SAMM Tutors

Simon Barron is a professional guitarist and singer specialising in English folk song. Since 2001 he has toured nationally both with his partner Ros Brady and now as a solo performer, performing at all the major folk festivals and venues. He has taught his style of guitar in workshops up and down the country to great acclaim.

‘I think he’s a really, really fine guitarist and an even finer interpreter of traditional and contemporary folk songs.’  

Mike Harding

Courses Taught by this Tutor: Songwriting and Music Composition, Beginners Guitar
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.

Courses Taught by this Tutor: String Group, Band
Clare Devenport
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.

Courses Taught by this Tutor: Recorder Group

I have been living in the area since 1996. I am an orchestral conductor, improviser, composer and music teacher. I initially became a trustee because I believe in the importance of music and music education for young people. In the current climate, where literacy and numeracy are taught in our schools to the almost total exclusion of all else, it seems even more important to provide a space for young people to develop their creative side through learning an instrument and playing together with other musicians.

Courses Taught by this Tutor: Senior Ensemble, Senior Musicianship
Instruments Taught: Clarinet, Flute, Piano, Saxophone

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.

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Sam Massey
Instruments Taught: French Horn, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba

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.

Courses Taught by this Tutor: Beginners Ensemble, Jazz Band
Instruments Taught: Clarinet, Flute, Piano, Recorder

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.

Courses Taught by this Tutor: Sing and Play, Folk Group, ​Music Foundation
Instruments Taught: Acoustic Guitar, Harmonica, Mandolin, Ukulele

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 .

Courses Taught by this Tutor: Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar