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How we built our new guitar teaching room during lockdown 2

Book your free 30 min guitar taster session today through our chat or by sending us a message.

We offer 1:1 private tutoring for drums, guitar, piano and vocals. Our new studios in Watford have three purpose built teaching rooms with air conditioning, sound proofing and brand new instruments, designed with student safeguarding in mind.

From beginner to professional, from 5 years old to 105 years old, we offer tuition to suit your skill level, ambition and musical tastes. Learning is done at your speed, with your choice of music, at times to suit you. You can come to our studio to learn face to face, or learn at home with remote lessons via zoom or facetime; or a combination of the two.

If your child is in school, we can provide lessons during the school day in their school, with additional lessons or holiday clubs out of term time.

Our philosophy is to make learning fun; to teach at your speed; and to embed the basics well so you can progress quickly. If you want to take grades we teach Rockschool syllabus, or we can work to others if you choose.

All lessons are 1:1 with your tutor. We just don't do groups - you learn at your speed not someone else's.

We pride ourselves on picking tutors from differing musical backgrounds, who can teach not just play, but who also keep current by gigging alongside their teaching.

Open seven days a week, in our own modern studios with ample free parking, we will provide a teaching experience that will get you started or take you to the next level. We have flexibility on lesson times from 9am to 10pm seven days a week.

Try a free 30 minute lesson to see if we fit your aspirations.

We look forward to sharing the joy that playing an instrument can bring.

Our new guitar teaching room is now open.

Take a virtual tour of our studios.

Gareth Tyler

Owner / Drum Tutor

From as young as I can remember, I found myself hitting pots and pans creating rhythms wherever and whenever I could. At age 9 I finally sat down in front of my first drum kit. I was always looking for inspiration and trying to imitate my favourite drummers, from Buddy Rich to Travis Barker. By age 12, I was gigging up and down the country.

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Jon Russell

Guitar Tutor

Jon first started playing guitar at the age of 10, studying both classical and electric throughout his formative years and in 1998 was a finalist in Guitarist magazine’s “Young Guitarist of the Year”.

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Sam Dolling

Keyboard and Piano Tutor

“I am a jazz nerd who loves all music!” UK pianist Sam Dolling has performed nationwide with major artists in clubs, venues and festivals. Notable artists Sam has played with and supported are Nile Rodgers & Chic (The Piece Hall, Halifax) a UK tour with Emeli Sande, and regular appearances with rising star August Charles.

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Roxy Parkins

Vocals Tutor

From the age of 3 my parents knew I was going to be a singer. I was that child that would serenade the waiting room at the doctors with my version of Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. As soon as I was old enough I went to music school to learn the basics of music theory and to explore the different types of instruments I could play, but when I heard the choir singing I knew I wanted to join.

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James Cook

Drum Tutor

James started playing drums at the age of ten having been bought up on a steady diet of live music thanks to his parents.

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Joseph Suddick

Piano, Guitar and Music Theory Tutor

I have been teaching Piano, Guitar and Bass over 12 years from complete beginner to grade 8 and beyond. I am also the main Music Theory Tutor helping students complete the Music Aptitude Test for school entry at age 11.

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Tommy Webb

Guitar Tutor

Tommy has played in many different bands as a session guitarist, performing at Ronnie Scott’s, The Jazz Cafe, The BBC, and many more, as well as recording with chart topping, globally recognised artists and producers.

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Joe Webb

Drums, Guitar and Music Production

Joe is a multi-instrumentalist and music producer. Originally starting out on Guitar, Joe soon found that he preferred the more rhythmic side of music, moving onto Bass. After a few years of gigs, Joe decided to pick up the Drums and started off getting lessons from Gareth.

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Kyle Lowen

Drum Tutor

From playing around the city of London in underground club gigs with punk rock bands, to dressing head to toe in sequinned outfits playing for private events around the word, Kyle has been performing live since the day he picked up a pair of drum sticks.

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George Moorhouse

Piano Tutor

My upbringing was surrounded by musical talent; my nan and aunt were Opera singers and my uncle was a professional pianist. This was the perfect situation for any young musician.

