Meet The Team
Director, Drum and Guitar Teacher
Having started playing at 3 years old, Oli found his passion for drumming at a very young age. Largely self-taught, his first public performance was whilst he was in Primary School, and since then he has added guitar, bass, piano and voice to his growing list of instruments.
Oli began teaching music privately at 16 years old and has been teaching lessons in schools for a decade. Music has always been an enormous part of his life, and ODM is an extension of himself in sharing his love of music with people of all ages.
Specialising in funk as a style, Oli is an experienced performer and has played in all manner of bands for all kinds of purposes: jazz bands, funk bands, cover bands, function bands, weddings, corporate events, and also playing for gigs overseas. Oli’s major inspiration comes from Brandon Flowers and The Killers, so much so that as well as using much of their music in his live performances, he also performs as a Brandon Flowers tribute act, called ‘The Killer’.
ODM encompasses everything that Oli loves about music: excellent performance; accessibility for everyone; and growing a passion for music of all genres.
Vanessa teaches piano lessons within schools and also privately. Music has always been a passion of hers and over the years she has achieved Grade 8 on piano. She also has Grade 3 on Trumpet, plays a little guitar and also sings. She has been solely teaching piano for the last two years. Vanessa loves to see her students grow in confidence and go from strength to strength with their skills and abilities. She is currently taking a few of those talented students through their Grade exams.
Alongside teaching, She has also played at weddings and some local events.
Writing music is a hobby of hers. She has written and recorded her first EP, and most recently wrote and recorded a song for mental health awareness.
“Getting to teach piano for a living is so rewarding, and I can’t wait to see what the next few years bring.”
Charlotte has been singing for many years, and when she achieved her grade 8 she decided to pass on her skills to others by teaching. Since then she has been running her own private vocal tuition business in Derbyshire, in addition to teaching for ODM in schools and music schools. She sings and teaches with the vocal technique of bel canto and can teach pop, indie, and musical theatre styles.
Charlotte regularly gigs on the music scene, accompanying herself with guitar or keyboard. She was praised by Roy Wood and the ex manager of Tom Jones when they attended some of her performances. She was also a Miss Staffordshire finalist in 2017 and got to sing in the final alongside Olly Marland. As well as performing solo, Charlotte is also in a band called the Julia Mosley Band.
Charlotte has released her first single which is available on Spotify, iTunes and all major music platforms.
Joe started to learn the drums at Primary School when he was 8 years old and was immediately hooked. He learnt from two of the most renowned Staffordshire drummers at the time, Paul Murfin and Ken Adams. Both of whom had huge experience as working drummers and they both had huge influence on him. He was taught in all styles, various technical and motion concepts and how to read notation.
Using the skills he had gained from both teachers, Joe gained an unconditional offer to study Professional Musicianship BA (Hons) at the British Institute of Modern Music in Manchester, without any grades, after impressing at his audition. Here he studied hard under the great tutelage of many teachers – most fondly, Luke Flowers in his Jazz Module (The Cinematic Orchestra, Bill Laurence and Corrine Bailey Rae)
Joe has varying musical influences, but he takes most inspiration from the multi faceted language of Jazz drummers. He adores the greats such as Tony Williams and Elvin Jones. Even more so, he listens to modern players who blend jazz improvisation with other musical language such as Chris Dave, Mark Colenburg, Henry Cole and Richard Spaven.
Throughout his study and since graduating, Joe has performed in varying scenarios. His highlights include working in house band onboard a cruise ship, recording in a television studio at Media City in Salford, performing across the UK in various festivals (Edinburgh/Manchester/Congleton Jazz Fest, Solfest and Equinox Festival), and also got a four page feature in Prog Magazine with original project Trojan Horse. He continues to work in several original and function projects as often as he can to hone his craft and cannot wait to share what knowledge he has with ODM students.
Steve has been a keen guitar player from a young age. He found a fascination in the instrument through an upbringing of Rock & Metal music. Once he got to grips with the basics, it was a case of taking his new found skills to the next level. Having played in various local bands for a number of years, it wasn’t until 2013 that he found solace in metal outfit ‘I Am Pariah’ who he presently plays and composes for.
After years of being self taught, Steve realised that developing his musicality would require guidance and knowledge from tutors that understood his future vision. He quickly acquired his Rockschool grades and achieved Grade 8 within the current syllabus. Alongside the Rockschool grades, he believed that learning ABRSM music theory would be beneficial to his playing, as well as being able to understand the language of music in a better context; and so, also completed his music theory up to grade 5. Taking these grades has helped round him, not only a guitar player, but a musician in general.
Steve is currently teaching in several high schools in and around Stoke-on-Trent, as well as privately for ODM, with students ranging from school age to retirement, Steve’s ethos is that anyone can play guitar if they put their mind to it. You are never too old to start, no matter what genre you are into, so don’t be afraid to give it a try – focus on your goals!
Elizabeth has relished any opportunity to turn her hand to different instruments to fulfil her passion for performing and ensemble playing. She began by taking up the flute at 8 years old, quickly followed by piano, and later alto saxophone. Elizabeth has been a member of various windbands, orchestras, and jazz orchestras ever since. At the age of 10, she was invited into the Staffordshire County Music School for Talented Young Musicians, and later went on to play for the Staffordshire Youth Wind Orchestra. Being a member of such ensembles provided her the chance to perform at venues such as the Symphony Hall and the Royal Albert Hall, as well as performing on tour in Austria and the South of France.
Whilst studying for a degree in Instrumental and Ensemble Teaching at the University of Chichester, she took up singing lessons, formed a flute quartet playing at wedding fayres and other public venues, in addition to playing flute and saxophone in the University pit band, accompanying theatre performances such as ‘Grease’ and ‘Orpheus in the Underworld’. After completing her general primary PGCE, Elizabeth spent 6 years as a primary school teacher. Whilst teaching, she became music coordinator in order to share her passion and provide as much musical experience for the students as possible. This included class sessions with instruments such as recorders, ukuleles, hand bells, recorders, ocarinas and keyboards, as well as taking school choirs to the national ‘Young Voices’ event at Manchester Arena.
Elizabeth absolutely loves her work with ODM, currently teaching piano, flute and saxophone. She would now like to develop her own clarinet playing and continue to broaden her musical style. Turning a hobby into a career is an incredible privilege.