Where are the lessons held?
My teaching studio is on the edge of Bramford village, near the town of Ipswich.
Is the studio easily accessible?
Yes. The studio is 2.3 miles from the A14 and 3.5 miles from the A12. It is in a semi-rural location with plenty of off-road parking.
Do you do home visits?
No, sorry. Apart from my schools teaching, all of my lessons take place at the studio.
How much does it cost to have a lesson?
The lesson fee is Â£26 for an hour session. For younger drummers, a 45 or 30-minute lesson is more suitable and the fees are adjusted proportionately to Â£19.50 and Â£13, respectively.
How regularly do I come for a lesson?
This is up to you to an extent. It is usual to have a lesson every 2 weeks but you may wish to come more often or less frequently depending on your circumstances. In this regard, it is important to consider the on-going cost, and the amount of free time you have in which to practice between lessons.
Do I need my own kit?
Not at first, but after a few lessons you will find that access to a drum kit is essential if you are to progress and get value for money from your lesson.
How much practice do I need to do?
This varies from one student to the next, but I believe that the ‘little but often’ approach works best. I ask all my students to try to play every day, even if sometimes it’s just for a few minutes. That way, you are never rusty and your skills stay sharp.
What age groups do you teach?
I usually start students at age 8, but have on occasion taken on students at a younger age if they have shown to be particularly keen and have an aptitude for music. There is no upper age limit – my oldest student is 65.
Can anyone play drums?
Yes, pretty much. So long as you are enthusiastic and you are willing to work at it when you find something difficult. The best quality to have is perseverance.
Drums are very loud – is there a solution whereby I can practice without upsetting the neighbours?
Yes – rubber practice pads that fit on top of your drums are widely available and relatively inexpensive. You could also consider electronic drums – you can adjust the volume or play them using earphones.
What should I bring to the lesson?
All of the equipment you will need for the lesson is provided but you will probably want to bring your own sticks. You are expected to be organised and bring your book or any relevant sheet music with you to the lesson.
Do you sell vouchers for birthdays and Christmas?
Yes, please get in touch to arrange this.