About Me

I have been playing music for almost my whole life.  I started the Clarinet at school aged 9, back in the days when local authorities made it easy to access a range of musical experiences to try out. Later on, I was fortunate enough to start the Saxophone when I happened to see a Baritone Saxophone lurking in a music cupboard at the school where my dad worked. I asked if I could try it, and the school let me borrow it, and despite the fact that it was almost as big as me I was hooked!

I believe in making music accessible, achievable and affordable through high quality teaching from a fully qualified expert specialising in young learners.

Music builds self esteem and resilience, and brings a sense of success, confidence and joy to all those who experience it. I believe those young people who have the opportunity to be involved in music from an early age develop many positive attributes and skills which help them in other areas of their lives.

I was excited when I discovered the Nuvo range of instruments. Their mission to improve access to music making for young people struck a chord with me. These Nuvo instruments give young people an affordable way in to learning an exciting and expensive instruments. They are designed with young people in mind and so, whilst not compromising on sound and quality, they are lighter, more resilient and easy to clean and maintain. I am proud to be a Nuvo Ambassador, collaborating with other like minded music teachers and keeping up to date with new technology that makes music easier to access.

I was delighted to be a Finalist in Tamworth Business and Community Awards 2018 in the categories 'Most Promising Start-up' and 'Services' after receiving many nominations from students and their families. It such a privilege to teach people to learn to play Saxophone and/or Clarinet.

In December 2018 we held our first Christmas Concert and Wilnecote Parish Hall, Tamworth. Students of all ages and abilities performed on stage to their loved ones. It was an amazing opportunity for all involved and we are now looking forward to our Summer concert in 2019.

I deliver tuition from my home studio in Tamworth, Staffordshire.


  • ABRSM Grade 8 Distinction in Saxophone and Clarinet
  • ABRSM Grade 5 Merit in Piano
  • ABRSM Grade 5 Theory of Music
  • University of Durham Bachelor of Arts First Class (History and Music, 2006)
  • University of Cambridge PGCE and QTS (Qualified Teacher Status, 2007)
  • University of Cambridge Faculty of Education Post Graduate Certificate of Professional Study (2010)
  • Former Secondary School History Teacher, Assistant Head of History, Acting Head of History and Cross Curricular Innovation Leader in an Outstanding School near Burton Upon Trent, Staffordshire.
  • Published in Teaching History Magazine 132 (2008) - Article focusing on how young people having a musical language can be used as a tool for higher order thinking, talking and constructing an evidence based account.
  • Nuvo Ambassador
  • Your Space Music Lessons Online Teacher through Skype and Zoom since January 2018.
  • Tutor for Entrust - Staffordshire Music Service since January 2019.
  • Registered as an ABRSM Music Medals Assessor and for Exam entries.
  • Currently registering for ABRSM Certificate for Music Educators Level 4.
  • Member of the Musicians Union
  • Enhanced DBS Fully Certified
  • Level 1 Safeguarding and Promoting the welfare of Children Training (2009)
  • Educare Safeguarding in Education (Music) Certificate Level 2 (2017)
  • Public and personal Liability Insured 
  • Former student member of Staffordshire Youth Orchestra (SYO) and Staffordshire Youth Jazz Orchestra (SYJO)
  • Former Principal Clarinet in Midlands Youth Orchestra
  • Former Saxophonist at Durham University Big Band Society.
  • Alto Saxophonist in semi professional groups Milestone Jazz Ensemble and Reed Fever.
  • Musical Director of Trevelyan College Jazz Orchestra at University of Durham
  • Finalist in Tamworth Business and Community Awards 2018 in categories 'Most Promising Start-up' and 'Services'.