Adam Stanley

Drum lessons in Watford, Hertfordshire, WD25 0AN

£25 per hour
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A highly musical drummer with a background of formal education and self-tuition, Adam is an expert at playing with bands and ensembles. He specialises in creating the perfect parts for any song, learning exceptionally quickly and being adaptable. With 18 years’ live and recording experience he conveys his limitless passion for the drums to students through active listening and real-world application of techniques, patterns and rhythmic concepts. He teaches students how to handle live, studio and other on-the-job situations as they join groups and develop on their instrument. Adam is also an accomplished singer and guitarist, which informs his teaching.

Levels taught: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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I teach at a fixed location (studio)

- Dedicated outside acoustic drum kit room
- Tama Starclassic drums
- Zildjian cymbals
- Metronome and playback facilities
- Indoor electric kit studio
- Free tea/coffee/squash!

I do home visits (mobile tutor)

I can travel (up to): 60 minutes

Travel expenses: £10

I have a DBS Disclosure Certificate (What's this?)

DBS date: 2018/08/02

Experience and Qualifications

- I offer online lessons via your preferred app (Skype, FaceTime, WhatsApp, etc)
- 2 years' experience as drum tutor in school and private capacities.
- 20 years' gigging, touring and recording experience.
- BA (Hons) with Jazz Performance Major from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa (studied under Darius Brubeck).
- Professional Diploma in Sound Engineering from Allenby Campus, South Africa.

Prices & Options

Standard hourly rate: £25

Further pricing details: - Block booking of quarterly lessons (12) - £300
- Block booking of 4 1-hour lessons - £100
- Block booking of 4 30-min lessons - £50

Testimonials and References


My sons have been attending lessons with Adam for 2 years. Adam is very patient and makes the lessons fun. The lessons cover a good mix of music. The lessons are always well organised and afterwards  I get a detailed review of the lesson and feedback on progress. I would recommend Adam to anyone.


Adam teaches my 11 and 7 year old daughters once a week. Both really enjoy and look forward to their drumming lessons. He explains everything very clearly and is able to adapt his teaching style to suit all ages, ensuring progression each week.
My elder daughter has only been drumming for 18 months and has already achieved high marks in both her Grade 1 and 2 drumming exams. Adam also supported and prepared her for her Secondary Consortium Practical Music Exam.
He helped her to develop the confidence and skills that enabled her to produce a performance of such a high standard, it gave her the choice of all of the local Consortium schools.
My younger daughter has not been playing long, but was so inspired by her elder sister, she swapped from her Piano to Drumming lessons. She is currently working towards her Grade 1 Exam.
Thank you Adam, all of your hard work is greatly appreciated.

I am an instrumental teacher and music therapist. Adam is a brilliant drummer and all round musician, his enthusiasm for music is infectious and will be felt by all who are taught by him. He is a very experienced player and I have watched him perform in bands for many years. He is conscientious, spends a lot of time working on his own technique and this attitude to practise transfers/ will transfer to his teaching.
Having had a drum lessons with Adam as a beginner, I found that he gave very clear explanations and demonstrations and I was able to pick up the basic techniques very quickly. His relaxed and approachable manner as well as enthusiasm for music, means he will be able to make lessons enjoyable and inspiring for complete beginners to more advanced students.
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Adam is a patient, kind, and conscientious guy, and his teaching style reflects this. His knowledge of contemporary rock and pop styles is second to none!

Adam is an astute and highly skilled drummer who brings with him years of experience across all spectrums of music, which was very evident in the lessons I took with him. He is passionately dedicated to his craft and his experience as a songwriter gives him a unique and rounded offering in his education of others. You’re in good hands with this fine gentleman.

Adam is a talented musician which gave me confidence in his knowledge and music culture. Indeed he is an excellent teacher. He is very patient, encouraging and able to adapt his methods and teaching style to the needs of each student. His passion for music is both infectious and inspiring. I also found that his expertise in a wide range of music genres from different decades meant that his lessons had great variety. He also taught me the meaning of hard work and dedication to one’s craft.

Adam is a consumate professional with an incredible work-ethic and a real enthusiasm for music. He’s a hugely adaptable drummer with a deep understanding of a range of musical styles and I’d have no problem recommending him for anyone looking for a passionate and accomplished drum teacher.

Adam is an excellent musician and a very dedicated drummer. He is a patient and articulate instructor, and always able to put teaching points across in an accessible way to my daughter. Adam dedicates himself fully to every job and works extremely hard. He is reliable and enthusiastic. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him.

Adam taught me the lion’s share of what I know about drumming and has been my most consistent and energetic source of musical insight. He is as excited when explaining a simple beat as he is when delivering an impassioned monologue on the importance of ankle position in achieving efficient weight transferral to the kick pedal. He loves the fun as much as he loves the technical challenge. His passion is rare and a pleasure to be around. Learning with Adam is easy and comes with an extra measure of energy and enthusiasm.

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