Get to Know Us

Vocals, Keyboards, Guitar, Band Sessions

Ian has gigged in many of the country's top theatres, and Europe's most prestigious venues. Playing rock and roll from Glasgow to London, and from Manchester to Monte Carlo! He has also studied Education at the University of Cumbria, and combines the techniques and methods of music and education in his sessions.  Ian oversees all the sessions and occasionally teaches the sessions too .

BA Hons Teaching

Lennon Nicholson

Guitar, Band Sessions

Lennon teaches guitar and band at our rock academy. He has performed in bands and done gigs across Blackpool and the Fylde coast, including the world famous Blackpool Illuminations switch on, supporting Busted on stage. Lennon has

completed a full diploma course in Music performance and production.

Drums, Keys

Our fantastic drum tutor comes from the Shane Nolan Band​ who tour the country regularly to packed out gigs.  Matt teaches the Rock School Grades and ensures his lessons are a lot of fun, energetic and all his students quickly progress.  His drum lessons are hard to beat.

Guitar & Bass

Patrick teaches guitar at our Rock Academy. He has a PGCE in Music, BA (Hons) in Music and Grade 8 Guitar. Patrick teaches all abilities and styles include: Jazz, Pop, Rock, Blues, Irish Folk and Metal.

Harry Boothroyd


Harry began as a student at Upbeat aged just 9. He excelled at guitar and performance, and now teaches acoustic and electric guitar for all RSL grades, as well as the finer arts of performance. You can catch Harry performing around the area with his band Cascade.

Bass, Band sessions

Like Harry, Will began his musical career as a student at Upbeat. Keeping it in the family, Will has now performed all around the country with two bands, winning awards and plaudits along the way,whilst passing all the RSL bass exams with distinction. He now teaches bass guitar at Upbeat, and gigs with his dad at the weekend!

William Hooper

Megan Mcguinness


Megan teaches drums at our academy. She has completed a triple music qualification at college. She is an exceptionally talented drummer and tutor.