London Drum Lessons
Start drum lessons with friendly, experienced and reliable drum teachers based in London. If you’re local, the teachers can come to you or you can learn from a dedicated studio. If not, you can still learn from the best teachers in London with online lessons.
All styles, all levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced) and all ages. With the rise in popularity of drumming amongst adults there hasn’t been a better time for anyone to start. Whether you’re working through grades, towards live / session work, or simply harbouring a life-long ambition, we can help!
Every teacher is a working, professional musician with industry experience. From playing festivals like Glastonbury, to studio recording with hit producers, to performing for thousands in arenas. All teachers are qualified at a degree level minimum and DBS checked. Many are members of PRS for Music, PPL and the Musicians’ Union.
For home visits, the teachers mainly deliver their north London drum lessons in Haringey (Crouch End, Muswell Hill, Hornsey). The teachers also offer home visits to most of the capital. So if you’re in Highgate, Finchley, Enfield, Barnet, Hackney, Islington or any of the surrounding areas, we can help!
"Learning to play an instrument with no prior experience was a daunting challenge. Being taught by Max has been an absolute pleasure! Max uses variety of teaching styles to ensure that you leave each lesson having learnt something new and feeling confident in spending time practising.”
“As a former private music teacher myself I could see immediately that Jack had the right credentials; not only is he an excellent professional musician with a high level of experience but also has those essential communication skills that transform a musician into a valuable educator."
"Siân is a brilliant teacher. We feel so lucky to have her teaching Max with amazing skill and patience in her wonderful studio. She knows how to connect with Max and get the best from him. Her ability to connect with Max, even via the online platform, is impressive. I can’t recommend Siân enough!"
Everyone has their own personal goals and ambitions. Whether it’s aspiring to be a session drummer or playing with backing tracks, lessons are tailored for you.
If you’re not sure what you need help with, that’s where we come in. From beat building, rudiments/technical exercises, to click/metronome work. From independence, composition to ear/aural training. And even more advanced skills such as soloing, time signature exploration, modulations, synchronicity, and much more. You can even look at how to build your own drum beats!
Learning to play can seem daunting. Why not try it out with two sessions to get a feel for what it's all about! No pressure. No commitment.
The teacher will help you pick up the sticks quickly. You'll go through the basics you need to get started at a pace that suits you.
No previous experience needed. Let the experts guide you through your first two lessons. Perfect as a gift for birthdays or Christmas!
"I started lessons after my partner bought me two lessons for Christmas. I was very unsure of what to expect. My fears were soon quashed on my very first lesson. In all honesty my only regret is that I didn’t start years earlier."
"Our tutor Joe is an experienced and talented musician. He combines a patient and methodical approach with an infectious energy and passion for music. I would highly recommend him and North London Drums as a great outfit!"
"I was really pleased to get lessons for Christmas as I always leave gigs saying that I want to be a drummer. I was able to start playing along to a track pretty much instantly and will be coming back for more lessons!"
Exams are not for everyone – many can progress better without – but for those interested we can help! Tests are usually taken with RSL Awards or Trinity College London who also provide a Rock & Pop focussed syllabus.
Exams provide the opportunity to achieve up to a grade 8 – super helpful for boosting UCAS points for university applications. If you’ve got any questions about exam focussed lessons, make sure you contact us. The teachers know the exams like the back of their hand – and so will you before the exam day!
Teachers regularly coach students through live performances (including GCSE/A-Level performances), auditions and tour preparation. We can also help you with personal statements, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award assessor reviews, or references for further education.
At just ten years old and with just three years of tuition, Dillon Harrison achieved his grade 8. He garnered a huge 87% in December 2013. But that’s only the tip of the iceberg for this talented youngster.
Dillon, along with Jack (see right) won an international drum solo competition, DrumOffTV, with the prize being a day of recording in Metropolis Studios. What an incredible opportunity for them both!
Jack came with a specific aim – achieve grade 8. Prior to these sessions he was a top 40 Young Drummer of the Year in 2008-2010 and in the Drummers Alliance national top 10 in 2008-2010.
Jack studied displacement/rhythmic modulation and applied these concepts to the development sections of the exam pieces. Jack achieved his aim and got 92% (Distinction) in July 2013.