Junior Play for Keeps.
Play for Keeps.
Sandra has been a musician for most of her life and first started accompanying artistes in her teens. From then on she performed in social clubs around the North West in as well as playing the organ for services at her local church. Over the years she has built up a wealth of performing experience and later began teaching. Sandra’s teaching career began in 1985 and since then she has taught keyboard, piano and organ. In 1995 she became the first Yamaha Music School teacher in Stockport and led a successful keyboard school there until 2014 when she opened her own Music School in Sylton House.
During Sandra’s time with Yamaha Music Schools she has encouraged her students to perform in concerts which she herself has organised annually, she loves to write arrangements for the students to perform at these events.
A local guitarist from New Mills, Shane first picked up the guitar aged 6 mainly influenced from having a musical family. His mother played piano and his father was a keen rock guitarist. After listening to his father playing numerous songs from bands such as Cream, Whitesnake, Metallica, and Guns n Roses, he began to show particular interest in rock guitar.
Primarily self taught, it was around 18 years of age that Shane started to take his option’s seriously as he attended college studying music performance and then on to university to study popular music performance. Now with his educational path complete, Shane has developed a proficiency in most popular music styles on guitar, ranging from all out Shred Rock, to more subtle tones and harmonic complexities of Jazz, through to the rhythmical feel and technicality of funk. He prides himself on his extensive chord knowledge and his sense of improvisation.
Now performing with several bands, Shane’s musicianship and technical skills continue to improve making him a fantastic addition to the Yamaha team.
Shane has full enhanced disclosure status from the DBS.
Popular Music Course: Drums
Richard Started playing drums at the age of 12 years old in Halifax West Yorkshire.
At 17 he met his first professional teacher Martin Davies (the nephew of Harold Fisher the legendary session musician)
This inspired him to leave Halifax and study at the ACM in Guildford.
Since graduating with a BA (hons) Contemporary Music in 2007 he has played and recorded with various Jazz projects and pop bands.
Currently based in Manchester, Richard gigs with his Jazz trio 1.3, his Rock ‘n’ Roll dance band Rockabilly Fever and function band Love Street Wedding Band.
Richard strives to bring the best out of his students by using the Yamaha Syllabus to create the independence for our students to listen and lay down the grooves and music that they are very passionate about learning.
Ed graduated from Salford University in 1997 where he studied Saxophone and Jazz theory. Ed's been a working musician since graduation appearing notably at Aberdeen International Festival 2001, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2004 and countless appearances at the Manchester Jazz festival . In 2004 Ed hosted a jam which supported the Lincoln Centre Jazz orchestra (led by Wynton Marselis). He's also had the honour of performing live with the great Tony Bennett back in in 2000!
In addition to his teaching work at Yamaha Music Point Stockport Ed is also a part-time woodwind lecturer at Leeds/Becketts university teaching theory as well as performance.
Junior Play for Keeps.
Play for Keeps.
Since being a young girl, music has moved me in many ways possible whether it be a captivating melody or a sentimental song lyric. I have always been actively involved in music at a young age starting keyboards when I was 8 years old and starting my own compositions out of the blue when I was 12 in high school.
I have been involved in the school choir and doing recitals for my Music GCSE at high school as well which gave me the foundations to become the musician I am today. When I turned 16 I studied music performance in college and also gigged around various Manchester venues with the musicians on my course. Also I started to write my own music and assist others in terms of song writing and composition.
When I started University that was when I was taught how to be a more professional musician and was gigging around the independent music scene in Chester/Liverpool with various bands. In 2014 I joined a function band in Stockport called Red Letters and we have gigged around the Stockport area playing various covers in pubs,weddings,parties etc.
Now I have set up my own covers band called The Gracenotes which we also play around the Stockport area. I also have been involved in a Jazz Foundations band based at Off The Wall in Manchester where we play Jazz standards and arrangements by the critically acclaimed saxophonist Munch Manship.
Occasionally I play recitals at the Sunrise Care Home in Bramhall which the residents there enjoy and I actively take part in the open mic scene in Manchester doing my own material.
Sophie has full enhanced disclosure status from the DBS.
Rhiannon teaches violin and viola from beginner up to grade 8 standard. While she teaches in most genres her expertise is in classical music! Rhiannon began her music education at Bristol Cathedral Choir School and recently finished a bachelor’s degree in music at the University of Manchester. She is primarily a violinist, regularly performing with her string quartet, chamber ensembles, and orchestras around Manchester. She is passionate about music education and, alongside giving private lessons, has taken part in education projects with the Hallé orchestra, Piccadilly Symphony Orchestra and the University of Manchester Music Society Outreach Project. Rhiannon has a friendly and patient manner and sees the primary reason for learning an instrument as passion and enjoyment as well as the improvement of confidence and wellbeing.