OURS TEACHERS


Josephine Soden

Over the years Josephine have gained extensive experience working within the music industry, having founded her own successful jazz band performing in and around the Midlands on a regular basis.

 

Alongside this she teaches singing to KS1, 2, 3 & 4, so she abides by the national curriculum as her frame work. Having recorded and co-produced her own album she specialise in composition & live performance. Josie takes great pleasure in building her pupils confidence and self-esteem, to see them flourish and achieve their full potential gives her pride, joy and satisfaction. Josie always takes a genuine, transparent approach towards teaching, which her pupils find relatable. Being able to refer back to her own profession gives them first hand insight, into what the life of a musician is truly like.


Gemma Higgins

Gemma Higgins is a professional singer, having been a solo vocalist on the entertainment circuit for a number of years.  She has been the lead singer for many bands and currently is the lead singer for acoustic duo Acoustical.

Gemma studied at Solihull College passing her Diploma in Performing Arts, gained, worked with the producer of UB40s first album on her own original album, performed in Professional Panto in Sutton Coldfield and performed with the band Thirsty Work among others.  Gemma has a natural ability to encourage all her students to find their voices.  She has a calm, gentle approach and uses her musical knowledge and experience to achieve the best results from anyone she works with.


Gemma Mills

Gemma Mills has over 20 years experience in the music industry.  Her performance and teaching knowledge is invaluable to the students she teachers.  Before she became a teacher Gemma performed regularly throughout the West Midlands and has experience working with a live band, in the studio environment and writing her own songs.  


She has been teaching Early Years through to Secondary Schools for over 15 years and has extensive training with SEND.  She gained a PG Cert qualification in Sounds of Intent and this has enhanced her teaching and enabled her to work with students with more complex learning difficulties.  Gemma believes music is incredibly important for everyone and especially for our mental health due to the amount of positive benefits.  Gemma continues to enhance her skills and understanding of inclusivity to support all needs as believes everyone has a voice and should be given the opportunity to find it.  


All lessons are bespoke to each individuals needs and Gemma approaches every student with a friendly, fun and caring nature allowing all her students to develop their musical abilities in the most relaxed environment possible. 


Hannah O'Connell


Hannah has had a passion for music and theatre from a very young age after growing up around a very musical family.  She has a first class hours degree in Popular Music Practice and has also studied musical theatre at a top drama school (MAMT) where she covered singing, acting and dancing.  She also has grade 8 LCM distinction vocal certificate.

Hannah has been singing professionally for 10 years and has performed at many prestigious venues such as The Genting Arena, even performing before Olly Murs and Will.I.Am.  She has also been in show such as 9 go 5 and Blood Brothers where she played Mrs J.
Hannah has been teaching singing and acting to all ages for 5 years and loves to inspire learning and creativity in students.  She favours singing Pop Music and Musical Theatre but also has experience with Jazz and Rock





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