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 freelanced 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 soundtrack to ‘Under the Skin’, starring Scarlett Johannson. He also occasionally moonlights as a recorder player(!).
Jana (FLUTE) – Royal Conservatory of Music, Ljubljana, Slovenia – Grade 10 flute performance Masters of Music in Flute Performance, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
Jana is a passionate, dedicated flute musician and teacher with over 20 years’ experiences in teaching flute and recorder individually in groups and ensembles. She has been teaching in UK since 2008, running workshops, soundmakers, individual and group lessons. Jana uses a creative, flexible and lively approach to teaching and believes that a positive teaching process full of playfulness, encouragement and inspiration are essential to love the music that you make.
Jane brings her 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.
Jana is also experienced in 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.
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