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SMS provides exceptional quality stringed instrument tuition for both adults and children across Sussex.

Whatever your age lessons on a stringed instrument will bring the player a sense of enjoyment, achievement and well-being.

Many adults are returning to strings as a way of relaxing after a busy day. There are many opportunities to join local ensembles and orchestras too, making it a social activity. Playing a piece by Mozart or a folk tune you love can slow the heart rate, eliminate stress and give great personal pleasure.

Children love playing stringed instruments because of the wide range of pieces and styles available and also the myriad of opportunities there are to play and perform with others. Just about every pop band, folk group and classical ensemble includes stringed instruments so you are always in demand! There is great opportunity for improvisation and composing as well as a huge classical repertoire to master. Learning a stringed instrument can begin as young as 4 years old and can enhance skills in mathematics, memory, concentration, resilience and creativity. Our teachers will advise on what type of instrument is best for your needs if you need to purchase one.

SMS teachers bring out the creative side of their students and will design a study programme based on each individual pupil’s needs – there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach or ‘method’. Practise books and concert opportunities for those who want them, will be provided.

Strings Teachers

Jen – BA (Hons) Actor Muscianship

pictureJennifer is a young, experienced and highly versatile violinist and performer, who has recently moved to the Eastbourne area. Besides teaching privately and in schools, Jennifer also performs all over the UK. She has most recently toured the UK with the highly acclaimed No.1 Tour of Fiddler On the Roof, playing the role of the Fiddler. She has done sessions for BBC Radio 4, BBC Radio Wales and BBC XFM for an array of different musical artists, including live gigs and studio recordings in prestigious venues.


Daniel  BA (Hon’s) Jazz – Double Bass

photoDan double bassDaniel is a professional musician holding a 2.1 BA Hon’s degree in Jazz with over 10 years experience in live performance, touring, recording and teaching. Dedicated and hard-working, Dan inspires and motivate students to achieve their goals. Dan takes great pride in his teaching and this has resulted in a 100% pass rate for his students.

Since moving to Brighton in 2003 and immersing himself in the music scene, Dan has played many styles of music from Salsa to Metal.

Along with gaining a BA (Hons) in Jazz (2009) Dan is currently a tutor at the Academy of Music and Sound and Cherry Pie music where he teaches contemporary guitar, bass guitar and music theory.

Highlights of his career to date include performing with: Sandi Thom, Alvin Stardust, Laura Vane (The Vipertones, Gnarls Barkley and The streets), Viola Wills (Joe Cocker, Barry White and Smokey Robinson), Jodie Kidd, UK premiere of Fame Forever, Port Arlington Celtic Festival (Australia) and a Tour of the French Alps, Touring Russia with the Pink Floyd Show UK, performing at the Sidmouth Folk Festival, Towersey Festival, the Queen Elizabeth Hall, and headlining the National Celtic Festival in Australia with Celtic Jazz-Funk group All Jigged Out.


Ros – BMUS Dip RNCM (Hons)

RosRos teaches violin and viola and theory. She also has experience leading workshops on rhythm (based on Dalcroze ideas) and string teacher training where she has given workshops on rhythm, note reading, vibrato and bowing techniques. She has also run practical musicianship classes, chamber music groups, and string orchestras from beginner to youth orchestra level and she teaches individuals from beginner to diploma level on both violin and viola. She has taught nursery music classes and is comfortable across both the primary and secondary curriculum as well as working with adult learners.


Marielle BMUS (Hons), Trinity College of Music – PGDip, Royal Academy of Music

Marielle-generic photo Sep 15Marielle studied at Royal Academy of Music and Trinity College of Music and now balances a successful performing career with a busy teaching schedule. She has worked with numerous ensembles across the UK, leading to performances at Aldeburgh and Dartington Festivals and venues such as Southbank Centre, King’s Place, National Portrait Gallery and St Martin In The Fields .

Marielle has many years of experience teaching piano from beginner to grade 6 level and is currently a piano tutor at Dunraven School in south London

Marielle has over 10 years experience teaching both privately and in schools, from beginner to diploma level, as well as coaching youth orchestras and preparing students for audition. Within teaching, she most enjoys meeting and working with a diverse range of people as well as sharing and communicating through music. Marielle also loves cooking, walking her dog Basil the beagle, travelling and learning French!

Dan – BA (Hons) in Professional Musicianship
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Dan graduated in 2008 with a BA (Hons) in Professional Musicianship. Since then he has constantly been in demand for his versatility on electric guitar and upright bass, and his music preparation skills. From theatre shows to small/big band jazz to stadium rock gigs, Dan feels at home in any number of different musical scenarios. Some of the artists he has worked with include: Pixie Lott, The Proclaimers, Buddy Greco, Craig Revel-Horwood, Kim Mezel (Maceo Parker), 911, Ray Lewis (The Drifters), Jaki Graham, John Cameron, Chico, Sonia, Bucks Fizz, Magic of Motown, Motown USA, Angie Brown, Joe Stilgoe, FreshSteps UK, Tom Fitzpatrick and many more.

Dan has been seen playing on many major television channels including BBC 1, BBC 2, ITV and Channel 4.

Dan has taught and lectured at Sussex University, Sussex Downs College (Eastbourne and Lewes), and at Dulwich Prep and Bedes, Willingdon, Causeway and Ratton secondary schools. He has also been involved with East Sussex Music Service, Access to Activities and Bonners Music Schools, and has been privately teaching students for over 10 years – many of whom have gone on to a career within the music industry.

He likes buying too much bass related equipment, he dislikes justifying said purchases to his better half!

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