Your First Drum Lesson at The Music Place

In your first drum lesson, your teacher will get you playing some simple rock rhythms using three way coordination – bass drum, snare drum and hi hat – before moving on to fills over the next few lessons. Within the first few weeks, you will be playing along with rock tracks at a steady tempo.

We have drum sticks here at the Music Place that you are welcome to use in your first lesson and from there, your teacher can also give you some guidance about the most suitable drum sticks for you to buy yourself.


Drum Lessons For Advanced Students

If you are a more advanced drummer and already have a good basic knowledge of getting around the drum kit, your Music Place teacher can help you concentrate more on specific styles of playing – you might choose to spend time working on rock and funk, latin or jazz drumming.

Our drum teachers can also help you work towards Trinity drum exams, up to Grade 8 with focussing on a broad range of genres, rudiments and snare drum technique.

More opportunities for our drum students

  • Work towards Trinity Drum exams – UCAS points available
  • Student rock and pop bands – spaces available during the week
  • Adult Jazz Bands on Thursday evenings between 6pm and 9pm
  • Jazz Summer School in August and Jazz Weekend in March

Professional Drum Tuition in Manchester

Perfect the basics of striking the drums from the beginning to give you a solid technical foundation.


Top Drum Tips for Beginners

  • Get your own pair of sticks and pick them up every day so it feels familiar to hold them
  • If you don’t have your own drum kit, don’t worry you can still practise!
  • Our drum teacher Steve said he practised on his knees and the back of chairs for years before he got his own kit.
  • Practising the coordination needed to play the drums is really important and this can done without hitting drums.
  • Play strongly, with purpose and commitment from the very beginning.
  • Concentrate on perfecting the basics of striking the drums and cymbals from the beginning to give you a good, solid technical foundation.

Meet The Music Place Drum Teachers…

John Dagnall
John Dagnall
More info coming soon…
Steve Gilbert
Steve Gilbert
A native of Manchester, Steve has been a professional musician all his working life. Steve was active as a sesson musician during the 80s and 90s. Whilst working in radio and television under the direction of such luminaries as Derek Hilton, Brian Fitzgerald, Ritchie Close, Bill Connors, Colin Campbell and others, he had the good fortune to record or broadcast with a wide range of artists including:

Les Dawson, Kiki Dee, Madeleine Bell, Lisa Stansfield, Martin Taylor, Brian Lemon, Slim Galliard, James Galway and many others.

He has also accompanied many leading jazz artists from both home and abroad including:

Art Farmer, Bobby Shew, Jim Mullen, Alan Skidmore, Bobby Wellins, Chris “Snake” Davies.


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