Thomas D.

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About Thomas D.

Tom has been described as a kind and experienced teacher who “has the unusual ability to understand exactly what the student wants to achieve and what learning style would best suit them”. Tom teaches Drum and Piano lessons in addition to music tutoring, and teaches all ages and abilities.

Tom has recently graduated from the Royal Academy of Music with an MA in Jazz Performance, and is in demand as a Drummer and a Pianist for various gigs around London as well as composing music for his own projects. He has also completed an LRAM ( advanced teaching diploma) during his time here and it is a combination of this in addition to his practical experience which informs his teaching practice.

What can students expect from lessons with Tom?

Lessons are designed with the students aims in mind, whether this is to have fun with a new hobby or make progress with a robust learning plan. Tom has had comprehensive performance and teaching training through his studies and also has experience working for various charities as a carer for young people. In turn lessons are supportive and fun for beginners but are also challenging, rewarding and comprehensive if you are looking to reach the next level in your playing. Tom supplements his teaching with the Rockschool grade books (the student can choose to take the exams if they wish), but he also covers advanced concepts such as Jazz improvisation, playing with brushes, composition, groove playing in different styles and more beyond this.

What does the first lesson with a new student look like?

In the first lesson it is good to learn a little bit about your musical interests and aspirations: Tom is an open minded musician who loves lots of different styles of music so there will be no problem coming up with a lesson plan which works for you. Lessons are planned based on the consistency that the student is looking for. Weekly or bi-weekly lessons are very helpful for students working towards grade exams, but infrequent lessons that fit around your schedule are also very beneficial and rewarding. In either case there will be lots of concepts, resources and handouts that will inspire and challenge the students from the classes. Drum lessons currently take place in the students home or a studio which is booked in central London, whilst Piano lessons can happen at Tom's home or the students home.

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