Kimberley Bartrum, Principal – Piano, Flute, Theory, Musicianship

I have been teaching music since 1998, and have been privileged to help more students than I can count to realise their potential and achieve their goals.

I have been building my Team of teachers since 2015. I love overseeing and supporting them with their students, as well as leading and collaborating with them for professional development and performance opportunities. I handle all the admin for the team, so I’m students’ initial point of contact, and I’m always on hand, taking responsibility for ensuring that everyone is happy, organised, engaged, and making good progress with their lessons.

I teach piano, flute and music theory, as well as pre-school musicianship. I can also provide tutoring to help with GCSE and A’Level music courses, as well as aural tests and practical musicianship for students who are learning another instrument but need assistance in this area.

I specialise in teaching beginner and intermediate students, and am highly experienced in helping young students take their first musical steps. You’re never too old to enjoy learning to play an instrument, though, and I welcome students of all ages and at all levels, including up to diploma level.

When teaching, I aim to cover a variety of topics to give the student a firm musical grounding. Whatever the purpose of the tuition, lessons will include aspects of theory, technique, aural skills, musical expression and interpretation. Tuition can be based around working toward examinations if you wish, but this is by no means compulsory.
Lessons are conducted at my home in Selly Park, Birmingham, at our shop on Stirchley High Street, or online via Zoom.

I am a full member and registered teacher with the Incorporated Society of Musicians, adhering to their strong codes of ethics and practice. You can find out more about the ISM at their website. I have an Enhanced DBS Disclosure (formerly CRB) for the purposes of working with children, and I have completed the Child Protection in Education (Music) course, developed by the Musicians’ Union in partnership with EduCare. Committed to continuous professional development and keeping abreast of everything that’s going on in the evolving world of music education, I am also an active member of the Curious Piano Teachers, among other wonderful online music communities.

I am delighted to introduce the fabulous Visiting Teachers on my Team. All teachers at KEBMusicTuition have professional membership of the ISM or Musicians’ Union, Enhanced DBS Disclosures, and full training in Child Protection and Safeguarding, as well as ongoing professional development and mentoring with me.

Laurie McGee – Violin

Laurie is a prize-winning violinist and experienced teacher. Born in Hampshire, he began lessons aged six and has studied with teachers including Wen Zhou Li, Pavel Fischer and Susanne Stanzeleit.

After completing undergraduate studies in music at the University of Southampton, Laurie moved to Birmingham in 2013 to pursue a master’s programme at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire. This special “Performance & Pedagogy” course fused elements of PGCE teacher training with intense violin tuition and led to employment with Birmingham Music Service. Laurie also teaches with a music school in Stourbridge and coaches the 2nd violin section of Birmingham Schools’ Concert Orchestra.

Laurie has been with KEBMusicTuition since Summer 2020, and works with students of all ages and abilities on Wednesday afternoons.

Noah Layzell – Guitar

Noah is a Classical Guitarist from Hertfordshire, living in Birmingham. As a teenager, he attended Junior Guildhall and was a member of the National Youth Guitar Ensemble. The year he left school, Noah won the Alan Kettley Prize for music, for his contributions to the department. After auditioning for the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in November of 2018, he was awarded a scholarship to study Guitar with Mark Ashford.

Noah has been giving concerts from a young age, as well as performing at weddings and parties. He has also participated in masterclasses with world-renowned performers, including David Russell and Zoran Dukić.

Noah joined KEBMusicTuition in 2021, and works with students of all ages and abilities on Wednesday afternoons, and Fridays and Saturday mornings.

Dominic O’Sullivan – Piano and Woodwind (Clarinet, Saxophone, Oboe, Bassoon, Flute)

Dominic’s musical life began as a clarinettist, though growing up he was keen to learn as many different instruments as possible, beginning lessons on clarinet aged 9, piano at 11, and bassoon at 16. Along the way he taught himself anything else he could get his hands on, and enjoyed singing in several choirs across Cambridge.

In 2017 Dominic won a scholarship to study bassoon at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, and specialised in multi-instrumental doubling throughout his degree. He has performed in a wide range of settings on flutes, clarinets, saxophones, oboes, and bassoon, as well as whistles and world flutes. Highlights include performances with the London Musical Theatre Orchestra, working as part of a ceilidh band for weddings and functions, and performances across the Midlands with the Françaix Wind Trio, of which he is a founding member.

