Rhythm Academy Studio offers professional Drum,Guitar and Bass lessons in the Chesterfield and North Derbyshire area, across all age ranges and abilities, in all musical styles.



| phone: 07400292025



Rhythm academy studio utilises acoustic and electric kits, multiple amps, keyboards, monitoring and recording and play back facilities with Logic pro X and Sibelius notation software.


We also have:

  • A range of pre-recorded backing tracks and bespoke play-along tracks available for the benefit of students. Pupils can be recorded on their instruments in order to assess their progress .
  • Graded examinations are available, though by no means compulsory- Rock School and Trinity graded courses, and ABRSM for Classical guitar.
  • A large collection of useful teaching materials and books by many respected authors.
  • Crafted programmes of study for beginners in guitar, bass and drums, which can be tailored specifically to the age, learning style and musical preferences of the student. In my experience, I have never found  ‘off the shelf’ tutor books to map pupil progression in enough detail for the needs of most students.


Rhythm Academy Studio is owned and run by Ian Elliott, a professional Drummer, Guitarist and Music Educator based in Chesterfield Derbyshire.


Since the 80’s I have worked in a wide range of performance situations as both a freelance player and member of many bands including: studio work, musical theatre and film. I have extensive live performance experience  in almost every musical style: big band, small group jazz, funk , latin, folk, blues, heavy rock, fusion and orchestral.


In 1993 I gained an Honours Degree 2:1 in Popular Music and Recording from Salford University, majoring in Composition and Performance. Subsequently, I worked as a part time lecturer in the musical faculties of several colleges in the north of England. I taught modules on the language of music, improvisation , latin, rhythm workshops and composition whilst simultaneously teaching instrumental lessons in schools across all key stages from primary to post 16.


In 2005, I gained Qualified Teacher Status and a PGCE in Secondary Music from the 0pen University.


I have also been teaching guitar, drums and bass lessons privately for 25 years. Many of my former pupils have progressed to further and higher education in music and now have musical careers themselves.



Lessons are available on a weekly or fortnightly basis


30 minutes


1 hour



Rhythm Academy Studio

31 Boythorpe Crescent


S40 2NX




phone: 07400292025