‘My teacher Dave has helped me improve a lot since I started and I love the songs he chooses and what he does as a teacher.’
‘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 a teacher.’
Would you like your child to have the exciting, enjoyable and rewarding experience that music offers through learning to play the drums?
Drumming is great fun and the foundation of so much music. Perhaps your son or daughter would like to be in a band with their friends, learning and playing the music that they listen to, or play in one of the school’s bands or ensembles?
If they are just starting out on their musical adventure, the drums are a fantastic instrument to learn. Sit behind a drum kit and all you need are some sticks (if that!) to beat out a rhythm. Together we’ll work at developing these rhythms to create music.
Beyond putting some simple rhythms together, beginners often meet obstacles quite early on. In my experience younger students can come up against technical barriers quite quickly. Coordination and balance can be very frustrating, as much as knowing what drum fill to play and when to play it! My patient, good-humoured and systematic approach can help them get past issues such as these quickly, as we would address them before they become a problem. Getting it correct from the start is important. Something as simple (but often overlooked) as setting up and sitting behind the kit properly, can help overcome these issues.
I make sure every one of my students receives a well rounded experience of playing the drums. This will include learning and developing good technique, reading music, rudimental studies, knowing how and what to practise as well as learning many grooves, fills and drum parts from well known songs.
The student may also choose to follow a music syllabus and work towards obtaining grades. Both the Rockschool and Trinity’s Rock and Pop syllabus offers well-balanced, creative and exciting learning, which I can support them through.
How parents can help.
Younger students often need some help with their practise routine. When learning any instrument, it is important that regular and focussed practise takes place to enable good progress. I can help to work out a schedule that will ensure good and steady progress. Often once the student starts to see the benefits of practise they’re happy to put the time in. As acoustic drums can be very loud, it may be the case that a student can only practise at certain times, or for short periods. This is not a problem as the key to progress is regular, even if fairly brief, practise.
Electric drum kits are very effective where noise is an issue, but it is also possible to practise on an acoustic drum kit with dampening pads or a rubber practise kit. A lot of practise can also be done on a single rubber drum pad.
With my help, learn how to set up and tune the drum kit which sometimes isn’t so straightforward for a young student. Also, I would be happy to offer advice regarding purchasing a drum kit and accessories.
And remember, a metronome is essential!
‘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.’
‘Dave has been working as our primary drum tutor as part of a department team of nine peripatetic and curriculum staff. He is reliable, motivated, and interested in the progress of young people. His timetable is consistently full and students are willing and eager to attend lessons which I am sure is due, in no small part, to both his professionalism and positive attitude to work.’
Patrick Baxter, Head of Music at Haggerston School, LB of Hackney
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