OUR TEACHERS

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IAN HOOPER

Vocals, Keyboards, Guitar

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 .

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ANDY HALL

Guitar

After performing on the road for many years, and in some of the region's favourite cover bands, Andy has brought his amazing talent to the fore at URA. His guitar technique is second to none, and the student's at Up-Beat all benefit from the sessions with him. He brings a real rock and roll edge to the academy! Andy teaches our Poulton Rock Academy sessions including the Girls Rock & Adult Rock, as well as the Rock Guitar sessions.

MATT BAMBER

Drums

Our fantastic drum tutor comes from the SRJ 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.

PATRICK CHARLTON

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.

PHIL DODGSON

Drums

Having served 23 years as a military musician and a further 14 years in a TA Military band, Phil has gained a lot of musical experience. Phil later moved to Scotland where he worked as a percussion instructor with West Dumbartonshire Council.

Phil has played professionally in various bands all over the world for over 40 years.

 

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JAMES REILLY

Guitar

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MEGAN ROE

Guitar & Vocals

Megan graduated from Leeds College of Music in 2017 with a degree in Popular Music (Guitar Performance) and performs with award winning Avant-Garde Jazz trio ‘J Frisco’. Performance highlights include a headline show at Vortex Jazz Club, Sofar Sounds, The Cockpit: Jazz in the Round and many UK jazz festivals including Gateshead International Jazz Festival, Lancaster Jazz Festival, Manchester Jazz Festival and have supported acts including Courtney Pine, Portico Quartet, Matthew Bourne and Roller Trio.They have recently released their debut album ‘naked’ available on all streaming platforms and are set to support Mercury Nominees ‘Dinosaur’. Megan started learning guitar at age 7 and has been teaching privately for 2 years. In addition, she also has experience running improvisational workshops with young children. Past workshops include: BlueJam Girls Play Jazz, Chapel FM: Workshop with Dave Evans, Sound Voice Festival & Jazz Camp for Girls

LEWIS HOWARTH

Guitar & Music Production

Lewis is a graduate from Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts where he completed a BA (hons) in Music.

He specialises in guitar and music production. He has great knowledge and a lot of experience using digital audio workstations such as Logic Pro and Pro Tools.

JAMES REILLY

Guitar

Lewis is a graduate from Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts where he completed a BA (hons) in Music.

He specialises in guitar and music production. He has great knowledge and a lot of experience using digital audio workstations such as Logic Pro and Pro Tools.

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