Guitar, bass, drums and vocals

Listen to the students perform


Listen to the students perform


The Number Seven Music Academy brings together years of teaching

and real-world experience of carefully chosen musicians to create a new and exciting way for children to learn contemporary music skills.


Each of us is passionate about inspiring a new generation of musicians.

We aim to motivate our students to explore their potential… as future performers, writers, session artists or, ultimately, just for the confidence

and fun that comes from developing a skill that they can enjoy for the

rest of their lives.


We hope that you find this website a useful introduction to what we do.

If your child wants to learn how to play (and is up for the hard work and practice involved) come and see us soon.



If your child wants to learn how to play (and is up for the hard work and practice involved) come and see us soon.


Beginners, intermediate and advanced

We believe children learn best when high quality teaching is combined with the regular opportunity to play together in a band and to perform live in front of an audience.


Our school gigs give you and their friends a regular chance to come

and watch them play and to appreciate what they have achieved.


A rounded (and employable!) musician can play in any genre and therefore we draw upon a wide variety of styles throughout our courses, introducing influential artists throughout the decades to help our students to understand the ancestry behind what they are listening to today and what they might create in the future.

Between us, we have over 75 years of teaching experience giving us

a wealth of knowledge about how children learn…


Good habits and accurate technique builds a much better platform

for success than learning fast and muddling through, so we teach extensively around the Rockschool syllabus, focusing on demonstration followed by fun and varied exercises during

which our tutors give tailored guidance to each and every student.





Working with you to encourage the best chance of success ...

We believe that all students deserve and benefit from formal confirmation of the progress they are making and have chosen Rockschool as our examining body, based upon the breadth of their syllabuses and the global recognition enjoyed by their widely respected qualifications.


In 1991, Norton York and Simon Pitt created the world's first popular music grades so that contemporary musicians could have access to recognised, accredited grade exams in the

same way that classical players had.


Now operating in nearly 20 countries around the world, Rockschool is the leading provider of contemporary music exams worldwide.


They are fully accredited and successful candidates in their Grade 6, 7 and 8 exams also qualify for UCAS points (helping with entry into higher education).



Rockschool's Grade exams are designed to test performance, technical skills and general musicianship, candidates work towards being awarded a pass, pass with merit or pass with distinction.


Students will typically take Grade exams towards the end of the spring term and receive their results within six weeks of taking their exam.


Our experienced teachers will provide all of the guidance and support that your child needs to supplement the practice that they do at home, including providing a mock exam in the weeks leading up to their formal assessment.


Come and enjoy the performance!

To arrange a free taster session for your child please contact us

via this website or call us on

0800 328 7199 TODAY






Joining the Academy


Our Locations


We are happy to offer a FREE TASTER SESSION to

any child who is interested in joining the Academy.


This gives your child a chance to see whether they enjoy our lesson format and our teachers a chance to assess your child’s ability so that we can recommend the right class for them to join.


Whilst your child is enjoying their lesson, you will have theopportunity to talk to the school manager about how the Academy works and to ask anyquestions that you might have.


If, at the end of this session, you would like to

enrol your child then you can reserve their place by:

•    Completing our Application form

•    Paying their first month fees by cheque or cash

•    Completing a standing order form so that fees

can be collected in monthly instalments (on the

first day of each month) evenly throughout the  calendar year.

St Albans

Alban City School, 7 Hatfield Road, St Albans AL1 3RR

Lesson times Tuesdays: Session 1: 4:30 – 5:30pm (No7 music minis)

Session 2: 5.30-6.30pm Session 3: 6.30-7.30pm Session 4: 7.30-8.30pm



Crabtree Junior School, Crabtree Lane, Harpenden AL5 5PU

Lesson times Wednesdays: Session 1: 4.30-5.30pm Session 2: 5.30-6.30pm

Session 3: 6.30-7.30pm Session 4 7.30-8.30pm



Our Lady catholic Primary School, Old Hale Way, Hitchin, Herts, SG5 1XT

Lesson times Mondays: Session 1: 5.30-6.30pm Session 2: 6.30-7.30pm Session 3: 7.30-




Parents and friends should make a special note in their calendars each year of the dates for our Christmas and End of year gigs which provide the perfect opportunity for our students to play for you to demonstrate the progress that they have made.



