Find the answers to the most common questions asked about taking drum lessons.
Not at all, you are more than welcome to start lessons without owning your own drum kit. Indeed, you might be surprised to find how many places have a drum kit that you just might be able to practise upon for a small fee. Local schools, Churches, colleges, universities, music shops and of course local rehearsal studios often have drums that you are able to rent out for an hour or two.
Not at all, I teach students of all abilities. No prior musical experience is needed before your first lesson and I am more than happy to teach you everything that you need to know about playing the drum from the kick drum upwards.
I teach the majority of my lessons from a dedicated drum studio, located on Floodgate St, B5 5SR in central Birmingham. It has great transport links, enabling students from across the city to be able to attend my lessons. My teaching space has all the equipment we need for our drum lessons and is a great environment to learn within. Click on the map below to bring up my rough location on Google Maps - my full teaching address will be provided upon booking your first lesson.
I am also able to offer home tuition to a small number of students (additional costs for travel time may be charged depending on your location). For more information please get in touch.
You certainly can. I offer non-compulsory courses for grades 1-8, enabling students to gain great achievements as well as bagging some extra UCAS points when applying to university.
Absolutely, there are some great left-handed drummers out there - Dominic Howard (Muse), Phil Collins (Genesis) and Travis Barker (Blink-182) who leads with his left hand on a right-handed kit to name a few. I would be more than happy to teach you to play the drums if you are left-handed.
Wearing ear protection is no bad thing if you are a drummer. Indeed, there are some great in-ear plugs that are not too bulky (or fall off while playing) that also enable sound to pass through at lower levels (i.e. when you pause to talk about the music with a teacher) so you don't have to keep putting them in and out. I am happy to advise more about this during our first lesson - especially when it comes to young learners where the advice is slightly different.
Absolutely, there is a great range of music shops across Birmingham that offer instruments of all budgets. For more information simply check out an article about Music Shops in Birmingham.
Please note that Drum Lessons Birmingham operates a strict 24-hour cancellation policy. This means that if a lesson is cancelled within 24 hours of the arranged time the student will be charged the full price of the lesson. Should you need to cancel a lesson please contact me at your earliest opportunity to re-arrange.
One to one lessons are still available in person, but social distancing measures have been introduced to ensure the safety of all participants and in accordance with Musician’s Union guidelines. The teaching studio is a large and well ventilated space. It now has two drum kits set up more than two metres apart, allowing for demonstration without the sharing of equipment. There is now at least a half hour gap between each lesson taught, in order to clean all contact points properly and to minimise the amount of people in the building at any one time. Those taking lessons are required to wear a mask and to bring their own drumsticks if possible.
To book your first drum lesson or simply find out more about my drum tuition don't hesitate to get in touch via the form below.