Sessions organised by the South Tyneside Music Service in schools are all delivered by highly qualified teachers/tutors.
Below is a short profile of each music teacher / tutor in South Tyneside.
Job title and responsibilities
Studied at Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, followed by teacher training at Bretton Hall College.
BA (Hons) Music, PGCE, LTCL
I have taught woodwind for South Tyneside Music Service since 1994, specialising in clarinet, saxophone and flute. Most of my students attend the Wind Band Centre, and play in orchestras, ensembles, cadet bands and jazz ensembles, and I encourage as much participation in ensemble music as possible. My students are encouraged to perform in a variety of styles, in large and small scale events, and to enjoy their music making.
My background is orchestral, and I enjoy performing with the New Tyneside Orchestra in Newcastle. Most of my work outside teaching takes place in the theatre, and I perform regularly in theatres throughout the North East.
Peripatetic Strings Teacher/Senior Teacher/Conductor - String Ensembles/Music Service Examinations Officer
I'm a product of Barnsley Music Service (taught by the inspirational Mrs Lowe) who wanted flute lessons but, when these were not available turned to the Cello. A decision I've never regretted!
B.A. Hons. (Kingston)
A.L.C.M. (Associate of the London College of Music)
A.B.R.S.M. - Teaching Music Effectively
My first study is the Cello but I also teach the Double Bass, Violin, Whole Class Strings and Recorder. I work with young people aged 5 to 18 individually, in small groups, whole classes and as leader of various string ensembles. My playing experience includes Solos, String Quartets, Choral Groups, Symphony Orchestras and playing for Shows. The variety of music ranges from Baroque through to the Popular Music genre. I tutor many pupils through the Music Medals scheme and I'm also an ABRSM qualified teacher /Assessor
I am a peripatetic brass teacher that goes round both primary and secondary schools, recruiting and teaching pupils from Year 4 to Year 13. I teach brass from individual pupils up to whole class brass in the Authority's 'First Access' classes.
I have been a member of staff with the Brass Band Centre that meets on a Saturday morning at Chuter Ede Centrel for the last 15 years, rehearsing, teaching, conducting and playing with all of the Centre Bands
I also conduct South Tyneside Orchestra which is a community orchestra that meets at Chuter Ede. We rehearse popular music to perform at 5-6 concerts per year.
I studied at Newcastle College to gain the Graduate Diploma in Classical Music. I then studied at Sunderland University to gain my B.A. (Hons) in Music Education. I can play and teach all brass instruments but specialise in the Tuba. I am also able to teach piano/keyboard and recorder.
Qualified Music Teacher, B.A. (Hons) in Music Education
Graduate Diploma in Classical Music
Teaching Music Effectively - Associated Board Royal School of Music
Grade 8 Tuba - Associated Board Royal School of Music
I have played and do play in a lot of different styles and groups. My main background has been in brass band playing, playing with bands for over 30 years. I currently play with the Reg Vardy Band. This is a Championship Section Level Band which I have played with for 10 years. I have also have played in brass quintets, orchestras, wind bands, theatre bands (in the pit) as well as conducting various bands, orchestras and as theatre shows as an MD.
I am currently teaching a wide range of whole class groups from year 1 to year 6 in primary schools across the borough in Glockenspiel, African Djembe drums as well as Brazilian Samba drumming. As well as teaching small group keyboards in a number of primary schools, helping to develop skills in key stage 1 and 2. Also providing individual drum kit lessons in a number of secondary schools working with music teachers to help older pupils through their GCSE music performance exams as well as rockschool and/or guildhall drum exams from beginner to more advanced, or simply building life skills.
I first played a military marching snare drum in the South Tyneside Pipe Band then started playing drum kit in a number of local bands and now I have over 30 yrs experience in performing with other musicians live in a wide variety of venues and settings and im still playing now. After studying music at college and then university, I started working as a music lecturer at South Tyneside College as well as teaching a number of private students locally before joining the music services as a percussion tutor and I have been working round schools all over the borough ever since, building a good working relationships with teachers and heads.
A level Music: BA (HONS) Music: PGCE
Over 30 years as a working musician playing in a variety of bands across many different styles. Holding samba workshops and leading a young drum group and organising concerts for them.
