About Me

About

Masters graduate and professional drummer – Reduce students’ time and effort by travelling to them – Teach all levels – Enhanced DBS certificate

 

Availability:– I have a limited number of students and have space for 1 more

Free Lesson/Bonus:– I’ll be offering the first lesson free for a short period

Guarantee:– If you can’t play along to your favourite music after the first lesson, I won’t charge my travelling fees (money back)

Ethos:
Help students reach their musical goals as fast and effortless as possible- I let the students guide the lesson and study what excites them

Achievements:
Performed at notable venues including, but not limited to:

– Ronnie Scott’s World-Famous Jazz Club +20 times
– European Parliament, Strasbourg
– Major UK festival
– Session drummer and recordings for Izzy Bizu (Grammy nominee), Sigma, Bollywood, Joe Devlin, Bert Brett, Mercy’s Cartel, & many others.

Qualifications

• Masters Degree in Music Performance at ICMP, specialising in teaching/pedagogy (2022).
• Peer Academic Mentorship Scheme, at ICMP. Mentor/teacher in drums. (2022).
• Higher Diploma in Music Performance, at ICMP. Distinction (2021).
• Grade 8, Rock School Drums (17 years old, 2013).
• Qualified Chartered Surveyor and Registered Valuer, RICS (2019).
• BS in Asset Management and Appraisal at the University of Reading (2014-2017).

Skills:
• I have been playing for 18 years (since 10 years old).
• Sight Reading/Reading Music.
• Teach Grades 1-8 for the 2 main exam boards.
• Session Drumming (supporting artists).
• Function Drumming (playing covers for events and weddings).
• Creative Drumming (writing original drum parts).
• Live and Studio Drumming (live performance and recording).

Ethos & Methodology:
1. Help students reach their musical goals as fast and effortless as possible.

Learning the drums can be painful and slow. I understand the challenges learners face, so my goal is to make your musical journey smooth and enjoyable.

I appreciate students often have busy and stressful lives outside of drumming and lessons should be a time of relaxation, learning and enjoyment. With flexible scheduling and travel options, I can bring drum lessons to you, saving you time and effort.

Each session includes a personalized lesson summary, complete with helpful links, custom sheet music, and tailored advice for your progress. Plus, I’m here for you throughout the week, ready to provide support and guidance to make the learning process easier and faster.

2. I let the student guide the lesson and study what excites them.

I know too many students who gave up their instrument because they were forced to learn something which didn’t interest them.

In my early years of learning the instrument, I was proficient at copying others, however, I struggled to be creative, take initiative and think for myself. This is similar to someone who can regurgitate/imitate a phrase in a conversation (like a parrot) but cannot express their own opinion and think for themselves. My goal as a teacher is to help the students imitate other musicians, assimilate their ideas, and finally innovate to find their unique voice.

Many teachers put a lot of time into technique and little effort into making music which can be uninspiring to the student. Using language as an analogy, this is similar to focusing on grammar and neglecting sharing ideas. I don’t know many musicians who were inspired to pick up an instrument because they were moved by technique. Whilst technique is important and is something I teach, I aim to balance topics to keep the students engaged and excited.

Location

Humber Rd, London SE3, UK

Geolocation

51.48317489999999,0.0140241

Instrument(s) Taught

Drums, Logic Pro X, Percussion

Where do lessons take place?

Teacher's Location, Student's House, Online

Instrument

Drums, Logic Pro X, Percussion

Lesson Type

In-Person, Online

Lesson Prices

60 mins

£39

45 mins

£37

30 mins

£35

Other Lesson Prices

Online

1/2 hour
£29.00

1 hour
£33.00

 

Travel Costs & Times
– If the lesson is 0-30 minutes from Greenwich I will charge an additional £19
– If the lesson is 30-45 minutes from Greenwich I will charge an additional £21
– If the lesson is +45 minutes from Greenwich I will charge an additional £23

First Lesson (Free) & Travel Costs
– If you would like your first lesson outside of my studio in Greenwich, I will only charge the travel costs shown above.

Payment Plans

Pay-As-You-Go, Block Bookings, Monthly, Termly, Lesson Vouchers

Payment Options

Cash, Online Bank Transfer, PayPal

Contact Me

Get in Touch

Levels & Ages

Skill Levels Taught

Beginner (up to Grade 5), Intermediate (Grades 5-8), Advanced (Grade 8 and above), Professional Musicians/Teachers

Ages Taught

All Ages

Lesson Sizes

One-to-One, Group Lessons

Graded Exam Preparation

ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music), Rockschool, Trinity College London

Professional Affiliations

Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM)

When did you start teaching?

01/01/2008

Genres Taught

Genres Taught

Blues, Christian Music, Classical Music, Country, Disco, Electronic Music, Folk, Funk, Hip hop, Jazz, Middle Eastern Music, Music for Children, Music of Africa, Music of Asia, Music of Latin America, New-Age Music, Pop, Reggae, Rock, Ska, Soul music, Traditional Music

Languages

Languages Spoken

English

Reviews

Reviews

July 1, 2023

Rob is a fantastic teacher who can articulate his rhythmic expertise in a way that is clear and easy to understand.

Very reliable, would recommend

Lucas Miles
Verified
June 26, 2023

Rob made the lesson super fun and interesting. He showed me how to play along to my favorite song on the drums. He explained things well and was very patient. 🙂 100% would recommend and I’ll be back for more! Thanks Rob! 🙂

Julia De Vries
Verified
June 26, 2023

Rob has been a fantastic teacher and helped me achieved so much as a beginner drummer! His are very flexible and interactive. I would definitely recommend starting your drumming journey from him.

Dia
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Safeguarding

Safeguarding Certificates:

None, UK: DBS Check (Disclosure and Barring Service)

Do you currently have Public Liability Insurance?

No

Supported Learning

Experience Teaching Blind or Partially Sighted Students

No Previous Experience

Experience Teaching Deaf or Hard of Hearing Students

No Previous Experience

Experience Teaching Student with Multi-Sensory Needs

No Previous Experience

Experience Teaching Students with Wheelchair Access Requirements

No Previous Experience

Experience Teaching Students who are on the Autistic Spectrum / Neurodiverse

No Previous Experience

Experience Teaching Students with Speech, Language or Communication Needs

No Previous Experience

Experience Teaching Students with Moderate Learning Needs

No Previous Experience

Experience Teaching Students with Severe Learning Needs

No Previous Experience

Experience Teaching Students with Profound & Multiple Learning Needs

No Previous Experience

Profile Details

First Name

Robert

Last Name

James

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