Experienced music teachers at the Yorkshire College of Music and Drama are all highly qualified and approved, vetted to our exacting standards

TIM KNIGHT

TIM KNIGHT

As a composer of international repute and Choral Director with a long association with many Northern choirs, Tim brings his wide range of experience and knowledge to the post of Principal at the College.

NIK SVARC

Nik is a graduate of the Jazz course at Leeds College of Music and is very much in demand as a session playing working throughout the UK.

DONAL DONNELLY

DONAL DONNELLY

Donal Donnelly teaches saxophone individually and also in groups at the College.

ABOUT TIM

Tim teaches singing in a variety of styles and his pupils have gone on to careers in the musical world, both classical and musical theatre.

He also teaches theory and is responsible for the direction and planning of the College’s activities.

ABOUT NIK

In his role as an educator Nik has taught at the British Academy of New Music in London and currently teaches at Hull university on the Jazz and Popular Music course as a guitar instructor as well as in some of Leeds and London’s most outstanding schools.

He has taught many current and past students privately from Leeds College of Music who were studying on either the BA (Hons) Jazz or Popular Music courses. Many of Nik’s students have gone on to be professional musicians working in the music industry.

Nik is experienced in teaching all ages and abilities from beginners to advanced pupils. The lesson plans are focused on the individual’s personal goals and needs.

ABOUT DONEL

He is multi-instrumental, playing flute, clarinet, piano and saxophone.

MATTHEW LAZENBY

MATTHEW LAZENBY

Matthew is active in musical education throughout Leeds, working as a pianist and keyboard teacher in several primary schools across the city.

RUTH WILDE

RUTH WILDE

Ruth Wilde (BA Hons, Mmus), is an experienced teacher of guitar, bass guitar, and double bass, offering tuition in pop, rock, folk and jazz for all ages and abilities.

HAZEL SMITH

HAZEL SMITH

Hazel Smith teaches the flute and fife, and also coaches the College’s Flute Group.

She enjoys teaching all ages – children and adults – and all abilities from complete beginners to post Grade 8 level.

ABOUT MATTHEW

Matthew Lazenby began playing the piano aged seven and quickly realised that the study of music was going to be a major part of his life, with his enthusiasm later spreading to the organ. He read music at the University of Leeds.

Matthew now spends his time both as a piano teacher and as an accompanist for exams, recitals and performances. He is the accompanist for Horsforth Choral Society, Leeds Male Voice Choir and the Heritage Masterworks Chorale, with whom he has toured extensively both in the UK and overseas. He also enjoys duties as a church organist and chorister, being the Organist and Choral Director at St Martin’s, Potternewton and Choral Director at All Saints’, Newton-on-Ouse

ABOUT RUTH

Her pupils have a 100% pass rate in Rockschool grade exams.

Ruth regularly plays live in a number of bands.

ABOUT HAZEL

The fife is a small flute and is a good starter instrument, particularly for small children, as it is unbreakable and inexpensive to buy. The technique is the same as the standard flute so it is straightforward to progress to the flute once the basics have been mastered.

Students can work towards grade exams, if they wish, or learn purely for enjoyment, exploring a wide range of styles. There are also opportunities to gain performance experience in college concerts, in a friendly and supportive environment.

Hazel also teaches at 2 local schools and at a Saturday music centre. She plays the flute and piccolo in several ensembles and is a member of the British Flute Society and Flutewise.

SEAN SMITH

SEAN SMITH

Sean Smith has been teaching classical and popular music styles on piano and electric keyboard since 1992.

PAUL MARTIN

PAUL MARTIN

As a teaching; performing, guitarist/composer of a fantastically diverse instrument,

DAN GIBSON

DAN GIBSON

Dan Gibson took up the clarinet at the age of 10, having been inspired by the classical playing of Jack Brymer and the excitement of the big band leaders Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw.

ABOUT SEAN

Preparing pupils for exams and encouraging pupils to play for pleasure, through a range of varied and exciting repertoire.

Sean also offers tuition on the electronic organ and double bass.

ABOUT PAUL

Paul taps into classical; flamenco, Latin and Gypsy jazz to guide his pupils on their chosen paths through classical grades, Rock School or for pleasure.

Enjoy, improvise and be creative!

ABOUT DAN

He began his professional career with the Grenadier Guards’ Band, taking part in numerous TV and radio recordings, broadcasts and all the ceremonial occasions.

He is currently working as a freelance clarinettist and teacher in Leeds, and is a regular member of various orchestras and chamber ensembles, including the Alan Cuckson Trio and the Amici Ensemble.

Despite his love of jazz, his teaching is classical in style and does not involve improvisation. All standards from complete beginner to diploma are welcome.

MIKE RODGERS

MIKE RODGERS

Mike Rodgers has 19 years of experience in both Sacred and secular music making.

ROD TAYLOR

ROD TAYLOR

Rod has a Degree in Music and over 20 years’ experience teaching the violin.

MICHAEL LANDA

MICHAEL LANDA

Michael Landa BA, LTCL trained as a teacher at Bretton Hall College of Education and subsequently enjoyed a career spanning thirty years, working in primary, middle and high schools.

ABOUT MIKE

With overfive years of teaching experience, he enjoys teaching people of all ages and abilities, from complete beginners up to grade 8, including music theory up to grade 6.

He is also happy to help lapsed players regain their skills and achieve their personal goals.

ABOUT ROD

He is passionate about teaching the violin and his lessons are tailored to the individual student’s needs. Beginners, improvers, children and adults, all are welcome. Rod teaches the associated board syllabus to grade 8, but will happily help students to improve their playing for the pure enjoyment of learning an instrument. His philosophy is that music is for everybody and all people should have the opportunity to enjoy music.

Rod also runs the college violin ensemble and teaches in schools in West Yorkshire.

He composes and arranges music and has had his compositions played on the radio. Rod has worked as an artist in residence at St. Leonard’s Hospice, York for over a decade. He enjoys playing music with groups and ensembles and has performed in a string quartet for the Queen, played with a Klezmer band for Prince Andrew and performed gypsy music for a Prime Minister.

ABOUT MICHAEL

As a qualified recorder teacher, he is experienced in teaching students of all ages, preparing students for exams and training recorder ensembles, large and small. Michael performs regularly as a soloist at the Leeds Music Club and has written and composed Make Music Now (Peacock Press), an elementary course for the home and school.

HELEN CURTIS

HELEN CURTIS

Helen Curtis has taught at the college for over 10 years and is a graduate of Leeds College of Music.

TONY BURKILL

TONY BURKILL

Tony Burkill teaches saxophone at the College.

ABOUT HELEN

She is a very popular and friendly teacher whose students regularly achieve merits and distinctions in exams. She focuses largely on classical repertoire but also includes a variety of other styles including Cuban salsa, folk, popular and improvisation.

Helen bases her lessons very much on the individual requirement and is happy to take beginners through to advanced whether adult, teenager or child, she also encourages anyone coming back to the piano after a break.

Helen promotes practicing for pleasure, and is a true believer that playing a musical instrument sharpens the brain, balances the emotions and is a wonderful way of exploring the one self.

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