Music Tuition

Music Tuition 

We are now taking bookings for music tuition across a variety of instruments.

All our Tutors have been selected after volunteering to work in the school in some capacity. They all share our love of learning, making and will be working closely with the music department to build on studio and school experiences.


To book sessions please email the tutor directly (Addresses below) For any general enquiries you can contact Allison Cooper

All payments via parentpay. Please note, payments must be received 24hrs (or more) prior to the first session starting.

Sessions will be £12 for 30 minutes in blocks of 10 sessions or a pay as you go (please note single tasters are available upon request)

Group tuition available as well to split the costs.


Saturday Music School 11-12pm – music production, group singing and group instrumental learning (term time only)

£5 per session to book sessions please email Allison Cooper


Our Tutors:


Allison Cooper – Head of Music

(Piano, singing, clarinet, recorder and saxophone. I will also be offering music theory and also music therapy sessions.)

Available:  Mondays 4-8pm, Tuesdays 5:15 – 8pm, Wednesdays 4-8pm, Fridays 4-8pm

I am multi-instrumental musician, singer, songwriter and composer and trained at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama in Music and Education and completed an MA in Music Therapy.

My personal musical path has been about building my own self esteem, confidence, courage and self-discipline as well as studying the technical aspects of music. A lifelong musical path has given me the experience and understanding to be able to help students break through any creative blocks to find their unique musical and vocal self-expression and to be the best they can be.



Sarah McVeigh  (Harp- Vocals)

Sarah McVeigh is a Harpist and Singer from Northern Ireland. She has been living in Plymouth for the past three years while studying Music. She has been playing the harp for 12 years and currently performs at concerts, weddings, and private functions. Having been initially trained as a Traditional Irish Harpist and Singer she took part in many competitions in Ireland including; the Fleadh and the Scor, picking up the All-Ireland title on two separate occasions as well as provincial and regional titles. After winning these competitions she was able to perform with a group of young Irish musicians who toured parts of France playing music from the Island of Ireland. She has sang for the former President of Ireland, performed on stage at the 02 Arena in London and at the opening of the Titanic Centre in Belfast. Sarah also enjoys Musical Theatre and has previously been involved in a number of productions including; Les Miserable playing the role of Cosette, Grease playing the role of Sandy, High School Musical, Fiddler on the Roof, Little Shop of Horrors and Calamity Jane. She has been tutoring for 5 years and is looking forward to introducing the Harp to pupils at PSCA. Sarah teaches Celtic Harp and Classical Harp and can take you through ABRSM or LCM Grades 1-8. Sarah can also teach Classical Singing, Musical Theatre, Pop and Rock and can take you through ABRSM or LCM Grades from 1-8.



Rosemary Babichev (Violin)

I teach individual or paired lessons in violin to Grade V, beginners piano, recorder and music theory. The weekly sessions open to all for Phase 1 recorder group and the  lunchtime orchestras in Phases 1 and 2 are directed by me as well.

About my musical background: I won a music scholarship to an independent school at 12, and took Grade 8 Violin aged 15, then studied piano while taking my A levels. I have been a serious amateur musician ever since, sometimes teaching, sometimes performing at festivals and local events. Central to my approach is cultivating the delight of music, and achieving and noticing it from the earliest stages of learning an instrument. I aim to ensure a child has at least once during every lesson, an experience of music that sounds ‘right’ to them. This is always the reward that motivates achieving greater things. Being able to play more music means constantly working on technique.  This needs practice between lessons – at least 10-15 minutes, four times a week, with patient support and encouragement from parents.  I teach sight-reading and music theory  through music the children make up themselves or learn by ear, nursery rhymes, theme tunes and pieces from music books and ABRSM exams.

Lessons can be arranged during or outside school time and on Saturday mornings at PSCA until 1300.


Jack Toy (Drums)

Available: Mon 4-8pm & Wes 4 – 8pm.


I have been playing the drums for twenty years, teaching and playing professionally for the last 10 years. Drumming has given me the vehicle to travel the world, and has been my soul purpose and calling since I was a boy.

I studied at Guildford’s Academy of Contemporary Music, under some of the best drummers in the country. Achieving a first class degree, I then went on to perform and tour in the principal Show Bands and Orchestra’s of the worlds leading Cruise lines; Celebrity cruises, Royal Caribbean and Holland America.

I travelled 5 continents playing in all manor of settings and genre’s, from Jazz, Big Band, Show Band, Rock, Pop, Funk, RnB, Latin, Motown and just about everything else. After the ships spent a year in New Zealand touring with theatre productions.

I am passionate and about technical drum kit playing, progressive and fusion styles of Music, and continue to practice and push myself on the instrument. I am constantly inspired to play, share, and teach.

I am excited to be here, PSCA is phenomenal learning facility and extremely unique.


Jacob (Keyboards)


Available Mon -Thurs 4 – 8pm

Jacob is a prodigious song- writer, with several albums worth of material; his forth coming solo project will feature guest vocals from world renowned musicians including Vince Lee, and Michael Mathieson. His song, ‘Find your Way,’ written for Antimatador has been used for the Looe festival promotional video. Jacob has several years teaching experience, and a Grade 8 in classical piano.



Ryan Smith (Guitar)

I am a music graduate fascinated by composing, performing and world music. Having been part of the Music team at PSCA as a volunteer for over two years, I’m wholly enthusiastic about music education where I am now currently undertaking teacher training (PGCE) at Plymouth University.

My passion is helping people learn their favourite music and introducing new material that will expand and improve guitar technique. I have plenty of knowledge and experience weaving theory into guitar lessons so that you can create music that reflects and builds upon inspirations.



Nathaniel Truscott (Guitar, bass guitar and voice​)

My name is Nathaniel Truscott, mainly known as Nat. I am a self-taught musician, that specialises in Guitar and Voice and I have just started Volunteering at PSCA.
My love for music started from a very young age. Through my recent years I studied a two year Music Performance diploma at City College Plymouth, before committing to further studies at Falmouth University, to eventually receive my degree in the Bachelors of Arts Honors degree in Music. I have a wealth of knowledge of the current music ongoings in the Plymouth
Music scene, as well as further up country which has provided me with performing, touring, event
organising, composing and songwriting experience that has given me opportunities in the past to do freelance business as a Wedding performer, a house musician and a Session musician. I have a passion for most styles of music and find most if not all influential, but I specialise in Blues, Folk, Acoustic and Rock as well as various sub-genres of rock. During my time at PSCA I wish to help encourage students to challenge and question my knowledge of music, so they may better understand the theoretics of music as well as the need to know it and also I will assist the teachers with helping students understand the importance of music.

Available Mondays and Thursdays 4-6pm


Nick Barbour

Nick teaches, music production, sound engineering, guitar and vocals.