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Drums, bass, guitar, keyboards and vocal lessons available online

Socially Distanced drum, guitar and bass lessons available in-person at our Birmingham Studio

We offer professional online music tuition in guitar, bass, keyboards, singing or drums, with friendly and experienced tutors. Our online music lessons are delivered using Google Meet, a free smartphone app or browser-based service.

Our team are on hand to help the less-technical savvy amongst us, and all you need to get started is your instrument, a phone, tablet or computer and an internet connection!

Our lessons are available seven days a week, and around the clock at a time to suit you. All abilities are welcome, from complete beginners to professionals looking for coaching, and although we are definitely a Rockschool, our tutors can teach an array of styles and genres across all disciplines. 

All students are invited to take part in our weekly Digital Jam, where we all record a massive group cover together – you can watch videos of our fantastic digital jams on our YouTube Channel!  

If you’d like to have a go at something new or take the time to go back to music, then please get in touch and book a free taster session today!

Email Info@Birminghamrockschool.com or call Sharon on 07912647260

Music lessons that ROCK!

Birmingham Rockschool is a contemporary, performance-based, independent 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!

Get in touch or book a taster session now!

Opening Hours

Click each day below for more details on our studio opening hours
Monday
3:00pm - 9:00pm
3.00pm to 6.00pm
1:1 lessons (no jam session)

6.00pm to 7.00pm
Youth Choir (for ages 6 to 13)

7.00pm to 9.00pm
1:1 lessons (no jam session)
Tuesday
4:30pm - 8:30pm
4.30pm to 5.00pm
Mini Rocker lessons
(half hour for 5 to 7 year olds)

5.00pm to 5.30pm
Mini Rocker lessons
(half hour for 5 to 7 year olds)

5.30pm to 6.30pm
Rockschool lessons
(7 to 11 year olds)

6.30pm to 7.30pm
Rockschool lessons
(11 to 16 year olds)

7.30pm to 8.30pm
Rockschool lessons
(advanced lessons 14+)
Wednesday
5:00pm - 8:00pm
5.00pm to 5.30pm
Mini Rocker lessons
(half hour for 5 to 7 year olds)

5.30pm to 6.00pm
Mini Rocker lessons
(half hour for 5 to 7 year olds)

6.00pm to 7.00pm
Rockschool lessons
(7 to 11 year olds)

7.00pm to 8.00pm
Rockschool lessons
(11 to 16 year olds)
Thursday
4:30pm - 7:30pm
4.30pm to 5.00pm
Mini Rocker lessons
(half hour for 5 to 7 year olds)

5.00pm to 5.30pm
Mini Rocker lessons
(half hour for 5 to 7 year olds)

5.30pm to 6.30pm
Rockschool lessons
(7 to 11 year olds)

6.30pm to 7.30pm
Rockschool lessons
(11 to 16 year olds)
Saturday
10:00am - 2:00pm
10am to 11am
Rockschool lessons
(mixed age/ability)

11am to 12pm
Rockschool lessons
(mixed age/ability)

12pm to 1pm
Rockschool lessons
(mixed age/ability)

1pm to 2pm
Rockschool lessons
(mixed age/ability)
We can also make arrangements for 1:1 lessons to take place outside the above hours - please get in touch for more details.

Online lessons are available around the clock, seven days a week.
Click below to read more about our music lessons
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.

 Get in touch or book a taster session now!

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:

 Tuesday 

– 5.00pm to 5.30pm

Thursday 

– 5.00pm to 5.30pm

 

Get in touch or book a taster session now!

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. 

30 mins lesson – £12 per session (£50 per month)

1 hour lesson – £20 (£83.33 per month)

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

30 mins lesson- £15 per session

1 hour lesson – £25 per session

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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
Malachi Foster
Adam Harris
Tom Fenn
Samuel Reed
Nyah Ifill
Jake Elwell
Jade Grundy
Charlie Stableford
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 Hons (1st-degree honours) in Performance Industries (Music-Vocals) 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 Rockschool performances throughout the year.

Outside of the school, she is the vocalist for prog-power metal band Dakesis and heavy metal tribute band WomenOwaR, co-owns CapsaArx Recording and Rehearsal Studios and lectures vocals, performance and music business at ACM Birmingham.

Gemma Lawler Vocals Page
Gemma_Dakesis Instagram

Dakesis (Facebook)
Dakesis (Instagram)
Dakesis (Spotify)

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.

Matt Jones Guitar

Matt has been a guitarist since 2006 and working as a professional musician since 2009. 

