Location: Currently working online providing tuition in Gloucestershire & Wiltshire / Swindon. Website: www.jonsterckx.co.uk Promotional Video
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Jon Sterckx


30 years playing experience. 20+ years working as a professional percussionist. BA (Hons) Music from Dartington College of Arts (2000). Former Associate Lecturer at University of Plymouth 2003-2017 teaching modules in World Music, World Rhythm, Indian Music & Ethnomusicology.

I have been teaching weekly tabla classes in Swindon since 2016.

Tutor for South West Music School.

Affiliated with South Asian Performing Arts Centre, Swindon.

20+ years teaching & delivering workshops to schools & colleges.

I have worked with groups and individual students from Primary school age to Degree level.

I have provided tuition at Pate’s Grammar School Cheltenham, Sir Thomas Rich Grammar School Gloucester, Thomas Keeble Stroud, Wynstones Gloucester.

I have also been a professional performer for 20+ years with performances at two TED events, WOMAD Festival, London International Arts Festival and Llangollen International Eisteddfod amongst others, and at Cardiff Mela, Belfast Mela & Glasgow Mela.

I studied tabla in UK with Harjinder Singh Mathura and in India with Shivanand Bhandari at the Naadashree Arts Institute in Karnataka, and with Kailash Nishad in Benares (Varanasi).

I have BA(Hons) Music from Dartington College of Arts 2000.

What I / we help young people achieve

I have taught students from a young age and the first stages of tabla playing through to late teens and beyond. Students have achieved a high level of playing and have shown great appreciation of their 'journey' with tabla.
I recently released a video which contains extracts of performances by my students from an online event 'Together with Tabla' that I hosted in July 2020. The video demonstrates well the enjoyment and pleasure that the young students get from learning and playing tabla.
Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Kp5mlakb0I

I also teach a range of other percussion instruments and have provided tuition for students learning Djembe, Darbuka and Kashaka.

Workshops include World Rhythm, Indian Music, Indian Rhythm.

In workshops I also work with Konnakol - a South Indian Vocal percussion system which is a fantastic way to engage young people with rhythm without the need for specialist instruments or instrumental techniques. Because of this, the vocal percussion can easily be used for follow up class work after the workshop.
Young people have fun learning the rhythmic syllables and rhythmic patterns and learn a 'tool' which can be used as an aid for musical composition and offer a new and different approach to music making.

Opportunities for children & young people

  • To learn to play an instrument and / or develop skills on an instrument
  • To play, perform music with others
  • To work with and support other young musicians
  • To develop their wellbeing

Also Works With

I work as a tutor for South West Music School

Affiliated with South Asian Performing Arts Centre, Swindon

Former Associate Lecturer at University of Plymouth


  • Term Time
  • Weekends
  • Project based
  • Drop in

Taught Instruments

  • Drums / percussion

Ages Taught

  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16+

Level Taught

  • Beginners
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Qualifications, Grades & Certificates Taught

  • Instrument grades

Musical Clusters Covered

  • Chippenham
  • B-on-A / Corsham
  • Calne & Melksham
  • Malmesbury / WB / Purton


“Jon Sterckx has been teaching tabla to a group of students in Swindon, including myself and my son Niyam. The sessions are engaging and the teaching methods are such that one learns new notes and rhythms quickly, thus progressing rapidly. On the other hand, if individuals need more time, this is also addressed through correction and extra practise.
I would highly recommend Jon to individuals of any age who wish to learn the tabla or other percussion instruments he teaches. He is very talented and it is apparent during classes that he wishes to share his love of music” Narendra (student) Swindon.

“Jon has been my son Adithya’s Tabla teacher for close to 2 years now. In short, my son has been quite lucky to have a teacher like Jon to guide him in his learning of Tabla.
Jon is very good at demonstrating his immense skill and inspires students to learn and progress in the art.
He has got a very calm and reassuring demeanour which is especially helpful in the starting stages of a student’s journey. He is also very prompt and systematic in his approach.
I would recommend Jon to anyone interested in learning Tabla.” Kiran (student’s parent) Swindon.

“Jon has been tutoring my 3 children in tabla and Indian classical music for 6 months and I have already begun to see that they are confident in performing in front of their peers to a high standard. He has vast knowledge of the instrument and I would highly recommend him to anyone and everyone who is looking for a tabla teacher.” Leenu (parent).

“I enjoy learning from Jon as he is a very patient and knowledgeable teacher. He always helps us understand Indian classical music and it is really inspiring to be taught by such an accomplished person.” Jahoor (student)

“Jon’s tabla lessons are so interesting and learning from him is the best.” Nischay (student).

