I'm happy teaching complete beginners as well as more advanced players. I cater my approach to each student, adjusting my subject matter and style to you. If a student requires more time to focus on certain things I can step back and simply give them time to work things out, or if one prefers a stricter approach I can do that too. I have many of my own worksheets and examples that I use to deliver lessons. While I emphasise learning to read music well, it's not the only way to improve and more often than not I employ other methods to teach rhythms and techniques - most importantly, training the ear!
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I've been playing drums for over 20 years and now have my own studio where I record and teach. I have a 1st Class degree in Jazz and I have played many different styles of music. I've played professionally for 15 years and have toured all over the world.
Prices negotiable for beginner students or younger students who may require shorter lessons (e.g. 30 minutes). Home visits depend on distance - SE London preferable.
Cancellation up to the day before: no charge.
Cancellation on the day: 50% of agreed fee.
2008 to 2011 - Middlesex University London
BA Jazz 1st Class Honours
2006 to 2008 - Platform One College of Music
BTEC National Diploma in Music Practice: Distinction, Distinction, Distinction (Equiv. to 3 A’s at A level)
Grade 8 Drums - Distinction
Grade 8 Guitar - Merit
ABRSM Music Theory Grade 5 - Distinction
2017 to Present - Drum Tutor at Woolwich Polytechnic
Teaching both one to one and group lessons, ages 11-16
Teaching students a range of skills on the drum kit inc. specific hand/foot techniques as well as musical styles from Rock and Pop to Jazz and Afro-Cuban
Preparing lesson materials inc. sheet music where necessary
Preparing students for instrumental exams inc. Trinity Rock & Pop grades
DBS check May 2017
2004 to Present - Private Instrumental Tutor
Teaching drums, percussion and guitar to people of all ages and abilities
Composing and preparing material for lessons
Running drumming and percussion workshops
2004 to Present - Professional Musician
Working with various bands and band leaders as a sideman
Leading bands playing many different genres at a variety of events
Organising live events
Organising musicians, equipment and logistics
Sound engineering live and in the studio
Various administrative roles inc. handling finances
Notable Live Performances
Isle of Wight Festival, June 2008 - Magic Octagon
Porgy and Bess Jazz Club (Vienna, Austria), November 2013 - Paul Armfield Band
Cognac Jazz Festival (Cognac, France), July 2014 - Myron & E
Royal Festival Hall, December 2014 - Benoit Viellefon
Italian Cultural Institute (Paris, France), September 2015 - Maria Chiara Argirò
London Jazz Festival, Nov 2015, ’16 & ’17 - Valia Calda, Maria Chiara Argirò and Gaspar Sena Quartet
Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club, July 2016 - Gaspar Sena Quartet
Love Supreme Jazz Festival, July 2016 - Jamie Leeming Band & Maria Chiara Argirò
Pozzuoli Jazz Festival (Naples, Italy), July 2017 - Maria Chiara Argirò
Blue Note Jazz Festival (Paris, France), November 2017 - Alfa Mist
Soul at Seoul Jazz Festival (Seoul, Korea), December 2017 - The Shirt Tail Stompers
Big Bang Jazz Festival (Bangkok, Thailand), February 2018 - The Shirt Tail Stompers
as well as appearing regularly at London’s top venues inc. The Vortex, 100 Club and Camden Jazz Café
A Million Ways To Make Gold - The Voluntary Butler Scheme; Split Records 2013
The Sky Is Big Tonight: Between The Lines 6 (Live Compilation) - Paul Armfield; Hoanzl 2014
Mon Amour - Benoit Viellefon; JohnJohn Records 2014
Valia Calda EP - Valia Calda; Self Release 2015
Heartsong EP - Jamie Leeming; Self Release 2015
The Fall Dance - Maria Chiara Argirò; Odradek Records 2016
Shirt Tail Bounce - The Shirt Tail Stompers feat. Luca Filastro; Self Release 2016
Antiphon - Alfa Mist; Pink Bird Records 2017
Methexis - Valia Calda; Self Release 2018
Dark Eyes - The Shirt Tail Stompers feat. Luca Filastro; Self Release 2018
Khonsu-Ka - Mark Chettle Quartet; Self Release 2018
Hidden Seas - Maria Chiara Argirò; Cavalo 2019
Broadway Holdover - The Shirt Tail Stompers; TBC 2019
“Untitled” - Mark Chettle Trio; TBC 2019
TV & Radio Broadcast
Radio Eins, Berlin, Germany - Live Performance with Paul Armfield Band, October 2013
BT Sport UK - Live Performance with Benoit Viellefon, March 2014
BBC Radio 3 - Live Performance with Valia Calda from the RAH, September 2014
BBC Radio 6 - Maria Chiara Argirò The Fall Dance album featured June 2017
- among others in the UK and Europe
Perfect! So far my daughter has so far had three drum lessons with Gaspar. His lessons are excellent. He patiently explains everything and my daughter have loved every one. He has adjusted to her needs and sought to find the best ways to cope with the challenges of online lessons.
Looking forward to our next lesson!
I have known Gaspar for many years and, as a teacher of GCSE music myself, I’ve found his approach has worked for students of various ages and abilities. He is calm and patient and makes the lessons fun and accessible. Highly recommend!
So far my daughter has so far had three drum lessons with Gaspar. His lessons are excellent. He patiently explains everything and my daughter have loved every one. He has adjusted to her needs and sought to find the best ways to cope with the challenges of online lessons. We would highly recommend Gaspar.
Gaspar is a great musician and communicator and has a track record of teaching very successfully at the school where I am head of music. I’ve known him for more than four years and I have nothing but good things to say about him. Fully recommended!
Gaspar has many years' experience as a private tutor and teacher in schools, and is always very professional and reliable. He really listens to students and adapts to their way of learning. Would highly recommend!
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