Drum Lessons London

Drum lessons for all ages and abilities anywhere in London.

Our expert drum teachers provide home visit drum lessons, or host you if preferred.

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Our Drum Lessons in London

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We tailor our drum lessons to your individual ability level and musical tastes. We provide home visit drum lessons as standard, or you’re equally welcome to visit your local Bruce Music drum teacher. We have a teacher covering each London area.

Drums and percussion are the heart of nearly all music. The drums establish and maintain a song’s speed, rhythm, pulse, volume and feel. The expressive qualities of vocal lines and guitar solos can lead observers to think these instruments guide a band and their songs. But in fact, it’s the drums that really drive the music.

The drums are the core of Rock, Pop, Blues, Jazz, Funk, Metal, and more. Nearly every style of modern music features a drummer or percussionist at its heart.

A drum kit isn’t always the most popular choice for students and parents settling on a new instrument, perhaps due to the drums’ reputation for being bulky and loud. However, it’s worth remembering that electric and technological features exist to make the drums manageable in size and volume.

The drums are a hugely satisfying instrument to play. Drummers must be focused, dynamic, rhythmic, energetic, confident, good listeners, and highly musical. Thus these very desirable qualities can naturally develop in drum students alongside good drumming ability.

Drum Lesson Content

At Bruce Music, we design our drum lessons to blend all the essentials of technique, with fun, engaging material that fits your musical tastes – or maybe opens you up to something new. Our fantastic drum teachers know exactly how to adapt their methods to ensure you make progress, but have fun too!

Absolute beginners don’t be shy! We’re very experienced with brand new drummers and know how to get you playing, fast. In those early stages, quick progress is great for motivation, and our first focus is to get you drumming!

We’ll explore the basics of posture, holding the drum sticks, each drum’s name and sound, and how to find and keep good rhythm. Then we’ll progress to playing basic drum beats, simple ‘fills’ (like little expressive drum flourishes, usually when a song moves to a new section) and ultimately your first songs. From there we progress to more challenging songs, and learning to play with a band.

We employ only those drum teachers who match our Bruce Music ethos, which says that patience, communication, and nurturing, are of equal importance as musical ability and teaching method. And of course, all our drum teachers are DBS checked.

We offer home visit drum lessons in any area of Greater London. If you prefer, you can also visit your local Bruce Music drum teacher for lessons at their location.

Beginners Drum Lessons London

  • Quickly establish good posture and hands/feet positioning
  • Learn the name, sound, and function of each drum in the kit
  • Play your first drum beats, with good rhythm and timing
  • Progress to playing the drum parts of your favourite songs
  • Enjoy studying grade 1 drums, or forming a band.

Intermediate Drum Lessons London

  • Build a repertoire of dynamic, expressive drum beats
  • Apply your growing drum technique to many songs
  • Enjoy studying new musical genres from which you can learn
  • Start or join a band for the thrill and reward of performing live
  • Progress with drum grade exams if you wish to.

Advanced Drum Lessons London

  • Progress to highly-advanced, virtuoso drumming
  • Become an expert drummer across many genres and scenarios
  • Audition for bands or study for drumming diplomas
  • Perform, compose, improvise, and enjoy your advanced musicianship
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Studying Drum Grade Exams

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We are incredibly proud that Bruce Music students have a 100% pass rate in all grade exams taken. Besides showing our students’ enormous talent and hard work, this also reassures us of our fantastic drum teachers’ approach.

Studying drum grades means very structured learning, with clear rewarding milestones. This can be a great route for children, or adults who enjoy a strongly structured ‘path’ in their ongoing learning.

At Bruce Music we ensure we always have a comprehensive understanding of the various exam boards’ criteria. Add to this our drum teachers’ experience and insight, and our drum students’ dedication, and the result is many happy students passing their drum exams.

As committed as we are to the grade exam route, and the Bruce Music drum students favouring that route, it’s also key to our approach that we don’t simply fixate on exam study, at the cost of our drum students’ all-round musical ability, or enjoyment of the drums, and music in general.

We want you to become a creative, talented drummer, as well as passing your exams. Whether or not you study drum grades, our goal in your drum lessons is the same – that you progress, and love playing music.

Our London Drum Teachers

At Bruce Music, we believe that a drum teacher’s kind nature, patience, engaging personality, and ability to inspire are as fundamental as their talent for music and teaching.

