Inspiring through music

Kay Charlton – BA Hons, LTCL, MA

Awarded the Director’s Prize for Excellence in Music Education 2018 from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance

Check out my free online tutorials for beginner trumpet. See more at Music Gurus – search for ‘Are You Ready’.

I am a trumpet player, composer and teacher of brass and curriculum music, specialising in KS2, First Access/WCET and teacher CPD. I completed a Masters in Music Education – ‘Teaching Musician’ at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in 2018. I am passionate about music education, and have been a mentor and workshop leader for Trinity College London.

I play trumpet with Bollywood Brass Band, a 9-piece band of brass and drums, whose 2017 CD Carnatic Connection was nominated for a Songlines Magazine ‘World Music Award’ and was given a 5-star review in the London Evening Standard. I compose and arrange for the band and lead on their education work, founding the Bollywood Brass Academy in 2017.

I presented my research into WCET at the Music Education Expo (2018) and the First Access Forum (2017). I have designed and led on CPD for LSO Discovery, Trinity College London and Bollywood Brass Band and am an education consultant for Warwick Music and Music Education Solutions.

My book of WCET repertoire, ‘Are You Ready?’ is published by Warwick Music and has been converted into a series of online tutorials by MusicGurus. In 2017 I was commissioned by Warwick Music and Music Education Solutions to compose songs for a new KS 1 scheme of work for the pBuzz; this has been nominated as ‘Education Resource of 2018’ by the ‘Education Awards’ and awarded 5 stars by Teach Primary Magazine.

I loved your energy, enthusiasm and opportunity to match pedagogical research to real-life practice!
Nicky Footer, Head of North Herts Music School & Lead Teacher for First Access

I teach whole class trumpet (WCET), curriculum music and manage the music department of Plumcroft primary school. I am also an Arts Award Adviser for Discover and Explore and have designed log books for school and for the Bollywood Brass Academy.