Meet The Team

Oli Docksey

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 while still 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 7 years. 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.

Sian Jones

Speech & Drama Teacher

Sian works as a freelance teacher, specialising in drama and singing, teaching students of all ages. She trained in Musical Theatre and Acting at The Academy for Theatre Arts, in conjunction with Newcastle-Under-Lyme College, where she completed a BTEC Extended Diploma in Performing Arts; achieving the highest possible grade.

 

She took her first professional performance job in 2013 as a singer and actor in a touring tribute show, since then she has appeared in various full-scale musicals, including; as Liesl in ‘The Sound of Music’ and Penny Pingleton in ‘Hairspray’.

 

Sian has experience as both a performer and a director, having performed in productions locally, across the Midlands, Manchester and London, as well as having directed three full scale plays with casts of young people. She has provided voice over for numerous radio adverts and for a short film.

 

Sian takes a lot of pride in being able to share her passion for acting and voice with others and decided to channel this into teaching. She delivers lessons in Acting, Musical Theatre and Speaking of Verse and Prose in preparation for examinations through the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts (LAMDA).

Daniel Hulme

Drum Teacher

Dan has played the Drum Kit for eleven years, seven of which he has taught students ageing from the ages of 4 and up. He has a National Diploma in Music Performance and grade 8 Drums.

 

He has played in bands since he first started playing at the age of 14. He has performed in function/wedding bands, recorded with local artists and is currently working with great musicians in the surrounding area. Genres of which include Gypsy Jazz, rockabilly, Blues, Metal, Reggae and Funk to name a few.

 

Dan has also been involved with projects such as Pot Boiler, a local theatre group. Here he worked with the group to provide music for their production of Rhapsodies and the Inn which did a short tour of the area. He has recently worked with Brighter sounds a Manchester based organisation, here he worked on a commission piece providing live drums for a progressive electronic experimental artist.

 

Dan has a passion for drumming and teaching people how to create and enjoy them too, he hopes to provide fun inspirational tuition to people of all ages!

Vanessa Alliband

Piano Teacher

Vanessa teaches piano lessons within schools and also privately. Music has always been a passion of her’s and over the years she has managed to achieve Grade 8 on piano. She also has Grade 3 on Trumpet, plays a little guitar and also sing’s. She has now been solely teaching piano for the past two years. Vanessa love’s to see her students grow in confidence and go from strength to strength. She is currently taking a few of those students through their Grade exams.

 

Alongside teaching, She has also played at weddings and some local events.

 

Writing music is a hobby of her’s. 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.

Paul Farrington

Various Instruments

Before starting his career in teaching Paul Farrington spent many years in bands as a professional and semi-professional musician.   During this time he played, wrote and recorded with the rock band Demon, a band with which he spent years touring and appearing at festivals throughout Europe working alongside other rock bands such as Motorhead, Dio and Saxon, to name but a few.

Paul has also spent time working as a songwriter providing songs for his publisher’s artists as well as for Eurovision artists. He co-wrote the top ten Benelux hit for local artist ‘Jonnie O’ back in the 90’s and has recently appeared on FM’s front man Steve Overland’s solo album. Paul’s musical interests, playing and teaching cover many genres but he has strong connections and influences through ‘classic’ rock.

He has now been involved with teaching music for over twenty years and has taught students ranging from year 3 to year 11 in both specialist and mainstream schools. Having a HND in performing arts music, Paul’s teaching activities have included GCSE and BTEC performing arts modules, GCSE composition and performance units, peripatetic instrumental tuition and Band coaching. Other activities have included numerous school shows, concerts, European school music tours, recording and producing school CDs.

Paul specialises in Piano and keyboard peripatetic tuition having attained grade 8 with the Associated Royal School of Music but also teaches beginner guitar, bass guitar, drums and saxophone which he teaches in schools throughout Staffordshire and Shropshire.

Paul says ‘when I was at school I couldn’t get the tuition that I really wanted – there was no rock and pop style tuition and no rock and pop style band coaching at that time. It’s great to help young people enter the world of music that I have enjoyed for so many years!’