Teachers

Claire Pearcy

Claire Pearcy

Claire runs Boppin' Bunnies Eltham and North Kent area. She started playing the piano at just 4 years old, before joining Trinity College of Music Junior Department as their youngest pupil where she studied piano and clarinet up to Grade 8 with distinction in both. Having spent many years based in the Middle East and traveling the world, Claire always kept her musical roots, teaching piano privately to children of all ages.

Claire has recently gained her diploma in musical performance on the piano and regularly performs at a variety of music festivals. She has had the pleasure of performing at some prestigious venues across London including the Royal Albert Hall, St Martin in the Fields and the Wigmore Hall.

As well as her Boppin' Bunnies sessions, Claire teaches piano at all levels.

Click here to contact Claire about her Eltham and Sidcup classes



Anna Shepherd

Anna Mellon

Anna Mellon is Owner and Director of Boppin’ Bunnies Ltd and Stretto Music Ltd. She graduated from Goldsmiths College, London in 2001 with an Honours Degree in Music, specialising in performance and drama. Her instruments are voice, piano and violin.

After graduating, Anna spent a couple of years as an active performer in and around London performing in venues such as The Barbican, Lewisham Theatre and St George’s Cathedral as well as further afield with baroque choirs and orchestras such as Fiori Musicali based in Northamptonshire. She has recorded sessions both with violin and vocals for various bands as well as numerous commercial projects.

She then went on to establish herself as a music teacher, visiting various primary schools, first on a peripatetic basis, then in a classroom environment. She developed her education work as a visiting music specialist, running school choirs, directing performances and concerts and delivering singing workshops. Anna has also worked as a private music teacher, teaching piano, violin, singing and theory up to Grade VIII for children and adults. She has facilitated Inset sessions for staff and led practical singing workshops at the Southwark Headteacher’s Conference to promote singing in schools.

As well as running Boppin’ Bunnies and Stretto Music Anna has two young children of her own, Charlie (8) and Jess (2) and lives in Blackheath Standard with partner Andy.



Michelle Jueno

Michelle Jueno

Michelle runs Boppin' Bunnies Tunbridge Wells Area and she graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with a Masters in Vocal Performance. She performs regularly as a soloist with music societies and in professional opera around the country, including the prestigious Garsington Opera and Dorset Opera festivals. Alongside her work as a soloist, Michelle conducts the South Kensington Young Singers and Training Choir and works as a coach to the Blackheath Centre for Singing specialising in opera and vocal technique.

Throughout her career, music in education has always been a passion, undertaking numerous workshops and education projects for adults and children. She really enjoys creating a enriching musical experience for all ages and is a firm believer that everyone can sing! Michelle is also mum to little Jack!



Hayley Porter

Hayley Porter

Hayley completed her studies in postgraduate Flute Performance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance in 2013. During her time at Trinity Laban, she studied flute with Margaret Campbell and piccolo with Alan Baker. Prior to this, Hayley received a BA Honours degree in Music from the University of Nottingham. During her studies at both institutions, Hayley was an active member in the orchestras and chamber ensembles, performing internationally.

Alongside her work with Boppin’ Bunnies, Hayley teaches flute and recorder in primary schools in the local area for Greenwich and Lewisham Music Services. Hayley also enjoys teaching her private flute pupils at home in Greenwich.

In addition to teaching, Hayley is passionate about performing and especially enjoys playing in orchestras. Recent performances have included; Verdi Macbeth with Blackheath Community Opera, Minehead and Exmoor Festival Orchestra, and Pop and film score session recordings.



Gennie Joy

Gennie Joy

Gennie is a freelance clarinettist and bass clarinettist, teacher and workshop leader. She is currently completing her postgraduate degree at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, studying bass clarinet. She graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2012 with a BA (Hons) in Music, specialising in performance. Gennie regularly performs as a soloist and in chamber and orchestral concerts in venues across London, including performances at the Wigmore Hall, Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, and St John's Smith Square.

In addition to her work with Boppin' Bunnies, Gennie is also a freelance clarinet teacher, currently tutoring for Music in Offices, London Music Centre, and Musico South. She has also worked for a range of education projects, including work with London Philharmonic Orchestra FunHarmonics, Creative Club at Stratford Arts Trust, Tea Dance for Little People, and Jumping Beans.



Caz Todd

Caz Todd

Caz has joined the Boppin’ Bunnies team following in the footsteps of her older brother Henry George.

She plays the violin, guitar, piano has a wonderful singing voice, which will be a treat for her classes to hear! She has played in various bands and orchestras over the past years and is an active leader in the musical life of her church community.

Caz has worked extensively with little ones in a variety of settings; including an orphanage for abandoned children in Thailand, providing music activities and music therapy for children with physical disabilities, behavioural problems and learning difficulties.

Caz’s love of music stems from her experience of playing music and developing musicianship skills from a very young age. She’s excited to have the opportunity to provide other children with this wonderful and enriching experience.



Steffi Dykes

Steffi Dykes

Steffi studied at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance BMus (Hons) Performance in Recorder 2015. Through performance, Steffi works to promote her instrument, performing challenging contemporary repertoire including pieces incorporating live electronics. She also plays Irish whistle as well as recorder in her folk duo Steffi & Jack.

Steffi is a lover of music, fascinated by the variety and uniqueness of music made by people from all corners of the globe and she has travelled widely in her capacity as a musician.

Steffi’s warm, compassionate nature is ideally placed in inspiring the next generation of young musicians to take an interest in music. As a recorder teacher at schools in South East London and a visiting workshop leader, she is helping to plant the seeds of music for children who otherwise may not experience the joys that music can bring.



