A drummer by trade with UK touring and studio session work under his belt, Stuart is the founder and owner of Wiltshire Music School Limited (t/a "Slater Music School"), now established for 15 years with a panel of teachers supplying drum, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass, ukulele, drum theory and music theory tuition to nearly 200 students across Wiltshire. SMS also teach professional level Performance and Teaching Diplomas (Levels 4 and 6), plus run Rock Clubs for aspiring bands.
As a senior examiner for the music board Rockschool Ltd, Stuart travels both within the UK and worldwide examining Grades 1-8 in drums, guitar, bass, piano, vocals and ukulele, including Diplomas. Up to 2012, this work required tours of Europe, Malaysia, Brunei, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Hong Kong, China, India, S.Africa and Botswana. He returned to Hong Kong, Malaysia and toured Ireland in (2013); worked through Singapore, Spain, Cyprus and a further 5 weeks in Malaysia (2014); toured Europe (2015); SIngapore, the Middle East and Mexico (2016); then Hungary, Italy, Spain Singapore, Ireland and Malaysia (2017). Spain, Canada and Mexico are now completed (2018) with China, Nigeria and South Africa booked through Sep and Oct.
Estimates are c.10,000 exams to date.
The examining work extended to a further consultancy role for Rockschool, including writing new policies, procedures and conducting examiner recruitment, training, ongoing moderation and standardisation. Between 2012 and the present day, Stuart works as Rockschool Syllabus Advisor (rslawards.com) and in 2015 his position was formalised into the role of Deputy Chief Examiner. This included three months overseeing the London based Chief Examiner role.
Stuart has written magazine articles, contributed to over 30 drum, guitar, piano, theory and vocal gradebooks, and written Grade 7 & 8 drum pieces for Yamaha Music Board (UK). He co-devised Rockschool’s Grade 1-8 Theory syllabus, devised Rockschool’s Level 4 & 6 Teaching Diplomas and co-devised the Level 4 & 6 Performance Diplomas.
He works as a head judge in numerous regions throughout the UK for ‘Live and Unsigned UK‘, ‘Open Mic UK’ and more recently ‘TeenStar UK’, all run by Future Music, the largest UK music competitions for original artists. This includes bands, vocal groups and solo artists with grand finals each year in London’s O2 Arena and Birmingham’s NEC theatre.
Finally, Stuart plays drums in the magnificent Bee Gees Fever, a tribute show performing live in theatres throughout the UK.....check it out!