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Lessons offered by James
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • at his home
  • at your home
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • Music
  • Drum
  • Jazz Drumming
  • Djembe
  • Steel Drums
Levels
  • All Levels

Experienced drum teacher looking for enthusiastic students to teach. Home visits available.

Methodology

James is a talented, hard-working and enthusiastic drummer and saxophonist, based in Leeds. In 2019 he graduates from Leeds College of Music in BA (Hons) Jazz Drums. James has studied under Sebastian De Krom and Dave Walsh who have played with none other than Jamie Cullum, Chaka Khan and Sister Sledge.

James is very active as a gigging musician, performing throughout Leeds and the North of England regularly with multiple bands. His band 'Racoon Dog Soup' is a contemporary Jazz band performing original music. They have supported acts such as 'Rollertrio' and 'Werkha, and often take part in 'JazzNorth' education schemes. They have also played at the Leeds Jazz Festival in 2018 and at the First Direct Arena in 2019 engaging many members of the public with their music. James is also engaged regularly with function work playing pop tunes at parties, weddings and large events.

James has taught in his hometown Suffolk over the past 4 years and, after moving to Leeds, he has taught in various workshops with young musicians at Leeds College of Music, including at the Alt-Shift-J festival. For him, music is important to explore one’s creativity and emotional development. Learning an instrument can give a sense of achievement to an individual and helps develop self-confidence and involves using multiple parts of the brain leading to improvements in certain motor and auditory skills.

James teaches drums and percussion to all ages from absolute beginners to advanced students.

He is very patient and encouraging to all his students and has a lot of self-motivation and great organisational skills. James tries to use a range of teaching techniques to help his students, such as developing their musicianship through listening, clapping, performing and singing. He likes to engage students with creative and stimulating tasks to keep them focused and on their toes! James makes sure to pick appropriate material and exercises, depending on the student’s preferences and interests, whether it be in rock drumming, funk and jazz playing or learning to play along with your favourite bands.

He has experience working with grades and loves to see his students excel and achieve. He recognises different exam boards and their specific marking criteria and hopes to teach his students how to achieve the best grade possible, if that is what they want.

Typical lessons are exciting and focused on engaging the student with their task. Each student will have a personalised plan based around areas they want to explore, whilst also incorporating important elements such as technique, tone and theory in a fun and engaging way.

Versatile and able to teach in a wide variety of genres, James specialises in Jazz, Latin, fusion, funk and pop.

James understands that students can be nervous for their first lesson and that is why each lesson will begin with a simple chat. Your first lesson will always be fun as we explore your musical influences, what motivates you and which direction you want to take your playing. A little improvising on the instrument is a great way to get stuck in and develop the skills you have learnt from your lessons.

Beginners will only need to bring themselves. For drum lessons, you can bring drumsticks if you have them, but they can be provided for lessons. James recommends purchasing a practice pad so that your practice can be taken anywhere!

For those who may not want to purchase a saxophone straight away you can also rent them from some music shops, so you can get a taste for the instrument before buying one.

Lessons will start off very relaxed and simple. You will discuss influences and there will be some fun and engaging activities to get you stuck straight in.

Experience

Teaching experience includes:

Leeds City council (artforms) Leeds, UK
Peripatetic teacher

• Peripatetic drum kit and steel pan teaching at several primary schools in Leeds.
• Large class teaching of groups of up to 30 kids.
• Small group teaching
• Visiting new schools and providing whole day workshops to various groups

(during COVID-19)
• Creating online resources for the artforms website so that students can learn from home.
• Providing lesson plans for school teachers, so that students can continue to learn music.
• Teaching 1:1 lessons online using google classrooms.

2019-2020 Horsforth music center
Teaching assistant

• Assisting in teaching drums in small groups of different abilities and ages throughout the day
• Covering other teacher’s lessons on a variety of instruments when needed, either in group teaching
or 1:1
• Running a samba class for a range of ages.

I have played with top jazz musicians such as Cleveland Watkiss, Edgar Jones, Jamil Sheriff.

Proficient in all genres of Music, especially Jazz/funk/latin/pop and fusion

I am a current gigging musician playing around the country. These lessons could be a new take on drumming and we will explore all the aspects, textures, techniques and sounds of different genres.

Rates

Transportation Fee : £5
Rate for online lessons : £19/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : £85
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : £170
Lessons offered by James
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at his home
at your home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • Music
  • Drum
  • Jazz Drumming
  • Djembe
  • Steel Drums
Levels
  • All Levels

James 's CV

Qualifications

2016 - 2019 Leeds College of Music BA(Hons) Jazz Drums Leeds, UK

Teaching experience#

2019-2020 Leeds City council (artforms) Leeds, UK
Peripatetic teacher

• Peripatetic drum kit and steel pan teaching at several primary schools in Leeds.
• Large class teaching of groups of up to 30 kids.
• Small group teaching
• Visiting new schools and providing whole day workshops to various groups

(during COVID-19)
• Creating online resources for the artforms website so that students can learn from home.
• Providing lesson plans for school teachers, so that students can continue to learn music.
• Teaching 1:1 lessons online using google classrooms.

2019-2020 Horsforth music center
Teaching assistant

• Assisting in teaching drums in small groups of different abilities and ages throughout the day
• Covering other teacher’s lessons on a variety of instruments when needed, either in group teaching
or 1:1
• Running a samba class for a range of ages.

2019 Alt-shift J festival
• Collaborated with ‘Jazz North’ and working with bands such as ‘Werkha’ and ‘Roller trio’.
• Inspiring and engaging young musicians who are interested in jazz music.
• Encouraging young audiences to attend Jazz and improvised live music shows.

2015-2016 Private Teaching Suffolk, UK
• One to one drum lessons for children and amateur adults, demonstrating my ability to adapt and engage with students.
• Responsible for delivering fun and effective lessons that lead to the engagement of pupils in all ability ranges.
• Organisational skills to prepare lessons in advance.


Performance Highlights

Festival highlights include Party in the Park, Leeds jazz festival and Alt-Shitf-J Festival.
• Performed alongside artists such as Cleveland Watkiss, Werkha and roller trio.
• Toured Virginia US with County Upper swing Band.
• Performance venue highlights include the first direct arena in Leeds, the ‘Apex’ bury St Edmunds, Ely
Cathedral, Newmarket racecourse, Wentworth golf club.
• Regular gigs around Leeds and the north of England

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