I'm Stuart Smith, a drums and percussion teacher living in Grayshott. I have over 5 years teaching experience and my enthusiasm and passion for the subject sets me apart from other teachers.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach Drum Kit and Percussion.
- Tell me about your qualifications.
I have a BAhons degree in contemporary music performance specialising in drum kit. I also have a higher diploma from the same institution; the academy of contemporary music in Guildford. I hold As levels in music and business. I have taken grade 8 drum kit with Trinity Guildhall and grade 5 music theory with ABRSM.
- How much do you charge?
I teach for £25 per hour - £20 for 45mins. My most popular lessons are 45mins as they are good value and offer enough time to fully explore the lesson material. I charge a nominal amount for travel depending how far away you live contact me for more details.
- Where do you teach?
I am a visiting drum teacher and I teach at students homes. You have to have a drum kit electric or acoustic but I can bring everything else.
5 Reasons why having lessons in your own home makes more sense than a private studio or at school:
• You can have the kit set up as you want electric or acoustic.
• The lessons are focused on your individual development and are tailored to your needs. No â€œone size fitsâ€ all approach.
• You do not have to wait in the car or waiting room for your child's lesson to end.
• You only pay for the lessons you use and you can cancel 24hours before the lesson with no penalty.
• You do not waste money and time on travel to and from the lessons.
Lessons can take place anywhere within a 20 mile radius including Haslemere, Guildford, Liphook, Bordon, Godalming, Farnham, Alton, Petersfield and Liss
- When are you available?
I am available Monday to Friday until 9pm each evening. The most popular times are 4-6pm so if you are interested in a regular after school slot get in touch with me ASAP. I also operate a waiting list for students who wish to have a particular time. At the moment I have a one or two slots that have opened up after school due to pupils moving on to different areas or university.
I occasionally have availability at the weekend but due to performance commitments I cannot always guarantee a weekend slot.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach students from the age of 7 upwards and I can teach from complete beginners to advanced players.
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
I have experience teaching for the Rockschool graded exams Debut - grade 8. I can also teach the Trinity Guildhall sylabus and prepare pupils for GCSE or A level music performance exams. I have experience of pupils using drum lessons as a skill for their duke of Edinburgh awards. I passed my grade 8 in 2006 I also studied GCSE and As level music. My pupils have a 100% Rockschool pass rate.
- Do you have a personal message for students?
Contact me to get started today. Stay loose and have fun!
- What kind of experience do you have?
I have been teaching pupils for over 5 years. I believe the lessons I give are fun and enriching, allowing the student to reach their full potential. I have taught Rockschool and Trinity Guildhall exams and have a 100% pass rate. Please see my CV for further information.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
I have an enhanced disclosure CRB from 2013.
- Where and with whom did you train?
I originally started drumming in a marching band playing the snare drum then moved on to the drum kit when I was at secondary school and studied under Tom Reavey. I passed my grade 8 drums and my grade 5 theory while I was there. I was taught by Mike Sturgis, Pete Rilley, Paul Elliott and Stu Roberts at the ACM in Guildford. We also had frequent guest lectures from drummers like: Dave Weckl, Thomas Lang, Andrew Small, Akira Jimbo and John Blackwell Jr.
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
I am a member of Hudson Music's Teacher Integration Program and the Musicians Union.
• BA Hons Contemporary Music Performance
• Grade 8 Trinity Guildhall Drums Grade 5 Music Theory
• Enhanced Disclosure CRB
• Hudson Music Teacher Integration Program, Musicians Union
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
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