Mr David Taylor – Founder of Rockschools and Guitar Teacher
David Taylor has been teaching the guitar in and around Northamptonshire for more than 20 years. He teaches privately from his home in the peaceful surroundings of rural Northamptonshire and is the founder of Rockschools.
With a firm belief in a flexible and relaxed learning environment, and his unique teaching methods, David Taylor has a natural ability to inspire all ages and abilities and his students consistently out-perform their own expectations under his gentle guidance.
Mr Nick Moore – Drums
Nick comes from a very musical family and picked up his first pair of drumsticks at the age of 3, having been encouraged by those around him. He started formal lessons at the age of 10 and hasn’t stop playing or learning since.
After leaving school Nick went on to study at the Nexus Academy of Music in Coventry where he developed his reading skills, technique, stylistic awareness and general musicianship. A year later, he joined the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford to study Music Performance at Higher National Diploma and Degree level. During his time there, Nick further developed himself as a musician and gained the skills needed to be a professional drummer.
Nick has been invited to perform at numerous high profile functions and events including Fusion and New Wine conferences, and at Silverstone Racing Circuit.
With over five years of teaching experience behind him, using a range of techniques and resources, covering a breadth of styles, Nick is able to meet the individual needs of each student and help them progress further in their development as a drummer and a musician.
Mrs Sue Blunsden – Vocals
Miss Laura Hemming – Supervisory and Piano
An accomplished performer and teacher, Laura Hemming has a long association with music in Northamptonshire.
As a performer she is best known as a pianist but she also sings and plays electric bass guitar and clarinet, as well as being a sought-after accompanist.
Her experience of playing in competitions and at prestigious venues such as London’s Royal Albert Hall and Royal Festival Hall, Wales’ Millenium Centre, Cardiff’s St David’s Hall and the NEC in Birmingham, has proved invaluable to her students and colleagues alike.
Trained as a teacher at Bristol University, Laura now teachers a wide range of music in Northamptonshire primary and secondary schools including curriculum music, ensembles, clarinet and choirs as well as individual piano lessons. Her private teaching includes piano, aural and general musicianship and she supervises and coaches bands at Rockschools, filling in as an instrumental teacher as and when required.
Miss Amy Clayton – Piano /Keyboard
Amy studied piano and clarinet at Royal Holloway, University of London where she received her Bachelor of Music degree. Since she graduated, Amy has worked extensively with children, teaching and running workshops in London and Northamptonshire.
Amy has been teaching piano and keyboard at Towcester Rock School since January 2010 and is qualified to prepare students for Rockschool, Trinity and Associated Board (ABRSM) examinations.
Lessons are tailored to the individual needs and wishes of the pupil, progressing them through exams or enabling them to play for pleasure, if they prefer.
Mr Chris Hardwick – Drums
Chris started drumming at the age of ten. He attended Towcester Rockschool, passed his grade 8 and then, in 2009, graduated from Drumtech College, London with distinction and the “Overall Best Drummer of the Year” award.
Chris has performed all over the UK with various bands covering a variety of different styles. Towcester Rockschool gave him his first opportunity to play competitively and he subsequently moved from rock to jazz, playing with the Northamptonshire Big Band.
In 2005 Chris returned to pop/rock material and, as part of ‘The Click’ and ‘Planet Hokum’, played large numbers of gigs in the UK and recorded 2 studio EPs.
Chris’ session work started whilst he was still at DrumTech College when he was given the opportunity to record with ‘Still Life’.
He has recently returned from a UK tour with ‘Unkle Bob’ (an Indie/pop/folk band, originally from Glasgow), supporting Tim Booth (lead singer of James), and is now recording in Portugal and Wales.
Mr Warren Brunskill – Drums
“My dad was a jazz and big-band drummer back in the fifties and sixties and I have him to thank for my passion for drumming!
I have been playing drums for over 30 years and I have been teaching for the last 10 or so.
I make sure that all my students are able to read drum notation, have a good sense of the feel and pulse of a tune and that they learn to play drums in a way that complements both the song and the other members of the band.
I try and ensure that students understand what they are playing, why they are playing it, and why it works musically. I believe that continued practice results in improved performance but we must retain a sense of fun!
As an active performer in a variety of bands including www.identitycrisismusic.co.uk, I can bring to my students a real sense of what being a drummer in a live band is all about!
The Rockschools environment is a great place for students of all instruments and I am always thrilled to see my drummers develop and take part in Rockschools concerts throughout the year – it’s just a wonderful feeling to be able to help them on their way to being a better drummer!”
Mr Connal Bower – Drums
“I started drumming at the age of 8 after a Teacher at my primary school noticed that I had a sense of rhythm and phoned my parents suggesting I take up drum lessons. I’m still not convinced he was right!
After a couple of years of lessons I had almost lost interest until I fell in love with rock music, drumming along to some of my Dad’s CDs, including Meat Loaf’s ‘Bat out of Hell’. At the age of 14 I finally plucked up the courage to find out about joining Rockschools and have never looked back.
Through Rockschools I have managed to meet some amazing musicians, leading me into various bands and playing in venues all around the country. I also have had fantastic tuition from Rockchools teachers, Warren Brunskill and Stewart Manley, who have helped me become a much more rounded player and not just the kid who could hit the drums the loudest.
I am now a drum teacher at Rockschools myself and, when teaching, I always do my utmost to work at the student’s pace as I know all too well how difficult it is to learn something new and the frustration this can bring when it doesn’t all go right first time. Above all, I try to show my own love for the drums and remind my students that, although it is hard work, it’s still fun and can lead to great things.”