Individual and Small Group Music Lessons

We are fortunate to benefit from the support of fourteen external/private teachers of music at Burford who offer 180 lessons of tuition in a wide range of instruments. We also prepare students for their Grade V Theory exam, allowing students to move on to higher instrumental grades.

Lessons are taught in 30 minute slots timetabled on a rota system during the school day, so that students do not miss any particular subject from the main school curriculum in order to learn an instrument. Only Sixth Form students have their times fixed; normally during one of their free periods.

Beginners and experienced students are equally welcome as pupils and, once competent, are expected to join the groups and orchestras we have in school.  In July most students learning an instrument attend our week long Music Residential in North Wales and take part in the Gala Evening, with invited guests and parents, on the last night of term.

Those interested in taking music lessons are encouraged to contact the peripatetic teachers listed below directly.  The school will then timetable lessons with the teacher and parents will be billed directly. We cater for all sorts of instruments but, if you have an unusual request, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Frankcom in the Music Department. sfra0070@burford.oxon.sch.uk  

If your child would like to learn a string, woodwind or brass instrument then they will need to enrol with one of our peripatetic teachers from the Oxfordshire Music Service.  They can be contacted using their online service at www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/musicinterest

 

 

Kevin SuterKevin Suter  – Piano and Music Theory                 

I have been teaching Piano at Burford School for 20 years.  My students learn all the techniques needed to play a variety of styles on the piano.  I tend to follow the ABRSM piano exam syllabus as I think this is the best way to improve keyboard skills.  However, lessons are not all about exams, and I regularly teach students to play popular pieces, both classical and contemporary, as I am well aware that students like to play music that they enjoy listening to.  I also help GCSE students prepare for their performances, both solo and ensemble.  On a Friday mornings at 8.00am I run a Music Theory Club for all students who want to improve their theory skills, that might mean preparing for the ABRSM Grade V Theory Exam, or just understanding how music works and helping GCSE students understand more.

For further information regarding my tuition and prices please email me at k.suter@burford.oxon.sch.uk

 

Julia Baker-RoweMrs J. Baker-Rowe BA (Hons) MA – Classical Guitar 

I gained my first degree in the dual disciplines of Music and Art History, specialising in music performance with the classical guitar. This was followed by a Masters degree, supervised jointly by the Courtauld Institute in London and Oxford University, in which I gained a distinction for my work on the iconography of musical performance. Following this I  continued with post-graduate studies at the University of Oxford.

I now teaches music theory and the classical guitar, having established a highly successful teaching practice in the Oxfordshire area with students who regularly attain distinctions in their examination grades. I also gives performances from the classical guitar music repertoire.

For further information regarding my tuition and prices please email me at j.rowe@burford.oxon.sch.uk

 

Andy SkittrallAndrew Skittrall – Guitar and Rock School 

I have been teaching guitar, both electric and bass, at Burford School for over 15 years.  My students learn all the techniques needed to play a variety of styles.

If students want to take an exam I prepare them for the Rockschool and Trinity exam syllabus.  I also help GCSE students prepare for their performances and help record their compositions.

One evening a week after school I run the ‘Rock School’ where students come to improve their ensemble skills and play in a band.  Pupils are encouraged to enjoy whilst they learn from the basics right up to being able to perform on stage at concerts and gigs.

For further information regarding my tuition and prices please email me at a.skittrall@burford.oxon.sch.uk

 

Andrew Griffiths – Drum Kit and Percussion

Andy GriffithsI have been teaching drums and percussion at Burford School for over 15 years.  My students learn all the techniques needed to play a variety of styles on the drum kit including reading notation.  If students want to take an exam I prepare them for the Rockschool and Trinity exam syllabus.

I also offer students the opportunity to learn a variety of percussion instruments from Timpani through to Vibraphone, using the extensive range of instruments belonging to the school. If you ever wanted to know how to play Tubular Bells or a Tam-Tam, now is your chance.

For further information regarding my tuition and prices please email me at a.griffiths@burford.oxon.sch.uk

 

Polly StrangePolly Strange – Voice
I started teaching voice at Burford School in September 2015,  before that I was head of vocal studies at Cirencester College.  I have vast experience of performing, ranging from musicals and pop bands through to classical performance.  I coach students in the ABRSM exam grades and also prepare students for the Rockschool exam syllabus.

For further information regarding my tuition and prices please email me at p.strange@burford.oxon.sch.uk

 

Cuthbert LovellCuthbert Lovell –  Trumpet 

I have been teaching at Burford School for the past two years and I specialise in Trumpet playing.  I have experience of Orchestral, Brass Band and Big Band ensembles.  I teach using the ABRSM syllabus and encourage students to improve their playing using the grade system. For further information regarding my tuition and prices please email me at c.lovell@burford.oxon.sch.uk

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