learning the Drums
Bio: A modern drum kit consists of a snare drum, bass drum, hi-hat, cymbals and tom-toms. It’s also now possible to use electric drum kits with headphone, which parents seem to quite like. Can’t think why...!
The sound is produced by using sticks, beaters or brushes .
Drum Lessons: We teach from 6 years and up
Drum Purchase price: From £90 to over £1,000
Drum Rental price: From £19 per month
drums in performance
Originally from London but raised in Brighton, Jack began playing drums at aged 15, progressing quickly because of his love of all music genres and thanks to the guidance of his first tutor, Dil Davies, recommending him for gigs and introducing him to other musicians.
Initially filling in on drums for his high school Teachers Band, he was offered the role as a permanent member and performed in school concerts and charity fundraisers.
During his A Levels he performed in the college big band and blues band, becoming the first port of call for ensembles and bands in need of drums or percussion at concert evenings. It was at this point he also started making an impression on the local scene, successfully balancing his studies with several bands.
During his studies at Reading University, Jack performed with both the University big band as well as the Gospel Choir. After being spotted by local Gospel artist Raphael Obrik, Jack began playing regularly on the local gospel scene until Graduation in 2009 with a 1st Class Degree and moving to London.
Eager to continue his learning in music and develop his network of contacts, Jack auditioned for the London College of Creative Media's one year Music Performance Course, where he studied under the guidance of industry professional tutors and became a member of the colleges drum corps, the LCCM Beefeaters Drumline, specialising in Snare and Bass Drum.
In 2011, he began learning the art of Japanese Taiko drumming with Greenwich based group, Taiko Meantime. Having passed the initial audition, he completed his six month apprenticeship programme in June 2011 and became a full time member of the band, who have performed at Wembley Stadium as part of the FA cup final opening ceremonies as well as Glastonbury Festival and the London 2012 Olympics. They have also been featured on the BBC's 'How Rhythm Works' as well as Sky Arts. Jack become a workshop leader for Rhytmworks, the educational branch for the band, teaching in schools and corporate team building workshops.
In early 2013 Jack began teaching the Level 1 Drums Beginners Course at LCCM, and afterwards due to popular demand, also began running a Level 2 course for intermediate performers.
In May 13, having been a dedicated member of the college drumline as a student Jack was asked to perform as an alumni at Wembley (for a second time) with the LCCM Beefeaters Drumline for the UEFA Champions League Final, which in turn led to a residency for the London Cabaret Show for 2014.
As well as recording for the BBC, he has shared the stage with Eliza Doolittle, Fun Lovin' Criminals and Submotion Orchestra among others.
In 2015 and 2016 he toured the production of 'Dojoji' with Taiko Meantime in collaboration with legenedary Japenese dancer and drummer, Chieko Kojima of the Kodo drummers, and renowned flautist Clive Bell (Jah Wobble).
2016 also saw him feature on Estonian National TV as well as supporting Haelos on the UK tour with trip hop outfit, Thinkpiece.
He continues to teach in London and perform with several original projects, ranging from jazz to alternative pop.
Rob grew up in South London and studied drum kit and percussion at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance where his teachers included Michael Doran, David Wickins, Roger Beaujolais, Barak Schmool, Dawson Miller, Guy Harries, and Gary Kettel.
He has worked with artists and bands including James Arthur, Wendy James (Transvision Vamp), Isabella Summers (Florence And The Machine), Diane Charlemagne (Goldie, Netsky, S.P.Y), London Contemporary Voices, Dionne Bennett (Slowly Rolling Camera), and Mullaha.
Rob splits his time between freelance and session work, as well as playing in Talk In Colour, More Is More, and running a unique 12-piece ensemble; Stompy's Playground.
He has performed at the Royal festival Hall, The Southbank Centre, The Union Chapel, and festivals including Shambala, Wilderness, Boomtown, Bestival, and Hop Farm.
Steven has a degree in jazz and contemporary (Bachelor of Applied Music Performance) and has toured Australia, UK and Europe, played festivals including Isle of Wight, Boomtown, Belladrum Tartan, Nozstock, Brownstock.
He currently works in a primary school as a music teacher, providing both whole class lessons and one-to-one tuition.
Originally from Melbourne, Australia; Steven very much likes the UK, but misses the sunshine!
Tom is a professional drummer and percussionist based in West London. Trained at the London College of Music, Tom studied with some of the most renowned musicians in the country and completed Drumtech's prestigious Master Performance Course. This propelled him to perform across the UK & Europe with main-stage festival slots and live national radio performances . An experienced teacher of all skills and ages Tom's teaching ethos follows that of Joe Morello, Jojo Mayer and Benny Greb in that to optimise musicality one must first learn efficiency of motion. Tom is currently the live and studio drummer for Ria Ritchie and can also be seen performing with his own band Mapstone.
