Peripatetic Music Staff

Below we have provided a pen profile for each of our peripatetic music staff.

Sally Walpole

From a musical family, Miss Sally Walpole is a classically trained pianist and has been playing the piano for over twenty-five years. Completing her grades from an early age she then went on to study at the University of Bradford, as well as gaining her London College of Music Teaching Diploma. Sally specialises in teaching piano and theory of music to young beginners. 

Mary & Dave Hopkins

Mrs Mary Hopkins currently teaches the clarinet, flute and piano at UCFS but can also offer tuition in saxophone and recorder. Mrs Hopkins spent 13 years as a woodwind tutor for the William Mathias’ Trust in primary schools across Denbighshire, North Wales where she regularly received glowing commendations for her inspirational teaching methods for young children and exam results. Mrs Hopkins studied at Exeter University and is a member of HF Music Productions. 

Mr Dave Hopkins, our brass and woodwind teacher started out playing brass instruments with a school band, later switching to woodwind instruments and passing Royal School of music examinations. He has played in award winning orchestras and ensembles across Europe receiving a personal award from The Musician Union for outstanding performance and playing skills. Mr Hopkins is a graduate of The Leeds College of Music, where he specialised in saxophone, clarinet and flute as well as studying instrumental technique for brass instruments. He has enjoyed thirty years as a professional, freelance session musician, performing with Orchestra’s all over the world including the Halle Orchestra and BBC philharmonic. He has toured with many international stars as well as playing on many recordings for television and radio.

Stephen Murphy

Mr Stephen Murphy is our guitar, drum and ukulele teacher. He has been playing stringed instruments for nearly 15 years now and runs a music school in Chester. Previously, Mr Murphy has taught privately travelling to student houses and other music schools across the Cheshire/North Wales area. Guitar, drum and ukulele lessons at UCFS are run on Mondays and Fridays either as individual or group lessons.

Kate Salmon

Miss Kate Salmon trained at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama where she graduated with a Masters distinction in Music and Theatre. She holds a PGCE in Further education specialising in music, singing, drama and sociology. Alongside teaching Miss Salmon tours the UK as a professional musician, actress and singer. All of Miss Salmon’s practices involving singing are centred around the Alexander Technique. It is a technique that is centred around the importance of the body, posture and movement within singing. Alexander Technique offers a dynamic and most importantly fun way of learning music without sitting statically and learning just scales. Miss Salmon is also an examiner for the Royal London College of Music and therefore can offer grades in singing.

Mrs Barbara Roberts who has gained a GRNCM and PGCE has been a piano tutor at UCFS for 3 years now after enjoying almost 30 years teaching KS1 and KS2 music to all ages of children across Cheshire. Mrs Roberts tailor-makes the 20 minute lessons to your child’s needs. When the time is right, Mrs Roberts encourages preparation for music exams. Recent music exams for UCFS pupils have been 100% pass rate with Merit and Distinction. “Playing any instrument is an excellent source of pleasure and fulfilment and can provide a deep sense of satisfaction. Playing the piano however is self- sufficient – it can be played on its own without any accompaniment. Also, playing the piano provides a ready-made opportunity to perform. Performing is so important for everybody. If practised regularly, it builds confidence which is crucial for success in all walks of life.” –Mrs B Roberts.


Mrs Laura Miller is our violin teacher. Mrs Miller has been teaching across the USA and Great Britain for over twenty years. She has gained an Associate Music Education degree and has achieved Suzuki status in violin therefore can offer grades in violin with the Trinity Guildhall and Suzuki.