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Apollo Arts

Create, Inspire, Achieve! Welcome to Apollo Arts – The Home of Creative Learning! Apollo Arts are a local creative education company, delivering a huge range of creative arts, music, sport, dance and media workshops and programmes across the North East. Apollo Arts has an excellent reputation in the Tees Valley and is fast becoming known […]

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Our top tips for running a successful project are: 1. Before anything else, preparation is the key to success. 2. Knowledge alone does not make a great teacher but if mixed with passion …


Rebecca Topping

I am a musician, music educator and project manager. I started off through the formal route of instrumental tuition in piano and cello, and doing the ‘Grades’ and then finally getting a music degree from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. After graduating I felt a bit lost so I got […]

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Si Smith

Studied music tech and music performance, mainly concentrated on bass guitar and percussion. Performed in original bands, tribute band and worked as a guitarist for solo artists. Currently teaching Guitar, bass, uke, percussion and drums either on a one to one basis or as part of a workshop delivered by Microtone Music and still performing […]

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Top Tips

1. Always prepare but be prepared to change in an instant. 2. Patience is a necessity. 3. Aways carry earplugs.


Microtone Music

Welcome to Microtone Music, A Middlesbrough company delivering anything with a musical theme, from Build A Band, Record A Band, Manage A Band, Percussion Workshops, Vocal Workshops, Learning Through Music, One-to-One tuition (Grade Exams/Theory and Practical) and fun sessions with music. Microtone Music have delivered music sessions in a number of settings Schools, Youth Centres/Clubs, […]

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Top Tips

1. Don’t panic. 2. Preparation is the key. 3. Don’t loose the key.


Cheryl Baines

My background has developed from the progression of Play Leader to Youth Worker, Arts Assistant, Educational Support Worker and Community Freelance Worker. I am an active member of Ee By Drum a community drumming group and have currently co-delivered structured sessions of drumming to engage children’s self-esteem, confidence, team work, listening skills, co-operation and well-being. […]

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Top Tips

1. As a facilitator, think about what actually made learning fun for you, when planning workshops. 2. Incorporate lots of variety, different pace and flexibility when delivering sessions. 3. Good positive communicaton.


Michael Baines

I’m Michael, based in Stockton, and have been involved in music since I was a nipper. As a sound engineer in a community studio in the 90’s I worked with groups of young people on all types of musical endeavours, and have since been a tour driver and an organ tuner’s assistant! I’m still a […]

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Liz Corney

I am Liz Corney, a music educator specialising in singing and songwriting. I have ten years experience working in schools and community settings in formal and non-formal music education. I have worked with organisations such as The Sage Gateshead, Newcastle College, Helix Arts, Northern Stage, Tyne Valley Youth Theatre and musinc, in various roles including choir […]

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Top Tips

1. Be yourself. Most likely the reasons that you are working in this field are that you love music. If you can communicate this with warmth and humour to any group you work …


Tim Coyte

Hi I’m Tim Coyte from Saltburn, I play guitar and percussion. I run Samba and hand drumming workshops with Brazilian percussion and African djembe drums. I am an Arts Award Adviser and am currently providing support to musinc practitioners and partners. I first trained as a community musician with The Sage Gateshead in 2002. Since […]

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Top Tips

1. Be yourself; young people know when you’re faking it and respect you all the more for being yourself. 2. Be open about making mistakes, if your workshop goes wrong for whatever reason …


Martyn Cresswell

I teach Samba drumming to all ages, in schools, community and other venues throughout the area. I started the successful drumming group, ‘Rhythm Train’, to perform in SIRF and other community carnivals and events in 2007. I started the group from scratch and ran it for 4 years until I moved to Northallerton in 2011, […]

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Top Tips

1. Make learning fun and enjoyable 2. Include people of all ages and abilities 3. Be yourself in your music


Jane Cuthbert

I am Jane Cuthbert, visual artist and performer with a passion for music as a tool for bringing people together. I have been employed by Sage Gateshead as a Strand leader for over 12 years working mainly in Redcar and Cleveland and Middlesbrough. I live near Saltburn-by-the sea. I have specialised in work with young […]

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Top Tips

1. Have fun 2. Make sure everyone is included. 3. Have a plan (or several is good) but be prepared to change it and go with the group.


