My core instruments are piano and guitar (electric, acoustic & bass) on which I teach classical, jazz, pop, R&B, rock, fusion, latin etc.
I teach to Grade VIII standard on both instruments and work with adults and children looking to pursue ABRSM or Rock School examinations or who simply want to play for fun and confidence building.
I have a Diploma in Music Therapy and currently work with an Academy in Bristol that looks after children with a primary diagnosis of autistic spectrum conditions. I am studying for my Masters in Music Therapy at The University of West England, Bristol (UWE).
The work I do at the Academy includes not only piano and guitar but drum, vocal, song writing, improvisation tuition to build confidence and teach musicianship skills for self expression and helping to achieve was thought not possible. My teaching includes working with all the latest technologies include numerous IPAD apps, Logic & Garageband, Roland GR-55 guitar computer, Novation music production software and virtual reality technologies including the latest wireless VR headset.
I am looking to work with a European Consortia setting up a platform for developing VR apps for children with autism.
What I / we help young people achieve
I have many references and accolades to testify how my work has positively impacted mainstream and specialist needs children from 3 years old to young adults. Whether it is building confidence to express themselves with music or through a combination of music and sport to build a holistic approach to health and fitness.
I have been teaching piano and guitar for over 15 years to private individuals, schools, colleges and companies. My core instruments are piano and guitar on which I teach children and adults to Grade VIII standard on both instruments encouraging exams via ABRSM, Rock School etc if this is their objective. I teach many students also who do not want to pursue exams but learn their favourite songs and build confidence and a renewed relationship with an instrument they played many years ago. My specialist interests are in Music Therapy and the healing and confidence building benefits that music can bring. I work with children diagnosed with autistic spectrum conditions working with multiple instruments and technologies to improvise positive outcomes driven by the needs of each child. Organisations I have worked for and currently engage with includes Reading Adult College (adult education guitar teacher for 3 years), several local schools including Priestly, Mardenvale, Bishops Cannings, Chirton, Venturer’s Acacemy for children diagnosed with autistic spectrum conditions.
In addition to my music background I have coached football for 12 years running my own Player Development Centre Academy (initially based at Springfields School, Calne) that coached the technical side of football skills from specialist training I received with Brazilian Soccer Schools. I helped pioneer the coaching of technical football skills to music with fun, dynamic, energy generating sessions to pulsating SAMBA rhythms. I am currently working on the re-launch of soccer skills to music. Over the 12 years of football coaching worked with numerous schools across North Wiltshire.
Opportunities for children & young people
- To learn to play an instrument and / or develop skills on an instrument
- To learn to sing
- To create / write music and / or lyrics
- To develop recording /production skills
- To play, perform music with others
- To learn things about oneself , other subjects or life-skills through musical activity
- To work with and support other young musicians
- To develop their wellbeing
- Term Time
- After School
- School Holidays
- Project based
- Drop in
Working with special needs
My specialist interest is in Music Therapy and the healing and confidence building benefits that music can bring. I work with children diagnosed with autistic spectrum conditions working with multiple instruments and technologies to improvise positive outcomes driven by the needs of each child. At the Venturers’ Academy I work with over a dozen children with varying degrees and levels of autism.
Every single child I am working with is different in how they react to music so I closely followed their lead, mood and intuition to create a learning environment that has delivered fantastic results. This includes helping a 9 year girl who does not actively talk to confidently sing a song we wrote together; an 8 year old boy with the mental age of 4 who has the most gifted piano skills and now we have discovered a fantastic drummer also; through music we have discovered a young boy with the most incredible imagination and I am working with him to write a film script with associated music.
The discoveries I make each week are incredible.
- Guitar & Bass
- Drums / percussion
- Singing / Voice
- Recording & Producing
- Piano / Keyboard
- Electronic / Computer Music
- Curriculum Music (Primary)
- Curriculum Music (Secondary)
- Music Theory
- 4 and under
Qualifications, Grades & Certificates Taught
- Instrument grades
Musical Clusters Covered
- B-on-A / Corsham
- Calne & Melksham
- Trowbridge (CSL)
- Salisbury / Wilton
- Marlborough & Pewsey
- Malmesbury / WB / Purton
- Mere & Tisbury
Date: April 9th, 2017
Re: Supporting reference for Alphie Archer
“In the raft of dynamic educational musicians working in schools in this 21stCentury, Alphie Archer stands out as one of the most talented, able and distinguished. Unique in that his professionalism has grounded itself in transforming educational provision for some of society’s most vulnerable and disenfranchised children; those whom society often marginalise because they are ‘too difficult’ and confront society’s norms and fail to conform.
