Joe Nicklin

Muswell Hill drum teacher Joe Nicklin

Muswell Hill drum teacher Joe Nicklin started out playing the drums at ten years old. He studied with Oxfordshire-based tutor Gary Marshall whilst building his profile playing in various bands across the UK and Europe in various bands.


Over the years, Joe has supported a whole range of major artists including Amy Winehouse, The Maccabees, Elvis Costello and Everything Everything to name but a few. He’s also played at Bestival, Field Day, Liverpool Sound City and Boardmasters festivals. In addition, Joe has also played legendary London venues Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and Scala.


Joe tailors each of his lessons to meet the individual needs of the student. This is carefully balanced with developing a solid foundation in terms of technique, reading, aural skills and stylistic awareness.


When he’s not teaching, Joe works as the live drummer for London songsmith Astronomyy, who opened for London Grammar at their sold out Brixton Academy show and also appeared at Glastonbury Festival in summer 2015. Joe also toured the US coast to coast in summer 2018, supporting Oh Wonder which included additional headline shows.


Joe is also no stranger to the studio. He’s also worked in such studios as the infamous Assault & Battery, Templesound, Strongroom and Palmetto Studios (Los Angeles). Joe has worked with producers such as Dan Grech (Lana Del Rey, The Vaccines, Kaiser Chiefs), Catherine Marks (Wolf Alice, The Killers, Kanye West) and Tom Gittins (Emeli Sande, Robert Plant).

Joe is a wonderful teacher. He's tutored my son and I for more than three years, beginning when my son was six years old. It's a joy to see how far my son has progressed under Joe's teaching. Joe is a rare combination of skilled musician and patient teacher. It's no easy thing to teach an adult and child in the same lesson, yet Joe does both seamlessly.
We recently moved to a distance learning plan using FaceTime. I'm pleasantly surprised with how well we've been able to continue our progress through meaningful lessons in this medium. Our time with Joe is a highlight of our week.
– Alex Hagedorn (Parent)



Joe holds a BA (Hons) degree from the Academy of Contemporary Music (ACM), where he graduated in 2012 with first class honours.


He has also studied under the with many major drumming figures, including Steve White (Paul Weller, Style Council), Mike Sturgis (21 Guns), Gabor Donyei (Thriller Live) and Toby Drummond (Wicked, Billy Eliot, Lion King).

Joe is a great guy. He's been coming to our house once a week for the last few months to teach our eight-year-old daughter. She really enjoys the lessons. Joe understood very quickly both what she enjoyed and what she didn’t enjoy. She got 89% on her grade 1 which she was very happy with! She can’t wait to get going again after the summer holidays!
– Anna Gentzel (Parent)

Contact Joe


If you’re looking for a Muswell Hill drum teacher and want to contact Joe, just send us a message right here to check availability and work out the best slot for you.

To read more about Joe, his teaching style and his experiences on the road, check out our interview with him right here!



Studio-based or home visits?:
Home visits


Zoom/Skype/Remote lessons available?


Muswell Hill (N10)
Highgate (Northern Line / N6)
North Finchley (N12)
Holloway (Piccadilly Line / N7)
Highbury (Victoria Line, Overground / N5)
and surrounding areas.


30 mins – £25
45 mins – £32.50
60 mins – £40


DBS checked?:

Joe Nicklin, performing live
Joe has taught drums to my teenage son for over two years. He has made the lessons engaging and fun and my son gained a distinction in his last graded exam. Joe is also reliable and has been flexible with lessons times where necessary. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him!
– Lucie Rayner (Parent)
Joe has been teaching our daughter for approximately two-years now. We were keen to keep lessons going during the lockdown and happily accepted the option of lessons via Skype. It is working really well, with the usual level of interaction and we are glad to see our daughter’s learning progressing unaffected.
– Justyna Rzeszotarska (Parent)