We only select London’s best drum teachers to join our team. All our drum teachers are:

  • Music graduates – many with first class honours, MA, PGCE, PHD and beyond!
  • Naturally patient and nurturing, making for relaxed constructive drum lessons
  • DBS checked, interviewed, vetted and reference-checked
  • Equipped to teach all musical styles to drum students of all ages, abilities, and learning styles
  • Inspirational, talented, creative musicians, active in London – the centre of the UK music scene
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Drum Lessons London – For Everyone

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We welcome and encourage drum students of any age and ability, any musical taste or learning style. Our drum lessons are for all!

At Bruce Music we welcome drum students at all stages of their musical journey. We love helping absolute beginners, intermediate and advanced drum students alike. We work as private tutors to students taking GCSE or A Level Music, and we help prepare drum students for auditions, performances, exams, and so on.

We cover all of Greater London with a home visit drum lessons service, and anywhere around the world with our online lessons. We schedule your drum lessons to your specific ease and preference.

Online Drum Lessons

We run an online drum lessons service via Zoom, Skype, and all other video conferencing softwares. We find our online drum lessons popular with students for many reasons:

  • For those looking to avoid in-person drum lessons due to COVID-19.
  • For students who leave London, but wish to retain their trusted Bruce Music drum teacher
  • Last-minute exam, audition, recital and concert preparations
  • Convenience, ease, or any other reason that might make a student prefer online drum lessons

Why Choose Bruce Music?

  • London’s top drum lessons, with engaging, encouraging drum teachers
  • Home visit drum lessons, arranged around your schedule
  • 100% pass rate – with many distinctions – in all grade exams to date
  • Bruce Music is a team of friendly, expert teachers – run by Alex – not a faceless agency
  • Our happy students!


Great professional service, our teacher is very accommodating to our requests and is always prompt and provides us with a fun relaxing lesson.

Kritan Ramanah


Professional service from talented teachers. Recommended.

Paul Cunliffe


I’d highly recommend Bruce Music to anyone who wants to pick up music lessons. I initially emailed them asking about getting guitar lessons, and they responded the same day. I have weekly lessons with Daniel Armstrong and am thoroughly enjoying them.

As a beginner it can be daunting to learn a new skill, but Daniel is a very patient and personable teacher. The lessons are very convenient as I have the teacher come to my house, and each week I feel more capable than the week before. Overall I’m incredibly happy, so thank you!

Melissa Pearce


I’ve been having lessons for about a year and it’s been brilliant. I was a self-taught Guitarist for a few years and I’ve always sung as well anyway. When I started having lessons I made a really big leap up in both those things. I’m now starting to play open mic nights around London, which has always been an ambition, so I’m really happy with that and I highly recommend Bruce Music.

Joe Whitehead


Brilliant. Good communication and even better service. Always a pleasure to deal with Alex and met some great new people along the way. Highly recommended for both beginners and experienced players looking to extend their musical knowledge and skills. Thanks guys!



My son has been learning Guitar for a couple of years now. He moved on from electric guitar to classical, and his new teacher helped in developing interest in Classical guitar. My son has now wanted to continue with Classical guitar after gaining a Merit in Trinity Grade 1 and I must compliment the patience and attention from the Tutor (Daniel) in this achievement. He teaches in an easy-going manner while explaining practical skills and music theory. I would highly recommend Bruce Music.

Arunima Saha


I have been taught by Alex for 2-3 months now, and I have improved a lot, as his lessons are very productive and you learn a lot from it.

Murilo Ferrari


Alex is a fantastic guitar teacher. I’ve been having lessons almost every week for two years and my ability has improved drastically. He teaches with a friendly, easy-going manner, with a good balance between practical skills and music theory.

Have already recommended to other friends. Would definitely recommend again.

Andy Mills


I’ve been taking guitar lessons from Bruce Music for a few months now, and am quite excited about how it’s gone so far – from knowing nothing about how to play the guitar, I was singing and playing to my first numbers within 3-4 lessons!! Being a work professional, I love the fact that Bruce Music is flexible on scheduling lessons – which allows me to continue with them. Teaching style is completely tailored to my individual needs as opposed to a one-size-fits-all approach. Brilliant so far!

Ayan Banerjee


Alex is a fantastic teacher. I’m not always the best student but he’s always amazingly patient and I learn a lot.

Kate Mansfield


I am an absolute beginner & was very nervous but Alex put me at ease. He is so patient & explains everything so I could understand. Very impressed would recommend him to anyone.

Caroline Pulman


I’ve been really impressed with Bruce Music. Alex’s service and correspondence is always quick and personal. Their teacher Daniel has been teaching my son for about a year. My son enjoys playing and practicing and has even started a band. It’s great to see him enjoying music. Would definitely recommend.

