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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.


Anna is an inspiring cello and piano teacher with over 25 years of experience of teaching both privately and in private/maintained schools. She has a calm and patient approach which her adult and younger pupils like. She went to a Steiner School so her lessons are influenced by Steiner methods and she is also skilled at teaching with Suzuki methods. She has taught in private schools (currently cello teacher at St Christopher’s, Hove) and in state schools (Patcham High school, Patcham) as well as from her home in Hove. Children and adults love to play her baby grand piano!

Anna teaches all genres of music (classical, pop, jazz) and takes students through ABRSM music exams or music scholarships.  She has just found out one of her piano scholarship pupils who went to Hurstpierpoint studied Music Production at Leeds and graduated with a First Class Degree. She also plays regularly in a trio and quartet and is available to perform at events/functions.

Amy – BA Music

Amy SAmy fell in love with music as a child, and has never been without it since. In 2013, she graduated from Sussex University with a BA degree in Music, with cello as her main study and specialising in performance and composition. Since graduating, she has been teaching and participating in various projects, including improvisatory ensemble the Drawchestra and pirate folk band The Captain’s Beard, in addition to regular session work and teaching.

Amy has an eclectic music taste and is a great lover of improvisatory styles and folk. Alongside music, Amy enjoys cooking, drawing, and lives in Brighton by the sea.

Carl – BMus (Hons) LTCL

CarlCarl began playing violin age seven and his musical interest has continued to flourish ever since. He studied with Professor Diana Cummings and then Ofer Falk at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where he received his BMus degree and LTCL teaching diploma in 2014. As a soloist, he gained 2nd place with Highly Commended in the Vivian Joseph Classical Concerto Competition and has also been a finalist in the Vera Kantrovich Solo Bach Prize. He has performed at renowned venues such as The Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall and a concert at Queen Elizabeth Hall as part of Trinity Laban’s String Ensemble. Chamber music is a passion of his. He plays in a clarinet trio as well as being a member of the Mizuki String Quartet, who have received coaching from esteemed musicians such as Carducci and Wihan quartets and Michael Bochmann. Carl is a keen and devoted violin teacher to all age ranges and abilities and strives to get the very best out of his pupils focusing particularly on posture and technique early on with musicality and enjoyment of lessons remaining the most important aspect. Carl enjoys playing tennis, walking in the countryside and cooking in his spare time.


JoeyJoey is studying Music at Sussex University currently majoring in performance modules. His musical accolades include obtaining Grade 8 Distinction in Cello and Guitar and is now working towards completing his second stage diploma in Jazz guitar. Joey has played guitar for various theatre companies, touring at venues such as the Minack theatre in Cornwall, the Arts depot in London and the Hackney Empire to name a few. He also is a listed musician for the National Youth Music Theatre organisation based in London which has produced major talents such as Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith. Joey hopes to obtain a 2:1 in his degree to then read jazz guitar at Masters level in London.

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.

Piers – Higher Education Certificate of Professional Musicianship, Post Graduate Certificate of Further and Higher Music Education

Piers was born in 1962 and has over 30 years of experience working at the highest level of the Creative & Performing Arts and Music Industries. He has been passionate about music since becoming aware of it in the late 60s and it has been his main focus since 2008. He strongly believes that Music is an essential part of an education and vital to the development of creativity. He has recently graduated from BIMM in Brighton with a Post Graduate Certificate of Higher and Further Music Education, which qualifies him to teach music up to degree level. He is Music Director and one of the Principals of the Gielgud Academy of Performing Arts which was established by his wife Suzanne in 2011. He enjoys both listening to and playing all kinds of music, though his favourite era was the 70’s. He believes that few things are quite as satisfying as locking in with a really good drummer and that you always need one more bass that you already have. He lives in West Sussex with his wife and 2 daughters.

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!

Annie – BA (Hons) Music

Annie works as a violinist and pianist, playing an eclectic mix of music. She tutors individuals, ensembles, choirs, fiddle bands and small orchestras and devises and facilitates music and writing workshops, often with people who have never before had an opportunity to explore the arts. Annie loves encouraging others to be the best musician that they can be. She was introduced to improvising when first learning music and it continues to fuel her playing and composing. Many styles and influences from literary, visual and musical genres inspire Annie’s own creative work and she has collaborated with other musicians, composers, dancers, writers, visual artists, and film makers in studio and live. Annie loves contemporary and experimental music and has a particular interest in creating and playing from graphic scores.

Aside from music, art and writing adventures, Annie is happiest when walking on mountains or wild beaches and loves making and reading books.

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