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Instruments Taught: Flute
Clare Devenport graduated from the Birmingham School of Music in 1985 with diplomas in flute teaching and performing. She was appointed to the ILEA wood wind panel and spent the next few years teaching flute and recorder in Primary and Secondary Schools. Clare’s interest in music and psychology influenced her choice in training and qualifying firstly as a music therapist and then as a Child psychotherapist working in the NHS. Since moving to Devon Clare has renewed her teaching practice working privately and in South Brent primary school.
Clarinet (up to Grade 3)
Will work with and advise on teaching music to students with dyslexia.
Also music education support work for children with special educational needs - including Autism and complex needs.
Rachel Miller is the Sing and Play teacher. She studied at Oxford University and then as a post graduate at Dartington College of Arts, Devon and at Bristol University where she trained as a Music Therapist. She studied flute with Ingrid Culliford, Trinity College of Music and has taught flute since 1986 in private practice and in institutions including Dartington College of Arts, SaMM Totnes, Ivybridge Community College and several other schools. She has worked professionally as a flautist in several different genres including classical, jazz, folk and experimental music.
Tuba and French Horn to a basic level
Sam is thoroughly committed to music education and has over seven years of experience of individual and group brass, music theory, aural and composition tuition, both privately and in primary and secondary schools.
He is in his eighth year as Brass Tutor at SaMMS, and is currently director of its Wind Band and Music Theory groups. In addition, he enjoys composing and arranging music, especially for jazz, brass and wind ensembles.
Carol runs the string group and teaches the violin at SAMM. Before moving to Devon in 1980, Carol worked in London as a professional violinist. She is an Associate of the Royal College of Music and studied music at Dartington College of Arts, Converse College, SC, USA, The Royal College of Music, London and the Institut des Hautes Etudes Musicales, Montreux.
Instruments Taught: Violin
Will give the odd extra lesson if other violin teachers are away or during the holidays.
The folk group is led by Griselda Sanderson, who specialises in ethnic bowed strings (fiddle, Swedish nyckelharpa and Norwegian hardanger ). Originally from Scotland she has a background in both classical and traditional music, with a BA Hons. in music and a PhD in musicology. Griselda has had several album releases and has toured with the RSC and performed music during a season at Shakespeare’s Globe. She is a former tutor at Dartington College of Arts and has been teaching traditional folk music for many years.
Instruments Taught: Piano
Sue is a multi-instrumentalist specialising in piano, voice and steel pan. In her early twenties Sue had a cabaret act singing and playing trumpet in Mallorca where she lived for approximately three years. Later she studied at Dartington and Bath College for her BA(Hons) and PGCE before being Head of Music in a local school for a number of years.
SaMMS has always been a venture that welcomes the “everyman”, the untutored and that’s what I love about it. I fell into guitar teaching by being asked and I start each week thrilled by the knowledge that that’s what I’m going to be doing all week . I also get a buzz from knowing I have so much to learn myself. I have learnt my musical trade the hands-on way as a jobbing musician since 1973 . I have played various types of musics from Pub Rock to Traditional Folk via Jazz , Strict Tempo Ballroom and Electronica .