Sam Green – Drums
Sam first began teaching in 2005 after graduating from the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) in Guildford. In 2007, wishing to add more structure to his teaching, he joined the Drumsense teaching programme and received full teacher training from Drumsense founder, Colin Woolway. Since then he has become an accomplished and seasoned educator, teaching hundreds of students in and around the Surrey area. In September 2011 he joined the teaching staff of Sutton Music Centre and also continues to teach privately from his home in Epsom, Surrey.
Inspired by Sam's infectious enthusiasm for the instrument and his patient and calm teaching style, many students have joined local bands, passed grade exams and successfully enrolled in higher education. To this day, Sam still looks forward to each lesson and takes great pleasure in passing his knowledge on to others.
Joel Prime – Drums
Growing up in Australia, Joel got his first drum kit at 3 years, started lessons when he was 6, and was performing regularly while in primary school. Playing percussion and drum kit in the Marryatville High School Stage Band, Joel Prime travelled with the group for performances in London, New York and Los Angeles in 2004, won the Generations in Jazz national schools bands championship in 2005 and toured with James Morrison in Melbourne and Sydney. Joel is now based in London and gaining wide recognition for his playing and teaching skills.
Jon Hart – Guitar
Jon Hart is becoming one of the capital’s hottest acoustic talents; an astute musician who merges virtuoso finger-style guitar with catchy vocal harmony and beat-boxing. Writing, arranging and performing his own songs is central to Jon’s philosophy as an artist; he is also the frontman for experimental electronic rock band Opinaut.
Jon Has been teaching at Sutton Music since 2010.
Russ Parker – Guitar
Having started playing the guitar at the relatively late age of 14, Russ spent the next few years quickly gaining a mass of knowledge and experience of the instrument through playing, touring and recording before settling into a career of teaching. Playing in bands in and around the Croydon area before graduating to higher profile venues in central London, Russ also began working on Denmark Street; the country's spiritual home for the guitar since the 60's; while his band began to gain national recognition. This led to extensive touring in Europe and to Russ settling in Italy for a time where, he made his first steps in teaching. Since returning to the UK Russ has taught extensively both in schools and private practice and has been with South End Music School since 2003. He teaches all ages and abilities, incorporating most styles of electric and acoustic guitar, in addition to ukulele. He specialises in Rock, Blues and Pop. Russ also teaches ukulele. Always displaying a relaxed and engaging teaching style; equally effective with adults and children; his enthusiasm and dedication always helps his students to enjoy their tuition, and motivates them to progress. Russ continues to write and record music through band and solo projects, while playing in venues in the local area with his band Junkyard Rocket.
Dom Palmer – Guitar/Bass
Dom Palmer is a highly experienced bass player who has worked with some fantastic artists, including The Drifters, Luke Goss, Paul Young, The Supremes and Nick Heyward.
Andy Pullin – Guitar
Through his own performance experience, Andrew can draw from a wealth of knowledge accumulated through years of playing. From pubs and clubs, to weddings and functions to one nighters in europe, blues bands, rock, pop and cover bands, Andrew uses this experience to help and push students towards their musicals goals and ambitions.
Alex Steer – Guitar
Alex Steer graduated with distinction from London's Guitar Institute in 1996 and went on to major in Jazz Performance at the London College of Music.
When not performing, Alex teaches all styles of guitar playing and undertakes a variety of studio work.
A fluent and melodic player, accredited for his unique sound and style, Alex is equally at home in a contemporary setting or in straight ahead jazz.
Steve Clark – Piano
Steve has been Musical Director on many West End/Touring productions and is a highly respected Composer and Arranger. Recent productions include ‘Blood Brothers’, ‘Fame’, ‘Grease’, ‘Phantom of the Opera’, ‘Blues Brothers’, ‘The Commitments’, Dusty and ‘Hold On!’ with Ruby turner. Other stage credits include appearances with Elton John, Sting, George Micheal, Shirley Bassey and many more. Steve is the creative director of the Redhill based theatre school called ‘So you Wanna’ Be’ (SYWB).
Dan Dibdin – Piano
Daniel’s first gig was at the age of 14. After playing in the school big band, he studied jazz piano at Leeds College of Music and then went on to complete the jazz course at The Guildhall School of Music in London. Since then, he has been the assistant MD on Five Guys Named Mo, musical director on Dusty The Musical and assistant musical director and keyboard player on the tour of the West End Show The Rat Pack.
Charlie Savigar – Piano
Charlie graduated from City University London with a Bachelor of Music degree (in 2003) where she also studied piano at the Guildhall school of music and drama.
Classically trained on the piano Charlie has performed in many concerts as a solo artist and as a member of both piano duos and piano trios. She has been playing the piano since the age of seven but it would be rude to guess how long ago that was!
Aside from playing the piano, Charlie fronts her own country-rock band where she sings and plays guitar. Charlie is an established song-writer and has a couple of writing partners she regularly collaborates with in Nashville.