If you’re all up and eager to learn to play the drums, your best bet is to take drum lessons. But of course, you don’t want to go into it blind. You will need to know how much a drum lesson costs.
Before you start looking up bass drum rudiments online or clicking on the first link to teach you to play drums, consider taking drumming lessons.
The advantages of being taught by an actual human being are that you will have continuous feedback on your progress. There will be someone there to teach you all the drum beats and fills. There will be someone there to answer your questions on how to get a flam just right or correct your stick control.
But the main question is whether you want to take percussion lessons at a music school or take private drum lessons with a tutor.
You might check out drum lessons Edinburgh with a Superprof drum teacher!
Learning to play drums in a drum school has certain advantages. Let’s go through some of them:
As a disadvantage, you will be one among many students. Even if your classes are one-to-one, chances are a drum tutor at a big school will have a lot of clients eager to learn how to play, and you may get a little lost in the mix. You will also have to go there yourself, and scheduling will depend not only on your teacher’s schedule but on the availability of rooms.
Such schools regularly have open-door days. We suggest you take the first lesson to decide whether or not drums are the instrument for you.
Group drum classes can bring like-minded people together. Photo credit: Daniele Zanni on Visual hunt
A private tutor for your beginner drum lessons is not a bad idea. It has various advantages over going to a music school and taking classes there:
Superprof drum tutors work wonders with younger players! If you are looking for such lessons for your child, why not check out our drum lessons for kids?
Private drum lessons offer more one-to-one time to perfect your drumming technique. Photo credit: max_thinks_sees on VisualHunt
There are many music schools in the UK; some of them even specialise in teaching beginner and advanced drum. We will be focusing on these to give you an idea of how much it costs to learn how to play the drums. Some even offer free drum lessons as taster lessons; other will at least give you a discount, or have occasional open days where you can explore their courses.
|School||Taster lessons||Children's courses||Adult courses||Practice room|
|Planet Drum, London (www.theplanetdrum.co.uk)||£45 for adults (45min), £25 for children (20 min)||£80 for 4x 45 minutes and free practice||£160 for 4 x 50 minutes in a month and free practice||£7/hour|
|Elephant Drums, London (www.elephantdrums.co.uk/)||15% off regular drum lesson||N/A||beginner: £30, intermediate £45, advanced £45||N/A|
|Halifax Drum School (www.halifaxdrumschool.co.uk)||free||N/A||4x 1 hour £116; 4x 30 min £60 (£15/30min)||N/A|
|Slater Drum School in Malborough (www.slaterdrumschool.co.uk)||free||£12/20 min||£16/30 min; £24 / 45 min; £32/hour||N/A|
|Crash Drum School in Castleford (www.crashdrumschool.co.uk)||N/A||£15/30 min||£20/45 min||N/A|
|Repercussion Drum School in Surrey (www.repercussiondrumschool.co.uk)||N/A||N/A||£20/30 min; £40/60 min||N/A|
As you can see, prices range from £12 to £20 pounds for a half-hour session, with the most expensive hourly rate going at £40. It will all depend on how much demand there is in the area, how much the cost of living might be, and whether there are other competing institutions.
Taster lessons are perfect for finding out if drumming is for you. Photo credit: U.S. Consulate Vladivostok on Visualhunt.com
If you want to go into drumming professionally, you should consider getting a degree at one of the UK’s music academies. This will generally be a BA in Music Performance (specialising in Drums) taking 3-4 years to complete. Some offer postgraduate degrees.
The advantage of going for a diploma is that you will not only be learning to play the drums, you will also be getting a solid foundation in music theory, history of drum music, composition, rhythm and drum notation. Some will encourage you to master several percussion instruments, increasing your range, though others will let you specialise in a specific type of drum.
You will also be practising more intensely. While you might otherwise take a lesson with a drum instructor once or twice a week, here you will have classes every day, in a classroom and one-to-one with a drum teacher, as well as daily practice. It’s the best way to learn advanced techniques such as polyrhythm and get the theoretical grounding to help you compose your own drum solos; however, they are only worth the time and money if you want to play the drums professionally.
Tuition is usually somewhere around £9,000 a year.
A bachelor in Musical Performance isn’t only for orchestral timpani and bass drum. Photo credit: katerha on VisualHunt
A few music colleges offering percussion as an undergraduate degree are:
Again, prices will vary depending on location, availability and – something not as much of a factor in drum schools – experience. Many music students make some extra money offering beginner drum lessons. They don’t have the experience of professional drummers, but their learning years are not as far behind them.
Here are some examples of the cost of drum classes with a Superprof tutor near you:
More important than what drum lessons cost, though, is that you find just the right drum teacher for you, so that your beginner drum lessons are fun!