Location: Chippenham, Melksham, Malmesbury, Trowbridge
Associate Provider
Associate Provider
(First Access)
Inclusive Music Aware
Drums / percussion
Piano / Keyboard
Music Theory
Songwriting / Composition
Teaching Models:
One to One teaching
Small / medium Group Tuition
Whole Class tuition (Primary)
Large group / ensemble tuition
Remote / distance tuition
Informal workshops
Online tuition
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Catherine Ring


Catherine is not currently taking on any more students. May 2022

Having graduated from Guildhall School of Music & Drama (GSMD) with a First Class (Hons) degree in Percussion and Timpani, and with my Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) piano diploma, I am highly qualified to teach a range of instruments.

I have over a decade of teaching experience, both individually and leading whole-class and First Access programmes. I teach all ages from Early Years (aged 4 and above) through to adults.

I can provide individual lessons in piano, drums, orchestral percussion and tuned percussion, specialising in 4-mallet marimba.

My group lessons include Samba drumming and West African djembe drumming. This can be adapted for classroom percussion instruments where needed too.

As an examiner for ABRSM, I have extensive knowledge of the examination process, for those wishing to take music exams.

I have taught many beginners the foundations of musical learning, as well as gifted young musicians at Junior Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Recently I have given masterclasses in marimba solo repertoire to undergraduate and postgraduate students at GSMD too.


What I / we help young people achieve

Teaching, performing and listening to music are the things I love to do and I want that to come across through my teaching. I hope to inspire my students to become confident musicians and to encourage them to explore different strands of music making to become the best that they can be.

My examining experience allows me to structure lessons towards achieving success in music exams at the appropriate time, and for those learners who prefer not to take exams, I have an extensive knowledge of suitable percussion and piano solo repertoire. I want lessons to be an enjoyable and relaxed environment, yet with clear set goals each week, progression is achievable through regular practise.

Samba and African Drumming workshops are a great way to encourage group work and musicality. I have seen students grow in confidence through taking solos and performing to their school in concerts and assemblies. This can be through one-off workshops, or as a weekly programme.

Early Years:
I teach piano students as young as 5 years old, and have experience working with Blackbird Music using samba drumming and initial skills to children as young as 4 in small groups.

Opportunities for children & young people

  • To learn to play an instrument and / or develop skills on an instrument
  • To create / write music and / or lyrics
  • 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

Also Works With

Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM)

Colin Currie Group

Ensemblebash percussion quartet

Perhaps Contraption




  • Term Time
  • After School
  • Weekends
  • School Holidays
  • Project based
  • Seasonal
  • Drop in

Taught Instruments

  • Drums / percussion
  • Piano / Keyboard
  • Music Theory
  • Songwriting / Composition

Ages Taught

  • 4 and under
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16+

Level Taught

  • Beginners
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced
  • Tasters

Qualifications, Grades & Certificates Taught

  • Instrument grades
  • Arts Award

Musical Clusters Covered

  • Chippenham
  • B-on-A / Corsham
  • Calne & Melksham
  • Trowbridge (CSL)
  • Marlborough & Pewsey
  • Malmesbury / WB / Purton
  • Devizes
  • Warminster
  • Westbury


“Catherine was very friendly and capable. She fully engaged all the young people and their evaluations of the project were very positive” – Carers Bromley, 2014

My Training & Development

Through ABRSM I receive regular training and information at meetings and conferences.

I regularly meet with colleagues and discuss teaching methods to broaden my knowledge and approach to teaching.


Previously Worked With

Inspire-Works, Eltham College, Bromley High GDST, Blackheath High GDST, Junior Guildhall School of Music & Drama