TAUNTON MUSIC SERVICES

MUSIC LESSONS FOR SCHOOLS

Taunton Music Services is a visiting music service providing instrumental & vocal lessons to local schools and colleges. Our service is welcomed by school music departments as
we deal with all the administration and parents direct.

Does your school need some expert music tuition?

Music Lessons for Schools are hugely important as they leverage the creative talents that children naturally posess.

Ongoing budget cuts across the education system has resulted in many schools being unable to afford to fund teachers to provide musical education to their students. This results in students failing to enjoy the rewards obtained from learning to play musical instruments, enhancing their vocal ability or generally immersing themselves in music.

Would you like your students to receive qualified & experienced music tuition as and when it is required?

Do you struggle to find the resource or time to manage the provision of this tuition to your students?

Taunton Music Services (TMS) was established in 1995 based on a demand for a visiting music education service. TMS is an independently operated and owned business managed directly by Sharon Roulstone which, whilst not directly connected to Taunton Music, utilises seconded teachers from the Taunton Music Team, as well as additional geographically dispersed affiliate teachers.

We contract directly with parents, dealing with all administration, payments and correspondence alleviating the burden of responsibility on schools to undertake these activities themselves. However, we also understand the importance of maintaining communication, so we regularly consult with the schools we teach. All of our tutors are CRB / DBS checked and certified. In addition, our tutors regularly attend Child Protection courses held at the schools we teach. We are governed and adhere to all school policies concerning child protection.

In order to benefit from our service, our only requirement is that your school has on premise, larger instruments such as a Piano, Keyboards or Drums or your students have their own instruments such as Guitars, Ukuleles or Flutes. In addition, ideally, your school should have a suitably equipped space, comfortable for your students, for us to conduct our teaching.

TMS schools and pupil number have been steadily increasing during the last few years. To date our current student numbers have just exceeded 230 students a week.

For a number of years now we have provided high quality music lessons for schools in Taunton and Weston Super Mare. A selection of the current schools we work with are shown below. 

TAUNTON

LET'S WORK TOGETHER

We currently provide music tuition to the following schools in Taunton.
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TAUNTON

LET'S WORK TOGETHER

We currently provide music tuition to the following schools in Taunton.
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TAUNTON MUSIC SERVICES - OUR TAUNTON TEACHING EXPERTS

Our excellent team of friendly, highly experienced tutors are made up in the main from many of the current long standing Taunton Music team. Sharon, Andy, Miles, Adrian, Nicole, Claire & Belinda all visit our schools on a weekly basis to provide lessons in their individual fields to the children signed up for lessons.

Andy Barratt runs a Ukulele orchestra at North Town primary and we hold regular showcases for all our pupils whatever their choice of instrument to be given a chance to perform if they wish. Above all,  all our school taught children have the same opportunities to sit exams in their chosen instrument if they wish.

If you would like to find out more about the credentials of any of our teachers, please click on the images below.

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WESTON SUPER MARE

CREATING EXCELLENCE

We currently provide music tuition to the following schools / academies in Weston Super Mare.
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WESTON SUPER MARE

CREATING EXCELLENCE

We currently provide music tuition to the following schools / academies in Weston Super Mare.

TAUNTOn MUSIC SERVICES - OUR WESTON TEACHING EXPERTS

If you would like to find out more about the credentials of any of our teachers, please click on the images below.

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Would you like to work with us? We would love to work with many more schools within the county, creating a mutually beneficial working relationship. If you have any questions or would like to find out more about how we could help your school obtain expert music tuition, please contact us using the form below.

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Sharon Roulstone

Piano and Keyboard

Sharon is the founder member of the music school which she started on leaving school in 1983. She has been the local rep for the London College of Music for the past 19 years and hosts exams three times a year. 

Sharon is a professional performer and has played and sung in several local function bands performing all over the UK and works regularly with local producers as a session recording vocalist.

She teaches keyboard, organ, piano and singing. as well as managing Taunton Music, Sharon also manages a team of music teachers for Taunton Music Services who deliver music lessons to local schools.

Andy Barratt

Guitar

Andy began playing the guitar at 11 years old. By the time he was 16, he was working semi-professionally with bands on the North West Circuit. Andy went on to gain a first class Graduate Diploma in Jazz and Commercial Music at Newcastle College of Arts and Technology.

From there he became a full-time pro working in Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Oman. Andy now concentrates his energy on his teaching career.

Miles Williams

Drums

Miles has been playing the drums for 34 years and professionally for 25 years.

He started the drum school at Westside Music (now Taunton Music) in 2002 with just a handful of students. This has since grown and now caters for more than 70 students.

Miles specialises as a ‘reading drummer’ and is able to play and teach any style of music using drum notation. Miles still enjoys drumming professionally himself in local functions bands.

Adrian Brain

Saxophone, Classic Guitar, Piano and Keyboard

Adrian is one of our full-time music teachers and is also a semi-professional musician. He teaches saxophone, classical guitar and piano / keyboard both privately and in schools. He is currently teaching at King’s College, King’s Hall School and Staplegrove Primary School in Taunton and of course here at Taunton Music. He has a passion for jazz piano which he teaches at beginner and intermediate levels.

