Music lessons that ROCK!


Birmingham Rockschool is a contemporary, performance based, independant music school in Kings Norton, South Birmingham. Formed in 2008 in Solihull, we moved to our permanent home at  Mercury Music Studios in 2015 and have since expanded from six hours a week to seven days a week!

We teach guitar, bass, drums, keyboards and vocals for all ages and abilities, seven days a week! 

Our music lessons are different because they focus on preparing students for performance, although we do offer the options of formal training and graded exams, we think the most important thing to keep people interested in learning an instrument is to make it fun!

All our lessons take place in our custom-built studio in Kings Norton, so no need to worry about lessons in a strangers house – our CRB checked tutor team and staff are always on hand to help and we have waiting areas for friends and family, including seating within the studio so you can watch our fantastic students in action!

Our studio facilities include our fantastic rockschool room with its own stage with P.A and lighting,  a soundproofed private vocal room for singing lessons, a top of the range recording suite with live room and control room and rehearsal rooms available for private hire.

We teach all ages and abilities and welcome everyone to come and join us for a completely free taster session – a whole normal hour lesson to see what makes our lessons so different and so much fun!

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Rockschool lessons - Play in a band from day one!

Our unique Rockschool lessons get students playing in a band from their very first lesson! Students spend 50 minutes learning new techniques on their instrument followed by a 10-minute jam session where they get to put what they have learned into practice – performing 2 rock or pop classics in a band with the other students.

Rockschool lessons are taught on a 2:1 basis with a maximum of two students per tutor, except for singing lessons which are taught 1:1 in a designated sound proof singing room.

We have a fantastic array of professional instruments available for students use, including left-handed, short scale, 1/2 and 3/4 size guitars and bass guitars, Marshall and Blackstar amps, Roland and Yamaha keyboards and Yamaha drum kits.



Rockschool lessons are available at the following times:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Saturday
6.30pm – 7.30pm
7.30pm – 8.30pm
(Advanced Class)
1.00pm-2.00pm (adults)

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Mini-Rockers - Get playing on-stage from age 5

Our special half hour Mini-Rocker sessions are made especially for 5 to 7 years olds and include their very own jam session at the end too!

We have a fantastic range of instruments available for new students of the mini-variety, including half and three quarter sized guitars, smaller scale keyboards and electronic drum kits.

Mini-Rocker lessons are fun, energetic and a fantastic way to get your children into the excitement of performing music from the very beginning!

Mini-Rocker lessons are available at the following times:


– 5.00pm to 5.30pm


– 5.00pm to 5.30pm


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One to One Lessons

One to one music lessons are perfect for students wishing to work towards graded music examinations, or for advanced students who wish to work on expanded and specific techniques in their chosen instrument.

We offer one to one private music lessons in guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, vocals, studio engineering and music theory.

Instruments and professional equipment are available for all students to use, however you are more than welcome to bring your own equipment along to lessons with you.

We are able to offer one to one lessons around the clock, seven days a week to suit your requirements.

Please get in touch to discuss your requirements or book a taster session now!

Lesson Prices

Lessons are charged at the following rates, paid by standing order at the beginning of each calendar month. 

1/2 hours class – £12 per session (£50 per month)

1 hour class – £20 (£83.33 per month)

One-off classes or pay-as-you-go rates 

1/2 hour class – £15 per session

1 hour class – £25 per session


Learning from the best!

All our tutors are carefully selected and trained, and all are dedicated to passing their knowledge onto the next generation of musicians.

Lessons are taught on a 2:1 basis, however in the rare event of tutor illness, students may be taught in a larger group than normal.

Where possible, students will be taught by the same tutor each week, or in some cases by an alternating pair of tutors. However, students may be taught by other tutors when covering for staff holidays/illness.

Sharon and Gemma

We are Sharon and Gemma, mother and daughter and directors at Birmingham Rockschool!

We opened our first music school in February 2008 out of a passion for music and inspiring performance, and our enthusiasm has only grown in the years we have been operating. We started from humble roots with one school in Solihull on a Saturday morning, and now operate seven days a week in our very own custom built studio!

We only employ tutors that have exceptional skill and an outstanding love for passing on their musical knowledge to the next generation of rock superstars. All our tutors are certified awesome so take a look below to meet the team!

Gemma Lawler
Emma Green
Matt Jones
Adam Richards
Adam Harris
Tom Fenn
Nyah Ifill
Catie Knight
Jake Elwell
Gemma Lawler Vocals, Choir Leader, Keyboards, Guitar, Bass

Gemma has a BTEC National Diploma in Contemporary Music and Performance, a BTEC National Diploma in Performing Arts (Musical Theatre) a BA (1st degree honors) in Performance Industries (Music) and a BTEC Lvl 3 Award in Education and Training under her belt.

She is the co-director of Birmingham Rockschool, and has been a vocal coach and singing teacher for over ten years, guiding students through everything from musical theatre to extreme metal. She also runs our adult Rockschool Choir, and hosts our fantastic birthday parties!

Outside of the school, she is the vocalist for prog-power metal band Dakesis, co-owns CapsaArx Recording and Rehearsal Studios and lectures music at BTEC and FD level at ACM Birmingham.

Emma Green Vocals, Youth Choir, Keyboards

Emma Green is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist trained in both contemporary and traditional singing, piano and guitar.

