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Drum Tutor

Warren is the owner of Academy of Rock, and has over 30 years experience in playing drums, live gigging, recording and teaching. He has achieved Grade 8 Distinction in Drums (Rockschool) and has undertaken the Music Educator Programme (Level 4) Diploma with Access to Music / Rockschool.

He currently plays in a Red Hot Chili Peppers Tribute Band – the Red Mock Chili Peppers, a Jam Tribute Band, an acoustic duo and a Function Band and regularly deputises for other drummers in other bands

Warren undertakes teaching work at Ashby Ivanhoe College, Ashby School, Castle Rock High School, Kind Edward VII College and Ibstock Community College.



Drum Tutor

Natt is a grade 8 drummer and has been teaching for over 10 years. As a music producer by trade, time to teach is limited to Saturday mornings at the Academy of Rock. Natt plays regularly in a number of bands ranging from Reggae to Rock, and works out of RatCat Studios in Nottingham.



Drum Tutor
Connor has been involved with drumming for over 10 years. He first took interest as a child, continuing thro school in which he undertook GCSE music & on to college, where he completed Music Performance/Technology at Burton college. Connor added to his qualifications, completing his Rockschool Grade 8 drums in 2015.
Connor has been teaching drums since 2015 and has done session work for various musicians. He is also part of grunge/hard rock band and regularly performs live gigs. He is also in the process of building his own studio in which he intends to record local musicians/bands.
Natt Webb
Darren Jones


Guitar / Bass Tutor

Darren has over 15 years experience in teaching and has undertaken the Music Educator Programme (Level 4) Diploma. He has also achieved Grade 8 distinction in Electric Guitar and Acoustic Guitar.

He is an active vocalist / guitarist who is able to teach guitar and bass. He regularly plays in an acoustic duo, a Jam Tribute, and a Function bands and undertakes lots of solo work.



Guitar / Bass Tutor

Ali is a Guitarist, singer and songwriter with years of teaching experience. He gigs regularly across the UK in various bands including his solo project, various function bands and also as a part of ex Scorpions guitarist Uli Jon Roth’s live band.  Ali is available to teach Electric/Acoustic guitar, songwriting and music theory.

Mel Reid


Vocal Tutor, DipTCL, ASHAH, ASHPH, PGC
Melanie trained at Trinity College of Music gaining the Dip TCL and PGC with distinction. Since then she has sustained a musical career in both performing and teaching in all styles from opera through to jazz and pop. With over  25 years teaching experience, she still maintains a ‘no fail’ record for her Rockschool and ABRSM exam students. She has been vocal coach at The Academy of Rock since 2013 with students aged from 6  to 76, working across the spectrum of musical genres, from oratorio and opera, through to pop & rock!!