For the last 29 years, he has played keyboards/saxophone and sung in leading West Country covers/function band “Turnette Doone” and hopes to clock up at least another 20! In spite of all this rock and roll, he is a family man at heart and counts himself am lucky to live in this gorgeous part of the world with his lovely wife and two children.

Nicole Waters

Singing

Nicole pursued her dream of singing and acting by studying Performing Arts for five years. She has performed in many plays, musicals and production shows from Shakespeare and Pinter to musicals and cabarets.

In 1998, she won a national singing competition with around 5000 entrants which led her to embrace a singing career. After leaving university and completing vocal training, she started to work at a Warner Hotel as a resident band singer and principal vocalist for the in-house production show for ten years.

She also auditioned in London’s West End and was short-listed for the role of Nancy in the BBC TV show “I’d do Anything”. Nicole enjoys being a music teacher, teaching all styles of singing and also works with Taunton Music Services teaching in local schools and colleges.

Claire Whitworth

Brass

Claire offers brass instrument tuition namely in trumpet, cornet, trombone, tenor horn, baritone horn, euphonium, Eb and Bb bass. Claire is an accomplished cornet player attaining grade 8 in 2006. She started learning trumpet in Bristol 34 years ago during which time she joined her local brass band and has been involved in brass bands ever since contesting for many different standards including section 1.

Claire is an active member of the West Somerset Brass Band and is involved in teaching members of the training band taking them through their grades. Claire is one of those passionate music teachers who really believe in the fulfilment and enjoyment that playing an instrument can bring.

Belinda Bale

Flute, Recorder, Piccolo and Violin

Belinda has a BA in Music from Exeter University specialising in flute performance under the tuition of Judith Hall. She also has a PGCE from Plymouth University.

Belinda has played flute & violin in the pit for various shows & has played with Exeter Symphony Orchestra, Exeter University Symphony Orchestra and more recently, North Devon Sinfonia.

Belinda has spent the last 19 years as the leader of Music in a Somerset school and has a particular interest in Early Music and promoting the recorder. Belinda also teaches Piccolo, Recorder and Violin.

Lucy Blackburn

Singing / Vocal

Lucy has a passion for the performing arts and music which started at a young age. This led her academically to study Musical Theatre at Bristol Academy of Performing Arts. She studied for her degree at Dartington College of Arts gaining a 2:1 in Performance/Writing BA (Hons). In 2019, Lucy gained her music teaching diploma in Popular Vocals from the London College of Music.

Lucy has been playing the saxophone since the age of 11 and has passed her Grade 8 Trinity Guildhall Jazz saxophone exam and LCM Music Theatre singing and performance exams both with distinction.

She started working in the entertainments industry at the age of 18 at a holiday park, working her way up to become an entertainments manager with a prestigious UK holiday company.
She spent several years working abroad as a lead singer in various bands and show teams.

Now she tours around the UK with her successful solo vocal and saxophone act, performing at weddings and events, as well as regularly singing with ‘Vocal Works Gospel Choir’ at concerts and corporate events, they even supported Take That on their last UK tour!

Lucy has been teaching privately and at secondary schools for several years, as well as running a successful pre-school music session at a local playgroup.

Edward Gerlach

Guitar

Ed has been gigging regularly with a variety of bands for 10 years.
From pub gigs in several rock bands to the festival circuit with an original blues-rock trio to big band jazz gigs, to a high-end wedding and function band and even being musical director for a musical.

This experience has given him a broad knowledge of musical styles and genres on both guitar and bass. Ed has also been teaching for over 5 years.
Both privately and in schools for Taunton music service, North Somerset music service, the London guild hall’s centre for young musicians Taunton, Weston music shop and master class music teaching studios.

This teaching varies from; 1 to 1 guitar and bass tuition, small groups of guitar, bass and ukelele, lecturing at Weston college including; performance techniques, listening skills and the music industry, and runs band workshops.

Ed is still out in the industry working while teaching always finding new contacts and opportunities for both him and his students as he feels the best way to learn something is to get out there and do it surrounded by pros!

Ludmilla Simekova

Piano & Keyboard

Ludmilla is a classically trained pianist and has studied the piano for 14 years attaining many certifications and a Masters Degree in Music.

She trained to become a primary school teacher where music formed a significant part of the curriculum and has worked for Taunton Music Services as a piano teacher for 4 years.

Leveraging her experience of working in primary schools where she supported children with their learning, her expertise in this area is a huge asset in delivering piano lessons to children and adults of all ages and abilities.

Music is Ludmilla’s passion and she loves sharing it with her students.

Steve Wilson

Drums

Originally from Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Steve has been a freelance drummer and teacher for many years with a long history of tours, theatre work,
contract work, recording and instrumental teaching in UK schools and colleges as well as running a successful private teaching enterprise.

Steve has a wide knowledge base of many musical styles and techniques and his wealth of experience as a ‘working drummer’ combined with
a highly developed understanding of the learning process involved in becoming ‘a better musician’ make him a valuable part of the Taunton Music Services team.