Joe Knights

With a focus on guitar and drums, Joe has been a student at Slater Music School (SMS) since his Y7 arrival at Marlborough's St Johns Academy. He started his musical career as a guitarist (aged 8), drummer (aged 12), then a bassist (aged 14) and now aged 19, a strong player at advanced level. He has achieved a distinction in all his music exams up to Grade 6 (July 2018), and received a high merit in his Grade 8 exam in 2020.

In addition to drums and guitar, Joe also takes private tuition with SMS in music theory, focusing on Music Notation, Music harmony, Band Knowledge and Band Analysis, developing his understanding of multi-instrument outcomes and practical application as a multi-instrument player himself. He is taking particular interest in  developing his advanced drum techniques, technical awareness and stylistic range.

Joe is also completing a BA (Hons) Music Industry Practice degree at the Academy Of Contemporary Music (ACM) in Guildford.

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Joe Knights

Drums, Guitar, Music Tech

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BA Hons: Music Industry Practice

Dissertation: “The effect of music in advertising on Social Media”.


Current initiatives include working towards higher grade exams to give more academic rigour to his 11 years playing to date, plus diversifying into acoustic guitar. This will give our students drums, electric & acoustic guitar options from Joe, initially for beginner and intermediate learners, each instrument has separate grades, content and repertoire.

Joe properly started his performance career with his first band ‘Basement Club’. During his time with them they released 5 singles accumulating over 280,000 Spotify streams, played countless shows across the UK including places such as ‘Thekla’ in Bristol, ‘The Wedgewood Rooms’ in Portsmouth and ‘The Boileroom’ in Guildford. Joe’s biggest achievement in the band was playing ‘Truck Festival’ in 2019.


Midway through 2020 Joe made the decision to join a new Portsmouth based band called ‘Crystal Tides’. After months of writing together their debut EP is written, recorded and ready to be released.

We welcome Joe on board as a trainee drum and guitar tutor, delighted he has opted to make this move into music education. He is currently undertaking a teacher training programme with us and is available for half price lessons as he conducts his training.


Please contact Lindsey on or 07789 760 884 (admin).