LESSONS

“What you think, you become. What you feel, you attract. What you imagine, you create.”

– Buddha

Lessons.

I’m passionate about education, and get a real kick out of it; it’s a big part of what I do. I give drum lessons, write books and articles on the learning the instrument, and organise educational and creative initiatives to develop students as drummers and musicians.

My students benefit from my many years of experience as a professional drummer and musician. They get insights into live and studio environments both as a session musician and technician. Ultimately, my aim is to always make my drum lessons relevant and comprehensive, fun, and most importantly centred around the student.

Similarly, I believe in the strength of a good relationship, and look to develop this by understanding students’ goals, motivations, and learning styles to deliver the information the best possible way.

Please explore below, as well as the rest of the site, and if you have any questions, get in touch!

Explore.

Beginners.

Learning to play drums is both exciting and rewarding! You’ll learn the same core skills of the pros from the ground up, to play along to your favourite tunes.

Kids will benefit from discipline, reinforcement of teamwork, listening, and communication skills. Furthermore, it will boost their confidence and develop self-awareness, and mental well-being.

For adults, it’s a fun and engaging after work activity that helps release stress through a light cardiovascular activity. Likewise, it’s a cool new skill, and gives people a new appreciation for music.

My son has had lessons with Nick since the age of 5. He LOVES the lessons. Nick is always so generous with time and flexible and now operates out of a really cool studio. He is a brilliant teacher with great patience and I would highly recommend him.

Jess Jarvis

Student's parent, London

Lessons starting at 

£40/hr at my studio

£50/hr at your home

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PRACTICAL

  • Quarter and eighth note drum beats and fills for different styles
  • Snare drum technique, pieces and games
  • Introduction to time-keeping
  • Basic orchestration around the drums
  • Play-alongs to popular songs and students’ favourite music
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THEORY

  • Simple musical structures
  • Basic reading
  • Rhythmic connection to language
  • Basic rudiments: Single and Doubles Strokes, Single Paradiddles
  • Understanding the drum set and its role in music

Intermediate.

We’ll take a deeper dive into the sounds, playing styles, and music that you like. We’ll continue building on the same core skills of the pros, applying them in new and exciting ways, and to new genres and styles.

Genuinely awesome guy with quite frankly saintly patience. I’ve only had him as my teacher for just over a year but I feel I have made great progress during this time due to his enthusiastic and encouraging attitude. I highly recommend Nick for anyone with a passion for music!

Ellie McEvoy

Student, London

Lessons starting at 

£40/hr at my studio

£50/hr at your home

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PRACTICAL

  • Building speed for the hands and feet (single and double bass drums)
  • Bass drum technique (i.e. heel-toe, etc)
  • Rudiments: Rolls, Drags and Flams
  • Left foot independence like opening the hi hats
  • Sixteenth note grooves and fills
  • Foot Ostinatos
  • And more…
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THEORY

  • Rudiments and their creative application
  • New orchestration ideas
  • Sight reading
  • Introducing Jazz and Latin drumming
  • And more…

Advanced.

What is the next level? This differs from person to person. Ultimately, to me, it boils the freedom to express ourselves musically, with our own voice without restrictions. As such, we’ll explore the tools and creative concepts necessary to help you achieve your goals, and develop strategies to facilitate them.

Nick has all the qualities you want in a teacher. He loves his craft, he’s excellent at it, he’s patient and most importantly you can tell he is passionate about sharing his knowledge with you… He has been my teacher now for over 3 years and, during that time I have improved far beyond what I could have managed myself.

Tom Naughton

Student, London

Lessons starting at 

£40/hr at my studio

£50/hr at your home

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DEVELOP

  • Dive deeper into Creative Concepts such as Permutation, Melodic phrasing, Displacement, and more 
  • Strengthening time feel to lock in with the music
  • Improve hand and feet technique and get rid of bad habits
  • Develop a more musical approach to your playing
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PRACTICAL

  • Discipline, health (mental and physical) & motivation
  • Maximising practice time
  • Goal-setting
  • Managing red button fever (recording nerves)
  • Stage fright management
  • Audition preparation

YouTube / Social Media.

Subscribe to my YouTube channel for drum lessons, covers, live and studio footage. You can also find on Instagram and Facebook where I post challenges, and other fun stuff.

STUDIO

Magenta Self Storage,

54 - 58 Stanley Gardens,

London, W3 7SZ

 

 

CONTACT

hello@nickschlesinger.com 

+44 (0) 7793 541812