SAMM Tutors

Carol Ballenger

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. As a hobby Sue sings with The Chordettes, a local Ladies Barbershop Group where she is a section leader, and is very proud to be an International Barbershop Bronze medallist. At SaMM Sue is currently taking Choir and Folk Group.



Courses Taught by this Tutor: Choir, Folk Group
Clare Devenport

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

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
Sam Massey

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
Griselda Sanderson

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
Rachel Thame

Rachel is an Early Years music specialist and multi-instrumentalist. She was born and raised in Devon, studied Music at Dartington College of Arts and Christchurch, Canterbury [BA(Hons)] and returned to live here with her family in 2003.



Courses Taught by this Tutor: Sing and Play, Beginners Guitar

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