I have developed my own drum kit course over the years centred around playing well known songs and with the accent firmly on the fun and inspiration of playing. I also teach Rockschool grades on request alongside my own course, although sitting exams is entirely up to the student.
Each lesson is split into 3 roughly 20 minute parts beginning with drum rudiments (the basic standard techniques) then reading drum music/patterns and finally playing to songs working from my own hand written drum charts. I teach standard musical notation which can be applied to any other instrument in case the student should move on to anything else.
My studio is equipped with 2 drum kits so the student and I can play together. There is audio and video playback and part of my course is to watch famous drummers for tips and sheer inspiration
The djembe drum is a West African instrument which, to begin with at least. is very simple to play and great fun too. I teach the "go do, pa ta, gun dun" system of djembe playing which is now the most prevalent approach used. Djeme drums are supplied for lessons, I also sell djembes and re-skin them.
My Djembe students often go on to join the Drum Circle which is huge fun, meets weekly in my studio and performs occasionally at various events.
Tabla drums are wonderfully musical instruments from India. They demand much more practice than djembe drums but they also pay back eventually with some fabulous sounds!
I teach all the standard bols (notes) of tabla, the relas (tere kete taka etc.) as well as the traditional kaidas and tals like kerhwa, Dadra, tin tal. Tuning tablas is difficult but important and it is a part of my tuition. Tablas are supplied for lessons, I also sell and re-skin tabla drums.
Bongos are small drums from South America joined and played in pairs often, as traditionally, between the legs.
I teach standard bongo techniques centering on the Martillo rhythm and moving on from there. Bongos are supplied for lessons and I sell them on request.
Congas are large cylindrical drums from South America often played in pairs or threes. Because of their size they have a deeper tone than bongos but they are often played together with them. I teach slap techniques and general Latin American rhythms including the Martillo. Congas are supplied for lessons and I also sell them on request.
The didgeridoo comes from Australia and is played by the aboriginal people there, as well as people the world over these days. It is basically simple to get a sound out of a didgeridoo to begin with and is great fun to play! I teach basic tone playing leading to vocalising techniques like barking, kookaburra, swirling, as well as circular breathing and pumping.
Didgeridoos are supplied for lessons and can be sold on request too.
I teach various percussion instruments including shakers, agogos, shekere, triangle, cowbells, gongs, kalimba, chimes, karatalas, caxixi, carrillion, ting sha, singing bowls, balafon and more! All of which are supplied for lessons and can be bought.
I have a small 16 track studio system with which I teach basic recording techniques including; overdubbing, bumping down, effects, panning, equalisation, mastering, mixing and mic'ing to produce a well finished recording. The other instruments in my studio are all available as sound sources as required.
Guitar and more ...
As well as a drum tutor I also teach beginners guitar including tuning, chords and playing to songs.
Additionally, I play and teach Tamboura, a lovely Indian drone instrument, and zither.