Meet the Music team

Meet the One Education Music team

The One Education Music Team offer a wide range of instrumental, vocal and curriculum teaching for all age groups and abilities.

The team are up to date with best practice guidance and current music initiatives and are passionate about sharing their musical skills with young people. They can also support the whole school through a variety of teacher support networks, advice, courses, events, workshops and training.

Many of the team also work at out of school music centres across the city which provide ensembles and progression opportunities for musicians of all ages.

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Jo BucklerJo Buckler

Jo Buckler is an Early Years and Primary School music specialist who has experience of teaching music in schools across Greater Manchester and the North West. Beginning her primary teacher career in a large, diverse, Manchester school, she led music and enrichment across the school, becoming an Advanced Skills Teacher in 2004.

In her role at One Education as a primary music curriculum consultant, Jo offers training, support and development to EYFS settings, primary and special schools as well as Initial Teacher Training (ITT) establishments. Jo is able to offer a range of music courses as well as bespoke training packages depending on your school’s requirements and needs.

Jo is passionate about music education and is committed to supporting schools, teachers and music coordinators in delivering an effective and progressive music curriculum.

Lindsay ThomasLindsay Thomas

After becoming an advanced skills teacher in 2002, Lindsay began working for Manchester Music Service as part of the curriculum team with responsibility for developing musical inclusion across the city.

Mentoring and coaching colleagues in school continues to be an important part of her work with Manchester Youth Music Education Hub, which commissions One Education Music to deliver several core and extension roles of the National Plan for Music Education. This includes developing a network of school music staff, promoting the sharing of good practice, providing a comprehensive range of continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities and supporting first access to instrumental lessons

Lindsay believes in leading by example and feels privileged to be able to teach and lead inclusive music projects in a range of special educational needs establishments both in and out of Manchester. 

Steve Hawkins

Steve is an experienced primary and secondary music educator with teaching experience covering a diverse range of settings that span from challenging to exciting. In addition to instrumental and curriculum teaching, Steve is also an experienced electronic music maker and has released his own original music though UK based labels.

This has enabled Steve to teach Music Technology to both primary and secondary students in addition to more traditional instrumentation allowing him to use his professional insight of the music industry to help inspire his students. Steve can teach guitar, bass, basic drum kit, African drumming, beginner keyboard and music technology and curriculum music for all levels. He particularly enjoys leading ensembles and workshops.

Jenny Osborne

Jenny is an experienced primary classroom and instrumental music teacher. In addition to curriculum and vocal lessons, Jenny teaches violin, ukulele and djembe. She works in all settings including SEND schools and pupil referral units. She enjoys teaching singing games and is interested in the Kodaly method of teaching singing. Her favourite repertoire includes unaccompanied African / World Music songs. In her own time Jenny sings soprano in a choir and plays ukulele as part of the "Levy Uke Up".

John RuddenJohn Rudden

John is an established guitar and percussion teacher who teaches pupils of all ages and abilities.

He is a Centre leader at Blackley and also conducts the Blackley Stage Band who rehearse every Thursday evening at the Co-operative Academy of Manchester.

John enjoys teaching a range of genres including pop, rock, jazz and classical. He particularly enjoys directing large ensembles such as windbands and big bands.

Dave Thom

Dave is an experienced guitar teacher who also teaches ukulele and cello to a high standard. He teaches pupils in key stage 2-5 in schools and also leads the X-band, junior strings and South Manchester Ceili Band at Blackley Music Centre every Thursday evening at the Co-operative Academy of Manchester. Dave particularly enjoys performing in a professional capacity and arranging, recording and editing music.

Byron CalameByron Calame

Byron is an experienced steelpan and percussion teacher for pupils of all ages and abilities including additional SEND.

He enjoys teaching, arranging and performing music of all genres.

He is the Centre Manager at the Steelpan Centre at St Margaret's CE Primary School every Thursday evening and was an original member of the well established Manchester Youth Steel Orchestra who are always looking for keen, new members.

Morris ClarkeMorris Clarke

Morris has worked as a music educator in schools for over 30 years. He teaches steelpans to all age groups, in all settings including SEND schools. He also teaches percussion, including drum kit.

Morris is a founding member of the Manchester Youth Steel Orchestra and teaches at the Steelpan Centre at St. Margaret's CE Primary School every Thursday evening.

Morris teaches a range of repertoire including calypso, classical, pop, latin and reggae.

Lucy MansellLucy Mansell

Lucy is an established steelpan teacher who has worked with pupils in all key stages and also has Pupil Referral Unit experience.

She enjoys teaching a wide range of genres including pop, classical, reggae and latin music.

Lucy has performed with several bands and can also play the violin and drum kit. She enjoys arranging songs and can differentiate parts to make them accessible for all pupils.

Scott SincklerScott Sinckler

Scott is an experienced steelpan teacher who has worked in schools for many years.

He currently teaches steelpans to all age groups as well as teaching percussion, including drum kit.

Scott arranges and teaches a range of different repertoire including current pop, calypso, classical, latin and reggae music.

Joe YankeyJoe Yankey

Joe is an experienced steelpan tutor and has taught in schools for over 30 years. He is a kit drummer and Key Stage 2 specialist with additional SEND experience. He particularly enjoys playing and arranging pop, soca and latin music.

