I’m Stuart Smith a professional drum teacher based in Fleet with over 12 years experience.
I offer 1-1 lessons to students of all ages and abilities from Fleet, Farnham, Farnborough Aldershot and surrounding areas.
Lessons take place at my drum studio in Church Crookham which is equipped with a top of the range Roland electric kit.
If you are a complete beginner I have a step by step course guiding you through the basics of drumming. Build your rhythmic vocabulary and be able to play songs you enjoy.
If you are returning to drumming I can give your playing a complete tune-up working on technique, coordination, timing, tone and feel. I will also provide you with an arsenal of new groove and fill ideas as well as learning your favourite songs.
Advanced students can work on more complex ideas, incorporating different styles as well as advice on how to be a professional musician.
My teaching philosophy…
I believe that learning drums should be fun. Practice should be something you really want to do, and very much enjoy, so I view it as a large part of my job as a teacher to make sure that this is the case, and that you are suitably inspired to want to improve and learn at a rate that is comfortable for you.
Learning the drums is all about striking the right balance between various elements:
Learning important techniques and fundamental playing skills
Learning the “vocabulary” of drumming, like beats and fills
Learning songs and playing to music
The drum studio is located at my home near Redfields garden center with easy on road parking at any time. Lessons take place on a Roland TD30K drum kit which is amplified by Presonus monitors. The studio has WiFi and tea and coffee is available. I have a large amount of my own teaching material and a library of drum books and DVDs which I lend out to regular students.
Why choose me as your drum teacher?
• I’ve taught drums for over 12 years and have a good understanding of how to get the best out of every student.
• I have a great fun beginners curriculum that gets you playing the drums quickly.
• I’ve studied with some of the UK’s top drummers including Pete Riley, Mike Sturgis, Craig Blundell and Pete Cater.
• I have a degree in contemporary music performance.
• I play drums actively in a number of different bands and I think it’s important to bring real-world experience to lessons.
• I have a lot of experience teaching in schools and colleges as well as adult students.
• I offer all students the option to take Rockschool or Trinity grades these are great fun and a real achievement. Grade 6 and above are worth UCAS points for University.
• I have an up to date DBS check and can provide references from other parents.
• I want all my students to enjoy playing the drums and feel motivated to practice and improve their skills.
60 mins £32
45 mins £26
30 mins £20
• BA Hons in Contemporary Music Performance ACM
• Higher Diploma in Contemporary Music Performance ACM
• Grade 8 Trinity Guildhall Drum Kit
• Grade 5 ABRSM Music Theory
• Enhanced Disclosure CRB
Bands: Our Lost Infantry, Jumpstart, Dr Pop, The Jump Pilots, Kamla, Richard Lee, Paul Slack, Orison, Jonathan Thompson and more
Musical Theatre: Fame, We Will Rock You, Footloose, Legally Blonde, This Too Shall Pass, The Wizard of Oz, High School Musical, Beauty and the Beast, Bugsy Malone, Jesus Christ Superstar and Godspell.
I found Stuart Smith to be consistently organised, encouraging, supportive and flexible. His patience, clarity of explanation and confidence was sufficiently balanced to make me want to learn more. I would have no hesitation in recommending him to anyone.
Stuart is a patient and talented drum teacher, who manages to adjust his methods and expectations according to the pupil and their individual needs.
I was highly impressed with the quality of Stuarts drumming lessons. He was conscientious and patient tailoring the lessons to my ability and the type of music I was interested in. He was always well prepared before lessons and gave a lot of thought to their content. I thoroughly recommend him to anyone wanting to learn drums.
Top qualities: Great Results , Personable
Provided detailed and interesting tuition would recommend with confidence.
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