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About Play Drums (MU106 Summer)

Learn to play the drum kit with one-to-one tuition so you can join a band, pass an exam, or simply play for pleasure.

What will you learn on this course?

On this course, you will learn to play the drum kit with a focus on rock and pop music styles. Each one-to-one lesson will include learning drum rudiments such as drum strokes, rolls, paradiddles and flams among others, and exercises incorporating the different instruments that make up the kit.

You will learn on a full drum kit including snare and bass drums, tom toms, cymbals and hi-hats. As you progress, you will learn more advanced rhythms including syncopation and drum fills. You will also be taught how to read drum kit notation.

The tutor generally follows the Rock School syllabus and preparation for music exams will be offered if students are interested in obtaining these qualifications. Students can expect to learn to play drum kit to performance standard and develop their musicianship and technical skills alongside an enjoyment in making music.

In order to progress, students must be prepared to practice between lessons and need access to an instrument to do so. Where cost or noise is an issue we recommend drum kit practice pads.

Note: These are individual 30 minute sessions with the tutor. You will receive 25 minutes teaching and the remaining time for arrival and pack up. The tutor teaches back-to-back sessions, students should arrive 5 minutes before their lesson starts and late comers will lose lesson time. If the tutor is running more than 5 minutes later, make up time will be offered on another occasion.

Who is this course for?

This course is open to both children aged 4+ and adult learners and students of all levels. It is suitable for complete beginners with no previous drum playing experience, and for improvers who may have had lessons elsewhere or haven’t played for a while.

At the heart of MAC is a focus on accessibility and inclusion. Please contact us to discuss your specific access needs. You do need dexterity in your hands to play the drums. The room is wheelchair accessible. A support worker or carer may assist; carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending to provide support.

Do you need to bring anything?

You need to bring your own drumsticks and music books as advised by the tutor.

Are there any additional costs?

You must purchase music books as recommended by the tutor and bring your own drumsticks. These can easily be ordered online or from music shops.

Students must have access to a drum kit or equivalent practice kit for individual practice between sessions. Practice pads can be a cost effective and quieter alternative to a full drum kit for beginners.

Who teaches this course?

Ilias Lintzos

Dates and times

  • April – July 2025

  • April – July 2025

  • April – July 2025

  • April – July 2025

  • April – July 2025

  • April – July 2025