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Sussex Music School provides exceptional quality drum and percussion lessons for both adults and children across Sussex.  Whatever your age drum/percussion lessons will bring a sense of enjoyment, achievement and well-being.  Many adults are taking up drums as a way of relaxing after a busy day. Playing along with a rock song, improvising jazz or simply perfecting a complicated rhythm pattern can slow the heart rate, eliminate stress and give great personal pleasure. Children love to play drums and percussion because of the wide range of pieces and styles available and also the myriad of opportunities there are to perform with others. Every band needs a drummer so you are always in demand! There is great opportunity for improvisation and exploration as well as a classical percussion repertoire to master if you are so inclined. Drum/percussion lessons can also enhance skills in mathematics, memory, concentration, resilience and creativity.

Our teachers will advise on what type of instrument is best suited to you if you need to purchase one.  Sussex Music School teachers bring out the creative side of their students and will design a study programme based on each individual pupil’s needs – there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach or ‘method’. Practise books and concert opportunities for those who want them, will be provided.

A list of our current teachers is supplied below. Sussex Music School is adding to our teacher database all the time so not all current teachers will necessarily be listed.

Drum & Percussion Teachers


me 1Ollie is constantly in demand for live and session work in a vast array of musical genres, Equally at home in the studio or live, credits include:- David Jordan,. Sun Goes Down, Love Song,

BBC radio 2 young acoustic musician of the year finalists “All Jigged out” ALBUM plus Australian tour.

The Producers uk tour, By Jeeves uk tour. Grease uk tour, Chess the musical uk and Canada. The Drifters diamond dynasty tour, Happy days the musical uk tour. The songs of Sister Act tour (London community gospel choir),  80s soul diva Viola wills, 70s glam rocker Alvin Stardust,  Daniel Koek Studio and live.

Ollie teaches at Bedes And Battle Abbey Schools as well as having a private teaching practice for 12 years teaching up to 35 students per week.

Ollie is a big Cricket fan and has a passion for good coffee.

Going to his room 101 would have to be service station sandwiches and anyone who doesn’t Practice!!

Ollie – PGCE- BMus (Hons)OLLIEFinal

Ollie has been delivering workshops for educational institutions, charities and corporate events since 2001.  After three years teaching drum kit and percussion for a number of music services and schools, he joined the workshop team of STOMP.  This led to him performing in the show as part of the West End and European Tour casts.  He has also performed in the company’s new show, ‘Lost & Found Orchestra’, including performances at the Brighton Dome, the Royal Festival Hall, venues in Miami and Amsterdam and a box-office record breaking run at the Sydney Opera House.

Alongside this experience, Ollie has also performed in numerous ensembles including Brighton’s own samba/drum’n’bass outfit Carnival Collective, with former Slits guitarist Viv Albertine, and at the Rio de Janeiro carnival.

He was part of the Guinness World Record breaking ‘Largest Samba Band’, at the Royal Albert Hall – 1,675 participants.  The event was organized by Inspire Works and the Street Child World Cup charity.

Ollie is also a qualified music teacher.  When not performing or teaching Ollie can be found developing his ‘mouth popping’ repertoire, which currently includes the synth-pop classic ‘Popcorn’, and the theme from the film Beverley Hills Cop, ’Axel F’.

Sam – PGCE Music TechSam

Sam is a professional musician with wide experience in performing and recording work and has been teaching in schools for over 18 years.

Having played many instruments including piano and guitar Sam specialised in the drums and has gone on to work with live and studio bands all over the world including The Quireboys, Bap Kennedy, Mary McBride and Steve Earle.

With his own band CAT he released an album through Universal Records in 2000 and supported acts such as Thin Lizzy, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Metallica.

Sam has been teaching in secondary schools in Hertfordshire and East Sussex since 1997 and maintains excellent results in Trinity grade exams as well as continued support with GCSE and A level performances.

As well as being experienced in one to one and group lessons Sam also runs a series of Rockschool sessions that provide a platform for young musicians to form bands, play in regular concerts and record their own music.Sessions have also been taken into Primary schools for beginners’ workshops.

Sam continues to perform regularly with various bands and enjoys dividing his working life between performing and teaching.

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