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The guitar department is run by Stephen Dowdell with the help of 20 licensed Guitar teachers who teach in the Primary and Secondary Schools of Bromley. Guitar students can be taught a range of styles including Classical, Jazz, Blues and Rock & Pop. We strive to create plenty of opportunities for students to be involved in school concerts and other performances at BYMT throughout the year.

Here is where you can find all the information you need on exams, festivals, events, competitions and news about what is going on at BYMT for guitar.

The Guitar Department has built a fantastic partnership with the Ravensbourne School where we run a hugely successful Rock School on Saturday mornings from 10 am - 12 noon. The sessions are open to musicians aged 9 - 18 who want to perform in a band. If you would like to register your interest in joining BYMT Rock School please email me for more information. We are planning to relaunch regular Guitar Ensembles at the BYMT centre encompassing Classical Guitar to Rock & Pop "jamming" sessions led by our highly acclaimed tutors.

BYMT are rightly proud of their history and those of you who already come to the Centre on Saturday know how vibrant it is. I would like to see even more activity in the way of guitar classes, recording seminars and master classes. I would also like to establish other Saturday and out of term Centres across the borough. We need to be reaching every potential musician we can! The guitar is a flexible instrument and works across many musical genres. With this in mind I’d like to see working partnerships with local music based organisations that benefit all. In BYMT we have the opportunity to create a vibrant musical hub where all musical strands come together.

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Steve Dowdell

Head of Guitar Teaching


The BYMT Big Band is for musicians of Grade 5 and above (parts are allocated according to standard), and is ideal training for Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, rhythm and bass players who are ... read more
BYMT North West BYMT North West is our centre for any child aged 6 – 13 in and around the Penge and Anerley area. We are a growing centre that now offers exciting musical opportunities ... read more
The BYMT DEBUT ROCK SCHOOL welcomes students from age 9 who wish to play in a Rock Band.  Debut Rock School is open to Vocalists, Guitarists, Bass Guitarists, Drummers and Keyboard Players who ... read more
Junior Ukulele Club Brand New for Autumn 2019 the Junior Ukulele Club is run by Ms Fathers who also runs the successful Adult Ukulele Club. It is a fun and friendly group, who meet once a ... read more
The BYMT ROCK SCHOOL welcomes students aged 11-18 years who wish to play in a Rock Band.  Rock School is open to Vocalists, Guitarists, Bass Guitarists, Drummers and Keyboard Players who are ... read more
Wednesdays during term-time Beginner (grade 1 - 2) 4:30pm - 5:10pm Intermediate (grade 3 - 4) 5:10pm - 5:50pm Grade 5 - 5:50pm - 6:30pm   Why should I study this? Theory is the backbone ... read more
The Ukulele Club, run by Amanda Fathers, is a fun and friendly group, who meet once a week. We enjoy strumming to songs, learning different chords and strumming patterns but also make progress ... read more
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London Borough of Bromley

Bromley Youth Music Trust
Bromley Youth Music Centre
Southborough Lane

020 8467 1566

Registered Charity No. 1031590