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

SINGING TEACHERS / VOCAL COACHES

TIM KNIGHT (PRINCIPAL)

TIM KNIGHT (PRINCIPAL)

Singing, Music Composition and Theory Teacher

About Tim

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. 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. Find out more about Tim via his website www.timknightmusic.com
FLO TAYLOR

FLO TAYLOR

Singing and Vocal Technique Teacher

About Flo

Flo teaches singing, working with both beginners and trained Vocalists wanting to improve technique, extend range and build stamina. Flo Taylor studied Popular Music Performance and graduated with First Class Honours from Leeds College of Music. She specialises in vocal and performance technique and has worked with both musical theatre and popular music students. She works with both beginners and trained Vocalists wanting to improve technique, extend range and build stamina.

PIANO TEACHERS

DAVID DARLING

DAVID DARLING

About David

David Darling is an experienced pianist, organist, accompanist, singer and composer, and a former school Director of Music, who is now passionate about inspiring, nurturing and developing a love of keyboard and vocal music in pupils of all ages.
MATTHEW LAZENBY

MATTHEW LAZENBY

About Matthew

Matthew is active in musical education throughout Leeds. He read music at the University of Leeds and is a piano teacher, accompanist for exams, recitals and performances and Musical Director for several choirs in the area and works as a pianist and keyboard teacher in several primary schools across the city
MIKE RODGERS

MIKE RODGERS

About Mike

Mike Rodgers has 19 years of experience in both Sacred and secular music making. With over five 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.
SEAN SMITH

SEAN SMITH

About Sean

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

SUE WANTY

About Sue

Sue has taught piano and theory for many years and provides piano accompaniment for soloists and choral groups in the Leeds area.

WOODWIND AND RECORDER TEACHERS

TONY BURKILL

TONY BURKILL

Saxophone Teacher

About Tony

Tony Burkill teaches saxophone at the College.
DONAL DONNELLY

DONAL DONNELLY

Saxophone Teacher

About Donal

Donal Donnelly teaches saxophone individually and also in groups at the College. He is multi-instrumental, playing flute, clarinet, piano and saxophone.
DAN GIBSON

DAN GIBSON

Clarinet Teacher

About Dan

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. 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.
HAZEL SMITH

HAZEL SMITH

Flute and Fife Teacher

About Hazel

Hazel Smith teaches the flute and fife, and also coaches the College’s Flute Group. She enjoys teaching all ages and all abilities from complete beginners to post Grade 8 level. 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.
MICHAEL LANDA

MICHAEL LANDA

Recorder Teacher

About Michael

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. 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.

GUITAR, VIOLIN AND STRINGS TEACHERS

DAVID GRAINGER

DAVID GRAINGER

Guitar Teacher

About David

David Grainger LRSM has been playing guitar for over twenty years, and teaching for ten years. He is fascinated by the incredible range of sounds and moods the instrument can evoke, and his own playing focuses on classical guitar, without neglecting the instrument’s role in popular music. David has helped pupils prepare for grade exams in all of the major exam boards, with a 100% pass rate, and more importantly has helped them discover and enjoy the music they can make on guitar.
ROD TAYLOR

ROD TAYLOR

Violin Teacher

About Rod

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

RUTH WILDE

Guitar, Bass Guitar and Double Bass Teacher

About Ruth

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. Her pupils have a 100% pass rate in Rockschool grade exams. Ruth regularly plays live in a number of bands.

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