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 our Music Department and the Peripatetic Team deliver over 200 individual lessons a week for pupils as young as Year 1 upwards.

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, Miss Catherine Douglas to discuss your child's music education at Tettenhall College.

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Drums - Jack Groom

Jack studied at Birmingham Conservatoire, leaving in 2009 with a Bachelor of Music degree (1st Class Hons). Since then, he has been busy as a drum kit and percussion teacher in the West Midlands as well as maintaining an active performing career. This has taken him all over the UK and Europe, playing shows, functions, gigs and sessions. Most recently, Jack has been touring with Rhydian Roberts (X-Factor) in support of his recent classical number 1 album, “One Day Like This”.

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.

Brass - Simon Crick

Simon graduated from Birmingham Conservatoire in 2010, studying classical trumpet. Based in the Midlands, he enjoys a busy schedule working as a professional trumpet player and singer.

Having performed all over the world, Simon has built up a strong reputation as one of the UK’s leading trumpet players and singers. His experience spans from stage (having recently worked on the UK tour of Shrek) to screen (BBC, Sky, ITV) and he is delighted to have worked with a number of leading artists including Rhydian Roberts,  Duncan James, Joe McElderry, Marti Pellow, Julian Clary, Myleene Klass, Lucy Kay, Lee Ryan, Leonn, Jane McDonald and Patrick Alan.

Most recently, Simon has been touring the UK with the multi-platinum artist Rhydian Roberts on his ‘One Day Like This’ tour’; he can also be heard playing and singing on Rhydian’s latest album ‘Carry the Fire’.

Other credits include:

Session trumpeter for ‘Stepping Out’ (Salisbury Playhouse); Music Preparation for the Tour of Wizard Of Oz (Toronto), Music Preparation for the UK Tour of Wonderful Town (Hallé / Royal Exchange), Deputy trumpet player, Shrek UK tour. Deputy trumpet player on Birmingham Hippodrome Pantomime

As a singer, Simon has worked with many artists and as an excellent sight-reader is in demand as a session vocalist.

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.

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.

Flute - Diane Manasseh

Following a degree in Geography and Teacher Training at the University of Durham, Diana came to Wolverhampton to teach at Highfields School. During that time, Diana studied flute with Colin Lilley and gained the LRAM in flute teaching.

Since having her family she began her flute teaching career, both privately and across a range of local schools. Also a keen singer, Diana sings in a local chamber choir and is a member of two local orchestras, putting into practice the belief that instrumental teachers should also be active players.

Piano - Sarah Daniel

Sarah studied music at the University of East Anglia, and afterwards worked in London for a music library, which produced music for films, television and other media. After this she wanted a change of direction, and scene, and so moved to Portugal where Sarah taught English. This formed her love of teaching, so returned to England and did a PGCE. Sarah taught in a Primary School for two years, but realised that her love was in piano teaching.

Sarah began teaching the piano at Tettenhall College 10 years ago, and 5 years ago took over the teaching of class music in Pre-Prep. She loves her job, particularly the variety of it - one day singing with 2 and 3 year olds, and another might be recorders with 9 year olds, and everyday trying to make learning the piano a joyful experience for her pupils.

Cello - Michael Nowland

Mike is currently making a living from music after finishing a performance degree at Birmingham Conservatoire, studying cello under John Todd (former member of the Coull Quartet). 

Although classical music is a major part of his life, Mike is also involved with a progressive rock band, The Chinese Burn Society.  Together, they create original music and play at venues around the Midlands, and hope to make an impact in the London area.  As well as performing on regular occasions, they have been hard at work on releasing an ep for loyal fans, which will be available on iTunes.

In recent times Mike has performed in London with up and coming Tamanda Walker, The Bays, and also Miles Hunt (Lead singer of the Wonderstuff) at Birmingham’s Town Hall. 

Other work includes being part of the recent West Side Story tour for The Ambassador Theatre Group, South Pacific tour for Lincoln Center Theater Productions, Alfie Boe Tour 2012; Callabro Tour 2015/2016 and performing with The Armonico Consort.

Other ensembles include, Signature String Quartet; The New English Chamber Orchestra; The Heart of England Chamber Orchestra; and Queen’s Park Sinfonia.

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