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Meet the tutors

Dean Llewellyn

Director

After graduating university with a first class degree in professional musicianship, Dean has gone on to be a session guitarist and educator full time.

 

As a current industry professional he is comfortable tutoring in many styles and has musical experience from teaching over the last 5 years as well as touring and consistent gigs.

Hayley Ross

Director

Hayley is a vocal and guitar tutor who specialises in songwriting.

She co-produced and released her debut album ‘The Weight of Hope’ in 2020 and has performed extensively in the UK & toured around  Ireland. 

She has had successful syncs on Netflix shows, Orange is the new black,The Blacklist, Riverdale, Dynasty, MTV’s Awkward, and C4's Made in Chelsea .

 

She also sang on the Nick Cave and Warren Ellis soundtrack for the motion picture ‘ Wind River’. 

 

In 2013 Hayley studied at Goldsmiths college with some of the worlds leading community music practitioners which has led her onto working in various community led music making environments and projects.

Dan Davies

Director

After trying other musical instruments, Dan took up the guitar in 1982. He was 9 years old at the time, and little did he know that music and the guitar would become a lifelong passion for him from that point onward.

When Dan moved up to high school, he took lessons with John Thackeray, who broadened his musical horizons and introduced him to the electric guitar. The musical environment of Dan's school began to sharpen his skills, and at the age of 12, he started performing at school concerts and various other school events.

Fast forward to the 90s, and after being taught by several guitar tutors, including Brian Kellner, Phil Hilborne, and Big Jim Sullivan, Dan began teaching his own students in 1998. With years of experience in gigging, studio work, and depping, he had developed a solid knowledge base to share with others.

Dan has continued to perform live, both with his own band and as a substitute for many other groups on guitar and bass. He also possesses singing and songwriting skills and released an album during a lockdown period, providing him with a focused creative outlet. "So I guess that’s over 40 years playing and gigging!"

Terry Bickers

Since 2001 Terry has been working as a music tutor in East Sussex, providing individual music lessons and coaching youth bands. 

Has played guitar and bass guitar for over 45 years, with extensive touring and music business experience. Main instruments are guitar and bass guitar, but also sings, plays drums and basic keyboards. Additionally Terry has helped organise and run many live music events for young people in the Brighton area, since the early 2000’s.

“Its been really rewarding working with Jam Brighton, seeing a new generation of musicians build their confidence and gain valuable experience through band work and live performance”.

Robert Dylan Thomas

Robert Dylan Thomas is a  Drummer, Producer, Songwriter and music tutor.

Born and raised in Brixton, South London, his musical talent became apparent at age eleven after picking up the drums. Robert studied various styles of drumming and eventually formed popular Indie band The Maccabees in his late teens. He went on to release two top 40 albums with The Maccabees, 'Colour It In' (2007) and 'Wall of Arms' (2008) and had a string of top 40 singles with the band including the hit single 'Toothpaste Kisses' in 2007.

Robert can teach all styles and genres and can take students through to grade 8. He is a keen educator, teaching professional level drumming and running music groups in various musical settings.

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Jamie Thomas

Jamie is a Bass and Guitar tutor. He is an alumni and member of the House Band at BIMM Brighton. Having played the bass for 15 years he graduated from the bass degree course in 2018 and is now working as an in-demand session player with many different artists across the UK as well as teaching at BIMM for the last 2 years.

 

He recently appeared on stage at Glastonbury with AMiR and on BBC for Michael Macintyre’s Christmas show as a part of the backing band.

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