The academy was established in 2010 by husband and wife team Kerry Carlton-Senior and Curtis Senior. As professional performers and qualified teachers they received numerous requests from parents for tuition, originally tutoring from their home studios. The business gradually expanded and moved into town centre premises where it has continued to grow and develop. Both Kerry and Curtis continue to teach at the academy but now combine lessons with examiner roles and ongoing highly successful performance careers.
Alongside the duo are a team of inspiring and dedicated professional staff, who are all themselves performers of the highest calibre. All staff have a minimum of a BA(Hons) degree, teaching qualification and a Grade 8 in their specialist field. This means that all parents can be confident that they will receive training in a safe environment and with qualified, knowledgeable and experienced teachers.
Kerry Carlton-Senior PGCE, BA(Hons), BTDA Registered Teacher, RSL Musical theatre Examiner
Pearson- National Trainer BTEC Level 2/3 Performing Arts
Certified First Aider
Kerry is responsible for the main running of the school, dealing with enrolments, examinations, timetabling and organization of shows/events. Kerry is the head of the dance department and teaches the BTDA examination classes. Since the age of 4, Kerry attended performing arts school in the UK and at the tender age of 16 she was at student teacher level, and held numerous dance championships, including North East of England modern dance champion and was a finalist for Miss Dance of Great Britain. After attending university she embarked on a highly successful performing career for 10 years, touring Internationally as principal girl in a range of shows, musicals and theatre concerts. Kerry also works as a lecturer at leicester College of Performing arts and has numerous roles with the Pearson examination board as a Standards Verifier, Quality Assurance centre Inspector and National trainer for BTEC Performing Arts programs.
Curtis Senior BA(Hons) Licentiate Music,
Grade 8 Multi-instrumentalist,
Head of Music & Rockschool Music Examiner
Curtis is responsible for all Music lessons and recording work within the academy. He teaches Acoustic, Electric & Bass guitar and Vocals at the academy. s’s career commenced as a professional session musician at the age of 15, touring worldwide with numerous bands and theatre productions where he proudly wrote and recorded three albums. His expertise knowledge in the area of sound and lighting production allows him to be a truly versatile teacher. Curtis combines his tutoring role with that of an International music examiner for Rockschool Ltd, and touring around Europs with both his solo show - 'Guitar heroes' and his live band 'Final Warning'. For more info and tour dates visit www.curtissenior.com
Debbie Moss - Piano Teacher
Certified and Registered Teacher with The Victoria College of Music and Drama London
Associate Diploma in Piano Playing
Diploma in Theory of Music
Debbie has been playing the piano for 40 years and teaching Piano, Theory of Music and Electronic Keyboard in the Forest Town area, for the last 24 years, including teaching and playing piano within a local primary school for eight years.
Debbie has pupils of all ages from 5 to 75, covering a wide range of abilities and teaches a variety of styles including Classical, Contemporary, Pop and Jazz in her lessons.
“I can teach you lots in a lesson, but it’s the practice you do at home that makes the difference!”
Piano and guitar Teacher
Qualifications:BA(Hons) Popular Music
PHD Research in Popular Music
Rob is a professional keyboard player with over 15 years experience as a performer, writer and session player. His credits include Inglorious, Doris Brendel and Barry Steele (Roy Orbison Story). He began playing at the age of 9 and was inspired to pursue music as a career in his early teens after discovering bands such as Deep Purple and Faith No More. He went on to study popular music at the University of Salford, graduating in 2003 with 1st class honours. Since then Rob has performed in many different bands covering a variety of music, ranging from progressive rock to metal to Motown and even Arabic! He is influenced by the likes of Peter Gabriel, Pat Metheny, Steven Wilson and - from a keyboard perspective- Jon Lord, Bruce Hornsby and John Beck (It Bites).
Tom Sismey – Drum / Rockschool teacher
BMus Popular Music Performance Drums
Diploma Popular Music Performance Drums
Tom Sismey has been playing drums from the age of 10 and developed a passion for music from a very young age, performing styles such as Pop, Rock, Blues, Indie, Soul, Funk, Fusion, Hip-Hop and Ska. At the age of 15 he was contacted for his first session to record an Indie EP and realized that recording and performing music was his vocation and toured Europe with Axel Jansson (June 2015), performed at the O2 Academies, Hippodrome Casino, Kensington Roof Gardens and numerous music festivals. Tom continues to combine his professional session work with teaching.