TEACHING & MASTERCLASSES

HIGHLY EXPERIENCED TEACHER, AUTHOR AND CLINICIAN, OFFERING MASTERCLASSES AND LESSONs, IN-PERSON OR ONLINE.

After spending the early 90s in the USA, studying at Berklee College Music, I returned to the UK and got my Master’s Degree in Music Performance from the London College of Music. Along the way, I've had the opportunity to study privately with some of the most well-respected drum teachers in the world including Gary Chaffee, Mike Mangini, John Ramsey, Ed Kaspik, John Marshall and Pete Zeldman.

As well as maintaining a busy career as a player, engineer and programmer, since 2001 I've increasingly involved in music education.

My passion for teaching drums has led to work at a number of institutions such as Thames Valley University, Drumtech and the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance where I was Head Of Drums for several years and, in addition to teaching, was involved course development and curriculum design at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

For several years, I wrote a monthly educational article for UK drumming magazine, Rhythm during which time I had over one hundred articles published. My first drum tuition book, Learn To Play Drums, was published in 2008, translated into eleven languages and available in fourteen countries worldwide. Shortly after, I co-authored a book with guitarist, Justin Sandercoe (founder of www.justinguitar.com) to help students develop their ability to read music. Entitled Rhythm Reading, the book was initially self-published, selling over 20,000 copies before being re-published by Wise Publications (a part of the Music Sales Group).

Throughout this time, I've also maintained a successful private teaching practice and have helped literally hundreds of students, including Elliot Fyffe (Blue, Ronan Keating), Aaron ‘Breakbeat’ Fagan (N-Dubz), Aicha Djidjelli (Rachael Stevens, Amy Studt) Lawrence Colbert (Ride), Adam Ficek (Baby Shambles), Olly Betts (The Duke Spirit), Stephen Simmonds (Groovejet), Matt Thomas (The Joy Formidable), Jack Cowens (The Dub Pistols), Louise Bartle (Bloc Party), Jay Sikora (Paulo Nutini) and Greg ‘Rozzy’ Ison (New Device).

As a natural extension of the teaching that I do on a weekly basis, I also regularly conduct drum clinics and have performed drum throughout the UK and Europe, appearing alongside drummers such as Thomas Lang, Gerald Heyward and Italian drumming legend, Pierre Fosci.

I believe that drum clinics should be inspiring, educating and motivating experiences so, in my clinics, attendees are encouraged to participate throughout. There are plenty of opportunities to ask questions and I provide printed handouts, which support learning and provide a convenient exercise sheet for attendees to take home and practice.I cover a vast range of subjects, from beginner to advanced levels, such as hand and foot technique, linear and harmonic coordination, stickings, polyrhythms, beat displacement and metric modulation, as well as the the rich history of drumset and it's place in African-American music. As well as being highly educational, things should be entertaining, so everything's presented in a relaxed, humorous style.

Most recently, I launched his own drum tuition website, Therefore I Drum, helping anyone with a pair of drumsticks, an internet connection and a desire to learn, to improve their playing whatever their level.

WHAT OTHER PEOPLE ARE SAYING

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“I've had the pleasure of knowing and working along side Justin for many years. The thing that sets him apart from everybody else is not just his incredible depth of knowledge of the drums, but his understanding of music as a whole. There is nobody who cares more about the art form and passing on the correct information to anybody who needs it. In short, he is an extraordinary musician and educator. I just wish he was my teacher, but in a way, he already is.”

Tom Meadows, Drummer with Kylie Minogue, Will Young, Duffy & Girls Aloud

Here are some examples of my playing in which demonstrate many of the concepts that I cover in my lessons and clinics

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