Extra-curricular music lessons

The Misbourne considers learning a musical instrument extremely valuable, not only for the positive impact it can have on the cognitive development of the brain, but for the wellbeing of our learners and the wider culture of the Academy.

Information on how to book instrumental lessons is available here:

Instrumental Lessons at The Misbourne 2023-2024
For further details of the benefits to our learners studying an instrument, please watch this short video:


Meet our instrumental teachers

Becky Gibson: clarinet, saxophone and piano

Becky gibsonI have been teaching the clarinet, saxophone and piano both in schools and privately for over twenty years to pupils of all ages. I love watching musicians develop both their technical skills and creative skills, and encourage players to use these talents to play with and for others. I have hosted many musical concerts to raise money for various local charities, enabling my pupils to perform and share their favourite pieces with family and friends.

I teach a wide range of musical styles; popular, classical, romantic, contemporary and jazz, and I thoroughly enough playing pieces by composers such as Mozart on the clarinet and Gershwin on the saxophone.

I listen to many different modern artists and musicians, but particularly like Adele, Ed Sheeran, Jamie Cullum and Ludovico Einaudi. I believe it is really important to enjoy the music that you are play and have plenty of fun whilst studying and
practising the technical aspects of learning an instrument.

If you would like more information on signing  up for lessons, please email me at for further information.


Brian Greene: Drum Teacher

BriangreenedrumteacherI am a professional freelance drummer with a wide range of playing and recording experience.

As a former university lecturer and award-winning curriculum creator I deliver and provide a highly interactive and innovative environment to provide fun lessons and impressive progress.

As the founder of Gigajam Online Music School, I provide access to the latest nationally recognised curriculum for music education, as well as my own personal perspective and approach to drumming.

All students can now receive grades for studying with Gigajam. Debut to grade 5 are awarded by the University of West London/London College of Music Examinations.

​Currently I am the drummer with International Rock Band Space Elevator, Blues artist, Cherry Lee Mewis, house band drummer at Pangbourne Jazz Club and play with various Big Bands

For more information and to book lessons, email


Ritchie McCabe: Guitar teacher

RitchieWith over 15 years' experience instructing pupils on Electric, Classical, Acoustic and Bass guitar, I have helped hundreds of young people develop their skills, character and confidence through music. 

Enjoyment is at the heart of everything I do and I offer a lot of choice in my tuition. This can mean letting pupils request what songs they want to learn or following grades (I use the RSL syllabuses for popular music and Trinity Guildhall for classical) or we can delve into my catalogue of modern songs (50s-present) to develop their playing. I think a combination of all three of the above and a friendly, comfortable, relaxed atmosphere in lessons really gets the best from a young person.

In 2006 I graduated from the London College of Music with a BMus in popular music performance and since then, alongside teaching, I have toured theatres, venues and festivals all over the UK and Europe. My favourite gigs have been Alexandra Palace, the MEN arena, Cork Jazz festival, Isle of Wight festival, the 100 club and the Edinburgh Fringe.

I encourage pupils to explore a wide range of styles; Rock, Pop, Blues, Funk, Reggae, Metal, Folk, Jazz, Classical… And have also had the privilege of discovering new styles through pupils, working together to see these styles can fit onto a guitar, allowing them to develop their own unique covers.

Personally I grew up listening to 90s indie and acoustic singer songwriters, my two favourite artists being Radiohead & Willie Mason. The way they express themselves so freely in their music has had me hooked for decades!

Please email if you would like to sign up!

Philippa Wallin: Flute, recorder, Irish whistle and music theory

Philippa wallinThe love of music has shaped my life from an early age. I studied the flute and piano as a child and have always enjoyed playing in orchestras, singing in and conducting choirs as well as composing music (hence my interest in music theory). I graduated from Manchester University with an honours music degree and then progressed onto teacher training college. I have taught the flute all my life and enjoy seeing each student grow in skill and confidence, knowing the enrichment that music brings to life.


I play flute and whistles in a local folk band and enjoy writing and arranging music. I have discovered the value of music for those in local care homes, and regularly visit to sing and play along with other musicians. As I continue to learn and to pass on my love of music, I see others being similarly inspired as they learn to play a musical instrument.

Please contact me at to enquire about lessons.