Private drumming lessons

Learn at your own pace

[ Malc playing djembe wearing AfroCouture waistcoat ]I offer one-to-one and group tuition for adults and children in West African Drumming on djembe and dun duns. I can also teach music production, notation and theory, and [ Stroking the side of a Tibetan bowl with a large felt-covered stick ]Tibetan Singing Bowls are another passion. Please note that I don't teach drumkit, congas, bongos, samba drumming, darbuka or tabla.

I have a number of spare drums you can borrow. Teaching is tailored to your needs, at any level, and rate of progress is often swifter with personal one-to-one tuition.

I always recommend newcomers and beginners start their drumming journey with personal tuition as it avoids picking up bad habits which are harder to spot/hear when playing in a group.

If you're a more experienced player, you might want to improve your technique, gain a better understanding of polyrhythms or offbeats, get to grips with a djembe or dun dun part that's been foxing you, or just play your favourite tunes at your pace. It's amazing how just one or two private lessons can help kickstart you into action.

Musicians acknowledge that learning drums will help you to play any instrument better, not just percussion.


I charge Musicians' Union standard rates of £33/hour (with discounts for longer time), plus travel costs if you are faraway. I'm sometimes available at weekends and during the daytime on weekdays, if not performing or working elsewhere. I teach my group classes on these weekday evenings, so a good chance to fit you in might be before one of those classes, ideally at the venue (add £5 for the extended venue hire), or when I'm in your area if your neighbours are OK with loud drumming. I'm based near Leighton Buzzard and Milton Keynes in Buckinghamshire and can travel to West Herts, Beds and Bucks. Drum hire is included for Private Tuition.