In association with
Mr James Southgate

Higher Diploma in Contemporary Music Performance

Diploma in Modern Music Performance
Instruments: Drums
Genre/Style(s): All
Hip Hop
Ability Levels: Beginners to Advanced


Note: Lessons are held at YOUR location. Will travel to most locations in Hertfordshire, related costs are included within the fee.

About the teacher:

James is a drummer with over 15 years experience of playing in live and studio environments. He has attended two of Britain's top music schools in Tech Music (now BIMM London) and The Academy of Contemporary Music where he studied the art of drumming.

James has been professionally trained by world class drummers Pete Riley (Rhythm magazine), Darryn Farrugia (BB. King, Tom Jones), Steve White (Paul Weller, Style Council) as well as many more.

Currently privately teaching drums and playing with his latest project, Underwing, James continues his musical development with passion and determination.

His patient and thorough approach to lessons is perfect for all ages and abilities. Shorter lessons are recommended for younger student as this better suits their attention spans.

About the one-to-one lessons:

From beginner to expert, every musician has scope for improvement and these lessons are designed to focus on the needs of each student on an individual basis. All age and ability ranges are welcome.

For beginners, the aim is to form a strong drumming and musical foundation that we can build upon to become well-rounded and capable musicians whilst simultaneously exploring the world of music and of course, having fun.

For intermediate and advanced players, we open up the possibilities of drumming by expanding your musical vocabulary and targeting key areas of your playing to push you to the next level.

Key areas covered include:

-Ergonomics, kit setup and tuning
-Basic and advanced techniques
-Sight reading
-Musicianship and theory
-Creation, composition and improvisation
-Song covers and related accuracy
-Self-analysis tools
-Musical and stylistic awareness
-History of music
-Studio and live concepts and preparation
-Industry overview
-Group playing and performance
-Scope for formal Gradings (can contibute to vital UCAS points)
-Scope for band/group assistance and development

Twitter @JSouthgateDrums

Contact James

Address: Welwyn Garden City
Phone: +447852159146
Mobile: +447852159146
Fee (60 minutes): £30.00
Fee (120 minutes): £55.00

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