Tutors | Brighouse Central Music Academy


Here you will learn all about our lovely tutors.

As we’re very proud of mentioning they’re all pro musicians. Have a read below to learn a bit more.

Joe Roughton

El Capitano and Commander in Chief. Two names we don’t use to refer to Joe. He is in charge of all things BCMA though.

A classically trained trumpet player and composer, he has been in demand as a session player and for gigs since graduating from Leeds College of Music in 2012. His trumpet playing can be heard on a diverse range of recordings, from a Jane McDonald album to an Old El Paso TV advert. Joe has, and continues to, tour the world living the rock and roll lifestyle, or so he tells us. We suspect its rather more tame than he likes to make out. Still, you can’t argue with the fact he has played in venues all over the world, even as far away as Australia!

Joe teaches trumpet, cornet, french horn, beginner guitar and bass guitar, music theory  at BCMA.

Abi Austin

Toddler group, ukulele flute and piano

Hi! I’m Abi, also known as Abi Ukulele – leader of the baby and toddler music group. I am a qualified Music teacher graduating from the University of Huddersfield with experience teaching people of all ages and can offer voice, flute, beginner piano and beginner ukulele. My teaching comes with a warning – my enthusiasm WILL rub off so be prepared!!

Marie Dowd
Woodwind teacher

Marie graduated from Leeds college of music with a masters degree in performance On the flute. She has performed across the country as a soloist as well as with orchestras and chamber groups such as the Rarescale Flute Academy who recently performed in Poland as part of the European Flute Council festival.
As well as playing the flute Marie also enjoys playing saxophone in big bands and working in the pit on all winds for musical theatre.

Marie has over a decade of teaching experience ranging from young beginners to adults, conservatoire entry candidates and people just wanting to learn for fun. Everyone is an individual!

Marie has some lesson spaces for the following instruments:

Flute, Sax, Clarinet, double reeds and music theory.

Carolyn Stafford
Piano and Voice

Carolyn teaches piano and singing for all ages and abilities tailored to each individual whether working towards exams or just for fun.
Carolyn has been involved in performing and teaching for more than 30 years.

If you want to learn, I can teach you.

Joe Kerins

Joe teaches build a band, after school clubs and advanced guitar.

Joe is a Bradford based acoustic and bass guitarist with over a decade of gigging experience around the West Yorkshire area, playing all styles from jazz to rock, RnB, funk, indie and pop.

Has worked in a variety of musical environments such as charity events, recording sessions, and filmed events such as Sofar Sounds, playing both original and cover music.

Joe has worked with and led numerous bands and has a wealth of teaching experience

Stu Higgins


Stu started his drumming career marching snare at Phoenix Drum and Bugle Corps in Coventry as a child, later moving onto Spirit of Coventry Marching, where he marched senior snare before then moving onto marching senior tenors , in this time, Stu then helped with workshops , teach junior drummers and eventually taught the senior drummers. From these beginnings Stu has performed with a number of notable bands Including the Yorkshire Drummers from Revolution.

Stu has taught many junior and senior drummers and established junior marching band. This year Stu’s senior drumline along with rest of Revolution have progressed competitively to become 4th In the uk and 8th overall in Europe .

In 2012, Stu volunteered for the Olympic opening ceremony in London and also got the opportunity to put himself forward as a drummer for Rolling Stones performances in London o2 Arena and performed as their opening act.

Gavin Brown

Gavin Brown BMus (Hons) is a tuba, sousaphone and trombone player from Huddersfield. Gavin studied music at the University of Huddersfield, renowned for developing some of the country’s finest young brass players. Majoring in performance and conducting under the tutelage of Philip McCann, Barrie Webb and Shaun Crowther (Grimethorpe, Opera North, Halle Orchestra), Gavin graduated from the University in 2009 and since then has worked as both a professional musician and brass tutor.

Over his time at University and beyond, Gavin has held principal seats (Eb & Bb Bass) at several of the top ranking brass bands in the world, competing and performing at the highest level of brass banding throughout the UK and the world. Taking a step back from traditional brass bands, Gavin has worked as a freelance musician, performing with the likes of Viva Sinfonia, The Beat, Bad Manners, as well as co-founding his own successful New Orleans jazz band, Deadbeat Brass.