Teacher of music, specialising in brass, composition and music technology. As a Brass specialist, I advise pupils on technical issues with their playing and instruments. I also lead ensembles when required.
I'm from South Shields and was taught to play piano and cornet by local teachers. I teach in Mortimer Community College and play with local ensembles throughout the year.
BA (hons) Popular music
Grade 8 trumpet, Distinction
Grade 7 Pianoforte, Distinction
Currently working towards ABRSM Diploma, trumpet
I began playing with my local church, The Peoples Mission Silver Band, when I was about 7 years old. I soon after joined the South Tyneside Brass Band Scheme where I played in all the bands and spent three years playing Principal cornet for the Premier Band winning the Rotary Soloist award on two occasions.
Since leaving the Brass Band centre I have played Principal cornet with various local brass bands, I have performed in pit orchestras for musicals including, Barnum, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, Westside Story amongst others. I have also played lead trumpet for The New Century Rag Time Orchestra and the Geordie Latinos. Being a musician has allowed me to perform in places such as The Royal Albert Hall, The Sage Gateshead and The Barbican Centre in London. I have also recorded a performance for radio at the BBC studios in Manchester.
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I feature as a soloist on two CD's by Westoe Band. I have also worked as a session musician on both the trumpet and piano playing on recordings for other projects.
I studied at Boldon Comprehensive School playing cornet/trumpet and tenor horn. Before moving on to tutoring others with the South Tyneside Brass Band Centre.
Grade 8 Cornet Associated Board Royal School of Music
I've been a tutor with the Saturday Brass Band Centre since march 2009. I have played since starting Comprehensive school at the age of 11, and have played at Championship standard in several local brass bands over the years. I have played at the Royal Albert Hall and other venues in various competitions. I have mainly played cornet and held Principal Cornet position for several years at a local brass band. During the last few years I have moved onto tenor horn and find this a pleasant change! I no longer play competitively.
I have both Music and Education degrees as well as performing and teaching diplomas for both trumpet and piano. My training and qualifications were obtained from Leeds and Newcastle University and the Colleges of Music. I was formerly an examiner for the Guildhall School of Music Examinations (nine years) and became an examiner for Trinity / Guildhall Schools of Music soon after the amalgamation in 2006, a post I still currently hold examining all instruments from Grades 1 - 8 and Certificate and Diploma Examinations. I have also been a Senior Examiner for 'A' Level and AS Music, a GCSE examiner and have been on the music panel and awarding committees for GCSE Music Examinations in the past. I have conducted many 'Syllabus-Specific Support Programmes' for both GCSE and 'A' Level.
LRAM (Piano - Teaching)
ARCM (Piano - Teaching)
LTCL (Piano - Performing)
LGSM (Trumpet - Teaching)
LLCM (Trumpet - Performing)
ALCM (Trumpet - Performing)
I began my career as a comprehensive school teacher in the North East of England, undertaking part-time lecturing in a College of Education and further Heads of Music posts, including Middle and High Schools, before leaving teaching and becoming a freelance musician, examiner and conductor. I have been a Musical Director/Conductor for many choirs, brass bands, orchestras and musical societies in the North East of England having been responsible for many musicals too numerours to mention. My experience in the brass band competition field is also extensive having conducted in the championship section and lower sections. I have also been the Musical Director for a local theatre for over 20 years in which pantomimes and musical shows were performed annually. I teach a considerable number of students in my private practice - piano, electronic keyboard, all brass instruments and singing. As a trumpet and cornet player I have given recitals, played in brass bands and orchestras. As a pianist I have given recitals, performed concertos, accompanied choirs and many soloists including, in the brass band field, David Childs, Dudley Bright, Shona White, Steven Sykes and Alan Morrison to name but a few. I also have experience in composition and arranging with many of my compositions and arrangements having been performed in my local region.
My music qualifications for Trombone playing were awarded by the London College of Music. Although I am a trombone player I can also play valved instruments and consequently I am able to teach the full range of brass instruments.
Licentiate of London College of Music (Trombone Playing) - 1977 - LLCM
Associate of the London College of Music (Trombone Playing) - 1976 - ALCM
Music Education Experience:
September 1980 to date - Part time Music Tutor for South Tyneside Council.
