About Stars & Catz

Our purpose: Support people to realise their music dreams

Whether it’s campfire guitar or the last night of the proms, Stars & Catz exists to support people in realising their music dreams.

What is Stars & Catz?

Stars & Catz is your companion in learning music. Whether you’re starting out, or an expert, picking up and putting down or sprinting, we’re with you for the long haul. With great articles, tools, partner offers and an international network of lesson providers, we’ve got you covered.

Our international network is a collective of top quality professional music teachers and music schools, supported by a small team of people who are dedicated to matching students with teachers.

(Hello from the team.)

We’re also partnered with the best online learning platforms in the world to bring you options for online lessons and courses.


Stars & Catz was founded by Oliver Braithwaite (Oli), himself a singer/songwriter and music teacher. After many years teaching privately, Oli noticed that no one seemed to be looking after music students and teachers, all in one place, for the long haul. Before too long, Stars & Catz was born.

Our mission is to help anyone who wants to learn an instrument (or sing!) get learning, and to help good teachers be chock full with as many students as they can handle. We believe that learning should be fun, easy and fast. Could there be anything more satisfying than helping teachers overflow with students and students achieve their music dreams? We don’t think so.

Why the name?

At its inception, Stars and Catz was all about music lessons for either guitar or piano. We knew we’d have an uphill battle with ‘Music Lessons For Guitar Or Piano’ so we needed a name.

Ideally, one that wasn’t boring.

We reasoned that if you were going to learn guitar or piano, you were aiming to become a ‘guitar star’ or a ‘jazzy cat’.

Hey presto: Stars & Catz. (Oh and we liked those jazzy ‘z’s so much, we decided to keep one.)

Now, of course, Stars & Catz covers all kinds of musical instruments (including voice), and we wouldn’t change a thing.