Welcome to SAM Online
Drums, Guitar, Piano & Vocal tuition
for children & adults

Regular individual 30-minute term-time lessons

Promoting development and wellbeing, SAM has delivered tens of thousands of lessons online. Offering affordable half-termly lessons to continue your musical journey with us, or start a new one! We have a roster of experienced, DBS checked tutors offering an interactive service we are incredibly proud of. Our school students have lessons after school in the afternoons, evenings and weekends – while adults can enjoy them at any time, we look forward to seeing you online!

Based on 55 reviews
Charlotte Bare
Charlotte Bare
My son, nearly 7, started drum lessons online nearly two years ago, he has a great time in his lessons with Rufus, who really takes the time to tailor the lesson to suit him and adjusts accordingly based on tiredness. They have a great relationship and the team at SAM are extremely helpful when I have any queries or problems. The offering of lessons in school holidays is great as well.
My son loves his drum lessons with Rufus every week. He learns something new every lesson. Rufus is very patient, extremely talented and makes the lessons fun! We would definitely recommend SAM to others, thinking of learning to play an instrument.
Gillian Lai
Gillian Lai
Definitely recommend SAM and its dynamic team for fun and accessible music lessons. Very flexible and accommodating with lesson times. My kids enjoy playing the drums after lessons. We also get plenty of teacher feedback and encouragement.
Rebecca Allinson
Rebecca Allinson
My son has piano lessons with SAM l. Starting aged 7 he has flourished over the last nine years under the excellent tutelage of SAM teachers. Always patience and understanding.
Catherine Alexander
Catherine Alexander
My daughter has keyboard lessons with Misao. She really enjoys her lessons and Misao is really lovely, patient and encouraging. The lessons are fun and it’s great to see her making progress. The setup SAM has works really well making learning an instrument accessible and flexible. The site platform is excellent. We are very impressed
Paulina Bystritsky Sheridan
Paulina Bystritsky Sheridan
We have very much enjoyed our lessons, doing classical and rock and pop guitar with SAM music services. The teachers have been inspiring and enthusiastic, whilst still ensuring rigorous technical skill preparation for our daughter, ensuring success in exams. It has been great not to have to travel anywhere and to be able to join our daughters lessons from our home.
Sophia Colley
Sophia Colley
Brilliant piano lessons! My son has Misao and she’s fantastic - so enthusiastic and he looks forward to his lesson every week.
Rebecca Friend
Rebecca Friend
My daughter started having guitar lessons with Ollie during lockdown and looks forward to them every week. Ollie is amazingly patient and always adapts lessons to suit her interest to keep her engaged. SAM have been extremely helpful, friendly and accommodating and I cannot recommend them highly enough.
Kate Bradley
Kate Bradley
Both my sons have been having lessons for several years (piano and guitar) with SAM. They get so much support from David and really look forward to their lessons. Learning an instrument has been brilliant for their confidence and self-belief. I very much recommend SAM to any parents who are looking for patient, expert (and fun!) tuition for their children.
Jeremy “Mr Jezmondo” Coggon
Jeremy “Mr Jezmondo” Coggon
My daughter just loves her online lessons with Giulia. The interaction between them is fantastic and she has taught her how to sing and play the piano.....well it's all ongoing but she is having great fun doing it. A couple of times there have been connection issues and SAM were there to help facilitate getting the lesson started. I was sceptical of the lack face to face contact but not any more. It works on Zoom just fine. And my daughter really looks forward to her lesson. Nice one SAM

What is SAM and how does it work?

Established in 2008, the music service was known as the Sussex Academy of Music (SAM for short) – however, the academy started teaching further afeild and for the last few years, globally! The business now trades as SAM Music Service. 
Lessons can be carried out using any device with an internet connection and camera, such as laptops, iPads, tablets or smartphones. Simply log in and connect, it coudn’t be easier! We even offer a free pre-teaching connection call to make sure you are set up correctly and have easy access through our online platform to view your lesson recordings, reports and practice folders!


Rosie has had several online drumming lessons over the last few months. The online software used was easy to install and operate and worked faultlessly throughout with audio and video capability. The lesson was in Rosie’s viewpoint more focussed and faster flowing as she could see the tutor playing and also play along with the tutor. As it was from home, the playing space was comfortable mentally for her to play on which enhanced her mindset. She could see the music to play on the screen and liked the feature to see sections highlighted and annotated further by the tutor.

An excellent approach to tutoring and hasn’t detracted from lesson quality and in several ways enhanced the learning experience. Just like a normal lesson with more features.

Raoul Day

Father of Rosie

Safeguarding is paramount to SAM and we naturally take all efforts to protect our students and tutors alike. We host sessions securely, within our unique online platform “mySAM”. Behind the scenes, each individual lesson is password protected and includes end-to-end encryption using our own servers. All administrators use VPNs and no details are shared between the student and tutor. All our lessons are recorded and available on request which is preferable for those parents unable to accompany the child in the lesson. All of our tutors have enhanced DBS checks and carry out regular safeguarding and child protection training. SAM is GDPR compliant.

We’ve got you covered! 

Provided by our partners at UCan Play, access SAM’s carefully selected, affordable range of instruments and accessories for beginners to those looking for an upgrade.

Try a free
no-commitment taster lesson!

Childcare Vouchers accepted

SAM accepts all card payments and being Ofsted registered, we also accept Childcare vouchers and payments via the government’s tax free childcare scheme. You can also purchase Gift Vouchers here.

Complimentary set-up call

We want everything to be perfect for your first lesson. We will go through how mySAM works, give you tips on getting the most out of the online lessons and make sure your experience is as positive as possible!

Recordings and reports via mySAM

Every lesson is recorded and available to stream or download for 7 days. This is a fantastic way to help with practice and use alongside the weekly (and half-termly) lesson reports written by your tutor. Within 24 hours of the lesson your tutor will complete the report, covering what was undertaken during the lesson, practice suggestions and other useful information such as books used, downloadable resources within your unique practice folder and more! In addition, there is a termly summary report to always keep you in the loop of all progress made.

Claim your FREE online lesson here

  1. Complete this online form (it only takes a minute)
  2. SAM will contact you (to book the setup call)
  3. Receive free setup call (with one of our friendly team members)
  4. Receive free lesson (with one of our excellent tutors)
  5. SAM will contact you (to discuss how great the lesson was!)

Booking and Connectivity Support – 0800 756 9411

We have a team of friendly staff ready to help you with any booking or connectivity enquiries.

Our phonelines are open (term-time hours):

Monday-Thursday 9am – 8pm
Friday 9am – 7pm
Saturday 9am – 5pm

Green initiative

SAM believes that all businesses should strive to reduce their impact on the environment and fight climate change. By offering lessons online, students and tutors don’t have to travel, greatly helping towards SAM’s carbon-neutral footprint. We take every opportunity to champion this with web meetings rather than face-to-face, eco-friendly instrument suggestions and even our electricity is powered by Ecotricity, the UK’s only vegan energy company.



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