Drum Lessons IN Leicester with Dr Richard Hemmings

Est. 2006
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Drum Lessons in Leicester

I’m Dr Richard Hemmings, professional drum teacher at the Leicester Drum School in Oadby. I’ve been teaching the drums since 2006, having previously gained a first class degree and a Ph.D in music. I’m passionate about drums and drumming, and love to share this enthusiasm with my students.  Regardless of whether you’re new to the instrument or not, I’m certain you’ll find drum lessons with me enjoyable. 

I teach children (ages 7+) and adults; from complete beginners to more experienced players; FaceTime and Skype lessons are available during the lockdown. My fully equipped teaching studio provides the perfect learning environment. For example, students can play along to backing tracks through the high quality audio system.

For many students, taking grades is the preferred route. However, this is down to the individual and you can learn just for fun if you prefer. Which ever path you choose, I’ll make sure you learn something new at each lesson. My teaching style is friendly and relaxed. In fact, as my Google reviews often reflect, I’m also a very patient teacher.

Lessons take place on a weekly basis during the school term between 3-9pm, Monday-Friday.  Additionally, I am available to teach during the school holidays. (When I’m not teaching, you can always read my Blog!) 

So, if you’re looking for drum lessons in Leicester, please get in touch! 

Book your FREE taster lesson today!


4 x 30 min or 2 x 1 hr lessons
+ a pair of sticks 
ONLY £40

Lessons are normally charged at £16 per 30 minutes, paid termly in 1, 2 or 3 instalments.

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Why Come to Me for Drum lessons?


Firstly, I have over 13 years of teaching experience, 30 years of playing experience, a 1st class BA (Hons) degree and a PhD in music. As a result, I’ll help you to avoid common mistakes and (providing you practise!) turn you into a great drummer! 


Thirdly, I cover all aspects of drumming, including different genres (e.g., rock, jazz, blues, reggae, latin), rudiments, technique, musicianship, playing to music, reading music, theory, and much more.


Secondly, good foundations are essential. I try to bring out the best in everyone. Drum lessons are tailored to the individual, with the initial aim of developing their technique. I always place emphasis on the importance of good stick control, counting and understanding notation.


Finally, you don’t have to take exams, but I believe it’s the best way to get motivated as the goals are clear. Trinity drum grades offer a brilliant way of tracking your own progress. The learning is structured and accumulative, with each new grade building upon the previous one.

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Students are encouraged to join bands and to perform in-front of others as the experience is invaluable.


All students are taught to read music and the basics of music theory as applicable to drum kit playing. 

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Age should never be a barrier to learning, and whilst it is required that children are at least 7, there is no upper limit for adults!