Kay Charlton

Kay Charlton – BA hons, LTCL, MA

Education Director

Kay plays trumpet with Bollywood Brass Band and is also a composer and teacher of brass and curriculum music, specialising in KS2, First Access/WCET and teacher CPD. She completed a Masters in Music Education,  ‘The Teaching Musician’ at Trinity Laban Conservatoire in 2018 and at Graduation was awarded the Director’s Prize for Excellence in Music Education.

Kay composes and arranges for BBB and leads on the band’s education work, founding the Bollywood Brass Academy in 2017 and leading on our various Bollywood Blast and other projects with children and young people. ‘How to Teach Whole-Class Instrumental Lessons: 50 inspiring ideas’ was published by Collins Music in 2020.

Kay has presented her research into WCET at the Music Education Expo and the First Access Forum. She has designed and led on CPD for LSO Discovery, Music Education Solutions and Trinity College London. and is an education consultant for Warwick Music.

Kay’s book of WCET repertoire, ‘Are You Ready?’ is published by Warwick Music and has been converted into a series of online tutorials by MusicGurus. In 2017 Kay was commissioned by Warwick Music and Music Education Solutions to compose songs for a new KS 1 scheme of work for the pBuzz; this was nominated as ‘Education Resource of 2018’ by the ‘Education Awards’.

Other publications include pieces for Trinity’s Initial (2015/2018) and Grade 1 (2018) piano syllabus, Bollywood Blast! (Spartan Press) – a series of brass and wind tutor books with backing tracks in a Bollywood style and Whole Class Bollywood Blast with David Rose (Bedford Music Hub) which is aimed at teachers of WCET, and includes an Arts Award Discover programme.

Kay is an Arts Award Adviser for Discover, Explore, Bronze and Silver.