School Holiday Courses
DrumBeats summer holiday drums and recording sessions - check back here for future sessions!
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To help keep up the skills learnt during the year, we are offering some August holiday sessions:
- Drum lessons to get some 1-1 focus & development, and, for something a little different,
- Drum lessons combined with recording. When you want to know how it sounds to be in a band and record a song!
All lessons are 1-1 and will be run from my home studio in Warwick Street, Oxford.

The drum lessons combined with recording involves working on a song structure, creating a variation of rhythms and fills to match, notating and then laying down a track or two of drums/percussion. We can then select a 'style', maybe a bass-line or guitar riff, which we can start mixing then I will finish, email to you and post on the DrumBeats website for playback too. We tried this last year and, with a bit of tweaking, came up with some decent tracks - check them out on the homepage of the DrumBeats website under ‘Drums/Recording Sessions’ - this will be updated as I add new tracks from this year!

Session lengths are different dependent on instrument lesson or recording.
- Instrument lessons are as per term time lessons and available as 30 min sessions.
- Recording lessons are available as 60 min sessions.
The drum lesson rate for the holiday sessions is £17. The rate for the recording sessions is £45 (includes a post-lesson edit, full mix to your inbox and multi track if you have software at home to re-mix).
* Also, the recording sessions would be more suitable for those students with some experience, maybe 9-12 months plus, and also from age 11 (year 6+) upwards.*
How to apply:
I would ask that initially you email the form below & specify a day & your preferred time range for your session. Age & experience in the message pane might be useful and please complete the contact number & email. I will then confirm day/time by return. A deposit of £10 is required with final booking: cheque via post or online - details on booking confirmation.
The dates listed below will be available for either drumming or recording sessions.

Session dates and times:
- Tues 1st, Weds 2nd & Thu 3rd Aug
- Tues 15th, Weds 16th & Thu 17th Aug
- sessions from 11am until 4pm (last slot) each day.
- Other holiday dates to be announced!

Any queries, please email or call. If you can not make any of the dates then please have a very good summer, enjoy your holidays and will be in touch in September.

A big thank you too from me, Cameron, Tim, John, Elaine, Nick & Josh to all our students for the hard work  this year and, of course, thank you parents for your continued support!
Summer Holiday App Form
Holiday Rock School Courses may give you a first opportunity to play in a band!
If you want to see what it's like to play with other keen musicians, all ages (8-18 years) and abilities, a holiday rock school might be the place to start.
Sessions usually run over 2 days and you are welcome to try drums, guitar, bass or vocals, or another instrument if you like! We have tutors for drums and guitars /vocals and always achieve great results and enjoyment for students taking part.
If you need details on costs & next Rock School dates, please email or phone using contact page here.
• More instruments to try, learn & improve - including drums, bass, guitar & vocals
• Extended time over the shortcourse to learn more
• Try playing with your favourite tracks as part of a rock band
• Learn how to write song originals & try out ideas
• Teaching materials provided (and biscuits!)
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The DrumBeats Rock Schools might give you your first chance to play together with others in a band.
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The DrumBeats Rock Schools ran a week of sessions at The Oxford Playhouse culminating in an end of course gig by all students!