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Tech Music Schools is composed of Drumtech, Vocaltech, Guitar-X, Bass Guitar-X and Keyboardtech and is situated in Actonmarker, West London. It is a group of contemporary music schools that trains musicians for the music industry in the following disciplines: drums, vocals, guitar, bass guitar and keyboard.The schools are known for their notable alumni, including Radiohead's Phil Selway and Ed O'Brien.

History

Founded in 1983 by drum tutor Francis Seriau, and described as the original contemporary music schools, they have grown into comprehensive contemporary music colleges that train musicians to be professional performers.

Accredited by Thames Valley University, Tech Music Schools offer a Bachelor of Music degree, Two Year Diploma in Higher Education, Certificate of Higher Education (Popular Music Practice), One Year Diploma, 3 Month Certificate, Part-Time Courses and Private lessons, delivered by a faculty of teachers who are also working professionals.Tech Music Schools are internationally known and have significant numbers of students from Europe, Asia, Africa and the USA.Drumtech was featured in the 2007 BBC documentary series Play It Again (episode 3), where celebrity Aled Jones was taught by Drumtech's own tutor Erik Stams to play the drums.A poll to find the greatest guitar riffs of all time amongst students from Tech Music Schools received huge media attention in 2008/9. It was featured as the main story on the BBC Breakfast news on Wednesday 2 April 2008, as well as in the Daly Mail, The Telegraph, and The Metro. The results of the poll sparked widepread debate through comments in response to online articles.

Patrons

Nick BeggsSam BrownBilly CobhamJason CooperGary HusbandJohn JorgensenAndy NewmarkBilly OceanRick Wakeman

Notable alumni



Scholarships and Bursaries

The schools run a large number of high profile scholarships with various magazines and other media partners including EMI's Music Sound Foundation bursaries which are awarded to only 7 colleges in the UK and whose Patrons include Sir George Martin, Sir Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Sir Simon Rattle, Sir Cliff Richard, Diana Ross, Mstislav Rostropovich and Tina Turner.Ongoing scholarship partners include; The Stage, Marshall Amplification, Rhythm magazine, Total Guitar magazine, Guitar Part magazine (French), Percussioni magazine (Italian).The schools have made a pledge to support the aims of the Music Manifesto.

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