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Instruments Taught: Flute
Clare Devenport graduated from the Birmingham School of Music in 1985 with diplomas in flute teaching and performing. She was appointed to the ILEA wood wind panel and spent the next few years teaching flute and recorder in Primary and Secondary Schools. Clare’s interest in music and psychology influenced her choice in training and qualifying firstly as a music therapist and then as a Child psychotherapist working in the NHS. Since moving to Devon Clare has renewed her teaching practice working privately and in South Brent primary school.
Clarinet (up to Grade 3)
Will work with and advise on teaching music to students with dyslexia.
Also music education support work for children with special educational needs - including Autism and complex needs.
Rachel Miller is the Sing and Play teacher. She studied at Oxford University and then as a post graduate at Dartington College of Arts, Devon and at Bristol University where she trained as a Music Therapist. She studied flute with Ingrid Culliford, Trinity College of Music and has taught flute since 1986 in private practice and in institutions including Dartington College of Arts, SaMM Totnes, Ivybridge Community College and several other schools. She has worked professionally as a flautist in several different genres including classical, jazz, folk and experimental music.
Claire graduated from Dartington College of Arts in 1988 and then went on to study at the Royal Academy of Music. She became a full-time woodwind specialist with Devon Youth Music from 1992, teaching in may local primary and secondary schools.
She was appointed onto the DYM management team in 1997. In 2002 Claire conducted a woodwind group at Exeter Cathedral in front of Her Majesty the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations. Claire went on to conduct many woodwind groups at local and county level until DYM dissolved on 2004.
Tuba and French Horn to a basic level
Sam is thoroughly committed to music education and has over seven years of experience of individual and group brass, music theory, aural and composition tuition, both privately and in primary and secondary schools.
He is in his eighth year as Brass Tutor at SaMMS, and is currently director of its Wind Band and Music Theory groups. In addition, he enjoys composing and arranging music, especially for jazz, brass and wind ensembles.
Carol runs the string group and teaches the violin at SAMM. Before moving to Devon in 1980, Carol worked in London as a professional violinist. She is an Associate of the Royal College of Music and studied music at Dartington College of Arts, Converse College, SC, USA, The Royal College of Music, London and the Institut des Hautes Etudes Musicales, Montreux.
Instruments Taught: Piano
Sue is a multi-instrumentalist specialising in piano, voice and steel pan. In her early twenties Sue had a cabaret act singing and playing trumpet in Mallorca where she lived for approximately three years. Later she studied at Dartington and Bath College for her BA(Hons) and PGCE before being Head of Music in a local school for a number of years.
Instruments Taught: Saxophone
Andy is a professional jazz saxophonist and singer. He also has a long history with choral music going back to 5 years with the National Youth Choir, and then various chamber choirs and large choruses. He currently directs the Bristol Jazz Festival Chorus, Ashburton Arts Centre Community Choir, leads the Big Buzzard Boogie Band, plays in a regular Klezmer/swing band and various other ensembles.
SaMMS has always been a venture that welcomes the “everyman”, the untutored and that’s what I love about it. I fell into guitar teaching by being asked and I start each week thrilled by the knowledge that that’s what I’m going to be doing all week . I also get a buzz from knowing I have so much to learn myself. I have learnt my musical trade the hands-on way as a jobbing musician since 1973 . I have played various types of musics from Pub Rock to Traditional Folk via Jazz , Strict Tempo Ballroom and Electronica .