Vocal and Instrumental Programme

At Tettenhall College, we offer a range of vocal and instrumental lessons which are provided weekly across the year during the school day. In fact around one-third of the school population receive individual tuition from our Music Department and the Peripatetic Team. We are rightly proud of the breadth of experience that our teachers offer, find out more from the links below or speak directly with our Director of Music, Mr Gareth Howard to discuss your child's music education at Tettenhall College.


Instrumental sign up form

Drums - Lynch Radinsky

Lynch was born to a family of musicians in Bulgaria and since the age of 13, he has been on stage. Starting in a Youth Symphony Orchestra and he was awarded Drummer Of The Year and his band received the prestigious Band Of The Year and Album Of The Year awards. He graduated with a Bachelor degree in music.

To date, Lynch has recorded 23 albums with different bands and he has been endorsed by Gretch Drums and Sabian Cymbals. Lynch has played various drum clinics and master-classes together with, amongst others, Dom Famularo (B.B.King), Karl Brazil (James Blunt), Thomas Lang, Scott Pellegrom and Mark Schullman (Simple Minds, Pink).  He specializes in odd-rhythms, double-bass drum and independence techniques which he shares with all his students.

Guitar and Bass - John Westwood

John studied  Electric Guitar at the Guitar Institute London. Classical guitar with then Head of Guitar at the Birmingham Conservatoire Brian Whitehouse. He has recorded and performed on BBC radio as well as playing in bands and various ensembles mainly in London and the Midlands. He is the exam co-ordinator for the RSL (rock school) exam board in Wolverhampton.

Violin, Piano and Voice - Samantha Spilsbury

Samantha has enjoyed performing music from an early age and started learning the keyboard and violin at the age of 9. Since then, Samantha has pursued her love for music and continued her musical studies at university where she earned a BA (Hons) in Music and English.

She has been involved in many amateur musical productions either on the stage, or as a Musical Director, and she is currently the Musical Director for the ‘Tong Singers’. Samantha is also a member of the Wolverhampton Symphony Orchestra and teaches violin, piano and voice to pupils of all ages.

Samantha currently teaches the music classes in Pre-prep, as well as preparing the children for their concerts and shows.

Piano and Organ - John Taylor

John studied Organ and Piano at The Royal College of Music in London, and the University of Reading. He was the Hammond Scholar for Organ at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, 1966-1969. John was on the music staff at St Mary’s Music School, and Assistant Organist at St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh. He has been a visiting teacher of Piano and Organ at Tettenhall College since 1985. He has a Bachelor of Music from the University of London, and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists.

Piano - Sarah Daniel

Sarah began teaching the piano at Tettenhall College in 2006, and for a number of years was in charge of music in the Pre-Prep school. However she has now returned to just teaching the piano, and her aim is to make learning both a rewarding and enjoyable experience for pupils, whatever their age and ability.

Cello - Aaron Billson

Aaron studied the cello at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire where he was a scholarship student for 6 years. Based in Birmingham, he has since established a busy freelance career, having performed throughout the UK, Europe and China. Aaron is a passionate teacher and thoroughly enjoys everything from introducing children and adults of all ages to the cello, to taking his students all the way through to their music college auditions.  

Clarinet/Saxophone - Ian Smith

As a versatile saxophone, clarinet and flute player, Ian has developed a reputation as a first call musician for over 25 years on a variety of projects from sessions and concerts, through to theatre and primetime TV and Radio shows.

Ian has worked extensively with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, BBC / ITV Television and many international artists such as Gladys Knight, Frank Sinatra Jnr, Barry Manilow, Sister Sledge, The Four Tops, The Temptations, The Supremes in addition to work in London’s West End on shows such as Chicago, West Side Story, City of Angels and The Pyjama Game.

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