Outreach and education work has been a key part of Dominic’s education. He has given workshops across Birmingham, including with the conservatoire’s Learning and Participation (LEAP) ensemble, and performed across the UK with Street Orchestra Live. Dominic is keen to explore the huge range of musical styles and possibilities available across all the instruments he plays and teaches, and enjoys finding different methods of learning to suit every individual.

Dominic now balances teaching with freelance work in musical theatre bands, orchestras, chamber ensembles, and folk groups of all shapes and sizes. In his spare time he sings with the CBSO Chorus and enjoys exploring the UK by bike.

Dominic joined the KEBMusicTuition team in autumn 2021, and offers woodwind and piano tuition on Tuesday mornings, Thursday afternoons and Saturdays.

Olivia Wilkes – Vocals and Pop / Acoustic Guitar

Olivia is a classically trained singer and vocal tutor from Newcastle-under-Lyme, and now living in South Birmingham. Her love of music began at the age of 8, when she originally started singing and piano lessons and then over the years, also added drums and guitar to her musical repertoire. Her teaching journey started at a music school in her home town, where she has worked with over 45 students in face to face private lessons and enjoyed helping them grow as musicians.

Throughout her vocal tutoring she has helped many students with auditions and preparation for different events including stage performances, TV shows, choirs and gigs. She has also helped to grow the confidence of her students and guided them to achieve their own personal goals; for example wanting to perform at an open mic, to release their own vocal tracks, obtain a place at a College or University or start getting their own paid gigs.

She has experience in teaching many different genres, including musical theatre, pop and rock songs and many more!

Olivia has performed at many venues and events in and around the Staffordshire area since the age of 15 including: festivals, weddings and charity days. She has also been featured on some local radio stations including BBC Radio Stoke and collaborated with local musicians and bands on their projects.

Olivia joined KEBMusicTuition in autumn 2021, and welcomes voice and guitar students on Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Jennifer Boase – Piano and Brass

Jen began her musical life at aged 8, with the Trumpet. Self taught until the age of 17, she then began to study at Wells Cathedral School with Paul Denegri; before gaining a scholarship to Royal Birmingham Conservatoire in 2013 to study under Alan Thomas, Andy Stone – Fewings and Jon Holland. 

Her piano life began later, at aged 14. Studying with Jonathan Delbridge she quickly progressed, gaining her grade 8 by the age of 18. She continued her studies at the Conservatoire, where she studied as a 2nd study Pianist under Robert Birchall. 

Jen has played with a variety of ensembles, such as the Birmingham Royal Ballet, and City of Birmingham Symphony orchestra; as well as performing regularly as a cocktail/background pianist for a number of different functions. She enjoys playing music that feels like it tells a story, and emotes to the audience. 

Jen has been teaching professionally since her 3rd year at college. She has taught in high profile establishments such as Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Junior Department, as well as within both the private and state school systems. Jen is a keen educator, who believes that a musical education can teach much more than ‘just music’. She enjoys working with people of all ages and abilities, and helping them to achieve their goals.

Jen joined the team at KEBMusicTuition in autumn 2021, and welcomes students on Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays.

Andrew Gould – Violin

Andrew started his musical training on the violin at the age of six, learning with Lucy Akehurst using the Suzuki method, and playing for many local ensembles.  He gained Grade 8 Violin with Distinction at the age of 14.

He gained a Masters degree in Music Performance at the Royal Northern College of Music from 2018 to 2020, studying with the renowned teacher Yair Kless and absorbing his ideas, as well as with Steven Wilkie.  Before that he took his undergraduate degree at Birmingham Conservatoire from 2011 to 2015, studying with Ulla Benz and David Le Page.  He gained a considerable amount of orchestral experience as well as solo and chamber playing, working with the Welsh National Opera and the Manchester Camerata, and has been asked back to Birmingham Conservatoire several times to assist the Symphony Orchestra and the Operatic Department.

Andrew teaches privately and at Telford Music School, as well as for KEBMusicTuition, and previously taught for the Sandwell Music Service, coaching quartets and assisting with orchestral rehearsals.  He combines teaching with playing work in string quartets and orchestras.  He has recently played with ensembles including the Manchester Concert Orchestra, the Northern String Quartet, the English Symphony Orchestra and supporting musicals and operas.

He benefitted greatly from experience acquired in the Birmingham Schools Orchestras, CBSO Youth Orchestra and other local area ensembles, playing a broad repertoire of classical music and developing ensemble skills. He would very much like to encourage and help his pupils to gain similar experiences.

Andrew joined the KEBMusicTuition team in spring 2022 and offers tuition in Violin and Music Theory on Friday afternoons.