“I really enjoy the class. It’s really inspirational and interesting. Jon explains Tabla really well.” Naunidh (student).

“My son really enjoyed his sessions with Jon Sterckx, who managed to keep him interested and concentrating throughout – an achievement in itself!’ Alex (parent). Stroud.

“Clearly Jon Sterckx knows what he is doing. He teaches the tabla with clarity and is very keen on the rhythm of the instrument. He uses teaching tools such as kashakas to help you understand what rhythm is and also to keep your hands warmed up for the start of the lesson. Sterckx uses an easy to follow systematic approach to teaching the instrument and does all he can to aid the student in understanding the rhythm of the tabla. Fantastic teacher couldn’t have asked for better!” Eddie (student). Stroud.

“My son Toby had one-to-one lessons with Jon Sterckx for 2 years in which he learned the basic techniques of Indian tabla drumming. Having been introduced to Jon and his particular brand of Eastern percussion at group sessions at his school, Toby was soon hooked and asked to have individual lessons. Jon was a brilliant teacher in what is undoubtedly a very unusual and difficult percussion instrument. He was always very sensitive to Toby’s interests and level of engagement and capability. Occasionally they explored a little African drumming or Cas-Cas percussion to spice things up and Jon was fantastic example of a successful, practicing artist for Toby. We would highly recommend Jon for group teaching, individual lessons or as a performer!” Claudia (parent). Stroud.

“If anyone can keep my son’s concentration for an hour, they deserve an entry in the Guinness book of world records! Certainly Jon can but it is a shame he hasn’t got an entry yet. Apart from being a versatile percussionist, Jon has the unique ability of engaging with students, young and old alike, and get them interested in the instrument he is teaching. Not all talented people are good teachers. He started teaching us both tabla 3 years ago and he is still teaching my son while I dropped out over an year ago due to work commitments. Still I get some valuable tips from him every now and then. We’d like to thank Jon for his excellent communications, commitment and effort.” Madhana (parent). Stroud.

“Jon has been a real inspiration to our son. Sam is learning the tabla and has been making excellent progress, it has been lovely to see him so enthusiastic, and able so quickly to make a fantastic sound!” Ali (parent). Stroud.

“We found Mr Jon Sterckx, after searching online for a teacher to teach Indian percussion instrument, Tabla, for our son Sharan, who initially wanted a flavor of the instrument and as a run up to his GCSE music. Despite his busy schedule Jon kindly agreed to come into Sharan’s school and teach him personally each week, now Sharan’s skills and interest has increased multi-fold. Many thanks to Jon for his brilliant teaching skills, not only with playing the otherwise difficult percussion instrument, but also with creating appeal and passion to music. I can highly recommend Jon both as a teacher and a fine player of the classical Indian percussion instrument.” Dr. S. Kannan (parent). Gloucester.

“Jon has helped me a lot and been really supportive and kind. He has been my inspiration to drum and fuelled me into action.” Kai – student learning Djembe & Kashaka. Stroud.

“Jon is an amazing drummer and brings his experience and inspiration as a performer to his students. His is also a wise soul and has been very understanding and supportive of my son’s needs. Thank you Jon!” Lisa (parent) Stroud.

“Our son has been learning Tabla from Jon for last one and half year and we are really pleased with the progress he has shown. Our son started from absolutely no knowledge of Tabla to now where it has become his passion.
Full credit goes to his teacher Jon Sterckx,  who takes painstaking efforts and diligence along with professionalism and patience to ensure our son not only learns the correct and right way, but indeed enjoys what he is learning.
Jon, has a wonderful way of interacting and motivating the young children which is his very good trait  and one that makes him likeable and affable. One other feedback we would like to specifically provide is that Jon keeps to traditional/original  Tabla style of teaching which is very rarely found in Western Countries and which was something we were specifically looking for in the Tabla teacher for our son. Jon also follows up with excellent notes and demonstration videos.  Even in Covid times there was no difference in his quality of lesson delivered or for our son to pick it up in spite of remote learning.
We would highly recommend Jon to anyone young or old who wish to enjoy the Tabla and its lovely Rhythms and many thanks to Jon for being such an inspirational teacher to our son.” – Mr.Prasad Bhave and Mrs Prachi Bhave Feb-2021

“Jon has been working with SAPAC since 2016. He teaches regular weekly Tabla classes for adults and children in Swindon.
We have found him to be talented, patient, co-operative and an overall pleasant person to work with.
All students like his teaching style and appreciate his dedication in providing excellent Tabla teaching to the students in Swindon. Jon is also a board member of SAPAC. Indu Sharma – Deputy Chair SAPAC.

