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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, foundation+ and Folk Group 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.
Claire studied for her BA Hons degree in music at Dartington College of Arts in the 1980s.
She then went to study flute performance with Sebastian Bell at the Royal College of Music. Whilst there Claire became a freelance musician and teacher, playing in many different orchestral ensembles at home and abroad.
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.
Instruments Taught: Violin
Tom has been playing the Violin since the age of six.
He gained an honours degree in Music at Dartington College of Arts followed by a PGCE in Secondary Music.
As a performer, he has played in a variety of ensembles including string quartets, orchestras, bands and duos.
As an educator, he started out as a secondary school music teacher, but for the last eighteen years he has specialised in teaching the violin and conducting ensembles. He plays and teaches music of many styles including classical, Irish traditional, klezma and jazz.
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 .