Head Office Team


Our Head Office support and management team ensure the smooth running of the Foundation and take care of the following: teacher training, DBS checks, child protection training, funded school assemblies, timetable administration, parent queries, parent invoicing/collection and tutor monitoring. We also coordinate all examination entries with ABRSM, Trinity Guildhall and Rockschool (RSL) and are proud to boast a 98% pass rate over 20 years.


Steve Sammut

Founder & Director

Having studied classical guitar with Trinity College London I had the pleasure to begin my music career with the former “Royal Viking Cruise” playing classical guitar concerts on a world cruiser with the added  benefit of travelling to over 40 countries.

I  have had the pleasure to  perform private concerts for the Late Lord Litchfield the queens photographer, Birthday parties for  actors such as Richard Attenborough and Jean Michel Cousteau son of Jacques Cousteau


In 1995 I set up Scamps Music  which became The Rock and Pop Foundation and wrote and created the accredited trainer series syllabus and odd tourist band book series used by over 50,000 children to date.


My passion is  to “Raise the standards in music education “ and provide a unique teaching environment in which professional musicians can work alongside our  schools  in a uniformed approach, furthermore  enable young musicians to successfully map a pathway provided by innovative music programmes through a network portal for information, advise, jobs, education and industry links. Some of my proudest moments within Rock and Pop Foundation is taking former student Sam Carrington who started learning with us at 7 years old though an apprenticeship into senior management and now leading the organisation as well as being  instrumental in the starting career of Lisbee Stainton.


A former student of The Rock and Pop Foundation who at eighteen years old, Lisbee was the first unsigned artist to play London's O2 Arena. Soon after, 6 Music’s Tom Robinson discovered her song 'Red', and his support subsequently led to a further four of her tracks being play listed by BBC Radio 2. Since then, Stainton has consistently toured the UK and Europe, both as a headline act and a support act, with artists such as Joan Armatrading, Seth Lakeman, Paul Carrack, Gretchen Peters, Fisherman’s Friends and Paul Brady.

I have work alongside producer  Jed Leventhall and have created a television band format, met with SYCO management as well as Endemol and  always look to reach out into newer formats such as “Battle of the Brands” for the corporate music development world.


For fun I still play alongside Sean Wilkinson and enjoy flamenco guitar as well playing in a Duo called 'Acoustic Sofa'.

Steve Sammut - Acoustic Sofa Demo
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Chris Smith

Director Of School Services

Sam Carrington

School Services Leader

Chris Smith

Director of Schools Services

Chris began learning the classical guitar at the age of 8. He soon began performing in local Young Musician competitions, Guitar festivals and recitals. Also an accomplished Saxophonist, Chris has been playing at corporate events and weddings since a young age and began teaching the Guitar aged 16. Whilst music has always been his first love and real passion, under pressure from his parents to get a ''proper job'' Chris worked for a Global Bank

The Frets Function Band & Acoustic Duo

Both Chris and Sam are part of a four piece party band & acoustic duo based in Surrey and Hampshire.

Specialising in Weddings and corporate events The Frets are a collective of talented musicians each bringing their own qualities and tastes to the table. From Classic Rock to disco and funk, The Frets have got all bases covered.





Our Tutors

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Leo Thornley East Anglia Team Leader

Leo has been working for the Rock and Pop Foundation since 2010 after completing a music teaching course at Access to Music. Leo first started playing the trumpet at the age of 7 before progressing onto the piano, guitar and drums. He is primarily a classical guitarist but also has a keen interest in Rock and Folk styles. He currently plays in Rock duo BK and Dad which has seen him collaborate with many other bands.