Meet our Music Teachers

Read more about our peripatetic music teachers and sign up for lessons.

Below is a list of all our peripatetic music teachers, along with information about their specialisms. To register your child's interest in music lessons, please fill in this form.

Peter Precious is a London College of Music examiner and composer, successful freelance professional and busy percussion teacher.

Peter regularly examines in percussion, and other music-related areas, for the London College of Music. He also composes for the exam board and has written many exam pieces, such as a Grade 8 drum kit piece, A Show Of Hands. Additionally, he has regularly collaborated with the world-renowned author Joel Rothman and contributed many ideas and exercises for inclusion in many of his percussion publications.

Peter is a successful performer and has played in many professional shows, classical concerts and jazz gigs on both percussion and trombone.  He has also played in many professional tribute bands, such as The Evening Shadows for which he has played alongside original members of The Shadows. Peter is sponsored by Sabian Cymbals and Mapex Drums.

Being skilled in all main percussion instruments and trombone has resulted in a successful, busy and rewarding professional playing career.  As a teacher, Peter regularly teaches over 100 weekly students across five schools in Surrey and Sussex.

He teaches snare drum, drum kit, timpani, tuned percussion, music theory and trombone from beginner to Diploma/Professional level.  He has a high standard of exam successes with all students, and has taught many students that have gone into become successful professionals. For example, Louie Palmer, who went on to study at Berklee College of Music in the USA, and is now a successful LA-based session drummer and teacher. In addition, Joshua Davis, who passed two Grade 8 percussion exams at the age of 12, and is now studying at The Purcell School of Music.

Ben Tompsett is a saxophone teacher, freelance musician, songwriter and producer.

After Ben graduated from Kingston University with a degree in Music Technology, Ben went on to build a career as a freelance musician and teacher.  Alongside a busy schedule of instrumental tuition, Ben also works as a gigging musician, runs two youth Jazz ensembles (@EpsomJazz) and is an active songwriter, arranger and producer.  He has had a series of advanced jazz/funk tutor books published that are used at the Berklee College of Music and is currently playing saxophone for The Blunter Brothers (www.blunterbrothers.co.uk).

George Boote is a brass teacher and successful freelance musician.

George first started playing the cornet at age 11 with the Dobcross Silver Brass Band in the Northern Pennine area of Saddleworth.

In 1978 he joined the Army as a junior musician and after attending a pupils’ course at the Royal Military School Of Music Kneller Hall he studied trumpet under the tuition of John Wilbraham, and joined the Cheshire Regimental Band followed by the Band of Her Majesty’s Irish Guards.

In 2006, after 28 years’ service, George left the Army and became a peripatetic teacher in Surrey schools as well a free-lance trumpet player. He has recently performed the Haydn and Hummel Trumpet Concertos with the East Grinstead Symphony Orchestra, is a member of Martineau Brass, and plays soprano cornet with the Epsom And Ewell Brass Band.

Helen Anstis is a teacher of violin, piano and music theory.

Helen, originally from Yorkshire, has lived in Nork with her husband and three children for almost 30 years.  Her children (all grown up now) went to school in the local area, and Helen has taught privately and in local schools for 25 years. Helen has taught at Rosebery School in Epsom, Greenacre School for Girls and Priory Preparatory School.

As well as being a successful freelance musician (violinist and pianist), Helen performs with the Epsom Symphony Orchestra and other local (and not so local) orchestras.  Helen is also an experienced accompanist for music exams and accompanies a local choir. 

“Like all music teachers, I have a passion for what I do and enjoy introducing students to many genres of music, including classical, modern, folk and jazz to name but a few. I also encourage students, particularly young students, to take part in music exam schemes and to participate in school concerts, and school musical groups as well as other ensemble groups that run in the area.  

“Playing a musical instrument is very rewarding and many studies have recorded its educational benefits. It brings great happiness to you and all around you.”   

Alison O’Gorman is a child and teen specialist vocal tutor, music teacher and accompanist.

Alison studied Composition at Birmingham Conservatoire until 1995, under RSC MD John Woolf. She has been teaching music professionally her entire career in Surrey. She trained as a Vocal Teacher and Coach under Vocal Process Ltd over the last 10 years and continues with them for her CPD. She taught at Birmingham Conservatoire Junior School and has past and current students performing in the West End, Pop, TV and Film industries. Whilst she has vast experience in teaching flute, theory, piano and recorder, she is also highly experienced in child and teen larynx and voice development. Alison has experience in Early Years music (Montessori) and in training children and teens for higher exams.

