"Ben's approach is genuinely inclusive..always positive, always drawing out innate creativity, always ambitious for those he works with. My son has found his voice and will be heard." Karen Walkden
"..sessions with Ben have given my son so much....music and songwriting have given him the means and fluency to express his thoughts and feelings. It has literally given him a voice." Lesley Beck
"I have only known a few outstanding teachers in my time and Ben is one."Dale Brown-Headteacher Springboard Education
SPECIALIST MUSIC SERVICE
The first release from Mango Mammals-our new student led record label. "Its Only Just Love by Luke Radclyffe"
Specialist Music Service
“Gorgeous vocals lie at the heart of Brighton local Reins’ music. His voice recalls phosphorescent, Bon Iver and all the best bearded men who like to hang out in the woods.... Reins makes music that captures the imagination and captures you..” “..the lyrics too are a step above..” folkroomrecords
Ben Eakins is a singer songwriter, producer and a qualified teacher. In 2016 he started SMS Brighton, a multi disciplinary music service working with mainstream and SEN students of all ages. Prior to this he held the position of Head of Music at St john's College, Brighton (A Non Maintained Specialist College working with students with varied and complex needs) where he worked for five years. He has a Professional Diploma in Songwriting and Modern Music from Brighton Institute of Modern Music (BIMM). This experience directly informs his teaching and has meant that he has developed the skills, resources and contacts to provide students with a rewarding, fun and professional service.
Whether you are just starting out and want to learn instrument or vocal proficiency, or you are looking to develop yourself as an artist and record your own songs, tailored courses are created to meet your needs. Ben's passion is songwriting and this is used as the vehicle to address both musical and (In an SEN context) therapeutic and communicative goals. Previous and current students with varied abilities and needs have been supported to develop their musicality, gig and create professional quality songs and recordings. See music tab in the menu for some examples.
For over fifteen years Ben has written and performed original songs, shared stages with Ben Howard, James Bay, John Gomm and Nizlopi. He has been tutored by industry professionals: Rob Ellis (PJ Harvey), and Steve Hillier (Dubstar) and provided songwriting tuition and recording services to students age 3-60 with a wide range of needs and abilities. In addition, he and a colleague run quarterly songwriting schools
SPECIALISING IN SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS
One to one
TEACHING AND REHEARSAL
Most sessions are held at Small Pond Rehearsal and Recording studios in central Brighton. The environment is relaxed and professional offering access to state of the art equipment
Small Pond Studios
27 Castle Street
MONDAY - FRIDAY