SMS provides exceptional quality wind instrument tuition for both adults and children across Sussex.
Whatever your age lessons on a wind instrument will bring the player a sense of enjoyment, achievement and well-being.
Many adults are beginning to play instruments such as the saxophone as a way of relaxing after a busy day. There are opportunities to join local ensembles, bands and orchestras too, making it a social activity. Playing a Clarinet piece by Mozart, a folk tune you love or Jazz on a trumpet can slow the heart rate, eliminate stress and give great personal pleasure.
Children love playing wind 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 wind instruments, not to mention jazz bands and big bands, 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 wind instrument can help alleviate asthma 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.
A list of our current teachers is supplied below. SMS is adding to our teacher database all the time so not all current teachers will necessarily be listed.
Ben (FLUTE) – BMus (Hons) 2:1 PG Dip (RNCM) Distinction
Ben began his musical life learning through Stockport Music Service, first on Violin then later Flute. Progressing through their ensembles from beginner through to Stockport’s Youth Orchestra, he then continued his studies with a degree at King’s College, London. Here, he specialised in performance, having lessons at the Royal Academy with Claire Southworth.
He entered the Royal Northern College of Music for a Postgraduate Diploma in Performance on an entrance award. Studying with Peter Lloyd, Ander Ljungar-Chapelon and Joanne Boddington, he completed the course with Distinction.
Since, he has free -lanced and taught across the country as well as running outreach programs and flute workshops. Alongside Orchestral and Chamber Orchestra work, he has appeared often as a soloist, most recently premiering the new flute concerto by composer Evan Jolly. As a session musician he has played for several national and international advertising campaigns, as well as featuring on the sound track to ‘Under the Skin’, starring Scarlett Johannson. He also occasionally moonlights as a recorder player(!).
Ben is recruitment manager for Sussex Music School.
Jana (FLUTE) – Royal Conservatory of Music, Ljubljana, Slovenia – Grade 10 flute performance Masters of Music in Flute Performance, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
I am a passionate, dedicated flute musician and teacher. I have over 20 years’ experiences in teaching flute and recorder individually in groups and ensembles. I have been teaching in UK since 2008, running workshops, soundmakers, individual and group lessons.
I use a creative, flexible and lively approach to teaching and believe that a positive teaching process full of playfulness, encouragement and inspiration are essential to love the music that you make.
I can help you with performance skills, motivation, improvisation and music theory.
I bring my own experience as a classical music solo performer (competitions, concerts, theatre plays), classical chamber music and orchestra performer as well as a member of the Bliss Art band.
I have experience with working with pupils with learning disabilities such as Asperger’s syndrome and Dyslexia. I adapt my teaching approach accordingly for students with specific needs, taking into account such things as understanding the way their brain works and the individual’s characteristics. My experience as a Gestalt therapist enriches the different approach to teaching. I create a safe space where they can reach their potential.
I take a well-grounded approach to teaching the flute. You want to enjoy it! Yes, there will be work involved in acquiring a new skill which is not achieved at the touch of a button…
… but I will lead you step by achievable step at your pace, to suit your learning style. I have taught flute for a total of 13 years so far.
Flute teaching is one of several different strands to my career. I have worked with all types of people, ages, and abilities. I have travelled far and wide.
I studied flute with Susan Milan (Royal College of Music) and David Butt (ex-BBC Symphony Orchestra).
I teach at schools in East Sussex and in local pupils’ homes so that it is convenient and safe for you.
“Miss Goodwin was very patient with me, explaining how to make the mouth shape which was difficult at first, and we played lots of tunes which I liked too.” (School pupil)
“Susan made me feel musical. She gave me the confidence I needed to play expressively and enjoy myself. Lessons on technique followed, and combining them became magical over time.” (Adult pupil)
Marielle 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.
Recent concerto engagements include Mozart’s Flute and Harp, J.S Bach’s Brandenburg 4 and Suite in B minor and Poulenc’s Sonata orchestrated by Lennox Berkeley. Prizes and awards include the Philharmonia Orchestra Martin Musical Scholarship, Harold Clark Woodwind Prize, Jellinek Award and EMI Sound Foundation.
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!
Clare – BA (Hons), DipMus, QTS
Clare has had long and varied career both performing and teaching music. As a child she performed at a variety of top venues in London including The Royal Albert Hall as part of the Schools Prom as well as in Poland, Europe and America. She was privileged to have lessons from Jean Dolmetschand then went on to study at The Guildhall School of Music. Her teaching career was with the East Sussex Music service for 14 years when she then gained a BA Hons and QTS in Primary teaching. She then went on to become a class teacher in Primary school where she taught Year 3, 4 and 5 as well as being the music specialist teaching music lessons as well as the choir and orchestra. Ten years on she has returned to just music teaching and am now Head of Music at a lovely school in the heart of Sussex. She specializes in class music, flute, recorders, singing, choir and orchestra. She loves all genres of music ranging from early music to pop music. She loves encouraging children to explore a wide variety of music, composing and like to link my lessons to the curriculum as often as possible.
Olie has recently concluded his studies at the University of Chichester and achieved a 2:1 in Music BA (Hons). He has been playing for over 10 years and in that time has played with a variety of groups. Olie has been the principle trumpet in the University of Chichester’s Symphony Orchestra, and has played in a number of noteworthy works, including The Armed Man, Shostakovich No.5, Dvorák No.9, The Marriage of Figaro and many more.
Despite being classically trained, Olie has experience within a big band setting, smaller jazz groups and pit bands. Olie enjoys arranging music as well as composing in his spare time.
Olie has had the chance to be involved with community music projects in the past involving Alzheimer and dementia patients, aiding and assisting in running groups for people suffering the challenging illness.
He also has an interest in the audio and tech side of music as well, having done close-mic recordings and electro-acoustic composition in the past. He is currently working on the early stages of planning out an album of his own, that he will eventually record himself.
Outside of music, Olie enjoys making and crafting props based on fiction and media, including video games, books and films. Olie is also particularly interested in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, his world based in Middle Earth and the lore that accompanies it.
Madeline – BA (Hons) Music, University College Chichester
Madeline started her music career aged 10 learning Clarinet at school before joining the Crawley Music Centre. She then went on to also learn jazz Saxophone when at secondary school. She achieved grade 8 in bo instruments, classical for Clarinet and jazz for Saxophone. Madeline is also self-taught on the Flute and can happily teach flute up to grade 4.
As a youth Madeline played for many ensembles both in the local music centre as well as County Youth ensembles (Symphonic and Orchestra) graduating to 1st Clarinet or Saxophone in all. She then went on to study Music at University College Chichester achieving a Bachelor of Arts degree.
Madeline spent time as a peripatetic teacher in West Sussex schools at all levels, as conductor of a beginners clarinet group and as section coach for the Wind Ensemble for Crawley Music Centre as well as privately teaching pupils for over 10 years with consistently good exam results (many pupils achieved Merit or Distinction).
Madeline can provide tuition to play in any genre, including working towards classical and jazz exams with Trinity Guildhall.
Madeline welcomes children and adult pupils of all abilities.
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