Teaching is our core activity

We offer tuition in all standard instruments, singing and in the theory of music. The majority of our teaching is ‘one-to-one’ but shared lessons are available where appropriate.

Zoom and skype lessons are still available for those who prefer but we are able to offer face-to-face lessons in our three well-ventilated rooms where social distancing can be observed. Mask wearing is encouraged and sanitising gel is available. Our premises are now professionally cleaned every week.

Our standard package offers 12 ½-hour weekly lessons per term but this can be adjusted to suit your needs: 20 minute lessons are often more appropriate for the youngest students whilst adults may prefer longer lessons at less frequent intervals.

Every student is offered a free ½-hour ‘taster’ lesson. Contact us to discuss the best plan for you.

Knowledge of the theory of music aids learning and is also a requirement for candidates wishing to sit Associated Board practical exams at Grade 6 and above. One-to-one theory lessons are available under the normal terms or less formal guided sessions are sometimes available at a reduced charge.

We have a pool of beautiful instruments available at the school and can provide tuition in almost anything from Bagpipes to Harp, Strings, Woodwind, Brass, Percussion…and more! Please do contact us by phone or email anytime.

We are happy to teach students at all levels and of all ages – many of our current students are adults, some coming to us as beginners, others picking up the musical threads where they left off many years ago. We also teach a wide variety of musical styles.

Lessons usually take place on our premises in Blandford and many of our teachers are able to offer daytime as well as evening appointments.

We are happy to prepare candidates for exams – we are the local centre for Associated Board and Trinity College exams and several members of our staff are examiners themselves. But we also recognise that some students prefer just to play for pleasure.

Many of our staff are active performers as well as teachers. All are fully qualified and carry Disclosure & Barring Service (previously CRB) clearance.

Regular informal student concerts are held.

We have a large stock of string and woodwind instruments available for hire.

Meet a few of our satisfied customers!

“Well into retirement and with no previous musical training I started piano lessons at DRMS. Learning an instrument is fun – it’s never too late to learn.”
(Janette from Blandford)

“I earned really useful UCAS points with my Grade 8 exam – and the lessons were fun too!”
(Holly from Sturminster Newton)

Teaching & Associate Staff

Dan Baker
Guitar | Jazz Piano | Jazz Violin

Naomi Brenton

Christopher Daly
Classical Guitar

Felicity Goodman

Dr Richard Hall
Piano | Theory | History

Dan Kelleher
Guitar | Drums | Singing

Ellen Marsden
Piano | Oboe | Style & Interpretation

Lucy Martin
Piano | Saxophone | Theory

Michael Moorsom

Chris Roberts

Catherine Wall
Recorder | Flute

John Watts
Electric & Acoustic Guitar