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Verity Allen

Clarinet & Flute

I have over 10 years’ teaching experience in private, mainstream and special needs schools and operate my own private teaching practice. I use my primary teacher training skills to bring the best out of my students, tailoring to suit their needs and encouraging a love of music and performing.

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George Styles

Guitar Tutor

George has been playing gigs with various bands since he was a young teen.

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They say 'those that can't, teach'. Well our tutors 'can' - and they teach.

Check out our tutors performing at live events.

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This is the privacy notice of Soundbox Music Academy. In this document, “we”, “our”, or “us” refer to Soundbox Music Academy.

Our Business Address is :
Greenhill House, 26 Greenhill Crescent, Watford WD18 8JA, UK

1. Introduction

1.1 This is a notice to inform you of our policy about all information that we record about you. It sets out the conditions under which we may process any information that we collect from you, or that you provide to us. It covers information that could identify you (“personal information”) and information that could not. In the context of the law and this notice, “process” means collect, store, transfer, use or otherwise act on information.

1.2 We regret that if there are one or more points below with which you are not happy, your only recourse is to leave our website immediately.

1.3 We take seriously the protection of your privacy and confidentiality. We understand that all visitors to our website are entitled to know that their personal data will not be used for any purpose unintended by them, and will not accidentally fall into the hands of a third party.

1.4 We undertake to preserve the confidentiality of all information you provide to us, and hope that you reciprocate.

1.5 Our policy complies with UK law accordingly implemented, including that required by the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

1.6 The law requires us to tell you about your rights and our obligations to you in regards to the processing and control of your personal data. We do this now, by requesting that you read the information provided at

1.7 We do not share, or sell, or disclose to a third party, any information collected through our website.

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6.0 Changes to our privacy policy
This privacy policy may change from time to time inline with legislation or industry developments. We will not explicitly inform our clients or website users of these changes. Instead, we recommend that you check this page occasionally for any policy changes. Specific policy changes and updates are mentioned in the change log below.

6.1 Change log
21/10/2020 – version 1.1
Soundbox Music Academy is committed to practices which protect children from harm.
The Designated Safeguarding Lead is Rob Gill

This policy applies to all staff including the CEO, the founders and partners, paid staff, self employed teachers, freelancers, workshop leaders, volunteers, sessional workers, visiting artists, workshop leaders, students or anyone working on behalf of Soundbox Music Academy (Soundbox).

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and we expect everyone
at Soundbox to share this commitment.

We all have a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people and to keep them safe and are committed to practice in a way that protects them.

The purpose of this policy is:

• to protect children and young people who receive Soundbox’s services. This includes the
children of adults who use our services.
• to provide staff and volunteers with the overarching principles that guide our approach to

Legal framework
This policy has been drawn up on the basis of law and guidance that seeks to protect children,
• Children Act 1989
• United Convention of the Rights of the Child 1991
• Data Protection Act 1998
• Sexual Offences Act 2003
• Children Act 2004
• Protection of Freedoms Act 2012
• Relevant government guidance on safeguarding children

This policy should be read alongside our policies and procedures including:
• Code of Conduct | Teacher Guidelines (self-employed, workers) or Employee handbook
• Equal Opportunities
• Health and Safety
• Complaints procedures
• Safer Recruitment

We recognise that:
• the welfare of the child is paramount, as enshrined in the Children Act 1989.
• all children, regardless of age, disability, gender, racial heritage, religious belief, sexual orientation or identity, have a right to equal protection from all types of harm or abuse.
• some children are additionally vulnerable because of the impact of previous experiences, their
level of dependency, communication needs or other issues.
• working in partnership with children, young people, their parents, carers and other agencies is
essential in promoting young people’s welfare.

We will seek to keep children and young people safe by:
• valuing them, listening to and respecting them.
• adopting child protection practices through procedures and a code of conduct for staff and
• developing and implementing an effective e-safety policy and related procedures.
• providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support and
• recruiting staff and volunteers safely, ensuring all necessary checks are made (DBS).
• sharing information about child protection and good practice with children, parents, staff and
• sharing concerns with agencies who need to know, and involving parents and children

Please ask for a printed copy of our safeguarding policy
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