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 at Repton School in Derbyshire and take part in the Gala Evening.
There are two options for instrumental tuition at Burford. Lower 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, oboe, upper strings, brass, 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.
Anna Vincent-Hill – Vocal
After a Music degree at Exeter University, I qualified as a class music teacher from Cambridge University. Although also a piano and clarinettist, I mainly work as a choral conductor and singing teacher/voice coach both privately and within schools in Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. I am also a professional performing soprano singer and one of the Musical Directors for The Military Wives Choirs.
Joanna Rhind-Tutt BA (1st class Hons), CTABRSM – Oboe
I studied at the Royal Academy of Music, specialising in oboe and piano before becoming a performer and teacher in London and then Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire. I now work mainly in Oxford and Abingdon, and as a private tutor at home, and although I specialise in oboe and bassoon, I also teach saxophone, clarinet, piano and theory. I am very dedicated to promoting the endangered double reed instruments and am therefore delighted to join Burford School where the Music department is very proactive in encouraging students to take up these more unusual orchestral instruments each year. I have many years of experience in performing, as well as teaching, conducting and ensemble work and can therefore offer students a broad music education alongside the development of their technical skills in individual lessons.
Cuthbert Lovell – Trumpet
I have been teaching at Burford School for several years and I specialise in the trumpet, but also teach other brass instruments. 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.
Three 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.
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
Richard Couldridge – Upper Strings
I studied at Trinity College of Music, London and graduated with an honours degree in 1998. Since graduating, I have been busy as a violin and viola teacher privately, for music services and in schools. With over 20 years’ experience directing and rehearsing ensembles, a number of international tours as a musician and a busy performing schedule including theatre work, string quartet work and regularly recording in a wide variety of musical genres, I have a broad range of experiences I can draw upon and share with my students. I am just as happy introducing a new student to the violin or viola as working with an advanced pupil on post-grade 8 work and I am very pleased to be part of such a well-supported and active Music Department here at Burford School.
Chris Hadland BMus (Hons) PgDip LLCM
I graduated from the London College of Music in 2012 and have since been busy as a freelance percussionist and teacher of orchestral percussion and drum kit across London and Oxfordshire.
As a performer I have appeared on stages all over the world including Wembley Stadium, Royal Albert Hall, Hyde Park, Greece, Marrakesh, X factor and Glastonbury Festival, to name but a few!
I use the Trinity exam syllabus and also run several high achieving percussion ensembles! In my spare time I like to spend it scuba diving as a PADI Divemaster.