Individual and Small Group Music Lessons
We are fortunate to benefit from the support of a team of instrumental teachers of music at Burford who offer over 180 lessons a week in a wide range of instruments. We also prepare students for their ABRSM Grade V Theory exam, allowing them 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 can have their times fixed; normally during one of their free periods.
We welcome both beginners and experienced students to learn an instrument and, once competent, they are expected to join one of the ensembles or orchestras that we have in school. In July students who belong to one of these groups are invited to attend our week long Music Residential in North Wales and take part in the Gala Evening.
There are two options for instrumental tuition at Burford. String, woodwind and brass tuition is offered by peripatetic teachers from Oxfordshire County Music Service. They can be contacted using their online service at www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/musicinterest
We also offer tuition in piano, voice, trumpet classical guitar, electric and bass guitar and percussion. Students interested in learning these instruments should contact the teachers listed below directly who can then discuss their requirements.
Kevin Suter – Piano and Music Theory
I have been teaching Piano at Burford School for over 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 morning 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.
Polly 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.
Cuthbert 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.
Mrs J. Baker-Rowe BA (Hons) MA – Classical Guitar
My first degree is in the dual disciplines of Music and Art History, specialising in music performance with the classical guitar. Following my Masters degree, I continued with post-graduate studies at the University of Oxford.
I now teach the classical guitar, having established a highly successful teaching practice in the Oxfordshire area with students who regularly attain distinctions in their ABRSM and Trinity examinations. I also give performances from the classical guitar music repertoire.
Andrew Skittrall – Electric/Bass 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 syllabuses. I also help GCSE students prepare for their performances and help record their compositions.
Two evenings a week after school I run the ‘Rock School’ where students come to improve their ensemble skills and play in a band. Students are encouraged to enjoy whilst they learn, from the basics right up to being able to perform on stage at gigs.
Andrew Griffiths – Drum Kit and Percussion
I 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. I prepare students wanting to take an exam for the Rockschool and Trinity exam syllabuses.
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.
We cater for all sorts of instruments but, if you have an unusual request or require any further information about music lessons in general, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Jenkins, our Music Administrator in the Music Department: BIM@burford.oxon.sch.uk