Co-Director of South Tyneside Schools Brass Band Scheme Centre in 2004-5 responsible for:
Administration and promotion of the centre
Communication with parents
Communication with the Head of Music Services and Staff
Co-ordination with other parts of the music services such as the wind band and string orchestra centres
Organisation of concerts and other performances by groups from the centre
Music Tutor responsible for:
Teaching the full range of brass instruments
Rehearsing premier, senior and beginner bands
Preparing bands for concerts and conducting the bands at the concerts
Taking section rehearsals
Individual tuition in preparation for grade exams when required
Music Performance Experience:
Principal trombone in Monkwearmouth band of the Salvation Army where my solo repertoire includes the Ferdinand David "Concertino", Ray Steadman Allen's "The Eternal Quest" and Erik Leidzen's "Concertino for Band and Trombone"
Solo performances with piano accompaniment in fund raising concerts, repertoire includes Movements from the Gordon Jacob Trombone Concerto, Rimsky-Korsakoff's "Flight of the Bumble Bee"
Playing in pit orchestras for shows e.g. Sweet Charity, Fame, Me and My Girl etc
Occasional performances with Bede Wind Band and South Tyneside Orchestra
Music tutor. Playing the tuba and working with the low brass in both the junior and senior wind bands.
I started playing brass relatively late at Boldon School and the Saturday brass centre. My first instrument was the tenor horn but that didn't last long and the instruments grew in size until I was playing tuba before I left Boldon.
As I started playing relatively late and took a while to settle on playing the tuba I didn't have a lot of time to gain formal qualifications. I do have grades 4 practical and 5 theory from the ABRSM as well as GCSE and A level music. However I also have over 20 years experience playing with local brass and wind bands.
I've been playing long enough to have gained some great musical experiences. After starting out in school bands at Boldon and the Saturday Brass Centre I joined Boldon Brass Band and enjoyed competition success with them both locally and around the country. After a few years away at University I came back to South Tyneside and joined Westoe Brass Band and Bede Windband. With these I was lucky enough to play in all of the best music venues in the North East and further afield such as the Guild Hall in Preston, the Winter Gardens in Blackpool and the Royal Albert Hall.
It was great to be invited back to work with the Saturday morning centre to come back to where it all began.
I currently conduct the Junior Wind Band. The ensemble exists to allow pupils to be able to play their instruments with other pupils in a fun, supportive environment. It is an opportunity to make friends with other musicians from across the Borough and build upon the skills learnt in school ensembles. The ultimate aim is to gain the experience and musicianship of playing with other people (which personal practise at home cannot achieve) in order to progress into the Senior Wind Band and above.
My first musical experience was singing in the Scunthorpe Co-operative Junior Choir before learning the violin in Year 4 at primary school. By Year 6, I was being taught the trumpet by Stuart Wilkinson and continue to play the trumpet regularly. Before moving to Newcastle for University, I played in the North Lincolnshire Orchestra, Concert Band and Swing Band where I had many opportuites to go on European tours, play in the National Concert Band Festival and even record a CD. I support the work of the National Children's Orchestra of Great Britain, working on their pastoral team on their residential courses as well as helping at their Northerlies regional rehearsals. Away from music, I teach Mathematics in a secondary school.
I play piano, clarinet and percussion. I have 25+ years experience of teaching piano from beginner to Grade 8 ABRSM standard. I have worked for South Tyneside Music Service for four years supporting percussion players in both the Junior and Senior Wind Bands. I can also teach music theory to ABRSM Grade 5 standard.
BA Hons Education
Grade 8 piano
ALCM (Associate of the London College of Music)
My musical experience of playing in ensembles originates in South Tyneside as I was a member of South Tyneside Stage Band. From there I played with South Tyneside Orchestra and other local ensembles. I now play regularly with Bede Wind Band which has given performances at the Sage Gateshead, Newcastle City Hall and other local venues. In the past I have also played percussion with Brass Bands.
I am a Music graduate from Newcastle College. In my final academic year I created a music teaching business as part of my final major project. As I have now graduated I am looking to add to my teaching portfolio to further develop my music teaching skills and knowledge in a practical and professional teaching environment.