School Drum Lessons

flexible, friendly and downright fun!

We understand how busy life can get for your youngsters. So we seamlessly fuse drumming into your child’s schedule by offering individual and group lessons at their school during the day.

Whether they’re keen on learning famous songs or want to prepare for exams, our school sessions are uniquely tailored to your child’s personal goals.

“Learning drums has really helped develop Henry’s focus and gives him the drive to keep working on something knowing that eventually he will get there. Thanks for everything you do, he loves drumming!”

Tilly Shale

What you RECEIVE

Lessons take place at your child’s school during term time.

Your child will enjoy:

  • 33 lessons per academic year with a friendly and local tutor.
  • Receive progress reports three times a year: at Christmas, Easter, and Summer.
  • Weekly practice goals will be set to encourage progress.
  • Your child will have opportunities to perform at school assemblies, concerts, and even at HMV Record Store.
  • Structured learning and/or learning of famous songs will be tailored to your child’s needs.
  • Optional exam preparation is available.
  • As a bonus, your child will receive a free tote bag and notebook.
  • All necessary equipment will be provided during lessons.
  • Receive weekly lesson email reminders to keep track of your child’s schedule.
  • Stay updated with a half-term newsletter.
  • Rest assured, we provide email support whenever needed.

Our tutors are all DBS checked, adhere to Drum With Alex’s safeguarding standards as well as those of your child’s school, and are fully insured for peace of mind.

Who it’s for and how to begin…

Our school lessons are ideal for complete beginners and we offer lessons for ages 5 and up. The only equipment needed to start are drumsticks (£5 approx) and The Rockschool Drums Method Book (approx £18).

New DWA students receive a free tote bag and practice notebook when they sign up.


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School drum lessons FAQ

Do I need to purchase a drum kit right away?

Not necessarily. In fact, our founder didn’t have a drum kit for the first two years of his learning journey until his parents eventually caved in! We typically suggest considering the purchase of a drum kit after approximately three months of lessons.

I don’t have a drum kit. Can I still practise?

Absolutely! While having a drum kit at home is beneficial for practicing, it’s not essential. There are various ways you can practice drumming without a kit. You can use practice pads, pillows, or even just your hands and feet to work on rhythm and coordination. Additionally, you can practice rudiments, stick control exercises, and timing drills without needing a full drum set. Our instructors can provide guidance on effective practice routines that don’t require a drum kit. So, even if you don’t have access to a drum kit, you can still make progress and improve your drumming skills.

What drumsticks do I need?

Sizes 7a or 5a are fine.

Are the lessons individual or group?

Both are available!

Individual (Schools) – 20 mins.

Group lessons (Schools) – 30 mins.

How much do lessons cost?

To ensure smooth payment processing, we kindly request that payments for your child’s lessons be made via monthly direct debit.

Our pricing structure is as follows:

30-minute group lessons at school: £33 per month
20-minute individual lessons at school: £49 per month
30-minute individual private lessons: £66 per month

Additionally, we offer a sibling discount of 20%.

Please note that payments are billed in equal amounts over 12 months, including school holidays. This means that payments are still taken during months when lessons are not held, such as August.

If your child is starting lessons midway through a month, the remaining weeks will be calculated accordingly for your first month’s payment.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in this matter. If you have any questions or concerns regarding payments, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

How many lessons are taught?

Your child will receive a total of 33 lessons throughout the academic year. Please note that there are no lessons conducted during school holidays.

We adhere to the 39-week school calendar and incorporate a 6-week lesson buffer to accommodate any unforeseen circumstances where lessons cannot be conducted, such as bank holidays, inset days, or SAT examination weeks.

What is the policy for missed lessons?

Unless the teacher is absent, all missed lessons will incur charges. We do not offer refunds or reschedule lessons for short-term illness, school trips, or planned/unplanned absences, including non-emergency closures with less than 48 hours’ notice.

What happens if the teacher is unavailable?

If one of our teachers is unable to conduct a lesson, we will arrange for a suitable cover teacher who will be briefed on the current material. In the rare event that we are unable to find a substitute due to time constraints, a complimentary lesson will be credited to your account and rescheduled at your convenience. Please note that cash refunds are not provided in such circumstances.

How much notice period do we have to give if we want to discontinue lessons?

To discontinue lessons, a full term’s notice must be sent via email to Alex at This notice must be received within the first two weeks of the term’s commencement, and lessons will conclude at the end of that term.

Upon receiving your final notice, we will schedule your final payment before canceling the direct debit mandate. As payments are taken in equal monthly amounts throughout the year, there may be unused lessons remaining, which you can utilise before terminating your enrollment. We will settle your account via direct debit and subsequently close the mandate.

Do the lessons take place during school hours?

Yes, lessons taught at your child’s school are conducted throughout the school day. Children may miss some of their regular lessons, but teachers are informed and aware of their absence.

How are the lessons timetabled?

Lessons are arranged at varying times each half term to prevent any recurring clashes. Upon request, some lessons can be scheduled before school or during break times. Timetables for each term are emailed to parents at the beginning of term for your convenience.

What drum book do I need?

The Rockschool Method book is awesome for complete beginners. It costs around £18 and is available online.

It’s been 3 months – should I get my own drum kit?

Honestly, yes. While you can still practise drums without a kit, nothing beats learning with your very own instrument. You might want to wait until you know drummings for you, but once you do – a kit’s a great investment. A new beginner acoustic drum kit costs around £199. Buying brand new or second hand are both fine.

Would I be better off with an electronic drum kit?

Electronic kits are awesome. Their small and compact structure lets you practise in smaller spaces. Those reduced noise levels lets you tap those pads to your heart’s content and stay on your neighbour’s good sides! The built in metronome and kit sounds features help you hone your skill, explore different sounds and get the most out of this wonderful instrument.

What brands can you recommend for beginner drum kits?

Roland, Yamaha or Alesis are brilliant for electronic kits. For an acoustic kit, you can’t go wrong with Pearl, Natal, Mapex, Tama, or Yamaha. Our favourite online shop is Gear4Music – they stock a wide range of equipment that considers drummers of all abilities. And the prices are even better!

What’s a good shop or site for drum gear?

If you’re looking for a drum shop specialist, Graham Russell Drums in Fareham, Hampshire is the best place to go. It happens to be the UK’s biggest drum store. And drummer’s heaven. Seriously – it’s that good. Whether you’re a seasoned drummer or just starting out, their lovely staff are itching to share their guidance and advice.

What do I need to look out for when buying a second hand kit?

Before buying a second-hand kit, always make sure to check out its overall condition. Before you part with your cash, ask yourself: is there anything missing? Does it come with all the foot pedals? Does it include a stool? If you can, ask for advice from someone you know who has drum knowledge. Gumtree, eBay and Facebook Marketplace are great places to pick up decent second-hand kits.

How often should I practise?

The frequency of practice depends on your goals and schedule. However, practicing a little bit every day is often more beneficial than longer sessions less frequently. Aim for consistency rather than quantity.