Joe is a founding member of the Manchester Youth Steel Orchestra and teaches at the Steelpan Centre at St. Margaret's CE Primary School every Thursday evening.

Karen CotKaren Cottamtam

Karen is an experienced woodwind teacher and double reed specialist who teaches pupils in all key stages.

She is the leader of the prestigious Manchester Youth Wind Orchestra and conducts the Blackley Centre Woodwind Ensemble every Thursday evening at the Co-operative Academy of Manchester.

Karen particularly enjoys playing the oboe and playing in windbands.

Clare CompsonClare Compson

Clare is an experienced woodwind teacher and has taught children in all key stages.

She teaches a wide range of repertoire from swing band to classical and has also studied Indian music. Clare enjoys listening to all sorts of music and regularly performs in Stockport Symphony Orchestra.

She conducts and teaches in the Junior Band and Woodwind ensemble at Blackley Music Centre, every Thursday evening at the Co-operative Academy of Manchester.

Xina LodgeXina Lodge

Xina is an established woodwind and brass tutor with teaching experience in primary and secondary settings. This includes whole class recorder teaching and teaching pupils of all abilities. Her lessons regularly include improvisation and composition.

She has many years experience of running beginner, intermediate and advanced ensembles, bands and orchestras.

Flute is Xina's main instrument and she enjoys orchestral playing and most other genres too.

Paul MooneyPaul Mooney

Paul is an experienced brass teacher who works with pupils of all abilities. He also teaches recorder first access using the online Charanga resources.

Paul is one of the musical directors for the Manchester Youth Wind Orchestra and also conducts the Brass Ensemble at Blackley Music Centre, every Thursday evening at the Co-operative Academy of Manchester.

Paul particularly enjoys playing Early and Brass Band music.

Alexandra BrudanAlexandra Abrudan

Alex is a prize winning violinist who was born in Romania and studied in Spain and the United Kingdom. She is an experienced performer and also teaches violin and viola at all levels.

She recently joined One Education Music and has volunteered at several events and music centres.

Alex worked at the Chorlton Music Centre on Saturday mornings during the summer term. She teaches a wide range of genres including classical, jazz, pop, soul and folk and also enjoys singing, composing and improvising.

Leman Mirazi

Leman is an African music specialist who teaches West / East / South African drumming, African vocal music (solfa notation based harmony) and Mbira (thumb piano). He teaches Key Stages 1-4 and has had considerable experience in schools since 2010. Leman also leads a drumming ensemble at Hulme Music Centre, who rehearse every Monday evening during term time.

Jane Booth

Jane is an experienced teacher and musician who has had time out due to having children. She is primarily a percussionist with skills also in violin, piano and voice. She has recently joined One Education and is enjoying teaching a number of instruments to children from Nursery up to Year 6 in primary schools. These include: violin, recorder, ukulele, guitar and tin whistle. SEND experience includes shadowing and supporting a colleague at Piper Hill and team teaching at Rodney House. She is a classically trained musician and prefers to stick to these roots when playing, but is happy to teach any genre required. She enjoys playing chamber music and has experience in running and directing choirs, which she really enjoys and she has recently joined a community choir.

Michael Marks

Michael is an experienced woodwind and keyboard teacher who can teache at all key stages. This includes whole class recorder and primary, secondary and further education music curriculum. A wide range of repertoire is taught from classical through to the latest chart music arranged by himself for ensembles. Michael enjoys playing in woodwind ensembles and stage/wind bands and is the centre manager of the Didsbury Music Centre. He regularly organizes large scale events including the prestigious Manchester Music Showcase concerts at the Royal Northern College of Music.

Kate Moran

Kate is a violin and viola specialist who teaches at all levels, from first access through to advanced players. She has a PGCE and is a qualified Dalcroze teacher, often using this approach of learning about music through movement in the lessons she teaches. Kate particularly enjoys coaching ensembles in schools and is the conductor / director of MYSO (Manchester Youth String Orchestra). She also has a busy freelance career as a performer (violin) and workshop leader.

Richard Sanderson

Richard is an experienced string, guitar, tin whistle and samba teacher who works with pupils of all abilities in primary, secondary and special schools. He teaches whole class curriculum music, tin whistle, violin and guitar as well as smaller specialist instrumental lessons, offering a varied repertoire of different styles and genres and entry to ABRSM/Rock School exams where appropriate. Richard has many years experience of running large Irish groups, rock bands, string groups and orchestras with pupils of all ages and abilities. He is the leader of the folk/celi group at the East Didsbury activity centre at Beaver Road Primary who rehearse every Thursday night. In addition to teaching Richard is a very active live musician playing violin with a mixture of irish/rock/pop duos and full bands at many different venues and corporate functions.

Branwen Dale

Branwen is a violinist and oboist. She has a degree in music and a Secondary PGCE. Branwen has an interest in using a wide range of teaching and learning styles such as Dalcroze and Kodaly to enable all pupils to access music at the highest level possible. Branwen teaches Polkadots, classroom music, strings and woodwind, with a particular emphasis on double reeds. Branwen is the manager of Chorlton Music Centre, and co-conductor of Chorlton Centre Orchestra.

Get in touch with any of our Music Specialists by enquiring via the form below or calling 0844 967 1111.