I have been teaching drums for 30-ish years.
It is a challenging but also a fun, wonderful... fantastic instrument.
I teach beginners, amateurs, pros... I prepare up to Grades 8 (Trinity College and Rock School)
Age range: 5 to 75
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
Drums (full drum-kit).
- Tell me about your qualifications.
A student of Kenny Clark and Dante Agostini in Paris, I have been the founder and manager of the largest private music school in France - 1982-1992. I have been teaching drums as well as training aspiring drum teachers for 20+ years. I am the author of 2 drum books (in French language) which have sold several thousand: 'La Methode' and 'B.A. BA Batterie' and of an extensive course about rhythm: 'Opening Number 1'. Since 2001 I teach drums in my studio based in south East London.
I no run The School Of Rhythm in South East London and have carefully selected 4 other teachers to work with me - all pro drummers with music degrees from London top universities. Each one is an experienced drummers in its own right with excellent credits. Each one has excellent communications and teaching skills. We all love children.
- How much do you charge?
One-off lessons are charged at £54/hour for adults and £43/hour under 18 years old. Packages of 4, 8, 12 and 19 weekly lessons are cost effective (from £27 per hour).
- Where do you teach?
Our state of the heart sound proofed drum studios are located in Maple Road between Penge West and Penge East Train stations and at 1min walk from the main bus stops on Penge High Street. We still have a presence near Forest Hill Train Station in SE23. (15mins from London Bridge, 20min from Waterloo). Plenty of buses are stopping at our doors making it easy access for students living in Sydenham, Lewisham, Brokley, Bromley, Croydon, Camberwell, Greenwich, Earn Hill, Beckenham, Penge, Earn Hill, Tulse Hill, Peckham, Brockley, Dulwich, etc. I am open to other local schools or community projects who wish to offer top professional drum tuition.
Our studios are equipped with professional drums kits and 450 watts sound systems. They benefit of 24hrs CCTV, fire extinguishers and security exit signs.
We have a kitchenette for our student to make tea or coffee, and comfortable sofas and seats while they wait.
- When are you available?
We are opened 7 days a week 10AM till 10PM (till 8PM on week-ends)
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
From 5 to no limit.
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
We prepare students for the grades (1-8) of Trinity Guildhall and Rock School since 2006 and have 100% success so far - 99.99% with merit or distinctions.
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
None for now, but watch that space.
- Do you have a personal message for students?
- What kind of experience do you have?
As a musician: I am a professional drummer who has been performing for 35 years internationally in all imaginable contexts: tours with household names, TV shows, radio shows, clubs, circus, pro marching band, functions, music festivals, jazz concerts... I established the 1st ever world record of the longest drum solo in France (French Guinness Book 1986) - 24hours 40min on the sea on a catamaran named 'Jaz'. I am fluent in most styles of music: Rock, Funk, R & B, Disco, Soul, Jazz etc. I currently manage and perform with a dance covers band, a jazz quartet and an original alternative project. As a teacher: 20+ years of teaching experience. Aside from my private practice, I have also taught drums to year 7 and 8 students at Evelyn Grace Academy in Brixton twice a week for 2 years. I also teach special needs children - Dyslexia and autism.
Ben Pearson, Jack Summerfield and Carlos Alberici are the other teachers (see our web site for more info)
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Yes. number 0(concealed information)3ne.Each of our teachers has one.
- Where and with whom did you train?
Kenny Clark and Dante Agostini in Paris.
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
I am today a member of Ampband and have been a Musician Union member for more than 20 years.
- Tell me about some of your current students.
My students are great! The youngest is 4 1/2, the wisest is 76. Most of my adult students range 18-38 including 30% females and quite a few in their 50s and 60s.
For those who wish to take this route, I prepare them for the Grades 1 to 8 at Trinity College London or the Rock School.
We have had 100% success so far, 99% with merit or distinction.
Some students want to become pro-drummers, some just do it for fun in their garage, or plan to simply put together a band with friends and play in local pubs etc.
My students stay with me for a while...6, 8, 10 years... they become friends of course and I am happy to guide them whenever they consider music as a career.
About 50% start playing in a band within 2-3 years after starting to study drums at the school.
My 1st UK student is Yusseff Dayes who is the drummer of United Vibrations and played with Aloa black. He has performed at many festivals and in National TV channels here and abroad (late with Jools Holland (UK), Nagui (France) etc. He also got a full page feature in Drummer Magazine UK in January 2011.
• CRB number: 0(concealed information)3 - Child Protection Awareness Certified
• Musicians Union
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