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Kay Charlton

Trumpeter, teacher and composer


The Teaching Musician course has expanded my knowledge and skills and provided a solid pedagogical basis for my teaching.

Kay Charton


Kay graduated from the Teaching Musician MA course in 2018 and was awarded the inaugural Director’s Prize for Excellence in Music.  
Since graduating she has been guest lecturer on instrumental tuition at Leeds College of Music and Trinity Laban and has written resources for LSO Discovery and LPO Creative Classrooms. She is the author of ‘How to teach Whole-Class Instrumental Lessons, 50 Inspiring Ideas’ (Collins Music, 2020) which was based on research done for her Masters Project at TL. 
Kay plays trumpet with the Bollywood Brass Band who have toured and recorded extensively and she leads on their education work. Her passion for making music fun and accessible for beginners has led to the composition of Bollywood brass/wind tutor books (Spartan Press) and examination pieces for Trinity College London. Her book of WCET repertoire and backing tracks ‘Are You Ready?’ (Warwick Music) has been converted into a series of online tutorials by MusicGurus, and she has delivered workshops based on this repertoire at education conferences, the Music and Drama Education Expo and as CPD sessions for music hubs.