Timothy Cape is a Musician and Educator based in London. Graduated from TrinityLaban Conservatoire, he has been recipient of the Daryl Runswick Prize from TrinityLaban and the Francis Chagrin award from Sound and Music, as well as being awarded a scholarship to study French Horn at the Apple Hill centre for Chamber Music in New Hampshire, USA in 2012.
He strives to create an environment of creativity and focused enjoyment in his teaching situations, has experience teaching a wide range of instruments on an individual basis, and he also gives extensive group workshops in Composition, Drumming and Improvisation.
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Liam McCloud is a drummer and percussionist based in London. A graduate from the London College of Music, Liam has taken up a career in music performance and teaching.
I have been involved in music since the age of 9 and have since become a sought-after performer.
My experience has ranged from performing rock music with London based bands FO and the Sailing Stones, to appearing at the Brass Band national championships on percussion with South Milford Brass. My love of Jazz music has lead me to become affiliated with Jazz function band Jazzfields, the LCM Big Band and various Jazz ensembles in and around the London Jazz scene. I have also enjoyed being a part of many Musical Theatre productions on drum kit and percussion such as Rent, Fame, Just So, Spelling Bee, Saturday Night and Spring Awakening. At Music College I got involved with Latin and Samba music and have since played at the Shepherds Bush Empire with the LCM Bloco and gone on to perform with Paraiso Brazilian School of Samba at Cargo, Guanabara and Notting Hill Carniva as well as in the Warner Brothers film Pan. Music College also brought about many studio sessions as a performer and recording engineer, he has performed on a range of styles and genres.
I currently teach at St Joseph’s RC primary school in Sloane square where I am in charge of leading the schools samba club, performing authentic Rio carnival music with the children, ready to show off at the end of year concerts and summer carnivals. I also assist with the delivery of the music workshop at share community – an organisation designed to help and support adults with learning difficulties. I have also taught drum kit and group percussion lessons at St Marks RC school in Hounslow. Liam conducts private drum kit and percussion lessons at Bell Percussion in Acton as well.
Jonathan Mynette is a drum tutor based in West London. He has recently graduated from The University of West London with a BMus (Hons) degree in popular Music Performance.
Jonathan has been teaching drums since moving to London in 2008 and has a real passion for passing his knowledge and skills on to others. Jonathan makes his lessons fun and interactive and he incorporates great ways to track student’s progression.
Having studied drumming extensively Jonathan is comfortable preparing students to take examinations should the student want to, but it is not essential. Jonathan is very busy within the music business, playing with many artists and bands, playing live and in the studio.
Jonathan's experience within the industry is a big advantage when teaching as he can offer advice to students and parents on what is the best and most productive way to progress.
Jim Molyneux is a London-based drummer/percussionist, pianist, accordionist, vocalist and composer/producer hailing from Littleborough, near Manchester.
He studied at Chethams School of Music for five years before moving on to the Royal Northern College of Music, where he graduated from in 2013.
In 2008 Jim made it to the highly acclaimed Grand Final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year, after beating off national competition to triumph in the percussion section. The Grand Final was televised on BBC2 to 1.1 million viewers.
More recently, in 2014 Jim founded jazz/R&B/hip hop outfit Glowrogues; a 7-piece line up of musicians from Manchester and Birmingham's thriving young jazz scenes. The band play Jim's own self-composed music and have already toured the UK.
Jim Molyneux is a proud endorsee of Jalapeno Drums, and also uses a Roland SPDSX.
Ana Gasco is a Spanish percussionist. After finishing her studies with distinction at Real Xonservatorio Superior de Musica de Madrid, she came to London where is is studying a postgraduate at Royal College of Music. She is supported by Mary Jobson and a Neville Wathen award.
She is currently studying with David Hockings, Sam Walton, Alex Neal, Matt Perry. She has taken part in several masterclasses including Juanjo Guillen, She-s Wu, Frank Epstein, Rainer Seegers.
Ana has performed across the world in venues such as Roayl Festival Hall, Queen Elizabeth Hall, Auditoio Nacional de Espana, Auditorio Nacional de Mexico, Museo Nazionale del Bargelo Florence.
She was a member of the Madrid Youth Orchestra for four years and founder and member of the Spanish Percussion Group "Timarimba" performing and developing pedagogical work for children.
As a teacher, she has been working with children and adults in individual and group setting and also in several percussion workshops. At the moment, she is training to work with babies and children between 2 and 5 years old.