Kerry is a specialist in brass performance and tuition. She has twenty years experience as a teacher in private practice and has taught many pupils of all ages and standards ranging from complete beginners to diploma level. Her area of expertise is in the correction of instrumental technique in brass and woodwind. Kerry is a former lecturer on the undergraduate music programmes at the Manchester Metropolitan University including Unit Leader for Performance Studies, Ensemble Studies and Instrumental/Vocal Tuition.
An experienced school instrumental tutor, Kerry was the North West Senior Teacher for the Music for Schools Foundation from 1999 to early 2014 and 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)! Kerry also was awarded a PGCAP (HE teaching qualification) in 2014 and made a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
As a performer Kerry is well known in the local brass band circuit, 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 Lymm based 20-piece big band 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, as well as keeping her hand in as a tutor with some of the instrumental groups and the theory & musicianship classes.