Tutor in singing and piano at the Abbey and Bury schools.
Sarah continues to work as a music tutor in 2 of our schools, teaching singing and piano as well as working as administrator and coordinator for the music provision. Sarah is keen to get the children to work together across the schools in workshops and performances and organises various opportunities to do this.
Having had a varied career in the Performing Arts, working professionally since the age of 8, Sarah has sung and danced in the UK and abroad. Her work has included radio, television, theatre in education and theatre and she has worked as a professional actress, singer and dancer almost all of her life. She chose to go to university after several years on the road and studied Music at the University of Scarborough along with Theatre Studies. On moving to the south east of England with her family, Sarah took up teaching and has been teaching music, dance and drama to children and adults in the Ramsey area since 2007. She has worked for ASCA Music since 2012 and now specialises in singing tuition at Abbey College as well as teaching piano there and at Bury school. She also works closely with the music department at the Abbey, mentoring those taking music as an option.
During lockdown Sarah has expanded her work to include producing online concerts and videos. She started up a virtual online choir, Distant Voices community choir 2020 which was very successful with lots of local people of all ages taking part. Her new found skills in technology have meant that we can produce concerts and videos virtually. She also is part of the local community online radio station, Fenland Youth Radio, where she presents a weekly show ' Applause Applause'.
Piano and Music Theory tutor
Claire has been teaching for 20 years in Sussex and Cambridgeshire. She started learning the piano when she was 6, and being a piano teacher was all she ever wanted to do! Claire likes to inspire her students to use their talent and several former pupils are now working in the music industry and even as music teachers too: "It’s brilliant when your passion turns into a career." She has a very diverse music taste, but particularly likes folk music. She's also passionate about children learning the musical theory behind their instrument and has had enormous success with putting many of her students' through theory exams as well as practical. Find Claire on MrsEldred'sStudio
Piano AND Keyboard Tutor
Claire works in a number of schools and has been teaching for ASCA since 2015. She began learning to play the piano from a very young age and combined her love of music with studying science at school and university. Claire came to Cambridge University in 1999 to do a PhD in Biology and one of the first things she did was to get a piano, she always had to have a ground floor room from then on! She has played and sang in many groups and choirs and really enjoys jazz, boogie woogie and blues. Her musical heroes include Jools Holland and Fats Waller. Claire really enjoys enabling and encouraging children and young people to grow in their knowledge and skill and to explore the wonderful gift of music! Her work with GCSE music students has been a huge asset to ASCA Music as well as her wonderful ability to make children feel at ease whilst learning to play and sing.
Singing and piano tutor since April 2017
Bury and Upwood schools
Shiona began learning the piano when she was 5 and after sitting grade 8 and majoring in piano for her A Level Music , she turned her attention to singing. Shiona is a professional Opera Singer and studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, she gained her PGdip Vocal and Opera Studies from The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. She was a young artist on English National Opera's 'Opera Works' programme 2011-12.