SURREY DRUM LESSONS
'STICK' TO YOUR DREAMS
I’ve been working as a professional Drum Teacher since 2012 and I am thankful to have met students of all ages and abilities and get so much satisfaction from seeing how they grow and develop in their skills and performance. I studied at the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM) in Guildford, Surrey and got my Diploma and Higher Diploma in Drum Kit studies. After teaching for a while in the UK I spent 4 years teaching drums in Dubai, UAE. Aside from teaching I am an active performing drummer travelling the world, playing drums with numerous bands.
For more information, contact me today.
Begin or continue your journey
My teaching style focuses on skills training, but also emphasises self-exploration and discovering a passion for something new.
I offer tailored tuition and plan the lessons according to the specific ability and interests of the individual pupil.
I currently travel to each pupil who normally provides their own drum kit, either acoustic or electric. No kit? No problem! I use a product called Aerodrums. Please see picture below to explain.
There are a number of drum books I would recommend depending on what interests you.
The minimum age I teach is 8 years and up.
Dragging or rushing?
Drum improvisation is the ability to be able to play on your own without any notation or guidance and being able to come up with your own drum beats and fills. This can be a very liberating experience and eventually, you can get lost in the music.
GRADE EXAMS AND NOTATIONAL READING
Smash your grade exams
No matter your level of skill or experience, there will be a grade level for you. With a 100% pass rate I can ensure a smooth transition and progression between each grade level. I teach both Rockschool and Trinity Rock & Pop syllabuses.
Trying the basics of drumming without a kit
You play Aerodrums in the same way as you would any drum set – only, there are no drums! The drum sticks have reflective balls at the tip and drum pedals are replaced with a pair of special foot pieces with reflective material. I will provide a laptop and software which enables you to see what drum you are hitting virtually. It must be tried to be believed!
Ideal for complete beginners and children between the ages of 8-12 years old. Maybe you just want to try the basics or want to gift someone a trial lesson
In my experience, this is the optimum lesson time. It gives enough time to cover different techniques, try out different variations and go more in depth
Ideal for those more advanced players who have more they want to explore. Maybe you have a grade exam coming up or just feel like your playing has become a bit static
"I started drumming lessons with Stephan just over a year ago as a complete beginner - having never played an instrument and couldn't read music.
Now I am whizzing through the grade books and playing along to rock, pop, hip hop etc... and loving every minute.
Stephan is very patient, encouraging and always manages to ease me through those brain failing moments when the sticks become frozen in my hands.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him."
The Answers You Need
I DON'T OWN A DRUM KIT, CAN I STILL BOOK A LESSON?
Yes! If you are curious about the world of drumming but don't want to invest in a kit just yet, no problem. I will bring round the Aerodrums kit to you for our lesson for no added cost. (See Aerodrums section here)
I WANT TO BUY A DRUM KIT BUT HAVE NO IDEA WHAT TO GET?
Please get in touch as I gladly help all my students choose the best kit in their price range and space availability.
I ONLY HAVE AN ELECTRIC DRUM KIT.
Not a problem, I teach students on both acoustic and electric kits.
CAN I COME TO YOU FOR A LESSON?
Unfortunately all my lessons are home visits at the moment.
HOW MUCH WILL THE LESSON COST ME?
My rates are £20 for a 30 minute lesson, £30 for a 45 minute lesson and £40 for a 60 minute lesson. These prices include my travel time and petrol costs.
CAN I LEARN GRADES?
Yes certainly, I teach both Rockschool and Trinity Rock & Pop Syllabuses from Debut all the way up to Grade 8.
CAN I LEARN HOW TO PLAY A SPECIFIC GENRE?
Of course, just let me know when you book the lesson and I will do my best to prepare some exercises for that specific genre!
WHAT'S THE YOUNGEST YOU CAN TEACH?
Although it is possible to learn from a very young age, my lessons are tailored for ages 8 and above.