In association with
Mr Jonas Golland

Qualifications /Education

BMus(Hons), Popular Music Performance, London College of Music/UWL/Tech Music Schools, certificate in Student Engagement/Representation

Jazz Studies with Pete Estabrook of Santa Rosa Junior College, USA. Private tuition with Zach Morris of Rhythm Matters, CA, USA and Simon Strong of Drumtech, London

Harmony and Theory tuition with Muriel Ray of the Burford Society and Douglas Mellor of the Royal College of Music

Certificate in Drum Circle Facilitation by Steve Ball (Jazz Explorium, inclusive workshop provider and professional percussionist)

Equivalent of 4 GCSE's in English, Maths, Science and Drama, A Level Honours in Drama and English (High School Diploma from Santa Rosa High School, United States)
Instruments: Drums
Drum Kit
Genre/Style(s): Rock
Jazz (various)
Latin (various)
Ability Levels: Beginners to Advanced


Approach to Teaching

When a student comes to me to learn the drums I'm keen to listen to and inspire them, put their current abilities into context and learn about their goals. I start with what they can do and encourage them, and proceed with a logical next step. For example, if they are playing a bossa nova but have never used it in a song, I provide an example where it is used that they could learn, suggest tools for making fills, and transitional parts that complement the groove.

I offer guidance about short and long term career / artistic goals and a path of developing technique and coordination. Emphasis on practice in context and listening skills is made. Transferrable skills, direct practice towards graded exams, or professional endeavours are offered. Trinity Guildhall exams are taught and recommended, but if desired, I can also help with other such as Rockschool, including applying to these institutions for the exam.

Lessons are equipped with the technology to play in time, review performances and play to backing tracks, as well as learn how equipment works and operates to further build self-sufficiency. I also teach Garageband, Logic Pro, Reason, general knowledge in music technology and how it benefits the musician, such as in gigging, practicing and recording.

I introduce new music regularly for discussion of style, technique, sound, playing by ear, transcription and performance. I'll provide opportunities for you to interpret music and notation, learn by ear and most importantly, hear yourself improve. You will learn ways to make practice count more effectively such as taking very shortened breaks when working hard. I write source material ranging from graded work to structured practice for left (or weaker) hand, polyrhythms, and 4-way coordination.  For double kick players and metal drummers, I can show you the building blocks of any piece, exercises to improve endurance and technical advice.

And not least important, I offer music theory in context of knowing the music but also of composing and arranging it. One of my students is taking the International Baccalaureate in Music at standard level, so rather than playing the drums he is becoming familiar with 237 concepts of classical, contemporary, and international music. With me, he gets examples of all the concepts in use, aural skills training, and deeper analysis of the set material (Prokofiev Symphony No. 1 and Yellow River Piano Concerto)

Every lesson is about communicating effectively and giving you the tools to learn yourself in practice, so I sometimes record the most helpful things and send them via email, when necessary, and send which include a guide to what we did in the lesson, and emailed progress notes.

Teaching Experience / Results

My students have made their own digital music, passed graded exams with distinction, recorded in my studio in Bounds Green, written their own drum set pieces, and become more confident players that are more well rounded than when they started.

I've tutored drum set since 2007 at North London Music Centre, Musico, Trinity at Bowes church, and in Bounds Green, Barnet, and Hackney areas. I have experience as teaching assistant in a variety of subjects in primary and secondary schools, (Southover Partnership) with students of special needs, including music technology tuition. I wrote and facilitated 2 youth percussion workshops for Barnet Libraries in 2010, both of which were collaborations with painter/tutor Graham D. Elder, and a local success.

Contact Jonas

Address: Bounds Green, Wood Green

N22 8DH
Phone: 07869375482
Fee (60 minutes): £25.00
Fee (150 minutes): £50.00

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