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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

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.

Jade PGDip Trinity Laban, BMus – Cello 

Jade is a freelance cellist performingacross Europe and the UK. Sheregularly broadcasts with the BBC and ITV and is an active session musician and composer. She completed her undergraduate studies in cello performance at the Royal College of Music Junior Department with Christine Livingstone, Royal Holloway University of London with Ben Davies and her Postgraduate Studies at Trinity Laban Conservatoire with Naomi Butterworth.  She is a great teacher working in Brighton and Hove. 

Emily – Violin/Voila – MMus (Distinction) GSMD, BMus (Hons) RNCM, Grade 8 Viola (Dist) 

Emily studied viola and chamber music at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and completed her studies at Folkwang Universität der Künste in Essen and Hochschule für Künste in Bremen where her principal teachers were Mark Knight, Krzysztof Chorzelski, Vladimir Mendelssohn and Esther van Stralen.
She has performed extensively as a recitalist and chamber musician in festivals and concerts throughout Europe and as a concerto soloist with amateur orchestras across the UK. As an orchestral musician she has performed with symphony and chamber orchestras in Britain and Germany  Neue Philharmonie Westfalen and Stadtorchester Hagen.
Open to all genres of music, she has performed alongside artists including Boy George, Mica Paris and Dominic Horowitz. Now establishing herself as a chamber musician and educator, she is responsible for the education of more than 30 young string players. She has performed at festivals and given numerous concerts with the Chagall Piano Quartet since founding the ensemble in 2011 and has reached the final of international chamber music competitions with them, including the St Martin-in-the-Fields competition and the Johannes Brahms competition in Gdansk. The quartet are beginning a project of recording unrecorded British chamber music for MPR and have recently been accepted onto the Chamberstudio programme at Kings Place, an elite mentorship for chamber music ensembles.

Danielle – Violin – PGDE Primary Ed, Grade 8 Violin

Born in Canada Danielle teaches Violin, Voice and Primary Curriculum Music. She completed a Bachelor of Arts Music (Voice and Music Education) before going on to train as a Kodaly and Orff Music Educator.  She is a Fully Qualified Teacher and holds a further degree in Early childhood Music Education. She enjoys teaching baby and toddler groups as well as curriculum music through into secondary school. In the past she has taught Recorder, Ukulele, drumming, and directed musicals. As a performer she has performed in Japan, Canada and Europe in choral, orchestral, folk groups as well as with singer song writers.  

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