Lessons & Group Sessions at FMD - Summer Term 2020
Please do not visit FMD until we advise you that it is fine to do so! Our term has started on Saturday, 25 April and we will continue to teach individual instrumental lessons via an online platform until we get the green light to return to normality. Unfortunately, running some classes and groups are not possible, these include both orchestras and both jazz bands.

Sessions for Mini Maestros Music, all three Centre Stage groups, Children and Adult Choirs will continue online. Please refer to recent emails or see the 'Diary' page of this website for more details.

Please use the link below to contacts us if you are new to FMD and interested in lessons or a group session.

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Welcome

Farnham Music and Drama is a place for everybody to learn about, enjoy and be inspired by music and drama at all levels.

We Provide:

Private tuition in a range of instruments, music theory and drama

Music classes for children from pre-school to year 2

Singing groups for children and adults

Musical Theatre and drama classes for children

Adult classes including two ensembles and two choirs

The emphasis is on enjoyment of music and everybody is welcome to come along, have a go, and maybe find that moment of creative escapism.

If you wish to attend a group class for children or adults, please contact us for availability and to book your FREE trial session.

Please contact us for further information about what we can offer.

Lessons

Instrumental Lessons

The teachers work individually with each student to improve their skills as a player and help grow their passion for and understanding of music.

Theory Lessons

Farnham Music & Drama also run theory lessons to prepare students for any ABRSM theory exams. The ABRSM requires all candidates to have passed a grade 5 theory exam or grade 5 general musicianship or grade 5 Jazz exam before they can do a grade 6 or higher practical exam.

Music Technology

We offer a music technology course for those who wish to learn more about the technology involved in composing music.

Suzuki Violin

The Suzuki method is based on the philosophy that all children have the ability to learn a musical instrument and can enrich their lives through music making.

Our Teachers

Edward Reeves Edward Reeves Piano & Cello Edward Reeves, founder of Farnham Music and Drama, passionately believes in the value of music for all. A classically trained pianist from the Royal College of Music, Edward has been teaching music for over 20 years to students from age two to ninety years old. Before founding Farnham Music and Drama, Edward was Director of Music at a specialist music school in Surrey. Edward teaches the piano, cello, singing and conducts both adult ensembles, the Thursday choir and along with Jenny runs the Centre Stage Groups. He also runs the children's string group and jazz bands. Jenny Randall Jenny Randall Singing, Flute & Musical Theatre Edward is joined by Jenny Randall, a classically trained singer and flautist who has an MA in Musical Theatre from The Central School of Speech & Drama. Together with her own acting career, Jenny loves working with students, both children and adults, to give them a lifelong love of performing arts. Jenny is our main singing teacher but also teaches flute, drama and musical theatre. She joins Edward with Centre Stage and Mini Maestros Music classes. Kanse Capon Kanse Capon Saxophone, Clarinet and Flute Kanse studied at Trinity College of Music with Gerard McChrystal attaining a BMus (Hons) Performance on Saxophone. He enjoys a varied performing career which includes being a member of two successful saxophone quartets, playing in shows, orchestral playing and doing solo work. Kanse has performed in France, Germany, Holland and the UK with a recent major achievement being playing as a Concerto Soloist at the British Saxophone Congress in 2011. Kanse is passionate about teaching and aims to inspire the love for music he has in others. His teaching includes private lessons and teaching at More House School as well as teaching at Farnham Music & Drama. Kanse teaches saxophone, clarinet, flute, piano and runs the sax ensemble. Craig Burnett Craig Burnett Brass Craig Burnett began playing the trumpet aged 10. After studying under Paul Archibald and Andrew Crowley at the Royal College of Music gaining a BMus (Hons) degree Craig went on to continue his studies with a postgraduate diploma at the Royal Academy of Music. Craig has performed throughout the world as an orchestral and chamber musician and as a soloist. He is a versatile player with a keen interest in all genres of music and is currently principal trumpet of the Charities Philharmonia, which is based in London. Other experiences include the London Symphony Orchestra, Northern Sinfonia, BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra and the Royal Opera House to name but a few. Charlotte Hobbs Charlotte Hobbs Piano Charlotte Hobbs is an accomplished pianist. As an experienced piano accompanist she has played for Elmhurst School for Dance, The Royal Ballet School, Canoldir Male Choir and Ex Cathedra Junior Academy. She completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Music in 2009, under the tuition of Robert Markham and Philip Martin. Charlotte then became Musician in Residence at a school in Stourbridge, providing accompaniment for students and assisting in music classes. More recently Charlotte has been based in Hampshire and Surrey, where she has continued her work as a ballet accompanist, played for the children's drama school 'Perform' and accompanied many performers. She has also enjoyed performing with Theatre Alibi for their production of The Crowstarver. Charlotte loves to share her passion for music with others and is delighted to be working as a piano teacher at Farnham Music and Drama. Shaun Ludlow Shaun Ludlow Drums Shaun Ludlow is an English freelance drummer, tutor, percussionist and songwriter. He currently teaches private drum lessons from his home and alongside many professional Tutors at Farnham Music and Drama and is available to book lessons with or hire for recording/performance sessions. He studied a BA Music industry practice (drums) degree at The Academy of Contemporary Music under the likes of Toby Drummond and others and has completed his grade 8. Shaun is a competent sight reader and has a passion and proficient skillset for all varieties of music. He aspires to continue learning, sharing his knowledge with the world and to Record drums on records of all styles.

What Our Students Say

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there parking?

Yes, please visit our Contact page for parking details and a map of where you can park.

How long are your terms?

Our terms are usually 10 (Spring and Summer) or 12 (Autumn) weeks long.  Sometimes we may only have 9 weeks due to early school holidays and/or public holidays.  Please see the Diary page for all key dates.

Do I need to pay for a taster session or lesson?

We offer a first free taster for all our group sessions.  However, we do not offer free taster lessons for individual lessons.

Do I have to do exams?

We offer ABRSM grade exams here but also enter students for Trinity, Rock School and London College of Music exams.  We found having a goal to work towards helps with overall progress in any instrument your are learning.  However, this is not a requirement and you do not have to take any exams.

I want to stop lessons, what do I need to do?

As per our terms and conditions, we require half a term’s notice to stop lessons.  Please email or write to us at the beginning or end of each term to allow us enough time to offer your time to someone else.  If we are able to fill the time slot immediately, you can stop straight away.

What experience do I need to have to join any of your groups?

There are no auditions or particular requirements for any of our adult choirs or musical theatre groups.

Children’s Groups – You will need to probaby be around grade 3-5 standard to play in our junior jazz band and grade 6-8 standard for our senior jazz band.

Adult Groups – You will probably need to be around grade 3-5 standard for our Rusty Players Orchestra and grade 6+ for the FMD Orchestra.

What performance oppertunities do you get at FMD?

We offer a range of oppertunities to perform here at FMD.  We have an adult and children’s soloist concert every term and our jazz bands perform regularly in and around town for various festivals or council events. Our adult groups usually have a summer and autumn soireé where they perform, usually in aid of charity.  The annual Christmas concert showcases all our groups and our Centre Stage Company and Grads have an annual production each they will work towards.

Didn't find the answer?

Please contact us on 01252 727617 or visit the contacts page if you have any further enquiries.