Music Tuition

Music Tuition

Peripatetic Teachers 

In addition to 2 class lessons across the fortnight at Key Stage 3, there is the opportunity to study an instrument with our wonderful team of instrumental and voice teachers. They provide high quality 20 or 30 minute lessons during the school day for students across all years for a very reasonable rate.

There are 10 lessons for each of term and these are contracted directly with the instrument teacher. Instruments can be hired out from Love Music Trust for a very reasonable cost. Visit their website for more details. 

Ian Lang - Guitar

Ian has been teaching the guitar for 29 years and is able to provide high quality teaching for any contemporary style. After leaving higher education, Ian played in several bands, most notably Small Change, who were signed to several major record companies during the late 1970's early '80's.

After leaving Small Change, Ian embarked on a solo career, achieving top 20 singles in Scandinavia, Belgium and France. In recent years, Ian has combined teaching with an acoustic solo career that has seen a number 3 album placing in the UK Roots Chart and an annual tour of the United States.

Other than Malbank School, Ian teaches in several local Secondary and Primary schools.

Contact Ian or via his web site


Norman Peate - Piano and keyboard  

I have been teaching at Malbank for 14 years!

Although I did a rather formal B.Mus (Hons) degree at Cardiff University, we still had a practical studies element.

My main studies were Voice and Piano.

Studying piano can be a rather solitary existence, although I have always gone for some duet playing whenever possible.  My wife Alison also plays, so we sometimes play duets, and I have encouraged many of my students to play duets when appropriate.

My other way of involving piano work with others is to ‘accompany', whether it be for instrumentalists and singers for exams and concerts, or accompanying choirs of various sizes for rehearsals and concerts. Also playing for shows has an important place for piano/keyboard within the musical accompaniment.

Part of my teaching has been preparing many students for their Grade 5 theory exam (to enable them to go beyond Grade 5 in Practical).

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Alice Rowland - Woodwind 

Alice Rowland is an experienced secondary school music teacher and woodwind tutor. She teaches Classical, Jazz and Popular styles of music to everyone from beginners to advanced players. She has played in many ensembles including Flute Choirs, Concert bands, Orchestras, Wind bands, and Jazz bands. Lessons are tailor made to suit individual needs and aim to build confidence by developing skills in music reading, performance, and instrumental techniques. Students can work towards exams or play just for fun.

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Victoria Palethorpe (BMUS, ALCM, PGCE) - Voice

After graduating from Royal Holloway, University of London with a BMus (Hons),Victoria embarked upon a career in teaching and performing, working as a class teacher, head of music, a peripatetic tutor, Vocal Co-ordinator for Hampshire Music Service and currently Vocal Lead for the Love Music Trust.

She works with children aged 3 through to adults, running vocal projects, choirs and teaching individual singing lessons across the county. Victoria is delighted to be working as part of the team at Malbank School.

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Graham Proctor - Percussion

Graham is a First Class Honours percussion graduate from the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM). He previously attended the Junior Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, winning the acclaimed Colin Currie Young Percussionist of The Year. He co-founded the contemporary music partnership, ‘Equilibrium Duo', performing throughout the UK, premiering brand new works for bass clarinet and percussion. He is also a member of the Manchester International Roots Orchestra (MIRO), a world-fusion band, comprising musicians from Greater Manchester's refugee and other diverse communities. They released their album, ‘Time For Change', in 2015. He was Artistic Director for the RNCM Festival of Percussion and a practitioner for Manchester Camerata and is currently Principle Music Leader for Community Arts North West. Graham has also performed at Festival No. 6, Somerset House, Barnaby Festival and Deaf Institute with artists such as Jake Evans, Mike Garry, Temples, Nadine Shah, Cathal Mo Chroí (Chas Smash, ‘Madness'), Tim Burgess, New Order and indie-folk band, Daughter. In 2014, the ensemble recorded a 5-track EP on the 4AD production label with Daughter at AIR Studios in London.

If you would like your son/daughter to have these lessons please email/phone the teacher directly.

Dr Sharkey, Mr Cope and all our visiting teachers hope you enjoy your music!