A Symphony of Skills
At Beats Learning, you’ll find the creative and comfortable learning atmosphere you have been hoping for. Located in Central London and Croydon, our College has been shaping minds and refining skills since 2014. We are privileged to teach students from all backgrounds and needs, offering them a unique curriculum that will prepare them for their careers.
Our commitment to excellence and our committed support team make studying at Beats Learning a rewarding experience, one that will last many years after qualifying. Contact us to schedule a visit or talk to one of our team.
Simon is the creative heartbeat and founder of Beats Learning, and has over 25 years experience as professional musician in many different forms. A Royal College of Music graduate, Simon has worked with all of the country’s major symphony, chamber and opera orchestras. Simon has featured on numerous film soundtracks, recently James Bond: Quantum of Solace, and played with artists such as Paul McCartney, Elton John, Westlife and Mariah Carey.
Simon has led projects and presented concerts for the Royal Opera House, Philharmonia Orchestra, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Royal College of Music, Royal Academy of Music, Spitalfields Festival, British Council and Arts and Business. In this capacity, Simon has worked as an animateur with primary, secondary and university students, hospice patients, autistic children, prisoners, the probation service, homeless and mental health communities.
For the British Council Simon has toured extensively with the brass ensemble The Wallace Collection, leading workshops in Russia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Bangladesh and Kazakhstan. Simon was previously musical director of Escape Artists, during which he facilitated, directed and conducted two major productions as part of an extended project with Mental Health Service Users, Cambridge Cantata with Kings College Chapel Cambridge, and The City Wakes, a tribute to Syd Barrett. Simon also has his own brass chamber group ‘The Golden Section’.
JOHN DE BONO
John started his career working in the fashion industry. Working for exclusive couture fashion designers and making outfits for Royalties and Celebrities. This also involved organising two fashion catwalk shows a year. As a sports hobby he became interested in martial arts and started karate training at Kings Cross, in 1973. This has continued throughout his working life and is currently a Director for the English Karate Federation.
In 2000 John was looking for a new work direction and chose education. This was a natural progression, as part of his previous job role was to mentor students who came to his company on work placements. They came to get an insight on what it was like to work in the industry, an early day apprenticeship programme.
This was when John realised he wanted to help young people get into employment. He started working with 14-24 year old learners from different backgrounds and abilities. Helping them achieve a qualification, progressing on to an apprenticeship and full time employment.
Music Workshop Leader
I am a singer, composer and theatre maker. I run workshops in a diversity of settings from psychiatric units to abandoned cinemas, from orchestral halls to farms. I make performances inspired by these experiences.