‘I would recommend Dave not only as a practitioner within a school based music environment but also as a creative and enthusiastic teacher in a wider context.’

  • Patrick Baxter, Head of Music at Haggerston School, LB of Hackney

‘Dave has helped me improve my coordination and my ability to read music. He has also made me more aware of keeping time. I would recommend Dave as a teacher.’

  • Sam, 13

‘Dave has really helped a lot with grooving and timing and has really helped me improve as a drummer.’

  • Ife, 14

‘My lessons have really helped my timing. Dave has made the boring parts of learning to drum fun and has really helped my understanding by clearly showing and playing beats for me.’

  • Elif, 15

‘I asked Dave for help with holding tempo and warm-ups. He gave me practical and straightforward advice that helped me improve my technique. Dave is approachable, helpful and enthusiastic and always a pleasure to work with.

  • Martin, 51

‘For an adult picking up the sticks for the first time, I couldn’t recommend Dave more highly. He is a highly experienced drummer with an accomplished understanding of both the music theory and practical application of playing the drums. He takes a highly personal approach to teaching, investing time up front to understand your motivations for learning the drums, as well as the types of music you are interested in. Dave also goes above and beyond, taking time to help me choose the right drum kit to buy, and always thinking of sheet music he can provide to help my practice. All in all, I’ve loved my experience learning the drums from scratch with Dave!’

  • Prash, 26

I have learnt more than 30 lessons with Dave now- he is kind and professional. From a complete beginner, now I am able to play lots of songs/music with confidence. Thanks Dave:).’

  • Claire, 23

‘I’m a very late starter in drumming. Three months after I began drumming, aged 46, I started having drum lessons from Dave in the summer of 2016. The first key thing he did was improve my timing and playing to the metronome. He was patient and his methods were effective and first class. We have then moved onto learning every possible beat and rhythm to improve my all round drumming proficiency. Again, patience and sharp guidance was always forthcoming from him. We then moved onto doing grades and, with Dave’s thorough guidance, I have now completed grades 1, 2, 3 and 4. I’m very proud of this achievement as it’s late in life, and I owe a lot to Dave’s guidance. We have also worked on myself developing and building a long drum solo, played to music sheets and edited and coordinated by him. We are also about to embark on a new, more advanced one.  I have come a long way with Dave. Lessons are varied, adaptable and very constructive. I get a lot from them and he is not afraid to tell me that I’m doing it wrong. I have been with him 3 years now and will continue to be so. I have a long way still and still rely much on him.’

  • Yasser, 49