Shades Music shop, repair and tuition centre, was opened by Christopher Poole on the 1st December 2007.

Shades have 100’s of regular customers and helping over 250 students per week, achieve their goals!

We also sell beginner and intermediate instruments as well as all accessories and offer a full repair centre for Woodwind, guitars, ukuleles and bass.

Shop opening times are from 14:00 – 20:00 Monday – Friday and 9:30 until 17:30 on Saturdays 

From Rock & Reggae through to Classical, Jazz and Blues, we’re here to help you achieve your goals in any style!

We encourage our students to take regular graded exams (entirely optional). These are fully accredited to be equivalent to low grade GCSEs at the lower end, all the way up to A-level and UCAS points in the upper grades, or simply play for FUN.


Located in central Moseley, with plenty of parking and some of the cities best coffee shops a short walk away the music school is great for either dropping off children or staying and waiting for them.

We’re also located just by the number 1, 35 and 50 bus stops.

We have a waiting room where parents/students can relax on our sofas and chairs while using our free wifi or catching up on some work.



We think it’s great to have our students taking regular graded exams (entirely optional). These differ depending on the instrument and genre. For Classical students we use either ABRSM or Trinity Guildhall, however for contemporary music we usually suggest Rock School or RGT.

These all count to be GCSEs at the lower end and A-level and UCAS points in the upper grades.

A Little Bit Of History

We were recently given this image of the shop, amazing how little things have changed in 70 Years!