She is the creative director and choirmaster for our awesome Youth Choir, and teaches almost all of our junior singing students.

Emma has completed a BTEC National Diploma in Contemporary Music Performance and holds a grade 8 certificate in vocals, she is currently studying towards her BA Performance Industries at ACM Birmingham.

Matt Jones Guitar

Matt is one of the most highly respected guitarists in the area, and has been playing guitar for longer than any of us would care to remember! He is also a highly skilled composer and songwriter, and runs his own music production company recording and producing music in a variety of genres as well as being co-owner and engineer at CapsaArx Rehearsal and Recording Studios.

He completed his BTEC National Diploma in Music Practice and Technology at South Birmingham College.

Matt is endorsed by Druskowski Guitars, and plays guitar for power metal band Dakesis.

Adam Richards Guitar, Bass, Keyboards

Adam completed a Rockschool Diploma in Music Performance at Access to Music in Birmingham, and has recently finished his Degree in Music and Education at Wolverhampton University.

Adam Harris Drums

Adam’s lifelong passion for music and rhythm drew him to start drumming in his early teens, and he has virtually never stopped since.

He has toured the UK with several bands, and has several album and EP releases under his belt. Adam plays all styles from Folk, Jazz all the way through to Black Metal and Grindcore, but with a true passion for Progressive Rock and Heavy Metal.

Adam recently obtained a 1st BA (Hons) in Performance Industries (Music) from the University of Wolverhampton. In 2010 he gained a HND in Music Production at the University of Northampton and is adept in sound theory and recording techniques.

Asif that wasn’t enough, Adam also runs a music production company called Seventh Sky Media who make music and lyric videos for bands all over the world, and is co-owner and engineer at CapsaArx Rehearsal and Recording Studio. 

Adam plays drums for prog-power metal band Dakesis.

Tom Fenn Drums

Tom has been playing drums for about 9 years, which may well be about the time he started growing his hair, purely coincidental.

He has played in several bands, played many shows and broken what has to be thousands of sticks. Tom loves most kinds of music but is truly passionate about rock and metal. He has a level 3 ‘performing musician’ qualification gained from Access to Music in Birmingham. 

Tom currently plays drums in the hard rock band Torous

Nyah Ifill Vocals

Nyah has been trained in contemporary singing for over 10 years, and is the vocalist of the progressive groove metal band Aramantus.

She has a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Performance, and is currently in her third year of studying for her Music Performance BA hons.

Catie Knight Guitar

Catie and has been playing guitar for over 11 years and has played in a number of bands on the Birmingham metal scene.

Catie trained with Birmingham Rockschool as an advanced student for many years and holds a BTEC National Diploma in Music.

Jake Elwell Guitar

Jake Elwell has been playing guitar for 14 years and has been an active member of the unsigned scene for the past 6, playing in bands of all genres, but has found his feet in local Progressive metal band Cenfora.

Jake recently gained his foundation degree in music performance and will be going on to study for his 3rd and final year for his Bachelor of Arts.


"My daughter joined almost two years ago and it has made a huge impact on her life. She absolutely loves every lesson and all the live shows and events she has taken part in have massively increased her confidence. She has made lots of new friends who have the same passion for music as she does and has huge respect for all of the staff who work tirelessly to give the students the best experience and tuition possible. I also joined the adult choir which is one of the best things ive ever done too. Great people, great music, great tuition. Highly recommended!" Lynne Whitlock
"my son has guitar lessons and my son and daughters are members of the youth choir. They have made so much progress in the short time they have been attending Birmingham Rock School, it really is amazing. Not only that, they are building in confidence with every lesson.
Birmingham Rock School really is one big family and we are proud to be part of this fantastic and unique team." Louise Sherwood
"I Started with the choir which is fantastic fun and always leaves me floating on a musical high after every rehearsal or show. I recently started bass lessons and am loving them. I'm blown away by the commitment of the whole team to everyone doing the best that they can, and to getting everyone involved and performing regardless of whether they have been playing for one week or 5 years. Brilliant! I totally recommend it." Ali Joyce
"I've had singing lessons for nigh on four years here, it's been one of the best activities I've started! Not only have these lessons improved my singing thousandfold (coming from someone who thought it was impossible) but my confidence and ability to express myself have come along amazingly. The impact on my every day life these lessons have given me can never be truly expressed." Rosie Pacaud
"Tom has been having lessons for just over 2 years now and he still doesn't put his guitar down. He's had some amazing opportunities and loves every lesson and show! " Michelle Eden

So many opportunities to show everyone how much you rock!

As well as performing in the weekly jam sessions, all Rockschool students take part in at least two huge Rock Shows every year, performing on a big stage in front of family & friends.

Every Christmas, we put on a special seasonal performance for all the family including all your favourite festive songs, and we get spooky every Halloween with our Rocktober Frightfest!

With the growing popularity of adult 1;1 singing lessons, we also throw special Vocalist Showcase theme nights for our adult singers at the nearby Tower of Song venue twice a year.

All students also get the opportunity to perform at community and public events throughout the year. In the past, our students have performed at carnivals in Solihull, Shirley, Kings Norton, Kings Heath and Northfield, at Home of Metal, Romstock, Festival In The Park, Happy Valley Festival, Artsfest and many more.

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