Location: Melksham Website: www.playhealing.com
Associate Provider
Associate CPD
Singing / Voice
Piano / Keyboard
Curriculum Music (Primary)
Curriculum Music (Secondary)
Music Theory
Songwriting / Composition
Digital Music
Teaching Models:
One to One teaching
Small / medium Group Tuition
Whole Class tuition (Primary)
Large group / ensemble tuition
Remote / distance tuition
Informal workshops
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You can email Deborah John at deborahjjohn@hotmail.com or use the options below.

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Deborah John


Over the last 20 Years Deborah BA (Hons) PGCE has worked with children and adults of all abilities. She focuses on working with pupils who need to improve confidence through music for a variety of reasons both in the classroom and at home. Deborah holds a Post Grad Certificate in Therapeutic Play and works therapeutically with families and individuals helping to prevent tech addiction and find emotional healing through the healing power of the creative arts.

Deborah specialises in Pop, Jazz and Musical Theatre singing. She is also a songwriter and writes string arrangements for other artists locally.


What I / we help young people achieve

Your child / You will grow in confidence and understand strengths and the area's in which it is necessary to grow. Learning an instrument can be an incredibly rewarding and fulfilling thing to do and I have seen pupils mental wellbeing and self awareness grow as they work alongside me.

Learning an instrument also opens up further opportunities to connect and build relationships with others and has been proven to have outstanding neurological benefits.

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
  • Weekends
  • Drop in

Working with special needs

I have 20 years of experience working with special needs in a professional role.

I am passionate about inclusivity and access for all. I welcome beginners from all backgrounds as long as they can maintain focus and be able to listen to instruction at a basic level.

Parents have the option to sit in on lessons with their children providing this will enhance the childs learning experience. There is also a separate room to sit in if this required. Private lessons are held in Melksham in a calm and relaxed child friendly environment.

Taught Instruments

  • Strings
  • Singing / Voice
  • Piano / Keyboard
  • Curriculum Music (Primary)
  • Curriculum Music (Secondary)
  • Music Theory
  • Songwriting / Composition
  • Digital Music

Ages Taught

  • 4 and under
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Level Taught

  • Beginners
  • Intermediate
  • Tasters

Qualifications, Grades & Certificates Taught

  • Instrument grades
  • Rockschool

Musical Clusters Covered

  • Calne & Melksham

My Training & Development

I have been a Member of the Musicians Union for many years and have full public liability insurance.

I have had intensive Safeguarding training as a school teacher and Youthworker and continue to perform, compose and train as a live musician.