Associate Provider
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Drums / percussion
Digital Music
Music Production
Teaching Models:
One to One teaching
Small / medium Group Tuition
Informal workshops
Online tuition
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John Joy


On graduating from Roehampton University with a B.A. (Hons) in Education & Music, I was fortunate enough to join several bands between 1997-2002 and gig extensively around London as a freelance musician. I have recorded numerous demos for original artists and three albums (one album, “Say Goodbye” by The Lost Eskimos is available on iTunes).

Some of the highlights of places I have performed include the Rock Garden in Covent Garden and the now closed Kings Head in Fulham.

As a drum teacher, I have been teaching in various forms (privately and at schools) since 2000 with one former student now with the Royal Marines band service.

I believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument as it has so many benefits.

What I / we help young people achieve

I have 100% pass rate for all students entered for graded exams, although this is done as an option chosen by students themselves.

I currently teach at three secondary schools where I support students in preparing both performance and compositions for BTEC, GCSE & A-Level exams.

Learning to play drums can aid any student in developing their co-ordination, improving concentration, developing creative skills, stress relief, can get you fitter, and improve your sense of well being!

Opportunities for children & young people

  • To learn to play an instrument and / or develop skills on an instrument
  • To create / write music and / or lyrics
  • To develop recording /production skills
  • To play, perform music with others
  • To learn things about oneself , other subjects or life-skills through musical activity
  • To work with and support other young musicians
  • To develop their wellbeing


  • Term Time
  • After School
  • Weekends
  • School Holidays
  • Drop in

Working with special needs

I have experience working with ASD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, ADHD, Global Developmental Delay and ADD.

I believe that everyone has the right to learn a musical instrument regardless of any additional needs. The teachers job is to act as a guide to the student. Each journey is different, and a good guide adapts the tour to meet the needs of the student.

Taught Instruments

  • Drums / percussion
  • Digital Music
  • Music Production

Ages Taught

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16+

Level Taught

  • Beginners
  • Intermediate
  • Tasters

Qualifications, Grades & Certificates Taught

  • Instrument grades
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award

Musical Clusters Covered

  • Calne & Melksham
  • Trowbridge (CSL)
  • Warminster


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Testimonials from past and current students:

“I was a student of Johns back when I went to both George Ward and the Melksham Oak Community School. I had lessons for the whole time I was there and I have to say I wouldn’t be where I am today without the hard work and quite a bit of patience from Mr Joy!! I am now a professional musician serving in The Royal Marines band service. All my basic musicianship and the technical skills I needed to be the professional player I am today I was taught by John! When I took the first lesson with him I had never played an instrument and never even thought about it. When the lesson was over I walked out of the drum room booming with excitement and a new found love that I still have today! So if anyone is even considering taking lessons, this is the guy to go to! I mean, just look where it got me. 10/10 would recommend.”
Jack Lewis

“Recommended by a friend, I started lessons when I was 17/18. Over the next couple of years this guy taught me many a riff and beat, songs i had grown up to….as well as a few I’d never heard of. He introduced me to tracks which to this day are my favourite, Linkin park and Pink springing to mind instantly. wink emoticon His easy to follow methods are second to none, you’ll be a regular Keith Moon in no time! But he is not only a great drum teacher, he’s also a great friend and person to talk to. One of, if not THE most, inspirational teachers I’ve had the pleasure of being taught by.”
Gary Saunders

“I’ve worked with John in the U.K, and overseas, his love and knowledge for the instrument is evident from the first beat, he plays from the heart and plays for the song. Cheers “Johnny” ”
Wesley Jagoe, Recording Artist

“I have been doing lessons for a few years, every lesson is fun & informative. I always come away from lessons having learnt something new. John is very supportive & will always take time to help.”
Matt Walker

My Training & Development

I believe that no musician should ever stop learning. As part of this, I currently take lessons from Craig Blundell (Steven Wilson/Frost*) in order to continue to learn and push myself as a player. I also work through lessons on the Drumeo website for the same reason. It is important for me as a teacher to model this attitude as it helps students see that I am committed to both my own development and theirs. As part of this attitude towards learning, I have discovered different ways of doing things, which has enabled me to improve as a teacher as well as improve my own skills as a drummer.