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 five 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
Today we have made the difficult decision to cancel all music lessons for Term 6, and potentially beyond. With continued social distancing measures likely to be in place for some time to come, we are predicting that music lessons may be disrupted until January 2021, in the worst case scenario. While we naturally continue to monitor the situation, the safety of students and our peripatetic staff is of the utmost importance to us when reaching this decision.
We know that for some students, this will be upsetting news, and we can only apologise for this.
However, many of our peripatetic teachers are willing to offer students private remote lessons through Zoom/Skype. This would be a private arrangement completely independent of Kingdown, directly between parents and the teacher. For more information, please contact Mr Barnes, Media & Events Technician via email: email@example.com
As you may be aware, this is around the point in the term where we would normally be preparing Term 5 music lessons. However, in light of the latest guidelines by the government and the closure of the school as a response to the coronavirus issue, we have made the difficult decision to cancel all music lessons for Term 5. At the time of writing, it is unclear how long the school will be closed for. We will continue to closely monitor the situation.
For students who would be expecting one more lesson for the end of Term 4, we will make up this lesson as soon as we return in most cases. For students of Miss Miller, a digital lesson has been devised and will be delivered next week (students should be aware of this).
The Music Tuition system at Kingdown relies upon the goodwill of our peripatetic teachers, our students and parents. In this uncertain and unprecedented time, I would like to thank you for your support and goodwill as we continue to work together.
If you have any concerns or queries, please do not hesitate to contact Mr Barnes via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Viola/Violin lessons with Mrs Bishop on Wednesday’s in C9 (PDF, 387kb)
Woodwind lessons with Mrs Bolton on Monday’s in C5 (PDF, 389kb)
Singing lessons with Miss Miller on Thursday’s in C7 (PDF, 392kb)
Guitar/Singing/Bass lessons with Miss Miller on Wednesday’s in C5 (PDF, 413kb)
Piano lessons with Mr Moody on Tuesday’s in C7 (PDF, 410kb)
Piano lessons with Mr Moody on Wednesday’s in C7 (PDF, 414kb)
Drum/Guitar/Bass lessons with Mr Treasure on Thursday’s in C5 (PDF, 411kb)
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.
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.