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Chulmleigh College

Chulmleigh College, Chulmleigh, Devon, EX18 7AA

Music Tuition & Ensembles

Music Tuition 

Music Tuition at the College is delivered by a team of seven staff, all of whom have been working with our pupils for a number of years. 
Together these experienced, qualified professional music tutors have in excess of 100+ pupils every year. Music tuition at Chulmleigh College is for anyone who wants to learn, if we can possibly make it happen!
In an article published recently in The Independent, the benefits of music tuition were highlighted, using a recent study of some 112,000 pupils in Canada: those participating in music tuition were "on average, the equivalent of about one academic year ahead of their peers, with regard to their English, Mathematics and Science skills".  

Mrs Louise Craddock:  Violin, Keyboard, Cello                      

Mrs Carina Smith:          Piano        

Miss Louise Mott:          Voice                                      

Mr Steve Smith:              Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Oboe      

Mr Jeremy Loysen:        Trumpet, Trombone, Cornet 

Mr Kevin Butt:                  Guitar, Bass Guitar     

Mr Glynn Rattenbury:   Drum Kit

Lesson arrangements

We generally operate across three 10 week terms. Most pupils have an individual lesson of 20 or 30 minutes, whilst with Woodwind, Brass, Strings, Guitar and Voice, a 30-minute shared lesson is also available if a suitable partner exists.  For specific rates for the current school year, please see the downloadable form.  Pupils on the Pupil Premium register may be entitled to a discount, please email  for further details. Timetables are displayed on the Music Notice Board and pupils are expected to check them on the morning of their lesson.

Musical Instruments

Pupils must provide their own instruments. Rental and rent-to-buy schemes are available from music shops and Devon County also has a hire scheme. Instrument purchase can be VAT free if made through the College (see Mr Cookson for details). We do have a small stock of some instruments which, if appropriate, we will lend.

To Book Lessons   

Download, complete and return the application form to Mr Cookson, who will pass it on to the appropriate tutor. Forms may be returned via email if preferred to
Lessons are organised on a rota, changing every two weeks (to match the College’s two-week timetable). Pupils starting lessons for the very first time will need to speak with Mr Cookson if they need clarification of how it all works.


Payments are due by no later than the first lesson of the term, cheques made payable to the specific tutor (NOT to the College). Some tutors accept online payments and will provide you with their bank details on request.

Ensemble Opportunities 

The College Orchestra rehearses during Wednesday lunchtimes. It is for instrumentalists who play a woodwind, brass or bowed string instrument.  There are also a small number of pianists, guitars and percussionists used in some pieces. Arrangements of music in a range of styles, along with original compositions, are prepared for performance at the College’s main large concerts in December and May. The Orchestra also leads the music at the College’s Harvest and Christmas Festivals. We attend the Devon Schools Mix Festival and participate in the Devon Music Education Hub’s collaboration with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra.

The College Singers meet on Tuesday lunchtimes.  Led principally by Miss Mott, our excellent singing teacher, the group also prepares for College concerts and festivals. There is also at least one lunchtime singing concert every year.

African Drumming takes place on Monday lunchtimes. We have a large collection of beautiful authentic Djembes (North and West African drums) as well as Ngomas (from East Africa).  This is open to anyone who wants to work in a team to develop concentration and focus, whilst also having fun hitting things! It provides an opportunity for drummers to play together, as there is only ever one drummer in the College Orchestra. The music is generated by the group and performed at College concerts and occasionally at other events.

The Jazz Club gathers on Thursday lunchtimes. It is for vocalists, guitarists, keyboard players and any other instrumentalists. The music focusses on Jazz Standards or is created by the players themselves, with decisions over keys, chords and structure taken by the group.  Jazz Club also takes part in College concerts.

CMAc - Chulmleigh Music Academy

At  CMAc we have the time for more intensive and focussed specific ensembles to complement the Orchestra and Singers. CMAc takes place at the College on Wednesdays, from immediately after school to 5pm.  In the past few years, we have been very fortunate to secure external funding through the Devon Music Education Hub (DMEH), to support instrumental and vocal ensembles for pupils in Key Stages 2 to 4, so the termly subscription is only £15 per musician.  To register for CMAc, please download and complete the form below and either print and return or email to

Pupils stay on at the end of the College day, or join us from their primary schools. Most parents then arrange lift shares back to their respective villages. From September 2019 we also hope to be running subsidised coaches to CMAc, from Winkleigh and Witheridge to CMAc. More details to follow on these pages as soon as we have them.

CMAc is proving popular with our young musicians, but is also developing a good reputation further afield. In a recent visit, the Director of the DMEH brought the heads of music services from Cornwall, Somerset and Gloucester to have a look at what we do, and feedback included, “The way things are being done at Chulmleigh is the right way. I would like to see the same in Gloucester”.

CMAc Brass, CMAc Woodwind and CMAc String ensembles are led by our visiting instrumental staff of Mr Loysen, Mr Smith and Mrs Craddock.  All of these have extensive experience and are overseen by Mr Cookson, College Director of Music.  The standard of music making is definitely on the rise at Chulmleigh, in no small part owing to the positive influence of CMAc.  If you are interested in becoming part of CMAc, please speak with Mr Cookson.   No experience is needed for CMAc Choir but some basic instrumental skill is needed for the other groups.

Teachers Rock Youth Choir

We are excited to announce that Teachers Rock Choir runs a new transition choir, hosted at CMAc. These fantastic vocal development workshops are led by Teachers Rock founder, Debbie Kent. The choir is open to pupils from Key Stage 2 upwards.

Any questions about CMAc?  Please email