Jane Metcalfe


Very pleased with the teaching and service.
I looked online for a company to teach my 15-year-old son guitar lessons. I chose this company because they were located nearby. They answered my query company immediately. They have been on time for every lesson and come to the home. We have done about 8 lessons thus far – on a weekly basis – 1 hour each. I believe that they do also provide lessons for other areas of London. My son has improved tremendously so far and is loving his lessons. The teacher – Alex – is perfectly suited to his personality and pays a lot of attention to what my son is interested in learning. I cannot recommend this company highly enough!!!

S E Wright


An excellent guitar teacher. Made it super easy for me to learn and play the guitar, and I had no experience what so ever. Highly recommended.

Udi Klein


Bruce Music offering is great. Alex in particular is an excellent teacher, I’ve made progress very quickly starting from absolute scratch and enjoy every class. In addition he is quite flexible with timings/booking slots, which helps a lot for people that have a busy schedule. I wholeheartedly recommend his service

Alessandro Vaturi


I have had many lessons with Alex and it has been really great from the beginning. He is a perfect teacher and I have improved a lot despite having played for years before those lessons. He is patient and really dedicated, so when I left London, I decided to keep having sessions with him on Skype. A great teacher!

Loic Maitre


I have been using the services of Bruce music for a couple of years now. The quality of teaching has far exceeded that of previous guitar teachers that I have used, and as such my guitar playing has improved significantly. I can highly recommend Bruce music as they provide a personal and professional service as a music tuition agency.

Stephen Reynolds


Where do I start… my 5 (yes 5, now 6) year old daughter was obsessed with playing the guitar and I looked into lessons with great trepidation. Was it way too ambitious? Would it be a waste of money? Would a 5 year old really get anything out of lessons and engage? I talked to Alex at Bruce music and he said it was certainly possible and that I should give it a go. I have been truly stunned and amazed. Thanks to Luke, her incredible tutor; she not only enjoys every single minute of her lesson with him, she has learned so much too. She’s learning to read music and is now strong enough to play some cords now and some little tunes. We will continue to sign up again and again – the best extra curricular class I have ever signed her up for without a doubt. Would recommend without hesitation.

Jackie Boot


Alex is an incredible teacher. I’ve learned so much from him. He has vast knowledge of music and an ability to teach that is invaluable! He is full of enthusiasm, knowledge and has a great deal of experience. These lessons are one of the highlights of my week 🙂

Anna Williams


Alex is a great teacher and very friendly. He’s really good at tailoring the classes to my needs, so I can get the most of it. Knows his craft really well and has flexible class schedules. I would definitely recommend him.

Francesc Donaire


As a guitar beginner Alex found me a wonderful teacher, I have a good laugh whilst being taught with great progress. I took up the instrument late in life and wished I took it up a lot earlier but even at my age the speed of the progress has been worth while.
Thanks Bruce music

Graham L


Alexcellent! (sorry).
Anyway, guitar lessons here are very good and thoroughly enjoyable. I had given myself a 6-month ultimatum that I’d sell my guitar/amp/processor if I don’t see tangible improvements in my playing. Happy to report that was 7 months ago and I’m making far more progress than I did in the preceding 2 years noodling about on the guitar. Importantly, Alex has a great ability to break things down. His tips on learning difficult bits in songs and on practicing more effectively are proving very valuable for me. He’s also a great guy, communicates clearly and has a great attitude for an instructor. Highly recommend.

Vikram Subhedar


I have been working with Bruce Music for about 8 months and have gone from not being able to play a chord to playing songs I love. Alex is an excellent teacher with the right balance of patience and persistence to push my playing to higher and higher levels. In addition, Alex has a great attitude towards his students and is always willing to work around changes in schedule. Absolutely would recommend to an aspiring player.

David Raabe


I’ve been having lessons with Alex for two years now and I’m incredibly happy with how things have gone. My playing and theory has come along massively, and he’s always focused on finding my goals and working to help me achieve them. Alex has also been super encouraging – he even attended my first gig to give support! And whenever I’ve been finding something hard, he’s always found a way to re-present at the right level of challenge.

I’ve really enjoyed my lessons and they’ve really grown my guitar skills. I’m planning to continue well into the future.
I’d absolutely recommend Bruce Music to anyone else who’s looking to learn.

Sebastian Wolf


My son has been learning the guitar with Alex Bruce for about 2 years. Alex makes the lessons so much fun that he looks forward to his lesson each week! Alex has such patience and enthusiasm that the children love, so they always practice without reminding. Alex has taught my son many techniques so he is very confident in performing. His lessons are current and loads of fun.

Renu Williams

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Telephone: 07749 918 143 | Email: alex@brucemusic.co.uk

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