Alison enters students for ABRSM - Classical, LCM - Theatre, Rockschool - Pop and Trinity - She enters students for festivals, concerts and her own students’ yearly show. Students get taught in classical performance presentation, studio technique, harmony, theatre skills, further performance techniques, aiming for every student to reach their personal best. Alison consults for youth theatre academies and dance schools (having a dance background including class at the Birmingham Royal Ballet). Shows include: Fame, Sweeny Todd, Oliver and Jungle Book.  Alison has taught at several schools in Surrey including City of London Freemans, Priory, Greenacre, Bramley, Ambleside Montessori School in Cheam and maintains a large private practice.  She is thrilled to be working at Banstead Prep School and desires to see the Music Department sail.

Hayley Griffiths is a singing teacher, recording artist and professional freelance performer.

An internationally renowned soprano, Hayley, has achieved global recognition and critical acclaim for her classically trained vocal abilities. Her “stunningly pure soprano voice” (Chicago Medhill review) has earned her roles as the lead singer in both ‘Riverdance‘ and Michael Flatley’s ‘Lord of the Dance’ world tours as well as a host of corporate engagements in the UK and abroad. Along with acting accomplishments in performances for both the RSC and the BBC, Hayley is a recording artist in both the Classical Crossover and Symphonic Rock genres; her award-winning debut album ‘Silver Screen’ won Classical Crossover Album of The Year in 2010, and with her band, ‘Karnataka’, she won Album and Song of the Year at the 2016 Classic Rock Society Awards. Now passing on her expertise to her own vocal students, Hayley is a patient and approachable teacher who brings a wealth of real experience to her lessons. A budding entrepreneur, late 2012 saw the start up of her own business, a music consultancy for all events, Head Over Heels Entertainment. 

Dean Smith is a teacher of electric, contemporary acoustic and classical guitar.

He started playing the guitar at the age of 10 and by 13 had won a scholarship to attend the Royal College of Music Junior Department. After leaving school he studied for 4 years at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London graduating with distinction for performance.

Dean teaches at a number of prep and senior schools in Surrey, including Epsom College, and regularly prepares students for ABRSM, Trinity, Rockschool and LCM exams. In recent years he has helped 6 students to achieve music scholarships to Dunottar, Epsom College, St John’s, Ewell Castle and Hampton. Dean also enjoys a busy playing career, which has included performances for Sir Richard Branson and Nelson Mandela.

Ryan Marsh teaches guitar and is a RGT (Registry of Guitar Tutors) registered tutor and musician.

Ryan is a musician with over 16 years of teaching experience and spent six years studying in musical education. Ryan has a BTec in Popular Music Performance, during which time he was winner of the Student of the Year Award. He gained a Diploma from the Guitar Institute and a BA (Hons) in Commercial Music. Ryan was requested to teach his first lesson at the age of 17 and since then has continued non-stop teaching both children and adults. 

Alongside teaching guitar, Ryan performs around the country with his function band and has recorded for the BBC. Ryan recently was a member of the first rock band to play inside Windsor Castle! 

Jennifer Taylor is a piano and woodwind teacher.

Jenni and has been teaching professionally since 2001.  She was awarded a BA (Hons) Music degree at University College Chichester and went on to achieve a Masters degree in Music Performance at the University of Chichester.  Jenni performs at many private functions, including weddings, New Year events and more. She has taught at various schools for West Sussex Music Service, providing flute, clarinet and saxophone tuition to students in a small group environment.  She has also taught at Seaton House School and has been teaching at Priory Preparatory School since 2004 through the progression to Banstead Prep School.  Jenni is director of The Music Booth Academy and has conducted several music ensembles, including ‘Music Booth’ Orchestra courses and the ‘Music Booth’ Wind Band.  The Music Booth Academy Piano Studios are located at Banstead Prep School and offer a wide spectrum of services available to everyone wanting to begin piano tuition, as well as those already learning.  Jenni specialises in pre-school piano classes through to advanced standard. She prepares pupils for graded examinations and students as young as 12 have achieved Grade 8 under her tuition.

Caroline Ryalls is a piano and recorder teacher.

Caroline studied music at Cardiff University, gaining a Bachelor of Music honours degree followed by a postgraduate certificate in Education, specialising in children aged 5 -11. She was Head of Music at Seaton House School in Carshalton Beeches for 16 years, until 2004, and then at Bramley School in Walton-on-the-Hill for 5 years.  She also taught class music in the pre-prep department at Chinthurst School in Tadworth for a number of years.

Caroline currently teaches piano and recorder at Bramley School, Chinthurst School and at The Rowans School in Wimbledon.  She particularly enjoys starting with younger children; pupils have weekly lessons and are prepared for the ABRSM examinations.  She has helped a number of pupils to apply for and gain music scholarships at various senior schools; however, she equally enjoys teaching children who want to learn for fun and encourage them to participate in school concerts and music festivals.

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