Learning to play the guitar with Darwen School of Music couldn’t be easier, we’ll guide you all the way, in no time at all you’ll be playing along with all your favourite bands.

Whether you want to pursue guitar lessons as a hobby or you are looking to pursue a career as a guitarist, we can help you realise your ambition and your potential.


There’s nothing more relaxing than winding down at the end of a hard day with a Guitar in your hands. Many of our students find learning guitar helps them to relax after a hard day at work, or escape the pressure of School, College or University.


Over the last decade we’ve built an enviable reputation in Guitar Tuition, with an astounding portfolio of satisfied clients from all walks of life.

We help to in still a sense of pride and achievement that comes with the art of playing the Guitar. We also provide ample opportunity to demonstrate your achievements with our regular student showcases.

Benefits of Guitar Tuition

  • Learning Guitar is a great way to wind down and relax, it can even help with stress and anxiety.
  • Learning Guitar helps to develop a sense of pride in achievement and confidence in ability.
  • Students can gain recognised qualifications, that will suit any CV.
  • But most importantly of course Guitar lessons are great fun!
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Learning to play Guitar with Darwen School of Music is a dynamic and rewarding experience, here is just a snapshot of some of the opportunities available.

  • Perform Live

    As a Guitar student you will have the opportunity to perform in front of a live audience at one of the Darwen School of Music sell out showcases.

  • Make The Grade

    As an official Tinity Rock and Pop exam centre taking a guitar grade couldn’t be easier. With exams taken using the same high quality equipment that gets used every week in lessons our students are one step ahead.

  • Your Tracks

    Darwen School of Music Guitar students regularly get the chance to record their own tracks check out our latest student album on itunes.


Learning the guitar is a fantastic hobby for anyone, whether your a student looking to develop your skills, just looking for a way to unwind or recently retired and finally fulfilling a lifelong dream. What’s more with many students going on to achieve exceptional grades at GCSE and further study at top Universities, you can be sure you’re off to the best start.

Darwen School of Music Guitar Tutor Mark Bateson


Mark Bateson is a co founder of Darwen School of Music, with over a decade of teaching experience both privately and through a college lecturing position.

Over the last 15 years Mark has played in several bands ranging in style from Punk and Rock ‘n’ Roll, to Acoustic, Pop and 60’s Soul.

Mark has gained an enviable reputation as a Guitar Tutor, with an impressive track record for student success and satisfaction.


  • Qualified Music Facilitator
  • Over a Decade of Experience
  • Private and Formal Education Experience
  • Rock School Grade 8 Qualified Guitarist
  • CRB/DBS Cleared
  • Member of the Musicians Union



    My daughter Salvina has been coming to guitar lessons with Mark now for four years and really enjoys her lessons. She has grown in ability and confidence and has performed in many showcases. Mark is a friendly, funny tutor who has bags of talent and never, never ending patience. Highly recommend Mark as a Guitar tutor, one of the best!

    Debbie Hargreaves


    Mark has been teaching guitar to the boys at Keyes Barn School for over 6 months now. He has demonstrated the skills to engage and develop all our pupils, some of whom present with significant Special Educational Needs, giving them the opportunity to explore an even broader curriculum. Mark is a personable and enthusiastic teacher who we hope will continue to work with us well into the future

    A. Rainford


    I’ve been coming to Mark for Guitar lessons now for four years, i’ve enjoyed myself and learned so much along the way. Mark is patient, friendly, funny and knows so much about Guitar and music in general. He’s helped me with my own songs, writing, playing guitar and giving me ideas on how to improve.

    Salvina Passerini


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