James Sharp

Drum lessons in Dartington, Totnes, Devon TQ9 6DJ

£40 per hour
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James has been playing drums since 1986, playing all over the U.K, and contributing drums & percussion on three well-received albums by singer-songwriter Nicky Swann.

He has written for Modern Drummer, Drumhead magazine and Music Teacher magazine.

He now teaches a very healthy roster of private students of various ages & levels, also teaching in several schools as a peripatetic tutor, as well as providing drum tuition for Exeter University music scholarships.

James uses Yamaha drums & electronics, along with Protection Racket cases, Vic Firth drumsticks & Istanbul Mehmet cymbals.

He’s married with three children and lives in Totnes, Devon.

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

2 full professonal acoustic kits
Full PA system
Recording of video and audio available

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

DBS date: 02/01/2019

Experience and Qualifications

James became a Drumsense tutor in 2008 and became a Drumsense Master Tutor in January 2013.

Prices & Options

Standard hourly rate: £40

Further pricing details: 240 minutes advanced block booking - £140.00

Testimonials and References

"As my son's drum teacher, James has made a vital contribution to be him being accepted by the Junior Royal Academy of Music jazz course, and by the Purcell School. Under James' guidance he also achieved a distinction in Trinity grade 8 jazz drums. James is a great teacher; he is friendly, approachable and efficient."

Christine Thomas

"Our son Louis has been with James Sharp for 8 years now and how much he has progressed since he started with James is immeasurable. Louis is not the easiest boy to teach because he is not very keen on reading music, but James has always been extremely patient, very encouraging, and most importantly, a lot of fun. Louis can now play rock, jazz and pop, and he is able to jam with almost anybody in any genre. We have recommended James Sharp to many parents and they unanimously say their children thoroughly enjoy their lessons with him and that they show a steady progress. One parent said her son would take lessons with James everyday if they could afford it! James is also a very nice and really likable guy and if anyone is looking for an excellent drum teacher, he is definitely the one!"

Saori Costello

"James has been working at Park School since 2011 as a peripatetic drum tutor. In this time he has inspired numerous children with a unique mix of talent, humour, patience and proven teaching methods. He asks interesting questions about all of his students and passes on his own observations about the children's talents and how they learn best. He is flexible to all the changing situations that occur in the primary school curriculum. Alongside the individual lesson times, James has come into school assemblies to give demonstrations and to talk about the history of drumming. James brings vitality and humour to his classes; he is a very gifted, very energetic, very inspirational teacher, greatly liked and respected by all at our school, teachers, pupils and their parents."

Mark Maynard

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