Instrumental/vocal lessons

Our visiting staff are highly qualified performers and practitioners. The Barlow offers tuition for the following:

  • Woodwind – Flute, Clarinet, saxophone, oboe
  • Brass – Trumpet, Cornet, Trombone, Euphonium,
  • Strings – Violin, viola, cello, double bass
  • Guitar – acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar
  • Piano
  • Vocals
  • Drum kit


When a student opts for Instrumental lessons they must be committed to attending all lessons and rehearsing in between to maximise their progress. If, for some reason, the student no longer wishes to continue with their lessons please note that four weeks’ notice must be given in writing and paid for in order to allow for another student to be identified and to take their place.

Timetabling and Attendance     

Lessons last for 20-30 minutes and are either individual or small groups. The timetables operate on a rota to ensure the same school lesson is not missed each week. Lesson times are displayed on the Music Noticeboard in the Arts Area, students should check their lesson time to avoid missing their lesson – missed lessons will still have to be paid for.

Please note it is the responsibility of the student to catch up any missed class work and to record any homework that has been set.

If a student is unable to attend a music lesson due to an assessment, school trip or visit, they are to inform Miss Taylor, giving 24 hours’ notice where possible so that other students can be rescheduled to ensure that the maximum benefit is gained from the visiting Music Teacher’s time. Most tutors only visit the school once a week and as such, are unable to change lessons if any such absence falls on the day your child should have a lesson.


It is recommended that students enter ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal School of Music) or Rockschool examinations depending on advice from the instrumental/vocal teacher. This not only gives students an aim to work towards, the satisfaction and achievement of passing an exam but can also be added to CVs with Grade 6 and above examinations converting to UCAS points. The cost of sheet music, exam or accompanist fees cannot be covered by the school.


In most cases, an instrument can be borrowed from school or One Education in order to practice between lessons. Your child is responsible for the care of the instrument. It is possible to begin lessons in drum kit, piano and guitar without initially having your own instrument by arranging to practice in school.

Please ensure that your child’s instrument and case are clearly labelled. The school cannot accept responsibility for the repair or replacement of instruments.


Extra-curricular activities provide excellent opportunities for students to develop ensemble, technical and performance skills, students are recommended to participate as often as possible and are required to attend at least one rehearsal a week. Where there is no established ensemble for a particular instrument, students can attend choir. Current activities include the following, although these may be revised according to demand.

  • Vocal Group
  • Grade 5 Theory
  • Choir
  • Irish band
  • Band                
  • Orchestra           



  • Individual 30minute lesson – £13.00 per lesson         
  • Group 30minute lesson – £7.00 per lesson
  • Individual 20minute lesson – £9.00 per lesson
  • Group 20minute lesson – £5.00per lesson                                                                                                   

Please note your child may be entitled to receive free instrumental/vocal tuition – should this be the case we respectfully ask that you make a termly voluntary contribution towards the cost of your child’s tuition.


Invoices are issued termly. Payment is due on parent pay 30 days from the date of invoice.

Visiting Staff

Ryan Buxton

Ryan is an experienced guitarist of 20 years working professionally as a band member and collaborating with song writers both in the studio and touring. He also has plentiful experience as a session musician for function bands, ensembles and theatre productions. Ryan is also and experienced teacher who has enjoyed sharing his knowledge and skills with his students over the past 11 years.

Jean Phillipe Fuentes

Jp studied at Drum Tech in London and is a highly proficient performer in Manchester, at numerous festivals throughout the UK and France and as a recording artist on several Lps including with Hacienda Records. Jp has performed with many bands in a variety of genres: funk, rock, electronic, pop and jazz. He is a dedicated tutor, who has been teaching students intricate drumming techniques and music throughout the genres since 2003.

Alexina Lodge

Alexina Lodge is an extremely experienced teacher, having taught for One Education Music for over 36 years, working with many successful pupils. During this time, Alexina has played in and directed bands, orchestras and small ensembles, including tours abroad and amongst many auspicious performances, playing at the Queen’s official opening of the Bridgewater Hall. Alexina’s main study is flute with LTCM and CT-ABRSM however, she is also very versatile and not only plays and teaches all the woodwind instruments but also brass and piano.

Michael Mukiibi

Michael is a highly experienced teacher and sought-after professional musician and accompanist. He has extensive experience in a multitude of occasions including: early years, sing aloud, vocal and Black history month workshops, Big Sing performances, ‘Sing Out Music/Gospel Choir for Weddings’ Eli Cripps Music: accompaniment/co-producer Michael is employed by One Education and also teaches privately preparing and entering students regularly for public examinations in piano and vocals. He is also an accomplished bass guitarist and drummer in a wide range of genres including Gospel, Jazz, Classical and Contemporary music.

Dr Mark Pilkington

Mark is a renowned composer and performer of electroacoustic music; his practice encapsulates both sounds and images as a means to extend spatial imaginings between real and virtual environments. Forging immaterial and creative labour through a network of interwoven and augmented territories, his work increasingly queries the way technology carries great critical and creative potential. He received a PhD in Music from the University of Manchester composing and researching music using multi-channel sound, sonification and data visualisation at NOVARS research centre. Currently Mark is investigating audio-visual composition with Dr. Oliver Carman with the music department at the University of Liverpool. His music has been performed and screened at ICMC, ARS Electronica, ZKM | Karlsruhe, MANTIS festival and the Open Circuit Festival

Richard Sanderson

Richard is a highly experienced performer and teacher who began his musical studies at the age of 9, learning the violin at school and has never really stopped since! He studied A-level music at Truro College before completing a Popular Music and Recording degree at Salford University. As a professional musician, playing predominantly the violin but also guitar and mandolin Richard works with many different bands performing various styles including Irish, Jazz and Rock. He was the lead violinist with Michael Flatley’s Irish dance show ‘Lord of the Dance’ touring across the UK and France and has also performed with The Levellers at Manchester Academy. Richard has taught for One Education since 2008 and is the Primary violin tutor for Irish music, leading workshops annually at the renowned Irish World Heritage Centre.