about the musical box


Our history

We’re proud to say that we are one of the longest standing independent music schools in the country. Now in our fourteenth year we’ve come a long way since our humble beginnings with one room, one man and a drumkit!

Now we have 13 teachers, two studios, 9 rooms and have taught well over 1200 students at our studnets. We also teach in schools across Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire. Phew!

Our aim is to get as many people playing music and loving it as possible. All ages and abilities welcome. 

Most of our time is taken up with teaching one-to-one lessons. We teach guitar, bass, drums, piano, keyboards, ukulele and singing. Contemporary music is our preference but we of course teach whatever the student wants to learn. 

To add more to the lessons we offer performance opportunities. We love playing with other musicians and keeping music live. A few years ago we also launched our practical musicainship group sessions - fully interactive workshops that cover a range of important musical skills like:

  • Playing in a band
  • Guitar set up and maintenence
  • Re-heading / tuning drums
  • Looking after your voice
  • Home recording

We now also have our very own syllabus books for student to work from until they are ready for grades or song based learning. 

WE OFFER SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST A MUSIC LESSON...... every student who joins TMB gains real experience and training in every aspect of being a musician!

 

Our team - Click on each teacher for more info!

TIM KIRKHAM

TMB Founding Director and Drum teacher

PAULA BACKWITH

Managing Director and Founding Director

GUY BICKLEY

Guitar / bass guitar tutor
and band specialist

 

 

 

JACK BLACKMAN

Guitar / bass / ukulele tutor
and music theory tutor

 

SCOTT HARDWICK

Guitar / bass / uke guitar tutor
and recording know it all

KEV LOMAS

Bass guitar tutor
and band specialist

TOBIAS NAPLETON

Piano / keyboards tutor
 

JOEY COHEN

Guitar tutor

 

BRAD THORNBOROUGH-BARLOW

Singing tutor and choir master

 

 

 

Pic Coming soon

 

 

 

BETHANY KALLAN-REMFREY

Singing tutor and choir master

 

GARETH BARRICK

Drum tutor

 

 

 

 

 

Pic coming soon

 

 

LUCY WILLCOCK

Schools accounts Mnager and Admin Assistant

LOTTIE FINCH
 
Drum teacher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re expanding!

We’re always on the lookout for the right people to start new studios in other areas. If you’re:

  • Fun
  • A music lover
  • Wanting a career in music that doesn’t involve flaunting yourself on X Factor / The Voice / BGT
  • Looking for a successful and interesting franchise opportunity

...then get in touch - we’d love to hear from you!

about the musical box


Our history

We’re proud to say that we are one of the longest standing independent music schools in the country. Now in our fourteenth year we’ve come a long way since our humble beginnings with one room, one man and a drumkit!

Now we have 13 teachers, two studios, 9 rooms and have taught well over 1200 students at our studnets. We also teach in schools across Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Gloucestershire Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire. Phew!

Our aim is to get as many people playing music and loving it as possible. All ages and abilities welcome. 

Most of our time is taken up with teaching one-to-one lessons. We teach guitar, bass, drums, piano, keyboards, ukulele and singing. Contemporary music is our preference but we of course teach whatever the student wants to learn. 

To add more to the lessons we offer performance opportunities. We love playing with other musicians and keeping music live. A few years ago we also launched our practical musicainship group sessions - fully interactive workshops that cover a range of important musical skills like:

  • Playing in a band
  • Guitar set up and maintenence
  • Re-heading / tuning drums
  • Looking after your voice
  • Home recording

We now also have our very own syllabus books for student to work from until they are ready for grades or song based learning. 

WE OFFER SO MUCH MORE THAN JUST A MUSIC LESSON...... every student who joins TMB gains real experience and training in every aspect of being a musician!

 

Our team - Click on each teacher for more info!

TIM KIRKHAM

TMB Founding Director and Drum teacher

PAULA BACKWITH

Managing Director and Founding Director

GUY BICKLEY

Guitar / bass guitar tutor
and band specialist

 

 

 

JACK BLACKMAN

Guitar / bass / ukulele tutor
and music theory tutor

 

SCOTT HARDWICK

Guitar / bass / uke guitar tutor
and recording know it all

KEV LOMAS

Bass guitar tutor
and band specialist

TOBIAS NAPLETON

Piano / keyboards tutor
 

JOEY COHEN

Guitar tutor

 

BRAD THORNBOROUGH-BARLOW

Singing tutor and choir master

 

 

 

Pic Coming soon

 

 

 

BETHANY KALLAN-REMFREY

Singing tutor and choir master

 

GARETH BARRICK

Drum tutor

 

 

 

 

 

Pic coming soon

 

 

LUCY WILLCOCK

Schools accounts Mnager and Admin Assistant

LOTTIE FINCH
 
Drum teacher

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re expanding!

We’re always on the lookout for the right people to start new studios in other areas. If you’re:

  • Fun
  • A music lover
  • Wanting a career in music that doesn’t involve flaunting yourself on X Factor / The Voice / BGT
  • Looking for a successful and interesting franchise opportunity

...then get in touch - we’d love to hear from you!

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