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Student playing the piano at Mougins British International School

Music at Mougins School

At Mougins School music forms an important part of daily life. Music classes and appreciation begins in our Nursery Class, and from the age of four, children can choose to take private lessons in a particular instrument.

Our music department is led by professional musician Faye Gossedge who combines a love of music with her wide professional experience to every lesson. Faye is joined by Valentina Deidda, who has a wealth of musical and teaching experience in the UK.


kid paying the piano at Mougins British International School
Faye Gossedge Music Teacher Mougins British International School

About Faye Gossedge

Faye trained as a concert pianist in the Birmingham Conservatoire and the Krakow academy of music, before pursuing her love of leading choirs, and orchestra as a conductor.

Before coming to Mougins School, Faye taught music at two other prestigious international schools, and continues to broaden the rich music programme at Mougins School, instilling a love of music and performance throughout the students.



About Valentina Deidda

After studying classical music at the Pierluigi Da Palestrina Conservatory of Music in Cagliari and obtaining the status of qualified teacher in piano performance, Valentina continued her professional studies with a Master of Arts in Music Education at the UCL Institute of Education in London.
Prior to joining Mougins School as a primary school music teacher, Valentina was Head of Music for KS1 and KS2 and Head of Reception, achieving ‘Good’ under the New Ofsted Inspection Framework in London.

Read more on Valentina here.


The music programme at Mougins School

The school has three different choirs and two music ensembles that students can join depending on their year group.

As well as having two full time music teachers, Mougins school welcomes a team of excellent visiting tutors, teaching both vocal and instrumental lessons. During the academic year, they keep their students motivated through external music examination programmes such as the well-respected ABRSM music grades and examinations with the School of Rock as well as LAMDA voice and music exams.

Summer Concert

Our music instructors

Music teacher alex keren wearing a guitar

Alex Keren is a multi cultural singer / songwriter who studied music instrument technology at London Guildhall School of Music and Drama and taught guitar and music technology at Watford School of Music. He has worked in various recording studios in London and Paris as a composer and sound engineer. 
As well as teaching guitar at Mougins School, Alex Keren is an active live performer while also recording many albums / projects for UNIVERSAL MUSIC, BMG, SONY … as a composer, his work is being used In films, publicity and radio stations in the USA and Europe.

Piano, Music teacher bojana nislic

Bojana Nislic started studying the piano at the age of six . She gained her diploma in Piano from the University of Music, in Belgrade, Serbia headed by professor Mirjana Šuica-Babic. Bojana participated in a Master Class EPTA (European piano teachers association) in Belgrade, Serbia as well. She continued her advanced musical studies at the Conservatory of Music Niccolo Paganini in Genoa , where she gained her diploma in music and piano headed by professor Maurizio Guidi.
She won a scholarship from the Vienna International Pianists (VIP) Academy. She is a permanent member of the international contest for the young musicians “Les Clés D’or “ (that is celebrating the thirty years since its founding) for France, Monaco, Bulgaria, Morocco, Nice, Mougins.

Christine Robinson began studying piano at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music at the age of five and singing at the age of seven, travelling frequently to Europe to perform and study with renowned musicians. In 2010, she moved to Paris, France to perfect her skills at the L’Ecole Normale de Musique Alfred Cortot and la Scola Cantorum. During her years of training, she discovered her passion for teaching and working with children. Along with her teaching experience, she has received the Diplôme Pédagogique de Piano de l’Ecole Normale de Musique and children’s vocal development qualifications through La Ville de Paris. From 2015 - 2019, she accompanied and directed children’s and young performers chorus’s at le Conservatoire Nadia et Lili Boulanger Paris 9eme. She currently teaches piano and voice at Mougins School and is a member of the Choeur Philharmonique de Nice. 

Drum, Music teacher Jaren Lamb

Jaren Lamb has been playing drums since high school, where he played in the drum line. After high school, he went to the Percussion School (PIT) at Musicians Institute in Hollywood California. Jaren was fortunate to have studied with Ralph Humphrey (Frank Zappa), Joe Porcaro, Louis Bellson, and Alphonse Mouzon, among others. He made a living playing in rock groups, funk bands, latin bands, and traditional Big Bands for most of his life. Jaren played with Dick Dale (King of the Surf Guitar),  and with the French prog-rock group Tai Phong, who later became famous when Jean-Jacques Goldman joined as singer. He loves everything “drums”- Jaren writes drum lines and solos, and  teaches the Rockschool Sylabu and has been the Drum Instructor at Mougins School for 16 years!

VOcal music instructor VOnny marshall-edwards

Vonny Marshall-Edwards is a trained actress and singer, graduating after three years from the renowned Guildford School of Acting (many moons ago!) with the First Prize Award of her year. Before coming to France in 1989 for a singing contract, Vonny worked as an actress in film, TV and theatre in the UK. Happily, Vonny settled in France and has been a vocal coach (and occasional actress!) all this time, and was closely involved with the professional English-speaking theatre company, The Red Pear, for several years.  Vonny is currently working as a vocal coach, theatre teacher and is herself a singer. Her students are numerous, and Vonny has had several who have participated in the French The Voice and The Voice Kids over the past seven years. In 2020, her student, Ema reached the final of the Voice Kids. Another of her students, who himself studied music at the Mougins School, Max Cinnamon, was in the final of the French Eurovision Selection TV programme with his own song. Vonny regularly holds workshops and master classes (including at the Mougins School in the past) and is also a judge for the much-respected Passion Chant Côte d’Azur Singing Contest, in Nice, for several years now. Vonny’s approach to singing is fun and pedagogical, very linked to theatre (after all a singer is simply an actor who sings!) but with solid vocal, breathing and stage and expression techniques and disciplines to bring out and improve the voices of her students. Her work also aims to improve confidence and well-being, particularly in young people.

music lessons mougins british international school
music lessons mougins british international school

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