dream. Since then, more than 450 students have walked through our doors!  

I first had music lessons when I was 10 years old. It was in the bedroom of a local piano teacher’s house. When it came to Hikari Arts, I wanted to create a school that felt a bit.. different. Somehow more exciting.. more professional.. more energetic. I knew that being based in a venue like the Town Hall, could do away with the days of lessons in someone’s bedroom, or cluttered living room. 

I look forward to seeing more lives transformed through Hikari Arts.

Our Name

Name Meaning

Hikari (光) is the Japanese word for 'light' or 'shine'. This ties into our tagline 'a school where students shine'. Our unique small groups classes, gives every student an opportunity to learn, discover and shine. Our class structure enables even the shyest student to grow in confidence.

Culture Of Japan

We chose a Japanese word for our school name, as a reflection of Nina's Japanese roots and her passion for the culture and people of Japan. Our school aims to reflect the strong work ethic, attention to detail, and incredible customer service that Japan is known for.

Christian Values

Our name meaning 'light' is a reflection of the Christian values of the school. The word is found in many verses in the bible, such as this one:
'I am the Light of the world. He that followeth Me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.' (John 8: 12)


Our school is based in the beautiful grade II listed Town Hall, in Swindon town centre. We share the building with Swindon Dance, an inspirational not-for-profit dance organisation. Thanks to our unique positioning, students can take music, drama and dance classes all in one building. We also make use of the great facilities that the Town Hall has to offer, such as the 92 seat theatre and various studio spaces.

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