Sam is a keen educator, and is in his tenth academic year as a peripatetic music teacher, as well as being the Federation Music Teacher for The Beacon Federation (Ermington & Ugborough Primary Schools).

During this time he has taught at a number of schools and music education centres throughout the South West, including South Dartmoor Community College, SaMMS Saturday Morning Music and King Edward VI Community College (KEVICC) in Totnes, Newton Abbot College, Totnes Progressive School, Torquay Girls Grammar School, Plympton Academy, Bovey Tracey Primary School, Stoke Gabriel Primary School and Dartington Primary School, as well as private teaching around the local area.

He believes in teaching in a fun and encouraging environment whilst still maintaining a structured approach.

He is experienced in preparing students for ABRSM, Trinity College/Trinity Guildhall Graded examinations (Classical & Jazz disciplines) and in individual GCSE and A-Level music tuition, as well as auditions for further musical study.

A number of former students have gone on to study at specialist music institutions such as Wells Cathedral School, Royal College of Music and Guildhall School of Music and Drama.

He offers individual tuition in the following instruments and topics:

  • Trumpet
  • Cornet
  • Flugelhorn
  • All lower brass valved instruments (e.g. Tenor Horn, Euphonium)
  • Trombone
  • Jazz and Improvisation
  • Music Theory/Aural
  • GCSE and A-Level Music Tutoring

Sam’s private teaching rates are in line with the SaMMS tuition rates and are available on request – please contact Sam for more information.

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Sam will travel to the student’s house to give lessons, or give lessons at SaMMS Saturday Morning Music in Totnes during term time. He is enhanced DBS-checked, has full Public Liability Insurance through the Musicians Union and has attended a Level 2 Safeguarding Course.

He currently has teaching spaces, both at SaMMS and privately, so please visit the Contact page to contact Sam for more information or to obtain references.

Ensemble Direction

Sam has been directing Brass, Wind, Jazz and Concert Band ensembles at SaMMS Saturday Music School for the past ten years, directs the South Dartmoor Community College Brass Ensemble and an instrumental ensemble at KEVICC.

He has built the groups up to a high standard of performance, some of which can be heard on the Media page of this site.

He has also been involved as a tutor in weekend and one-off Jazz Workshops.

Sam is always keen to get the best out of the ensembles, and will help the less experienced students by tailoring the ensemble parts to suit their abilities and composing and arranging pieces especially for the band.

If you would like to talk to Sam about directing your ensemble, please use the details on the Contact page.

South Devon Youth Jazz

South Devon Youth Jazz offer fortnightly jazz workshops and special termly masterclasses with some of Britain’s top jazz musicians based in Totnes.

All instruments welcome – please visit


for more information!