1. Where are you based?
2. Do you travel to students homes?
Only under special circumstances, please contact me for details. I prefer to teach at my home studio as I have two drum kits set up side by side so there is no need to keep swapping places during lessons to demonstrate new things.
3. Are you CRB/DBS checked?
Yes, for your peace of mind, I hold an enhanced CRB check.
4. How do I book a lesson?
By phone or email (my contact details are at the top of the page)
5. Do you offer discounts for block bookings?
Yes, lesson costs are reduced if you choose to book blocks of 5 or more lessons. For example, 5 Studio Lessons = £125 (save £25)
6. How long are the lessons?
Lessons are normally one hour long. Two hour sessions are also available. Shorter lessons are not available.
7. How frequently should I have my lessons?
Lessons are booked on a weekly basis.
8. What is the your cancellation policy?
Cancellations must be made 24 hours before the lesson. Cancellations with less notice will incur the full lesson fee. To discontinue lessons, a written notice period of no less than 5 lessons must be given.
9. What levels do you teach?
Beginner and Intermediate Levels
10. What styles do you teach?
Beginners start with basic rock patterns, then move on to funk, pop and jazz styles. I also offer tuition in jazz independence, drum and bass, advanced rock, hip-hop and latin to more advanced students.
11. What ages do you teach?
12. I've just got a new drum kit, can you come to my home and set it up/tune it?
Yes. The standard cost for drum kit setup and tuning is £40 for two hours. Please contact me for details. Price may vary depending on my travel time and your requirements
13. I want to start playing the drums but I can't afford/don't have space for a drum kit. Can I still learn?
Obviously you can progress faster if you have access to a drum kit, but it certainly won't stop you learning to play. There are a few possible solutions:
- find a friend with a drum kit who's happy to let you play once in a while
- go to a rehearsal studio, many have dedicated drum rooms, or you can rent a kit and room for a reasonable price.
14. How long does it normally take to master the basics?
Students can expect to achieve a solid foundation on the drums within 3 to 6 months depending on how much they can practice and how quickly they can progress. You will learn lots of cool patterns and techniques within your first month, but mastering these will take a little longer.
15. I don't read music, is that a problem?
Not at all, students are encouraged to read drum music from their first lesson but it is not required. Drum music is different to standard music because each part of the stave represents a different part of the drum kit.
16. I've always wanted to have a go at playing drums. Can I just come along for a taster session?
Of course, you can get a full introduction to the drums in just 1 hour and then decide if you would like to continue learning.