Hi there! I am a professional percussionist with over 10 years of teaching experience. Please feel free to get in contact if you have any queries that aren't answered below.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
Drum Kit - all styles, technique, grades, exam boards.
Orchestral Percussion - including Timpani
Tuned Percussion - Marimba, Vibraphone
World Percussion - Cuban, Brazilian, West African
- Tell me about your qualifications.
I graduated from Trinity College of Music in 2010, with a Bmus degree (bachelor of music) 1st Class Honours in Percussion & Drum Kit. With extra modules in Arranging and Conducting.
ABRSM Grade 8 - Percussion
ABRSM Grade 5 - Jazz Piano
ABRSM Grade 5 - Music Theory
- How much do you charge?
Hour Lessons - £30
Half Hour Lessons - £20
Group lessons can also be arranged.
- Where do you teach?
I teach at my home in Petersfield, 10 minutes from the station, and happy to teach in the surrounding area (Guildford, Chichester) although travel costs will be included.
- When are you available?
I'm available during the week, evenings and weekends - so will always try to accommodate a time that is practical for you. I do ask that if students need to cancel lessons I am given no less than 24 hours notice.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach all ages and abilities, from absolute beginners, through to advanced level (diploma).
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I can provide drum lessons via Skype or FaceTime. Please feel free to contact me about this.
- Do you have a personal message for students?
Learning to play an instrument is great fun, and you never stop learning it! Whether you're just starting out or are thinking of of playing professionally/auditioning for college I can provide you with the expertise to achieve your goals.
- What kind of experience do you have?
On the performing side I've recorded for BBC Radio, BBC Television, Channel 4, Toured China with the Amadeus Orchestra, recorded sessions at Pinewood Studios, and played at the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall and Cadogan Hall. I've also done lots of theatre productions and pit work.
I currently teach percussion in Hampshire, Surrey and London, privately and in schools. I have been a percussion tutor for over 10 years, teaching every level of music from beginners to diploma level. I coach and write for percussion ensembles and orchestras, and have coached on the English Brass Academy with Paul Archibald, and at the Dartington summer school, as well as the county youth ensembles in Sussex and Croydon. I have been an assistant tutor at the Trinity Jazz Summer School in London.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
- Where and with whom did you train?
I have studied across the UK, Europe and Africa with a diversity of incredible musicians including master djembe drummers in Guinea, West Africa. My teachers at music college were...
Kevin Nutty - BBC Symphony Orchestra
Mick Doran - English National Opera
Gary Kettel - **Legendary Session Percussionist**
Dawson Miller - World Percussion
Roger Beaujolais - Jazz Vibes
Gillian Mcdonagh - Marimba
Dave Wickens - Jazz Drums
Charles Fullbrook - Timpani
Barak Schmool - Samba Batucada
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
- Tell me about some of your current students.
In addition to percussion students at Bedales and KES Witley, I have a 12-year-old currently about to sit grade 2, I'm working with an elderly percussionist with the dream of playing some Scott Joplin on the xylophone, and I'm working with an accomplished violinist, showing him some jazz drum patterns and techniques.
• Bmus (1st Class Honours) Trinity College of Music
• Enhanced DBS Check
• Musicians Union
My son has only been learning the drums for a very short time and I am amazed at the pace of work he has covered, Simon has also helped with Thomas' confidence. I love listening to him play. Thank you Simon.
Simon has the knack of relating the repetitive exercises that every drummer must learn to the young drummer's thirst to play pieces. In the first year studying with Simon, my son has won a music scholarship to a prestigious secondary school, and achieved a distinction in the T/G Grade 5 exam. He is now also learning marimba/vibes, and recently performed his first piece on marimba at school. I cannot recommend Simon highly enough.
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