The outstanding quality of Alphie’s work in both the sector of special education specifically and in education in general, has been acknowledged by colleagues in that all advice and guidance given throughout his role as a school professional, is always taken in the interest of all stakeholders, utilising all available resources to ensure the best possible outcomes. Not only does Alphie manage to establish and maintain high quality of education for all, but recognises unequivocally the importance of emotional stability and long term sustainability.
He undertakes his role with dignity, fairness, transparency, tenacity, coupled with kindness and empathy.
Whilst Alphie Archer would always emphasise the team-work at all levels, at the heart of this team is a colleague with a dynamic and modern vision of the power of education to transform lives in children.
It has been my privilege to work closely alongside Alphie Archer. What motivates Alphie is his passion for the rights of all the students he serves. In the middle of a complex conversation, he will break off to greet a distressed, anxious child; his eye-contact and open gestures all state: ‘I value you’. Fellow colleagues and young people warm instantly to him, calm in his presence, listen to his voice, and regain their composure. The dignity of the work force and the rights of children is paramount in all of the actions taken directly or indirectly by Alphie Archer in his role as a key school professional. Teaching is what he does, intuitively, thoughtfully and wisely.
These values extend to his interactions with the whole staff team, Governors and Trustees. He always expects the best from himself and fellow staff members, because the children which he serves, deserve the best.
He is a focused taskmaster, who drives and challenges, but at the same time nurturing, supportive and empathetic, providing those in his company with rich, dynamic and diverse learning opportunities. Together they seek creative solutions to the complex challenges presented by the ever-changing demands of the teaching profession.
In recent months he has triumphed over adversity, always remaining true to his beliefs in putting the needs of the vulnerable children first, and to his principles of high quality education for all.
Rarely have I been so in awe of the capacity and talent of an educational professional to manage change yet maintain a level of empathy and fairness towards all through such challenging times.
Teaching can be defined, but some teachers continue the process of defining through their responsivity to client need and the need of the business. Alphie Archer is one such professional – a powerful advocate for all he serves, advises, guides and supports.
I give this reference my full and unreserved support.
Principal – Venturers’ Academy”
“For the last 2 years our son has really enjoyed his piano lessons. Alphie is an inspiring and charismatic teacher who has managed to make learning fun and his progress has felt natural and without stress. We’ve had both face-to-face and Skype lessons and I can honestly say that for non-musical parents it has been a joy to see our son grow in confidence and become happy to play in public. The music lessons in school never caught his imagination and he showed no real interest but playing piano with Alphie has been a totally different experience. I would not hesitate to recommend him to anyone learning an instrument.” Sark Kenny
” Alphie is an exceptional teacher who ensures that his students achieve more than they ever thought possible. Patient, innovative, empathetic and inspirational”. Trystan Williams, Principal Venturers’ Academy, Bristol
“My children love going to X-Factor Studios. They have been attending for over 18 months and their progress has been outstanding. Not only have they fully embraced learning the piano and guitar but they have developed an enthusiasm and appreciation of music altogether. It has instilled confidence in them to perform not only in front of family members and friends but also the whole class at school.
Each lesson is tailor made to suit their tastes and ability and by using the latest technology and unique teaching methods my children are able to recreate popular chart songs as well as classical pieces to a very high standard. This combination is impressive – it wows me everytime and I am extremely proud of their achievements.” Lisa Richards
My Training & Development
I am about to embark on my masters or PhD in Music Therapy and exploring various options before I commit. I am also looking to start my Diploma in Music on the Piano.
Via Venturers’ Academy I am currently enrolled on refreshers of the courses below which I will complete with the next 6 weeks:
Child Protection Refresher
Child Protection In Education
An Introduction to Child Sexual Exploitation
Child Protection in Sport and Active Leisure
Equality and Diversity
Female Genital Mutilation Awareness
First Aid Essentials
Safeguarding Young People