Kingdown School has a vibrant Music department with an ever increasing number of students taking private tuition provided by the Acorn Education Trust.
Playing a musical instrument has many benefits including enhanced co-ordination, increased memory capacity, sharpened concentration and it creates a real sense of achievement.
We offer individual tuition on a variety of instruments including guitar, bass, piano, drums, ukulele, flute, clarinet, saxophone and also singing.
There are currently six visiting teachers and you can find out more about them by scrolling to the bottom of this page. Our teachers are qualified, highly experienced and also work in other local schools as well as teaching privately at home. Students are taught key skills on their chosen instrument and many work towards nationally accredited qualifications with ABRSM, Trinity Guildhall and Rock School.
We pride ourselves on our communication with parents. We will always ensure you are kept informed, whether this is an amendment to a timetable or to inform you that your child has missed a lesson. In addition, we report twice a year on your child’s progress.
Please find below a list of links to pages with further information for you to browse at your convenience.
We look forward to your child starting lessons with us in the near future.
The Music Team
Viola/Violin lessons with Mrs Bishop on Wednesday’s in C9 (PDF, 318kb)
Woodwind lessons with Mrs Bolton on Monday’s in C5 (PDF, 314kb)
Guitar/Singing/Bass lessons with Miss Miller on Tuesday’s in C5 (PDF, 324kb)
Guitar/Singing lessons with Miss Miller on Wednesday’s in C5 (PDF, 324kb)
Piano lessons with Mr Moody on Tuesday’s in C7 (PDF, 328kb)
Piano lessons with Mr Moody on Wednesday’s in C7 (PDF, 323kb)
Drum/Guitar/Bass lessons with Mr Treasure on Thursday’s in C5 (PDF, 326kb)
Application Form & FAQ (PDF, 860kb)
Hi I’m Bruce Treasure, busy drum kit teacher since 1992. I originally taught guitar, and I still gig with an international rock band ‘The Subhumans’, so I know how the music industry works. I’ve always had a knack for playing drums, so took a further qualification in teaching drum kit which I did at both Matravers in Westbury and Warminster school, I’ve also led workshops in flamenco guitar and played drums in local musicals.
Since graduating from Bath Spa University in 2006 in Music and Drama, Claire has been developing her musical profile by playing, recording and singing with various ensembles in the South West. When not performing or recording, she works as a fully qualified peripatetic music teacher throughout the Bath area.
Claire has been playing classical guitar for 15 years but also enjoys playing electric, bass and ukulele, and has performed extensively in bands. Claire was invited to collaborate with world music artists at Peter Gabriel’s Real World studios, producing recordings of her own material. She is looking forward to her future projects spanning a wide range of genres.
Lee Ingram has over ten years’ experience in teaching singing, both in schools and on a private basis. He is part Welsh, and attributes his interest in singing to growing up surrounded by music. Regularly performing with the DS Big Band and the Lee Ingram Quintet, Lee also runs the One Voice Community Choir, is a keen art enthusiast and has a near-obsession with all things cinema!
I have been teaching piano at Kingdown School and other schools in Wiltshire for the past 23 years from beginners to grade 8 standard and above. A number have aspired to greater things, winning places at music colleges, universities and other professional institutions.
I have four grown up children and my interests include gardening, sport and travel. Before teaching I worked in industry first as a Printer and then in the manufacture and exporting of medical equipment. I love working with young people and particularly enjoy seeing the satisfaction and fulfilment they receive when attaining an appreciation of music and learning a skill which will remain with them for the rest of their lives.
I qualified from The Guildhall School of music and Drama in 1977, and have been playing and teaching ever since. My interests are bird watching, photography and I am involved with The Minster Church.
I graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in Cardiff in 1997 with a BA in music, specialising on the saxophone and also play the flute and clarinet. Since then, aside from teaching, I’ve been an active member of the Gorgeous Big Horns big band in Bath, playing gigs with such jazz legends as Pee Wee Ellis (James Browns musical director) Jason Rebello, Andy Sheppard, Iain Ballamy & John Law as well as playing for numerous musicals across the South West.