James - Drum Kit [Specialist]; Jazz Guitar

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James is a professional drummer and educator. His own study has included several years at Drumtech in London, including a one year diploma as part of that. He then went on study at the Drummers Collective in New York with Michael Lauren, Kim Plainfield, Ricky Sebastian, and Kred Klatz. More recently he has taken private lessons with Kenwood Dennard(Associate Professor of Percussion at Berkee College of Music, Boston). James’ playing career has included work with many different types of bands and many styles of music, including Blues, Pop, Funk, Folk, Rock, and Jazz. This included a six year stint touring and recording with English band Mungo Jerry.
He has over twenty years of teaching experience and enjoys a busy schedule of private students as well as teaching in St Pirans, Cookham Dean, Claires Court, and Caldicott Schools.  

Free 15 minute Taster Lesson Available 

Blues, Pop, Funk, Folk, Rock, and Jazz

6 years + / Beginner to Advanced

Trinity ‘Drum Kit’ and ‘Rock & Pop’ grades (1-8) 


30 min: £22.00 45 min: £35.00 60 min: £40.00

Sarah Schol

My son has been having drum lessons with James for the past two years and has thoroughly enjoyed learning to play. James makes the lessons fun and individualises the approach and content to keep interest whilst ensuring progress. Through lockdown we moved to online lessons which worked surprising well too and the flexibility to continue to learn remotely was very much appreciated!

Victoria Coe

My boys started learning guitar and drums from a young age with Westmount music teachers Peter and James. The teachers have adapted their style to the boys as they have grown up, and continue to inspire them to progress and most importantly enjoy their learning.

Ray Griffin

James has taught both my son and daughter drums at Westmount Music and his friendly approach is spot on, for both maintaining their interest, and teaching them in a relaxed yet efficient way. Highly recommended

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