BA (Hons) First Class
Guitar and Drums
Professional Musician, Educator and General Gear Head...
Background and Musical Experience
Sam Goffen is musician who revels in variety and can be found playing his guitar in multiple genres or laying down beats using modern computer based instruments like Native Instruments’ Maschine.
He has a first-class honours degree in Creative Music Performance specialising in the guitar from the esteemed Falmouth University, learning from some of the best guitarists out there including Martin Goulding.
As well as guitar, Sam also teaches the drums and loves to share in the success of his numerous students as they progress through their Trinity Rock and Pop Drum grades.
He has spent time in lots of different bands honing his skills, from funk to blues to ska to rock to acoustic Americana and even playing with DJs. Combining these influences with the experience of time spent in various studios in London, Oxfordshire and Wiltshire, Sam also produces his own work, writing all the music and lyrics as well as recording and mixing all parts.
Current projects include an acoustic duo called 'Dragged South', which delves into the darker side of life within the atmospheric and broad genre of Americana, and another which is an experimental blend of modern hip-hop style beats with more traditional guitar driven funk and blues elements. His lyrics often deal with the immutables of life, such as love, loss and disillusionment and are driven by imagery and emotion.
His earliest musical memories were bands from the 60’s and 70’s such as Bob Dylan, Bob Marley, The Sex Pistols, Meatloaf, The Beatles, and Jimmy Hendrix, and walking around Glastonbury with mud up to his knees at around the age of 6 following his dad to different stages.
The first bands Sam played in were typical 'garage bands’ playing songs from Guns ‘n’ Roses, Metallica and so on. He then went on to play in ska, funk and blues bands whilst at the same time cultivating an interest in EDM. The progeny of these combinations can be heard in some of Sam’s recent work.
However, the love of just playing an acoustic guitar by itself remains as he always enjoys its tactile simplicity. This led to joining forces with a great local female singer who’d sung for many bands in the area, and performed at festivals such as Glastonbury, and 'Dragged South' was born.
He is currently working on both of these projects with the aim of releasing Eps soon on platforms such as iTunes and Spotify.
He is also an educator and has spent over 15 years working in different schools in various roles, and was a senior teacher in a school in Oxford before his children were born. At this point, Sam reassessed his priorities and decided that he should combine his love of music and education and Goffen Guitar Schools was born. After great success, this evolved and more instruments and opportunities were made available, so the name changed to Goffen Music Schools.
So, alongside his music projects, Sam also works in many schools in his local area teaching children the guitar and drums. He is also a strong advocate of providing opportunities for those children who may not often get the chance to learn an instrument and actively encourages and helps schools access funding. He aims to also engage schools with current computer based technologies for music production and performance.
General Gear Head
Sam loves new ideas and technologies and you’ll find the modern alongside the traditional in his gear catalogue. He uses digital devices such as the Kemper Amplifier and Line 6 Helix alongside his tube amplifiers, realising that different situations often call for different solutions.
And he loves, loves different pedals and what they can do for one’s sound. This means he is always looking at the next new thing, but still loves the classics and this obsession is our advantage as Sam writes and films gear reviews and demos regularly.
These can be found at http://www.samgoffenguitar.com/gear-reviews
Since quitting the day job in 2011, Tom has performed over 1000 gigs and released 2 EP’s and 2 albums.Tom reached the quarter finals of the Dorset Music Awards in 2012, and has been runner up in the Salisbury Music Awards (2012 & 2014) and semi-finalist in 'Bournemouth unplugged' 2012. Tom has also appeared on BBC Wiltshire's Live Lounge and BBC Introducing Solent. Tom has opened shows for The Wurzels, Larkin Poe, Mark Chadwick (The Levellers), & Toploader. Tom has been described as a master of a loop pedal. His musical influences include Mark Knopfler, Lindsay Buckingham, Noel Gallagher, Seth Lakeman and Paul Weller
Piano and Flute
Jean is a hugely experienced pianist and flautist, teaching for over 25 years with an excellent pass rate in student exams.
Jean has achieved her ATCL Piano Performance Diploma from Trinity College London and grades 1-8 in both flute and piano via ABRSM, so you know you are truly in safe hands.
She teaches piano and flute from beginners all the way up to grade 8, and also works as an accompanist for instrumental exams.
Jean also has plenty of real life, practical experience having gigged in many bands around the Southampton and Portsmouth areas, as well as accompanying singers for evening concerts and workshops.
Jean is a patient and hugely positive teacher, focussing on encouragement and promoting practice by setting achievable goals. But most importantly focusses on the joy of playing, making lessons fun as well as educational, inspiring a love of music that will last a lifetime.