Josh Elliott

Musician and Creative Arts Workshop Leader/assistant with over 4 years professional experience. Currently working for creative arts education specialists Apollo Arts throughout the North East of England. With a passion for music and the arts from an early age, I involved myself with community music projects and performances such as Stockton International Riverside Festival, Millennium […]

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Engage, Enthuse & Educate!


Colin Grant

Hello! My name is Colin Grant, I live near Saltburn by the Sea in East Cleveland. I’ve worked with children and families for most of my working life as a community arts worker, community worker, family support worker and mental health practitioner. Lately this has taken a more musical turn  I’m an active member of […]

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Top Tips

1. Be inclusive. 2. Be positive. 3. Give everyone a chance to shine!


Chris Groom

My experience with music started when my parents bought me my first keyboard at the age of 8. Since then I have developed a career as a professional musician and music teacher. My experiences include setting up band workshops, teaching one to one keyboard and piano lessons, teaching choirs and working as a lecturer in […]

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Top Tips

1. Find ways to teach music theory in fun and interesting ways, for instance through apps, pop music or games and quizzes. 2. Make time for your own learning and training. Join networking …


Duncan Kirby

Duncan Kirby is a Music Technology graduate from the University of Teesside. An accomplished DJ and Producer Duncan now turns his attention towards teaching disengaged children. Duncan’s approach to teaching is heavily based on science and the understanding of sounds rather than the traditional music theory route. I’m currently working at the Hartlepool Pupil Referral […]

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Top Tips

1. Allow total freedom of expression. 2. Understand individual learning needs. 3. Mutual respect – Build a relationship


Gabriel Mulangu

My name is Gabriel Mulangu, I also go by the nickname Strange-boy Producer. I’m a music producer/ song writer based in the north east of England. I play the guitar, piano & Drums. I have produced multiple songs that have been listed and featured on MTV America, BBC 1xtra Introducing song of the week & […]

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Top Tips

My three top tips for working with young people are: Patience, encouragement and a good sense of humour as it helps break the ice & helps young people feel comfortable enough to express …


Dominic Nelson-Ashley

I have over 25 years experience of working with young people in challenging circumstances including those who are not in employment education or training. I am a qualified music technology teacher and careers guidance advisor. I am based in Middlesbrough. Musical instruments: keys, guitar, bass, percussion and singing. I deliver workshops on music production / […]

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Top Tips

1. It’s about engagement, not how often the participants turn up. 2. Its not just about the music, its about the transferrable skills as well. 3. Make the activities fun. 4. Bring the …


Carl Pemberton

Hi I’m Carl, a musician from Teesside. One of my biggest achievements, to date, is auditioning for TV talent show the X Factor along with my brother as the duo Journey South. We reached the final and signed a record deal with Simon Cowell’s label Syco. We released our debut album in 2006. It reached […]

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Emily Smith

Soprano Emily Smith studied opera at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and then returned to her North East roots where she began teaching singing to children and adults in many different educational establishments and community projects. She is a keen advocate for taking classical music into unlikely settings, from teaching opera to homeless […]

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Top Tips

1. Always be over prepared. You never know who’s going to turn up for the session so its best to have as wide a variety of music, warm ups and games as possible. …


Neil Walker

My name is Neil Walker and I would like to introduce you to Club Creative, a company that is bringing creativity into schools, businesses and the community. Based in Redcar & Cleveland, and working all over the North East and North Yorkshire, Club Creative offers you a unique solution for all your creative needs. Established […]

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Top Tips

1) have a plan B, and C 2) don’t be surprised if the young people create a plan D 3) Plan D is usually better than your plan A


Parissa Zarifi

A freelance music leader specialising in delivering inclusive music making activities with young people in both youth work and school settings. Currently delivering projects at Myplace Mixed Ability Youth Club, All In Youth Project, Trinity Catholic School Headstart and on the Stockton Arc Silvers programme, I am passionate about delivering inclusive and exciting music sessions […]

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Top Tips

3 top tips for working effectively with young people in challenging circumstances: 1. Build a relationship with the young person – take the time for a chat! 2. Be patient and utilise your …


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