Kerry is a specialist in brass performance and tuition. She has over twenty years experience as a teacher in private practice and has taught many pupils of all ages and standards ranging from complete beginners to professional level. Her area of expertise is in the correction of instrumental technique in brass and woodwind. Kerry teaches trombone at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music and is a Quality Assurance Mentor for instrumental tutors at the Love Music Trust. She was made a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2014.
An experienced school and university instrumental tutor, Kerry is a former lecturer and Unit Leader for Performance Studies, Ensemble Studies and Instrumental/Vocal Tuition at the Manchester Metropolitan University and was the North West Senior Teacher for the Music for Schools Foundation from 1999 to early 2014. In addition to teaching in many primary schools in the area she was also responsible for their teacher recruitment, training and assessment. Kerry has also taught as a visiting instrumental tutor in secondary schools including Sandbach High School, Kings Grove School (Crewe), Victoria School (Crewe), Queen Elizabeth School (Cumbria), Casterton School (Cumbria) and Stoke on Trent College.
Kerry completed a Master of Arts by Research degree in 2013 at MMU and is currently studying towards a PhD in Performance (specialism trombone) at the Royal Northern College of Music, the first person ever to be accepted onto this programme. She also has a First Class BA (Hons) in Music and Popular Musics awarded by MMU, a Higher National Diploma in Performing Arts from Stoke on Trent College, a performance diploma (DipABRSM) in trombone and six grade 8 ABRSM awards (trombone, euphonium, flute, clarinet, saxophone & piano)!
As a performer Kerry is a specialist in contemporary trombone performance and her PhD study is based around Berio’s Sequenza V. Well known in the local brass band circuit and a former member of the Leyland Band, she has also played for Foden’s Band, the Fairey Band and is a regular guest at the United Co-operative Funeralcare Band (North West). She is also a past member of the jazz bands Southside Jazz Project and Dr Jazz and the Cheshire Cats and has performed at regular functions across the North West.
Now the full-time Director of Sandbach Music, Kerry is responsible for the management of staff, design and delivery of teaching programmes. She tutors the intensive theory courses and is available for specialist consultation in the form of technique correction and college, university and conservatoire auditions.