Drum Lessons Nottingham

Book lessons with professional drum teacher James Sykes

Expert Drum Teacher
Based in Nottingham

Hello! I'm James Sykes, a professional drum teacher based in Nottingham.
I offer high-quality drum lessons in the Nottingham area.

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James Sykes

I have been fortunate enough to have had an extremely fun and varied wealth of experience in drum teaching, from working within secondary schools and colleges in order to provide group lessons, to working with people of all ages and backgrounds on a one-to-one basis.

I believe all people should experience the benefits of playing the drums, this is why I offer lessons to students of all abilities and ages. However I do not recommend students learning drums until age 6.

I am a very relaxed and friendly teacher, I have been a student myself so I understand how to create a perfect learning environment for all students.

As I am a professional teacher, I can offer very flexible teaching hours and can be contacted at your convenience, this makes booking and arranging lessons a breeze.

Drum Lesson Prices

High-quality drum lessons with a professional tutor in Nottingham.

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1/2 Hour Lessons


Half an hour lessons, these are best suited to young learners and beginner students who would like shorter sessions and an introduction to drumming.

1 Hour Lessons


One hour lessons are best suited to students who are passionate and want to practice and progress quickly in a short space of time.

What my students say

& why they love my drum lessons


'Morning. Just to say thanks for yesterday, Harry absolutely loved it and has been busy practising!!'


'Our 9yr old daughter loves her drum lessons with James, his enthusiasm is contagious & he makes lessons active & engaging. She very much looks forward to learning new skills, she has made significant progress & loves showing off her latest skills at the end of each lesson.'

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5 out of 5 stars (based on 401 reviews)

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'This man o' sticks makes drumming so much fun that Nina and I are always excited about next Sunday's lesson; tricks 'n' flicks, grooves 'n' clicks with this fine man o' sticks.'

About Your New
MUSIC Teacher

Friendly, helpful and focused on helping you to rapidly learn how to play the drums.

I am a qualified music teacher, I have a BA Hons Degree in Popular Music from the University of Northampton, a Grade 8 in drums and have toured as a musician. I have 4 years experience of supporting students with learning needs, an A level in music and over 13 years of live drumming experience, alongside a position as a Lead Tutor for a Leicester-based music charity.

As the fundamental techniques for drumming are the same, I am happy to teach you the drums in any musical style you love, I specialise in the styles of Jazz, Funk, Soul, Country, Jazz, Blues, Rock and Pop.

I create a tailored lesson plan to the students individual needs and goals. If you want to learn musical theory or just learn your favourite songs on the drums, we can create a plan that will make learning fun and interesting.

If you would like to achieve your musical goals in a relaxed, enjoyable environment whilst learning the music you love, get in touch to book your first lesson with me today!

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Location of Lessons

I currently take the majority of my lessons from my specialised home teaching studio on Serlby Rise, Nottingham, NG3 2LS.

Whilst being a relaxing environment, it has all the resources we will need such as drum kits, sticks and learning materials.

As well as this it is located near to many public transport links, being just a 3-minute walk from Dowson Street bus stop, and only 1 mile from Nottingham Station. Getting to my studio is very easy.

My full teaching address will be provided on your first lesson booking,

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Local Drum Teacher Tips:

Drum Shops in Nottingham:

There are many great music shops in Nottingham to support it's thriving music scene, one of my favourite independent stores for drums would be The Drum and Guitar Center. Located on Cranbrook St, Nottingham NG1 1ES they stock a wide variety of new and used drums, cymbals and equipment to suit a student at any level.

If you are looking to buy from a reputable chain music shop, the best for you would be PMT Nottingham. Located at Marco Island, Huntingdon St, Nottingham NG1 1AR PMT has its own drum department, where you can find everything from kits, shells, sticks, cymbals and notation books new and used. A staple for any drummer.

Finally, The Music Inn is a fantastic local music store, selling a huge variety of instruments including drums. What makes The Music Inn special is that they actually have a repair and setup service meaning you can take any broken equipment you may have to get fixed. The Music Inn is located on 28 -34 Alfreton Rd, Nottingham NG7 3NG.

Drum Courses in Nottingham:

If you are looking to take your musical studies a step further, Nottingham College Offer introductory part or full time BTEC Level 1 courses in Music and Performance, this is a fantastic way to network and play with other musicians whilst learning your craft.

West Nottinghamshire College Offer BTEC Level 2 and 3 Extended Diplomas in Music Performance and Music Production. These courses will give you a deeper knowledge of the music industry and give you a huge amount of practical music making an experience with fantastic facilities available.

For the musician looking to have a full-time professional career, the qualification for you would be to study a Degree in Music Performance at Nottingham Trent University. This course will give you a complete 360-degree study of the music industry whilst developing your professional musicianship under the guidance of real-life music professionals.

Drum Lessons

Book your first drum lesson today

I would be delighted to help you to learn to play the drums. Get in touch to find out more about my drum lessons in Nottingham.