Welcome to Braintree Music

This is the home of Rory Duncan, teacher of: Piano, Keyboard, Clarinet, Theory/Aural

M: 0785 907 8788 | H: 01376 345 053 | E: info@braintreemusic.co.uk

Performer

Rory is in demand as a performer, both in big bands and in smaller ensembles.

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  • He has played and continues to play with Caprice Wind Orchestra (clarinet and bass guitar)
  • Braintree based Deep Blue Z blues band (bass guitar)
  • Southend big band Melvin Beddow Big Band
  • Southend Brian Williamson Big Band
  • Bury St Edmunds big band Marrakesh
  • Rains and Haywains duo with guitarist singer/songwriter Chris Pitts
  • Up and coming originals group, AD Project

Rory has a full PA system with SR Club 120/A powered speakers (sufficient for halls)

He performs with a Casio PX-350 digital stage piano

Rory is also a professional clarinettist and plays with a LeBlanc Esprit Bb clarinet.

He plays the electric bass (5 string) too and has a 500w TC amp and Mark Bass 15″ cab- enough for any gig

Teacher

Rory teaches in 3 primary schools around Essex with around 90 pupils per week as well as his private tuition work. He uses a wide range of material for his piano and clarinet teaching.

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He bases most early learning around the Alan Haughton’s ‘Play Piano’ series of books for learners upto 11 years old. He has tried the vast majority of other tuition books available and unfortunately, most are flawed. The Play Piano series prepare students steadily for their graded exams, around halfway through book 2.

Throughout this course he offers some ‘light relief’ in referring to more popular music from the ‘Making the Grade’ series, lots of popular music books and using some Disney repertoire too. He believes music should be fun and you really should enjoy the music you’re playing. At the moment, pupils are playing everything from Frozen, through Ed Sheeran, Zelda, Mario Bros and even Star Wars!

Theory books are used throughout the learning progress, exceeding the Grade 5 Theory exam required by ABRSM for progress beyond Grade 5 practical exams.

Rory has a 100% pass rate with practical exam ABRSM entries from Grades 1-8, either with clarinet, saxophone or piano candidates. He also has a huge experience of accompanying musicians for concerts and exams and has even accompanied choirs!

Prices

(prices based on travelling to student’s residence within 2 miles of Braintree town centre- further charges will apply based on mileage)

Exam Results

Spring 2017

Emily W- Spring 2017- Clarinet Grade 3- TBA
Elliot M- Spring 2017- Piano Grade 2- TBA
Ruth S- Spring 2017- Piano Grade 2- TBA
Robert G- Spring 2017- Piano Grade 1- TBA
Katherine G- Spring 2017- Piano Grade 2- TBA

Autumn 2016

Hannah G- Spring 2016- Piano Grade 1- Merit

Spring 2016

Ella O- Spring 2016- Piano Grade 3- Pass

Winter 2015

Lauren M, Winter 2015- Piano Grade 2, Distinction

Summer 2014

Molly Y, Summer 2014- Piano Grade 1, Pass
Grace W, Summer 2014- Piano Grade 1- Merit
Ruth S, Summer 2014- Piano Grade 1- Pass
Ella S, Summer 2014- Piano Grade 1- Pass
Ella O, Summer 2014- Piano Grade 1- Merit
Angus D-S, Summer 2014- Piano Grade 1- Merit
Charlotte B, Summer 2014- Piano Grade 2- Pass

Autumn 2013

Lauren M, Autumn 2013- Piano Grade 1- Merit
Ethan B, Autumn 2013- Piano Grade 1- Merit
Hannah W, Autumn 2013- Piano Grade 3- Distinction
James K, Autumn 2013- Piano Grade 4- Distinction

Summer 2013

Gemma B, Summer 2013- Piano Grade 1- Merit
Charlotte B, Summer 2013- Piano Grade 1- Pass
Rachel G, Summer 2013- Piano Grade 2- Merit
Ella O, Summer 2013- Piano Grade 1- Merit
Harriet P, Summer 2013- Piano Grade 1- Pass
Ruth S, Summer 2013- Piano Grade 3- Pass
Isabel S, Summer 2013- Piano Grade 1- Distinction
Freya W, Summer 2013- Saxophone Grade 1- Pass

Spring 2013

Peter B, Spring 2013- Piano Grade 8- Pass
Max P- Spring 2013- Piano Grade 2- Merit
Lily M- Spring 2013- Piano Grade 2- Merit
Aimee T- Spring 2013- Piano Grade 1- Pass
Charlotte H- Spring 2013- Piano Grade 1- Merit

Winter 2012

Hannah W- Winter 2012- PIano Grade 2- Merit
Daniel F- Winter 2012- Piano Grade 1- Merit
Jennifer L- Winter 2012- Piano Grade 1- Pass

Summer 2012

Megan W- Summer 2012- Piano Grade 3- Pass

Winter 2011

Emily W- Winter 2011- Piano Grade 1- Merit
Heather S- Winter 2011- Clarinet Grade 1- Pass

Summer 2011

Claudia R- Summer 2011- Piano Grade 2- Pass

Spring 2011

Elise E- Spring 2011- Piano Grade 1- Merit
Charlotte B- Spring 2011- Piano Grade 1- Pass
Amber Penn- Spring 2011- Piano Grade 1- Pass

Winter 2010

Megan W- Winter 2010- Piano Grade 2- Merit

Summer 2010

Caitlin N- Summer 2010- Piano Grade 1- Merit
Jared C- Summer 2010- Piano Grade 1- Pass
Alice W- Summer 2010- Piano Grade 1- Distinction

Spring 2010

Katie H- Spring 2010- Piano Grade 1- Pass
Rebecca A- Spring 2010- Piano Grade 1- Pass
Samuel R- Spring 2010- Piano Grade 1- Merit
Claudia R- Spring 2010- PIano Grade 1- Merit

About Rory

Rory studied for 3 years at Colchester Institute, specialising in Music Technology, for his BA (hons) Music degree.

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Shortly afterwards, he completed a PGCE (secondary) education postgraduate degree at Bishop’s Grosseteste college, Lincoln.

From September 2005, he has worked with the local council, teaching piano, clarinet and saxophone at primary schools through Essex. He currently teaches at 3 primary schools. He is currently subscribed to the government DBS (previously called CRB) check and is also a member of NASUWT. As he is a fully licensed private hire driver for another business, he also has had rigorous council medical and safety checks.

Other hobbies and interests outside of music:

Rory enjoys salsa dancing and photography.

He also has a keen interest in technology and specifically, home cinema and movies to watch on it!

He has an interest in motoring and specifically, Ford, Alfa Romeo and Jaguar cars. He has a genuine American police car that he hires out for weddings and proms ( www.essexnypdcar.co.uk ) and who knows, you may even see him arrive to teach in it!

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