“Jon Sterckx has been an inspiring and highly popular associate lecturer in the University of Plymouth Music department for a number of years. His inputs range from workshop/recitals in classical Indian music, the exploration of Middle Eastern percussion via a more world music dynamic, through to exciting demonstrations involving live sampling and music technology.
Jon is sensitive to the leanings of the contemporary music student and also understands the requirements of the university system, having directed sizeable elements of taught modules. He is 100% reliable and we always look forward to his various inputs.” Phil Hull, Head of Music, University of Plymouth, Devon.

“Jon Sterckx is a talented and versatile percussionist. His communication skills are excellent, and our students benefited very much from his Planet Drum masterclass on Indian percussion. Jon is also a commited educator whose knowledge of world percussion subjects and sound technology make him a “must have clinician” for any organization dealing with drums education or rhythm musicianship.” Alain Maurel – Planet Drum Centre, Camden.

“Jon led a really successful workshop which exposed a wide range of students to the complex and fascinating possibilities of Indian drumming and rhythms. He demonstrated a passion and skill which inspired some really interesting responses in the workshop participants. A unique and fascinating experience for those involved.” Peter Noble – Curriculum Leader for Creative Arts, North Highland College UHI, Scotland.

“Jon is an engaging and highly skilled musician with outstanding subject knowledge.” Pauline Jones, Head of Music, Sir Thomas Rich Grammar School, Gloucester.

“The percussion tutor was a good communicator and appropriately skilled, the pitch and pace of the session was just right and pupils enjoyed learning something new, their favourite bit was playing the Kashaka instruments” Feedback from school following World Rhythm workshops at Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan, West Wales.

Feedback from World Rhythm workshop – Actiontrack Studio, Taunton: “Extremely professional, very generous and totally engaging” – Nick Brace, Actiontrack Performance Company. “Jon’s knowledge excited and bent my brain in wonderful ways. I throughly enjoyed the authenticity of the music and the teaching.” – Molly-Rose, Vocalist for See Through Trees.

Kashaka Workshop at Pate’s Grammar School, Cheltenham: (students feedback) “Didn’t realise such a simple instrument could do such complex things.” “More complex than it looks, but very fun!” “Really fun! It was hard but I learnt a lot!” “Brilliant fun! Complex, satisfying and enjoyable! Loved it!”

World Rhythm Workshop at Gloucester College: “Fun and interesting to learn new ways to make music” – Student. “It was inspiring” – Student. “It was interesting because you learn a new culture through music” – Student. “All learners were involved, and gained knowledge while enjoying the ‘hands on’ workshop” – Tim Murray, Teacher.

Hi Jon,
We all had a brilliant time on Wednesday and learnt so much from you. Thank you for becoming part of our class family and inspiring enthusiasm in us all in such a calm way – Class teacher following workshop at Oakridge Primary School May 2021.

Tabla & Indian Music workshop – Pate’s Grammar School, Cheltenham.
“Outstanding – engaging & in depth workshop. Great follow up too – made us want to find out even more.” Ellie Lane, Head of Music, Pate’s Grammar School, Cheltenham.

“The talk was absolutely fantastic! I feel I have a much greater understanding of Taals and Indian Classical music in general and I have been practising the bols ever since!” Student comment.

“The tabla experience was unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. It opened my eyes to new cultures & world music.” Student comment.

“It was fascinating to learn about a completely different style of music and to see how the tabla were played” Student comment.

World Rhythm Workshop at Denmark Road School, Gloucester:
“Thank you for delivering the world rhythm workshop to all our Year 8 students. They all learnt something new, and especially enjoyed the kashaka!” Debbie Day, Head of Music.

My Training & Development

30 years playing experience. 20+ years working as a professional percussionist. BA (Hons) Music from Dartington College of Arts (2000). Former Associate Lecturer at University of Plymouth 2003-2017 teaching modules in World Music, World Rhythm, Indian Music & Ethnomusicology.

I studied tabla in UK with Harjinder Singh Mathura and in India with Shivanand Bhandari at the Naadashree Arts Institute in Karnataka, and with Kailash Nishad in Benares (Varanasi).

I am constantly developing my own playing through regular practice and research.

I take opportunities to update my training & awareness in Safeguarding and Child Protection.

Previously Worked With

South West Music School, South Asian Performing Arts Centre, University of Plymouth, Wynstones School