Jess Thayer

Jess Thayer

Jess is a freelance singer and teacher from Cheshire who graduated from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance with a BMus (hons) in Vocal performance.  Jess attended Chetham's School of Music in Manchester and was a member of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain. Her specialism is in Opera and she regularly performs as a soloist in concerts and productions across England, and has worked with the Blackheath Community Opera and The British Youth Opera.

Jess ran and directed her own opera company 'Puzzle Piece Opera' along side her studies at Trinity Laban and produced a number of operas including The Magic Flute and Carmen. Jess has been working with children for many years, particularly children with special needs and physical disabilities and enjoys running workshops for all ages and abilities. Jess loves to share music with everyone and is very much looking forward to leading the Family Choir as well as joining the Boppin' Bunnies team.

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Chez Taylor-Francis

Chez Taylor-Francis

Chez is a talented musician and performer and has played alongside artists such as Jools Holland, Nile Rogers, Jaz Dhami, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Thunder, Tony Hadley, Shane Richie and Gareth Gates. In addition to her work at Boppin' Bunnies Chez is a devoted Saxophone Tutor as well as working with the reputable charity, Music in Hospitals, playing for patients all over the UK and featuring her performance experiences on BBC Radio 4. She can also be found beneath the stage, playing in the pit for various popular musicals in central London.



Jessica Michael

Jessica Michael

Jessica is a cellist and has been playing since she was six years old. She has spent many years involved in all aspects of musical life at school and church, playing her cello and singing in both classical and gospel choirs. She has been raised in a musical family and has experienced first hand the benefits of music from a young age. She is therefore thrilled to be able to come full circle and be part of introducing music to young children through her work at Boppin’ Bunnies.

Jessica has also had several years experience working as a Teaching Assistant within the Early Years Foundation Stage. She lives in Beckenham with her husband Sami and their daughter Evie (2) who regularly requests Boppin’ Bunnies music to be played on most car journeys!






Floating Teachers

Rebecca Baxter

Alice Baxter

Alice is a freelance music therapist and musician playing recorders and flute. Having completed her masters at Guildhall School of Music and Drama she works as a music therapist across East London. Whilst completing her Undergraduate Degree from Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama she gained experience in workshop leadership, community music and cross - cultural collaborations. Alongside her work with Boppin’ Bunnies, Alice is also a Stretto Music teacher as well as tutoring her own private pupils on various instruments.

Alice was lucky enough to have an excellent and enthusiastic music teacher when aged six. She is aware how important fun musical experiences are at an early age. This love for music and passion for children to be actively involved is at the forefront of Alice’s teaching.


Emily Askew

Emily Askew

Emily studied at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she graduated with a first class Honours Bmus as well as receiving a concert recital diploma. Her interests are wide and varied reaching from the deep roots of folk music through to Medieval and Baroque. The instruments she plays are equally varied, including violin, vielle, bagpipes, recorders, hurdy gurdy and shawm.

As well as her work for Boppin Bunnies, Emily is a music teacher for Northcote Lodge, L'Ecole des Petits, Hereward House and Lambeth Music Service and has experience in both the primary and secondary sectors. She has also led folk workshops for adults and children at national folk festivals and music centres including the Centre for Young Musicians, Aldeburgh Young Musicians and Dartington International Summer School.

Emily is also a professional performer. She plays with a range of ensembles including The Artisans and The Dufay, the twice BBC Young Folk Award nominated Askew Sisters and ceilidh bands; Stingo and Ceilidh Factor. Other performance work includes principal recorder for operas at Glyndebourne and as a multi-instrumentalist in productions at Shakespeare's Globe Theatre, The Apollo Theatre Shaftesbury Avenue and the Hampstead Players.



Cat Jackson

Cat Jackson

Cat is currently studying for her Masters of Music specialising in Orchestral Bassoon performance at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where she also completed her undergraduate studies. As part of her studies she has also spent time studying at the conservatoire in Leipzig, Germany.

As well as working for Boppin’ Bunnies, Cat is an active teacher and freelance musician across London, Surrey and the rest of Europe. As a performer and facilitator, Cat has worked in many of the country’s leading concert venues including the Barbican Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Wigmore Hall and Liverpool Philharmonic Hall. Her varied teaching experience includes working with children with behavioural and learning difficulties, peripatetic teaching on bassoon, oboe and recorder, workshop leading and working in a variety of early years settings, including Chamber Tots at the Wigmore Hall.

Cat has also had acting training and loves bringing all of her experience and ideas into her Boppin’ Bunnies sessions.



Rebecca Baxter

Rebecca Baxter

Rebecca graduated with a degree in vocal studies from the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff, and now works all over the world as a Vocal Animateur, working with both adults and children. 

When not Boppin', the rest of her week is spent leading outreach and education projects and workshops for companies including the Royal Opera House, the Southbank Centre and Stretto Music (Boppin' Bunnies sister music company) and has led vocal projects as far away as Zimbabwe. Rebecca is the Vocal Specialist for In Harmony, Lambeth, an extension of the Venezuelan music education programme El Sistema; introducing young people to the joys of music-making and singing together to overcome issues around us in our daily lives. She also ventures into the corporate world, putting together workplace choirs and providing team-building singing sessions and runs her own adult choir, New Voices, London. 

Rebecca is an accomplished flautist, using this and her recorder regularly in her Boppin' Bunnies sessions, and especially enjoys the calm that descends upon the groups during the first few notes!