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Having helped Janel build and establish Janels Drum Tuition   from 1999-2001, Tig started working full-time at the studio in August 2004 after graduating from De Montfort University with an Arts Management Degree. As well as managing the studio, Tig is a keen singer, performing as a soloist and in groups across the county. She is our resident Vocal Tutor and Musical Director of our unique rock choir, ‘RockavoX’. She is also a fully trained Arts Award Advisor, working alongside Janel to deliver the Bronze & Silver Arts Award. Tig sings in several performance choirs, raising money for charities around the county, including the Mid Norfolk Singers,  40’s swing band ‘Close Harmony’ and Songbyrd.


J.D.T. Music Academy opened it’s doors to the public in 2001, allowing local musician, Janel Spalding, to pursue her dream of building and running a music studio that would give people from all walks of life the opportunity to embrace music in a friendly and relaxed environment.

Our Mission:
To encourage, facilitate and nurture creativity within every individual that walks through our doors!

The facilities at J.D.T. Music Academy are complimented by a team of enthusiastic, hard-working tutors who specialise in many different instruments and genres of music. Each member of staff has completed an Enhanced Criminal Records Bureau Check and undergone a rigorous training program.

We also appreciate that everyone is different and pride ourselves on providing a tailor-made package

to suit the needs of every individual.


Having played in several professional bands since she was
15 years old, Janel became a freelance Drum Teacher in 1991, providing peripatetic lessons for Norfolk County Council as well as teaching from home. Having built her reputation and local client base, Janel soon needed larger premises and so took the opportunity to run Janel’s Drum Tuition from a converted barn in North Tuddenham.

Building a purpose built music facility had always been a lifetime ambition, and when the new studio opened in 2001, Janel finally realised her dream. Since that time, it has flourished into a hub of different music activities where
there really is something for everyone.

Since 2001, Janel has broken two World Records (Drum Kit Marathon for a Team) and written two Drum books! As well as her private teaching, Janel is a fully trained Arts Award Advisor, delivering weekly workshop sessions for students who wish to pursue the Discover, Explore, Bronze, Silver & Gold awards. She also runs a number of weekly music therapy sessions for local groups and individuals. Janel runs Drum Fit classes every Monday evening, co-ordinates J.D.T. Music Academy’s student performance band, K-OS Live, and plays Bass Guitar & Percussion in RockavoX’s house band.

The Games Room - Designed & Paid for by students & staff in 2010

Janel Spalding - Partner / Creative Director

Nia Howe BA (Tig) - Partner / General Manager