Jonathan Curtis - drum teacher

Jonathan Curtis

Drum lessons in Newton, Nottinghamshire, NG13

£40 per hour
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Jonathan is a drum tutor specialising in broken time jazz drumming and the snare drum as a solo instrument. He has five published books of compositions and drum method which are sold internationally, five studio albums, numerous session credits, and a purpose-built drum studio. In-person and online lessons are available.
Jonathan is very experienced with working with students of all ages and abilities, from young first-timers to seasoned professionals looking to deepen their study. He specialises in a conceptual approach, ensuring the fundamentals are well understood, whilst also embracing modern tuition techniques that utilise audio-visual technology and the graded curricula.

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

Gretsch New Classic drum kit in Satin Walnut Burst, featuring a 22" bass drum, 14" snare, and 10", 12", 14", and 16" toms. I have a full selection of Bosphorus cymbals, audio-visual recording, a Pearl Philharmonic concert snare drum, and a Pearl marching pipe drum.

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

DBS date: September 2015

Experience and Qualifications

I have a Grade 8 (Distinction) in drum kit performance from Trinity from their Guildhall syllabus. I have played and taught professionally since 2011, having played on numerous studio albums, countless live shows and concerts, and produced my own studio albums.

I have written and published five drumming books, comprising three method books and two collections of snare drum compositions, all of which are enjoyed by drummers all over the world.

I endorse Bosphorus cymbals.

Prices & Options

Standard hourly rate: £40

Further pricing details: Individual lessons are charged at £20 per 30 minutes. However, block bookings for regular students are charged at £17.50 per 30 minutes. All prices, including block booking discounts, are available on my website.

Testimonials and References

"Legitimately one of the best teachers I've had for anything. I've been having lessons with Jonathan since I was 14, and the amount of work the guy puts in to teaching and making every lesson easily understandable and accessible can't be understated. Would highly recommend at any age or skill level."

- Joe, drum kit student

"Jonathan has been teaching me for four years and I have made steady progress across a number of drumming styles, from rock, drum & bass, jazz, latin, funk, fusion, linear, and, of course, the rudiments.

Every lesson is tailored and amended to my progress and to reflect the evolution of my musical interests. Time spent on elevating my drumming speed whilst maintaining accuracy has been especially valuable, and my drumming horizons are expanding exponentially as we've now entered the world of polyrhythms and broken time. I can wholeheartedly recommend Jonathan to anybody wishing to start drumming, or to the intermediate/advanced drummer who wants to further develop their skills."

- Colin, drum kit student

Listed in All Tutors, DBS / CRB Checked, Located at a drumming studio, References available

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