Brendan B.

Drumkit & Bongo Tutor



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  • First Class BA Music (Hons) degree from the University of Leeds
  • Drum Kit Grade 8 Distinction
  • GCSE Music (A*)
  • A Level Music

Styles Taught

Latin, Jazz, Rock, Funk, Metal, Blues, Fusion


I have been playing for over 20 years and have performed professionally across the country, both in musical productions, functions, and original band gigs. I have a wealth of experience playing various musical styles including jazz, latin, rock, pop and funk.

I have been teaching privately since 2007 and have maintained a 100% exam pass rate. My private students have varied in age from 6, to adult students in their 50's. I have established a large private student base from my home studio in Leeds and many of my students now have professional playing careers of their own. I also work as a peripatetic music teacher across West Yorkshire, and have vast experience teaching children of various ages and ability levels.

Teaching Style

My teaching is very much focused on the individual. I assess each student's goals and musical tastes early on and tailor my tuition for their individual requirements. I ensure that all my students have hand-outs/e-mails for each lesson, encompassing the lesson focus, and key areas for further study.

I focus on all the key skills needed for a professional musician, such as reading, playing with solid time, and playing various styles of music authentically, and have developed hundreds of exercises for the development of each skill. From the very first lesson my students will be playing along to music, and developing a strong sense of pulse.

I am a friendly person, a good communicator and a passionate musician who thoroughly enjoys his job. This comes across in my teaching style and enables my students to share the same passion.


I currently teach from the Trinity Guildhall, Rockschool and Trinity Rock & Pop syllabi, though I do not rely on an exam syllabus for my teaching. One of the main reasons I encourage my students to take exams is to help with UCAS point when applying for University, though this is not always necessary. The bulk of my lessons are designed around my own (more diverse) materials, which will enable my students to play a greater variety of music.


Latin, Jazz, Rock, Funk, Metal, World, Blues, Fusion

Time, Coordination, Feel, Groove, Technique, Transcription, Note Reading, Improvisation

Other Services, Areas of Knowledge & Musicianship

Transcription, Music Theory, Music History, Drum Kit maintenance, Music Analysis, GCSE/A Level music assistance

Teaching Location

Leeds LS9

Lesson Prices

Lesson length 30 min 45 min 1 hour
Price at tutor's location £15 £20 £27.50

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