7 September

14 September

21 September

28 September

05 October

12 October

19 October




02 November

09 November

16 November

23 November

30 November

07 December

14 December

19 December



04 January 2021

11 January 2021

18 January 2021

25 January 2021

01 February 2021

08 February 2021



22 February 2020

01 March 2021

08 March 2021

15 March 2021

22 March 2021



12 April 2021

19 April 2021

26 April 2021

10 May 2021

17 May 2021

24 May 2021




07 June 2021

14 June 2021

21 June 2021

28 June 2021

05 July 2021

10 July 2021

Hitchin 2020

St Albans 2020



08 September

15 September

22 September

29 September

06 October

13 October

20 October



03 November

10 November

17 November

24 November


08 December

15 December

19 December



05 January 2021

12 January 2021

19 January 2021

26 January 2021

02 February 2021

09 February 2021



23 February 2021

02 March 2021

09 March 2021

16 March 2021

23 March 2021



13 April 2021

20 April 2021

27 April 2021

04 May 2021

11 May 2021

18 May 2021

25 May 2021



08 June 2021

15 June 2021

22 June 2021

29 June 2021

06 July 2021

10 July 2021

Half Term

Half Term

Easter Holiday

Half Term

Winter Gig

Summer Gig

Christmas Holiday

Half Term

Winter Gig

Christmas Holiday

Half Term

Easter Holiday

Half Term

Summer Gig



09 September

16 September

23 September

30 September

07 October

14 October

21 October



04 November

11 November

18 November

25 November


09 December

16 December

19 December



06 January 2021

13 January 2021

20 January 2021

27 January 2021

03 February 2021

10 February 2021



24 February 2021

03 March 2021

10 March 2021

17 March 2021

24 March 2021



14 April 2021

21 April 2021

28 April 2021

05 May 2021

12 May 2021

19 May 2021

26 May 2021



09 June 2021

16 June 2021

23 June 2021

30 June 2021

07 July 2021

10 July 2021

Harpenden 2020



If you have any questions please call us

How much do lessons cost?


For your convenience, we spread the cost of term time lessons across

the calendar year.


Number Seven Music Minis:


Number 7 Music Minis: £12.50 per lesson (payable by

monthly standing order for £40 per month)




£25.00 per lesson (payable by monthly standing order of £80 per



Vocal tuition:


£25.00 per lesson (payable by monthly standing order of £80 per

month) unless your child is already learning an instrument with us

– in which case they qualify for a special rate of £15.00 per lesson (£47.50 per month).


Are there any additional expenses that I need to

budget for?


All course materials and term time tuition is included in our standard

fees. The only additional expenses which you may incur are:


•    Rockschool grade books: (1 per year) as your child progresses,

which are approximately £15 each and are available from


•    Rockschool examination entry fees: Which are payable to

RockSchool and vary between approximately £40-£70 per year depending upon the level your child has reached.


What is my commitment?


Should your child no longer wish to attend the Academy we request

that you give us notice of half a term. For example, if you child wishes

to leave at the end of the Academy year, you must notify us (in writing

or by email) by the summer half term so that their place can be

reasonably offered to another child. If we have not received notice

by the summer half term, then the full winter term fees will be due.


What if I have more than one child attending

the Academy?


If you have 2 or more siblings attending the academy then as a thank

you for your support, we offer a 15% discount on all of our fees for

the second child.


What does my child need to bring to lessons?


Students should bring with them a folder in which to store their course material, a pen (to make notes) and a bottle of water (as learning is impaired by dehydration). We ask that they do not bring snacks or liquids other than water into the teaching rooms.


For drum students, we provide practice kits for use in lessons. Guitar

and bass students  should bring their own instrument if they have

one (either acoustic or electric is fine) although if you let us know in advance we are happy to provide one while you decide whether

or not to buy one. To manage noise levels, we ask that they do

not bring amplifiers as suitable ones will be provided.



Can you advise me on the most appropriate equipment and how to source it?


Yes: we are happy to provide advice on the most suitable instrument

and accessories for your child’s age and stage of learning and have links with local music shops such that we can organise the purchase for you if required.


What if my child is unable to attend a lesson?


If you know in advance that your child will be unable to make a particular lesson, then let their tutor know and their tutor will be happy to provide material that your child can study at home to keep up with their group. Should this not be possible, for example in the case of illness, then at the next lesson their tutor will provide material for home study such that your child can catch up.


How do I know that my child is safe whilst attending

the Academy?


All of our tutors are CRB checked and all of our schools have a qualified first-aider on hand in event of emergency. If your child has a medical condition or allergies that may require special consideration then please let us know full details on their application form.


What happens if my child has special educational needs?


We have a number of tutors who are experienced in teaching children with special educational needs and we are committed to providing a positive learning experience for all children wherever possible. If your child has any particular requirements please let us know so that we can work with you determine the lesson style which might be most beneficial.


What can I do to support my child’s learning?


You have an important role to play in helping your child get the

most out of music. In particular, we ask:


•    That you encourage them to listen to the broadest range

of musical styles as possible;

•    That you encourage them to practice! None of the great

guitarists, bassists or drummers that they might admire got that

way by playing for 1 hour per week! Regularly revisiting the course work in between lessons and completing any home exercises is crucial to progressing as a musician and to grade success.

•    That you help them to celebrate their achievements by

cheering really loudly at our Academy concerts!


Will I receive feedback on how my child is doing?


Yes: in addition to seeing your child performing their band at the end of the winter and summer terms, we are happy to talk to you at any time about their progress and to suggest areas for development.


We welcome any feedback you might have on the Academy or any ideas as to how we might make your child’s learning experience even more enjoyable.


To book a free taster session for your child at the Academy or to enquire about booking

the Band for your special occasion please call us on 0800 3287199


Number Seven Music Academy is operated by Number Seven Music Limited, Registered in England 08342550

Number Seven Band is Bob Halford, Toby Newcombe and Gareth Grover trading as Number Seven Band

Private lessons are provided on a self-employed basis


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