Dale Kynaston Cert. Ed. - Vocal / Drama
Dale has been around the world of singing and performing since the age of 7, when he first started taking lead roles in school productions.
He became heavily involved in the world of light operatic and amateur dramatics in Shropshire and the midlands, where he took accolades such as Best Actor awards at regional competitions.
In the mid 80s and early 90s, Dale submerged himself into the world of a capella singing by becoming involved in the British Association of Barbershop Singers (BABS) and is now a member of their Hall of Fame, for his services to the organisation. Dale became a BABS national Judge and was often seen running classes at national and international education events in the UK and Holland. Dale has been asked on two occasions to teach at the Acapella Festival in Oxford alongside the likes of Ben Parry and Ken Burton. In 1991, Dale started directing a local choir and took them from their initial national ranking of last place, to achieve 5th place, from around 55 national groups. During Dale’s tenure as Director, the group was well known for it’s artistic performances.
Dale has won 3 British Gold Medals for his acapella singing and represented the UK on 8 occasions in the USA & Canada.
Samuel Deakin CertHE DipLCM - Vocal / Piano
Sam studied Music at The University of Huddersfield, specialising in Classical Singing and Performance gaining a CertHE Diploma in Music. As well as teaching at Telford Music School Sam also teaches singing at Thomas Telford School, Tettenhall College and Elmhurst School for Dance. As well as teaching, Sam directs various choirs and musical ensembles alongside performing on stage himself, recent roles include: Bert Healy (Annie), Oswald (Gypsy Love) Johann (Goodnight Vienna). Sam is the Musical Director for Bilston Youth Company, currently rehearsing for a production of Les Miserables.
Jenni Crawford Vocal / Drama / Piano
Jenni studied music and education at Birmingham University(B.Ed), then advanced vocal studies at Birmingham Conservatoire . In 2005 graduated with a PGCert in Dyslexia from University of York.
She has over 30 years experience teaching music and performing arts at local schools and colleges, in vocals, piano, GCSE,A level music curriculum and BTEC dance/ movement.
Jenni has performed as soprano soloist for many major local choral groups. Credits include- Wolverhampton Civic choir, ((Messiah, Rutter Requiem), Wombourne and District, Walsall Choral, Brierley Hill Choral, Market Drayton Choral,Wolverhampton male voice choir, Icknield male voice choir.Bristol Choral, (Mozart Requiem), Finham Choral Coventry.(Haydn Missa Brevis).
Opera credits include Belinda -Dido and Aeneas, Marcelina- Fidelio , Zerlina -Don Giovanni,Mozart.
As the resident soprano soloist with Birmingham Bach Choir for 20 years Jenni performed Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (2008) at Symphony hall with Emma Kirby. Birmingham post review -‘ A Charming soprano in the echo aria’
Other credits -musical director for Trinity Operatic, (1998-2000) and vocal coach for Bridgnorth Male voice choir.(2013-current).
Jenni loves working at TMS and finding creativity and untapped potential within her students . Teaching musical theatre, classical and popular singing, drama/ movement and piano. Jenni places emphasis on a good vocal technique, to include breathing, posture, placement movement and interpretation.
Chris Allen M.A. - Vocal / Drama
Chris Allen has been singing and performing in shows and concerts from an early age. With a background of training and experience in musical theatre, he now regularly performs jazz classics in a Rat Pack tribute act, and has also performed across the West Midlands in an acoustic covers band. He also received three years of training from classical tenor Joshua Ellicott whilst studying History at the University of York; a valuable experience which he feels has improved both his own technique and his teaching across all genres.
He has been working as a freelance singing teacher for two years, but has been coaching and encouraging young singers for much longer, through his volunteer work with the award-winning Walsall-based youth theatre group Spotlight Youth Productions. He has been an active participant in the West Midlands amateur dramatics scene for almost twenty years, both as a performer and as a musical director (he is currently Musical Director of Little Shop Of Horrors with Followspot Productions, a group he co-founded in 2015). He also workshopped a new musical named Wardrobe, at both the Leicester Curve Theatre and The Old Joint Stock in Birmingham in 2017/18.
Chris believes that singing is all about enjoyment, both for the performer and the audience, and his lessons and teaching style look to reflect this. His laid-back, personable lessons help instruct the student in the fundamentals of good vocal technique, in the performance skills which take a rendition of a song to another level and in simply how to get the most enjoyment and fulfilment out of your voice.
Adam Threlfall - Guitar / Ukelele / Keyboards / Vocal / Drums
Adam has been playing guitar for 24 years and teaching for 13 years. He has been a professional musician since 2007, playing in west end musicals, recording studios and touring around. Shows include, Mamma Mia, Flashdance, Jersey Boys, Chess, Jesus Christ Superstar and Just So. Adam also likes to write and record his own songs.
Amy Evans Dip LCM - Pop Vocal / Music Theatre
Amy has been performing from a very young age, starting her passion for music & dance at primary school. She has an extensive musical performance background, appearing in over 40 shows and cabaret style concerts and is involved with many local Amateur Theatre companies. She has been fortunate to play various parts over the years but her favourite role she has portrayed is Daniella, the feisty, sassy hair salon owner in the musical 'The Heights'.
Amy gained her DipLCM in Musical Theatre in2014, and has her Level 3 National Extended Diploma D*D*D* in Dance and has been a freelance teacher for many years, working at 'The Royal School', 'Lucy Evans Academy Of Dance', 'Youth On Stage' and most recently 'Telford Music School'.
Amy works with many local youth groups and schools, and has choreographed numerous musicals performed at 'The Arena Theatre' & 'The Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton ' & 'The Old Rep in Birmingham '. She has also had the honour of performing with 'Take That' on their 'Wonderland' tour.
Amy is a passionate and motivated teacher who believes performing should be fun as well as challenging. Her lessons concentrate on good technique and performance, and in the relaxed environment Amy encourages her students to leave all their inhibitions at the door.
Mark Bayliss BA Hons ALCM - Vocal / Drama
Mark graduated as an Actor from the Arden School of Theatre in 2012 with a BA Hons in Musical Theatre. He has also received his ALCM from the London College of Music.
Theatre Credits: James Waltham (Wind Road Boys), Hansel (Hansel and Gretel). His favourite roles to date are Fred/Petruchio (Kiss Me Kate), Paul (Kiss Me Kate), Nathan (Godspell), Trevor Graydon (Thoroughly Modern Millie), Senator Wingwoah (The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas) and Mr Cladwell (Urinetown).
Musical Director/Director Credits: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, The Lion King, The Wizard of Oz, All Shook Up, After the Dance and Jesus Christ Superstar. Within the next year Mark has upcoming Musical Director credits including tick tick Boom, Hot Mikado, WW1 Concert, Musical Theatre Concert and Merrily We Roll Along.
Mark has 100% pass rate with his students who take LCM examinations and loves every minute teaching them. Within his lessons he explores the mechanics of the voice and encourages students to understand how to make correct placement in order to produce the best sound quality possible. Leading on from that he explores the character within the song/show, pulling apart the whole story of the song in order to get the best character performance as well as a good vocal performance to accompany.