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.
Courses Taught by this Tutor: String Group
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.
Courses Taught by this Tutor: Choir, Tuned Percussion, Untuned Percussion
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.
Courses Taught by this Tutor: Recorder Group
I have been living in the area since 1996. I am an orchestral conductor, improviser, composer and music teacher. I initially became a trustee because I believe in the importance of music and music education for young people. In the current climate, where literacy and numeracy are taught in our schools to the almost total exclusion of all else, it seems even more important to provide a space for young people to develop their creative side through learning an instrument and playing together with other musicians.
Courses Taught by this Tutor: Senior Ensemble
Kate currently teaches in primary and secondary schools across Devon. She is a mentor for SWMS and founder of Soundlaunch which specialises in musical development through songwriting and performance.
Kate is passionate about supporting the potential of each student and developing their individual creativity.
Courses Taught by this Tutor: Songwriting and Music Composition, Beginners Guitar
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.
Courses Taught by this Tutor: Concert Band, Jazz Band
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.
Courses Taught by this Tutor: Sing and Play
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.
Courses Taught by this Tutor: Folk Group
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 .
Courses Taught by this Tutor: Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar