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About Us



About Us


Independent Music Solutions (IMS), founded in September 2011, is an independent, educational partnership of private music teachers offering a range of services to schools in the UK.

We believe that all children should be given the opportunity to receive an excellent school-based music education at an affordable price. Learning an instrument gives children a skill for life, develops confidence and self-esteem and enhances cognitive development.


Our qualified, fully insured, DBS checked staff offer:-


IMS offers a range of contracts to schools from a minimum of one teacher for one hour a week, through to whole school music provision across the spectrum of services. See our "Director of Music - the Complete Primary Music Solution" section.

We can operate from between 30 - 39 weeks a year to best suit your school timetable and curriculum. We believe that flexibility is the key - our contracts can be amended on a term by term basis.

IMS services are priced at £40 per hour – fixed until July 2019. Our services do not vary across geographical boundaries. We offer the same opportunities to all pupils at all schools.

James Suckling BA (Hons) QTS

Senior Managing Partner

IMS gives our school wonderful opportunities to learn, perform and most importantly, love music. Our lessons, assemblies and concerts are a thing to behold thanks to the hard work of James and his company.
— Mr N Bates, Headteacher, Burbage Junior School, Hinckley, Leicestershire.



I would thoroughly recommend using IMS services. The whole service is friendly and accommodating. It is a pleasure to have IMS as part of our school. Most importantly, the children love it!
— Mrs G Wise, Wollaston Community Primary School

Our Team

IMS Partners

Our Team

IMS Partners

Senior Partners



James Suckling BA (Hons) QTS, Senior Managing Partner

Heart of England

(Birmingham , Solihull, Coventry, Reddich, Leicester, Northampton, Banbury, Aylesbury and Oxford and surrounding areas)

James studied Music and Drama at Warwick University and subsequently taught for nine years at schools in Coventry and Warwickshire. In 1999 James launched the Stagecoach Theatre Arts Schools in Edgbaston and Bromsgrove and currently these centers provide dance, drama and singing lessons for 200 students each week. As a Musical Director James has conducted many musicals across the Midlands. James set up IMS in 2011 and is thrilled to see the partnership develop and grow each year. 

Phone: 07776 228179

Edward Roberts-Malpass BMus (Hons), Regional Managing Partner

West Mercia & The Black Country

(Worcester, Kidderminster, Stourbridge, Halesowen, Dudley, Sandwell, Wolverhampton and surrounding areas)

Edward studied the trumpet at The Birmingham Conservatoire and now enjoys a career as both a performer and teacher. As a busy freelance musician he has performed with many notable orchestras including the CBSO and has regularly performed as a soloist both in the UK and Abroad. Edward helped to set up and launch IMS in 2011.

Simon Belcher, Regional Managing Partner

Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire

(Bedford, Milton Keynes, Luton and surrounding areas)


Simon has been playing drums since the age of 10 and now enjoys a career as both a teacher and performer. He has played in brass bands, orchestras, dance bands and function bands but now spends most of his time playing drums and percussion for many different shows, musicals and pantomimes in shows all over the country.

Phone: 07802 420816


Kevin Duncan BA (Hons), Regional Managing Partner

East Anglia

(Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk)

Kevin studied music and recording at the University of Wolverhampton before entering into a career in publishing for the music education sector. After working for many years as a Record Producer for Kevin Mayhew Publishers he went on to become Managing Director of the company in 2011. In 2013 Kevin set up his own record label and publishing company, GingerDog Records, where he works and records with a broad range of artists across many different genres of music. For a number of years Kevin has been involved with promoting music and singing in schools; working with Sing Up, Music for Youth, The National Youth Music Camps and, most recently, with the fundraising recording project - School Singing CD.

Phone: 07413 289382

IMS boasts really reliable teachers who have filled the children with enthusiasm for music, and who have been a huge support to the Music Department as a whole.
— Miss L Craner, Music Teacher, Ipsley CE Academy, Redditch, Worcestershire.
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Where We Work

Where We Work

Independent Music Solutions is currently delivering music services in the following schools:-


Barton Seagrave Primary School, Kettering, Northamptonshire

Binley Woods Primary School, Binley Woods, Coventry

Birchwood Primary School, Dordon, Warwickshire

Boddington C of E Primary Academy, Boddington, Northamptonshire

Bredon Hancock's Endowed C of E First School, Bredon, Tewkesbury

Burbage Junior School, Burbage, Leicestershire

Clinton Primary School, Kenilworth, Warwickshire

Crabbs Cross Academy, Redditch, Worcestershire

Culworth Primary Academy, Culworth, Northamptonshire

Dordon Primary School, Dordon, Warwickshire

Dunchurch Boughton C of E Junior School, Rugby, Warwickshire

Fairhaven Primary School, Stourbridge, West Midlands

Foxdell Junior School, Luton, Bedfordshire

Hartshill School, Nuneaton, Warwickshire

Hastings High School, Burbage, Leicestershire

Henley-in-Arden Primary School, Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire

Howley Grange Primary School, Halesowen, West Midlands

Ipsley CE RSA Academy, Redditch, Worcestershire

Long Itchington C of E Primary School, Southam, Warwickshire

Middleton Cheney Academy, Middleton Cheney, Northamptonshire

Park Street C of E Primary School, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

St. Andrew’s Catholic Primary School, Solihull, West Midlands

St. Nicholas C of E Primary School, Kenilworth, Warwickshire

Tenacres First School, Redditch, Worcestershire

The Vaynor First School, Redditch, Worcestershire

Wollaston Community Primary School, Wellingborough, Northamptonshire

Wood End Primary School, Atherstone, Warwickshire

IMS Schools
IMS has been incredibly supportive in helping to set up peripatetic teaching in our school. They have provided a wide range of instrument choices and enthusiastic and engaging teaching staff.
— Miss R Longfils, Music Co-ordinator, Tenacres First School, Redditch, Worcestershire.