With over 10 years experience as a touring guitarist with UK progressive metal band Dakesis, as a highly demanded live and studio session musician and music tutor. He has taught for Birmingham Rock school since 2009 and as a guitar and music production degree lecturer for ACM since 2018, after receiving a BA Hons 1st in music production the same year. He also holds a BTEC National Diploma in Music Practice and Technology from South Birmingham College

Matt Jones Guitar Facebook Page
Matt_Dakesis Instagram

Dakesis (Facebook)
Dakesis (Instagram)
Dakesis (Spotify)

 

Malachi Foster Piano & Keyboards

Malachi has 13 years of experience under his belt playing piano and keys in a variety of styles and specialising in jazz, film music, funk, fusion, rock, pop and R&B. He has a range of musical skills and has worked as a composer, producer, sound engineer and arranger. Outside of Rockschool, Malachi leads Jazz-fusion band Hybrid Orkest.

 

He holds a Level 3 BTEC Diploma in music from AMS Birmingham and is soon to graduate from ACM Birmingham with a BA Hons in Music Performance.

Hybrid Orkest Facebook Page
Hybrid Orkest Instagram

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 for Fury, and previously Torous

Fury (Facebook)
Fury (Instagram)
Fury (Spotify)

Samuel Reed Guitar, Bass, Drums

Sam is a multi-instrumentalist who teaches guitar, bass and drums with a range of specialist skills and experience – from live rock-band performance to classical composition. 

Starting out as a singer/songwriter from a young age Sam spent his late teens gigging around the circuits in the north east and Scotland alongside artists such as Cahalen Morrison & Eli West, The Joy Formidable, Tommy Reilly and O’Emperor.

Sam went on to work with strongback productions on a year-long historic music project composing one original work and 3 arrangements of historic songs that have gone on to be used in an educational textbook.

He is in his final year at ACM Birmingham, studying for a BA Hons in Music Industry Practise.


Samuel Reed Music Instagram

Nyah Ifill Vocals

Nyah has a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Performance, and a BA Hons Upper Second Class in Music Performance.

Nyah has been trained in contemporary singing for over a decade and is a versatile vocalist and tutor. She has 10 years worth of experience in live performance and has been in multiple bands spanning a range of genres such as rock, pop, metal, soul, funk, pop-punk, blues and folk.

 

Most recently Nyah has been performing in her cover band Imperfect Storm, and has performed backing and lead vocals for metal band Fury both live, and on their latest album The Grand Prize.

 

Nyah Ifill Instagram
Imperfect Storm Facebook
Fury “The Grand Prize” on Spotify

Jake Elwell Guitar

Jake Elwell has been playing guitar since the age of 6 but really got into the instrument when the first Guitar hero was released in 2005! Ever since, his passion for the craft has been honed in many bands of different genres, and he now plays lead guitar for tribute band WomenOwaR and heavy metal band Fury who regularly tour and perform at festivals across the UK and Europe. 

 

Jake graduated from ACM Birmingham with a 2:1 BA Honors, and has been teaching guitar, bass and music theory for Birmingham Rockschool since October 2017, as well as working as a private guitar teacher with his own home studio.

 

Jake Elwell Guitar Page
It’s_Djek Instagram

Fury (Facebook)
Fury (Instagram)
Fury (Spotify)

 

Jade Grundy Vocals

Jade is a versatile vocalist, tutor and performer with past experience in a vast variety of styles from musical theatre to choral music to heavy metal.
She has experience teaching in a variety of settings to all ages- from leading a classroom of KS3 students to 1:1 private tuition with adults. Outside of teaching Jade frequently circuits the Birmingham metal scene with Prog-Djent band Verb The Noun and works as an ambassador for music school ACM, where she will be graduating in 2020 with a BA Hons in Music Industry Practice.
Jade Grundy Vocals Page
Jade Grundy Vocals Instagram

Verb The Noun (Facebook)
Verb The Noun page (Instagram)

 

Student Testimonies

“I was about to give up on my singing lessons as I didn’t feel I was making any further progress. I’ve been with Jade a while now and have rediscovered my passion for singing. I’ve learnt so much and am challenging myself more than I ever thought possible, an hour doesn’t seem long enough now. Thanks for giving me the confidence to believe I can sing.”

“only had 3 lessons with Jade I think I’ve made massive improvements in a short time fantastic instructor”

 

“I’ve had lessons with Jade for a few weeks now and I feel I’ve made tremendous improvements in a short amount of time. On top of that, the lessons are very informative but most importantly a lot of fun!”

Charlie Stableford Guitar, Drums

Since learning guitar at Birmingham Rockschool 8 years ago, Charlie has since studied
music at BOA and is currently in his final year of studying for a BA Honours Degree in Music Industry Practise at ACM Birmingham.

As a former member of punk band Sketch, Charlie gained years of performing experience with headlines at venues such as the 02 Academy 3, Sunflower Lounge and 02 Institute 3. Charlie is a versatile guitar player but his favoured genres are rock and metal.
Bands such as Metallica and Megadeth have influenced Charlie from an early age.

Testimonials

"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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