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Music Tuition

We offer instrumental tuition at Looe Community Academy on a multitude of different instruments, taught in many different ways and in a variety of styles!

Learning to play an instrument is an enriching experience for students, providing opportunities to play in groups, bands and a range of ensembles, as well as developing many other valuable qualities such as self-discipline, concentration, self-confidence and creativity. Music lessons can also increase performance in other areas, particularly languages, mathematics, reading and memory recall.

What do we offer?

  • Piano
  • Keyboard
  • Electric Guitar
  • Acoustic Guitar
  • Bass Guitar
  • Drum Kit
 
  • Cornet
  • Tenor Horn
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium
  • Flute
  • Clarinet
 
  • Saxophone (Tenor/Alto)
  • Vocals (Male/Female)
  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Double Bass

 

Who are the teachers?

 

Kat Savage Josh Hawke Tim Brooks
Vocals, Saxophone, Clarinet Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar and Bass Guitar Drum Kit & Percussion

Kat has worked in the performing arts industry for 25 years. Her career started off in musical theatre and then, working as a dancer for West End productions and the Theatre Royal. After attending The Academy of Contemporary Music and the London Academy of Music and the Dramatic Arts, she mainstreamed into the music industry. In her career, she has worked with the likes of Olly Murs, Stacey Solomon, Will Young, Newton Faulkner, Jamiroquai, and played for Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford’s wedding, working for television, radio, theatre and music alike.

She now offers vocal coaching to local schools to help students gain confidence in finding their own unique style and voice, songwriting skills, exam technique for pop vocals and musical theatre examinations. She absolutely loves her job and working with the next generation of musical Talent.

Josh, the gear and tech-obsessed guitar teacher has been playing guitar for 18 years. Josh achieved his Grade 8 with London College of Music at the age of 16. He has been a qualified guitar teacher since the age of 18 and achieved a BA Music degree with Honours. He also completed his Graduate Teaching Programme (GTP) as a qualified teacher.

Josh has toured extensively throughout the UK and Europe, picking up record contracts along the way. Josh teaches everything from Acoustic, Metal, Rock and Jazz Guitar. Josh gives students a wide and dynamic guitar experience setting them up to be the next Hendrix if they want to!

Every student is taught on an individual basis and loves seeing the next generation of music talent come together to perform!

Tim started lessons with Sessioneer Simon Millest, who studied alongside Steve White (Paul Weller/The Who) with Bob Armstrong. He began playing pubs and clubs at 15, moving onto festivals with Afro-Sokah Band 'Carramba' by the time he was 17. As well as the contemporary music, he also played with Chandos Symphony orchestra, and with the composer David Fanshaw on his composition 'African Sanctus'. Extending his repertoire to musicals, he performed in ‘Hair’ and ‘Cabaret’. He co-wrote a musical at 18 and began working with electronics, dance and drum & bass.

On relocating to Newcastle in 1998 to study, he began working in the studio, recording and engineering whilst gigging with several projects. Tim worked alongside Mark Richardson (Feeder) and Ace (Skunk Anancie). Culminating in eventually playing live on stage with Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers).

 

Lisa Banks Tom Howard Bianca Phillips
Piano & Keyboard Cornet, Trumpet, Tenor Horn, Trombone, Euphonium & French Horn Flute, Violin, Viola, Cello & Double Bass

Lisa has been a music teacher for over 10 years and graduated from Dartington College of Arts with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance.

Lisa has worked in a variety of community settings including working as an accompanist for local choirs and musically directing local amateur dramatic shows since the age of 14. Lisa has worked with a variety of different industry professionals during her career and now enjoys imparting the knowledge that she has learnt to individuals in the local area, preparing them for both practical and theory of music exams.

Lisa is motivated by her love of music and the passion to transfer that knowledge and skills to others so their creativity and talent can shine.

Tom has been working in and around the Brass world for nearly 20 years.

He has a wealth of experience in multiple different disciplines, such as Jazz, Classical and modern.

Tom is currently the principal tenor horn for St Austell Town Band, and has gained multiple awards in this position. He is also a competent Musical Director, conducting many different ensembles, including; St Breward Silver Band, Bethel Choir, Loveney Male Voice Choir and the Cornwall Youth Brass Band.

Tom now works with multiple different schools in and around North Cornwall, providing brass tuition across the South West.

Bianca studied voice with Linda Hirst and Alistair Young at Trinity College of Music, London and also with Mary Beth Smith at the University of South West Texas, USA, before graduating with a BMus 1st Class Honours degree in 1999. She then completed a PGCE in 2003.

Bianca is a full-time peripatetic voice and instrumental teacher. She is also a principal with the Plymouth Gilbert and Sullivan Fellowship and a frequent soloist with various choral societies and choirs throughout the South West of England. Roles include Rose Maybud (Ruddigore); Mabel (The Pirates of Penzance); Elsie (The Yeomen of the Guard); Micaela (Carmen); Phyllis (Iolanthe); Josephine (HMS Pinafore); the plaintiff, Angelina (Trial by Jury); Kim (Bye Bye Birdie) and Isabelle in the Royal Philharmonic award-winning opera 'One Day, Two Dawns’. Bianca is a proud mum to her 16 year old twin sons, 5 year old son and 4 year old daughter.

 

Lessons take place during the school day and lasts 20 minutes. These lessons are individual and are tailored completely to each individual student. The instrumental lessons are on a rolling timetable to ensure that students do not miss parts of the same lesson continually.

Lessons are charged at £70.00 per term. A student will receive 10 lessons per term (£7.00 per lesson). Families in receipt of Disability Allowance, Working Tax Credit (not Child Tax Credit), and Job Seekers Allowance are charged £35.00 per term (£3.50 per lesson). Free lessons are available for students in receipt of Free School Meals, Children in Care or are the children of a serving member of the armed forces (of Great Britain and Northern Ireland).

If you have any further questions about Music Instrumental lessons at Looe Community Academy, then please feel free to contact Mr Richards in the Music department at: srichards@looe.cornwall.sch.uk.