|Frequently Asked Questions|
Can I come along to my child's lesson?
Yes of course you can. It can be nice to see what we do in lessons so you can help with practise at home.
Am I too old to learn drums?
Of course not! Drums are a great way to have fun at any age and get rid of any pent up anger. What can be more fun than hitting things and being noisy with bits of wood! You might not become the next big thing but I guarantee you'll have lot of fun. My oldest student currently is a 73 year old lady and she is doing fantastic!
What age should I start my child's lessons from?
Children can learn music from any age and it really helps with their creativity. I recommend toy instruments from a young age but learning to play properly and paying for lessons I think will be valuable from the age ten or above when their attention spans are greater.
Are lessons catered for what I want to learn?
I teach my own curriculum and inside that there is a lot of room for learning what you want to learn. I really think learning different styles and techniques is important but I want my lessons to be fun and I want people to learn what they are interested in.
Will lessons help me play in a band?
Yes, definitely. My lessons are designed to give you the techniques, discipline and desire to get on stage and play in a band. There is no feeling like playing in a band and my lessons will give you the knowledge to do that. Including working on band skills and learning how to quickly learn songs.
What qualifications do you have?
I have seven GCSE's at C or above including Maths and English. I also have two A levels In Music Industry Studies and a Higher Diploma in Popular Music Performance. (classed as higher than a grade 8 on standard drum set and grade 5 music theory) I also have a 2:1 Degree in Popular Music Performance from the Academy of Contemporary Music in Guildford.
Can I take any grade exams?
Yes I am comfortable with all the different grading systems and have a 100% pass rate. I mostly use the Rockschool grade system but also teach Trinity (both Rock and Pop and Normal).
How will I know if I'm improving?
I use a lot of my own worksheets and you will be taught good technique, rudiments, Improvisation, music theory, drum set history and to read music to a good level. You will also be able to play along to a variety of tracks and learn any songs you want to. After a short time you will definitely see a huge improvement in all aspects of your playing.
Can I book lessons via Email?
Yes just see the link on the contact page. You can also book lessons via text message and by giving me a phone call.
Can I have lessons at the same time each week?
Yes you can book lessons and have them at exactly the same time every week.
What about payment?
I accept most types of payment. This includes Cash, Cheque, Bank Transfer.
Do you charge a cancellation fee?
Yes but only if you cancel a lesson with less than 24 hours notice. You can cancel lessons by text message or by phoning. This is only because I have to book the practise room.
Will I have opportunities to play live?
Yes In the future I will work very closely with a local guitar tutor, bass tutor and vocal coach and we will each teach our students songs with the opportunity to form bands and play a live concert. There is no better feeling than playing live and it will be a great opportunity to show your friends and family how much you've progressed.
When do lessons take place?
Lessons are really flexible and i aim to find a time that best suits you. If you give me a call or email i can discuss the times available and plan the lessons at the most convenient time for you.
What about a CRB check?
I have a fully enhanced CRB check that can be seen by parents on request.