Guitar & Bass Tutors    

Karl is extremely passionate about music and guitars. As a teacher he covers a wide range of subjects including Rock, Hard-Rock, Pop, Folk, Country & Bluegrass, Traditional & Contemporary Blues, Traditional and “Gypsy” Jazz and more. 


Born in Italy and relocated to the UK after a period of world travel, Karl has spent years playing, touring and recording with a wide range of bands.


Inspired by the sixties and seventies rock music Karl started playing in his early teens but soon expanded his musical horizons to include a wide variety of styles. In the early days it would not have been unusual to perform in a loud rock band at night, study musicology and music theory at the University of Bologna (DAMS course – Music Arts & Drama) in the morning and hone traditional blues, country and folk guitar techniques in the afternoon.


These days, he shares his schedule between solo projects, European and American tours with several rock bands, festivals and club appearances with Oxford’s rowdy jazz combo “The Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band”, and session work for many other bands and musicians. For his own solo Album in 2011, he received rave reviews from, amongst others, BBC Radio 2 and Total Guitar magazine.

Jazz, Pop & Rock Guitar Tutor

Bass Guitar Tutor

Mandolin Tutor

 Karl Demata     
Stuart Barker

Stuart is a professional Double and electric bassist who has performed regularly at venues such as Ronnie Scott's, The 606 club, The Barbican and Southbank. 

Stuart began his studies under John Summerfield concentrating on classical music and went on to pass his Grade eight in just a few years. After forming bands and playing around Kent and London, Stuart was accepted onto the Birmingham Conservatoire and left with a wealth of performance opportunities and The Jazz course prize in 2014. 

He has since played all over the world and some of the UK's leading venues such as Ronnie Scott's, The Barbican, The 606, Southbank and has worked with people such as Adreas Bochelli, Clark Tracey, Made in Chelsea, The BBC and many more.

Stuart is also available for guitar and drum lessons and is our dedicated theory teacher at the Institute. 

Double Bass, Electric Bass

Jazz, Pop & Rock Guitar Tutor


Music Theory

Chris's guitar skills are vast and cover many different styles including jazz funk,
classical, blues, dance, reggae, hip-hop and rock.
He is a very experienced teacher and regularly performs throughout the UK and in
Europe. He has been playing for over three decades now and has inspired many
young guitar players through his passion for music. During his years teaching and
performing he has played and jammed with some of the finest musicians on the
scene including Courtney Pine and Jazz Jamaica guitarist Cameron Piere,
members of Robbie Williams, Girls Aloud, John Legend, Madness, Pixie Lott,
Harry Pane, Paloma Faith, 2 Tone all Ska’s and David Bowie's session list.

Chris Ayers

Jazz, Pop & Rock Guitar Tutor 

Begginer Ukulele 


Monday-Friday 9:00am-9:00pm

​Saturday 9:00am-1:00pm

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