PracticeStudents should be prepared to practice (at minimum) three to four times a week for at least twenty minutes each time (i.e. 1-1.5 hours total per week minimum). The more regular and frequent the practice, the better and students should put aside as much time as they can afford.

Practicing Indoors

Parents, roommates, siblings or other house mates might be hesitant about a student practicing indoors as it may seem like a noisy hobby. Rest assured that drum kits and cymbals can be fitted with practice pads that reduce sound and only cost around £40 to fit the whole kit. There are also electronic drum kits that can be played through headphones, making no externally audible noise at all.

Reading Drum Music

Students are often intimidated by reading music, however, will quickly get comfortable with it, and realize it is much easier to master than they had originally thought. Reading music is both a talent and an advantage for musicians.

DRUMSTYLE Drumming exams

DRUMSTYLE does not have or require students to complete any internal exams, however, each tutor book used in the course has two summary pieces at the end that students can and should use to check their progress and understanding of the module. When each level is completed, students will be awarded a completion certificate. The completion of four tutor books will put students in a position to complete or take a grade 7 or 8 external exam.

External Exams

Jim no longer participates in external exam preparation following 21 years with a 100% success rate.

Cost of a Drum Kit

One can expect to pay around £250 for a new, basic, drum kit. More professional and advanced drummers can pay upwards of £2,000 for their kit so there is a huge course range depending on needs and expertise.

Owning a Drum Kit

Within a month of beginning lessons, students are recommended to purchase their own drum kit to help ensure they are able to practice regularly. This is assuming that students do not have access to a drum kit at school or anywhere else.