“Bracebridge Music Aim to Provide Top-Class Music Lessons and Activities to the Wider Sutton Coldfield Area”
The Bracebridge Concept…
Hello, my name is Roger Barker, I am a professional musician and educator based in Sutton Coldfield possessing many years experience performing live and teaching within a variety of contexts. I founded Bracebridge Music in 2015 to promote my private music tuition as I strongly believe one-on-one education is the best method for music education. My specialisms include; guitar tuition, music theory tuition, songwriting/composition, music technology (both live and studio) and vocal coaching.
I very much hope you enjoy browsing through my site and look forward to speaking to you soon.
Since leaving university in 2002 I have taught in a range of contexts including spells at Sutton Coldfield College (helping to establish their level 3 music courses), Sandwell College, City College Coventry (successfully running the level 3 music technology program for 7 years), Coventry University (teaching across their BA and BSc Music and Music Technology courses for 6 years), and most recently Bournville College (where I was Head of Music overseeing the department’s transition from ‘inadequate’ to ‘outstanding’).
I perform every week as a professional guitarist and vocalist and currently manage and perform with two bands; The Junos (one of the top bands in the UK) and Rock The 90s! (a premium 90s tribute show), performing throughout the UK and beyond! I am also a live session musician and am currently the touring guitarist for 90s legends East 17 and Angie Brown.
I also work as a music technologist, producing local bands and solo artists, carrying out mixing and mastering projects, audio post production work and live sound reinforcement. I have my own recording studio and have had many of my productions played on TV and radio or used commercially for adverts or company promotional videos.
Education and Training
I started my musical journey studying guitar and music theory privately at the age of 12, completing my graded classical examinations. I then went on to study Music Composition at Coventry University achieving a 1st class honours degree, before completing my masters degree in Music Composition and Music Technology at De Montfort University. I completed my teaching degree (DTLLS, first class) at Warwick University and also hold my Pro Tools 101 and 110 certificates.