John Humphrey - drum teacher

John Humphrey

Drum lessons in Dartford, Kent

£35 per hour
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1-2-1 drum lessons in Kent & SE London.

I have taught hundreds of students over the last 25 years, both privately and in schools, colleges and as part of BA, BMus and MMus degree programmes in university. Students have ranged in age from seven to 70, beginner to professional.

Whatever your goals or aspirations, these are all covered in lessons individually tailored to your personal needs in the most creative and enjoyable way possible. If you’re looking to improve your technique, time, creativity, reading, independence and repertoire then get in touch!

Levels taught: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Master
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I have a DBS Disclosure Certificate (What's this?)

DBS date: 17th September 2019 (renewed annually)

Experience and Qualifications

My qualifications include:
Postgraduate Diploma in Music
Postgraduate Certificate in Music
BA Honours degree (1st class)
Diploma in Music

I am also a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts

I’m a busy freelance drummer as well, currently playing for Toyah Willcox, Hazel O'Connor and Tim Rose Group amongst others, as well as for the UK tours of The Greatest Show and Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Previously I have performed in many diverse situations, from the Pasadena Roof Orchestra, The Drifters and the revue Stand By Me, to Sean Williamson, Gareth Gates, Marcus Collins and Ray Gelato.

My playing has taken me to many venues, concert halls and venues in the UK, Europe and beyond. I'm also often found depping in London with various shows and bands. My experience makes me ideally placed to develop the skills of enthusiastic students of all levels and ages.


Teaching takes place in a dedicated teaching room and with lots of free parking, or elsewhere by arrangement, including at your home subject to arrangement. Lessons are also possible via Skype, Google Hangouts and so on. I also offer teaching in music theory, music technology and production. I am fully insured and possess an enhanced DBS Certificate.

Prices & Options

Standard hourly rate: £35

Further pricing details: 30 minutes @ £17.50
60 minutes @ £35.00

Testimonials and References

“John is an outstanding teacher and helped me grasp a whole range of musical genres from jazz to progressive metal during my BA degree." - James

“John was my drum teacher, and I couldn’t have asked for a better one! He was patient and supportive and has an excellent knowledge of music theory, music tech and drum techniques. The skills he taught have helped me through my BA Commercial Music degree.” - Owen

“John tailors each lesson to suit me. He has really helped me improve in confidence and ability.” - Simon

"John's teaching helped me secure a first-class degree, and provided me with the necessary skills to pursue postgraduate study and move into the workplace." - James

“John is knowledgeable and has a wide range of experience, as well as being a good communicator. Highly recommended!” - Lee

“In academic and performance terms, John has a truly Stakhanovite work ethic, which he combines with real intellectual originality and curiosity, a technical excellence, and genuine energy and enthusiasm. These truly shone throughout my time as his student and aided in my development as a percussionist and professional.” - James

“Patient, enthusiastic and calm, my lessons are fun and have helped me get better quickly.” - Charlotte

"John introduced me to the realms of orchestral percussion – something which was entirely new to me at that point in my career and provided me with a deep understanding of percussion within a wide variety of contexts, including in orchestras, big bands, smaller ensembles, and solo performances." - James

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