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Welcome to the webpage of "Surrey Drum Teacher" Tom Pybus.

Tom is a freelance musician and educator providing drum lessons privately at students' homes and within private/state/independent schools.

Here you will find information about Tom, the services that he provides, prices of lessons and the areas he will travel to.


Tom’s obsession with drums began at the tender age of 4. After battering his way through many junior drum kits his mum decided it was time for him to step towards the real thing. He began studying with a local drum teacher developing his sense of rhythm, timing and musicality.


By the age of 14 Tom was in 2 bands and gigging regularly (much to the delight of his mum and dad who taxied him everywhere). At 16 he studied music for 2 years at a local FE college to develop his musicianship further. Within that period he attained Trinity Guildhall Drum Kit Grade 8, and also joined the Boston Youth Jazz Orchestra under the leadership of Lee Hextall. This helped him to develop skills such as sight reading and following a conductor whilst playing a wealth of different musical styles.


At the age of 18 Tom went to the Academy of Contemporary Music to study under drum teachers such as Pete Riley, Stu Roberts and Jon Duff. Those 4 years were invaluable to his progression as a player and Tom adopts similar approaches when teaching his own students.


Following college Tom continues to tour, record and perform all over the world and has developed a solid teaching regime at the same time. Tom currently teaches privately at students’ homes and within private/state/independent schools whilst maintaining a busy gigging schedule.

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Tom’s teaching ethos is to provide students with the inspiration to drive their studies forward. 

Here are a number of services that Tom provides...

1-2-1 Drum Lessons


Drum lessons on your own drum kit covering subjects such as:

Technique, Groove & Fills, Co-ordination/Independence, Song learning, Sight Reading, Transcripiton, Improvisation, Performance Skills and more...

Drum Exam Preparation


Whichever syllabus is most suited to you (Trinity College London or Rockschool) Tom will help you unlock your maximum potential and achieve the grades you deserve...

Home Recording Assistance


Tom can help you to record audio/video in your own home for your own Youtube projects, for self referencing purposes or for GCSE/A Level performance recording...

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Prices for drum lessons with Tom are as follows:

30 Mins

45 Mins

60 Mins




Click to view drum lesson T & C's...

All prices are inclusive of travel. Please contact Tom for more information.  

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Tom is based in Merstham and will travel to the following areas to teach drum lessons:

Reigate, Redhill, Leatherhead, Dorking, Sutton, Epsom, Cobham, Esher and Horley.

If your area is not listed here please contact Tom to find out if he can make an exception for you.

Lessons will be conducted at your home so drum kit ownership (acoutic or electronic) will be required. 



Please use the form below to contact Tom with any questions or queries you may have:

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This page highlights the work within state/independent free schools that Tom is currently involved with... 

As well as private tuition, Tom currently teaches 1-2-1 drum kit lessons to more than 50 students per week at the following schools: 

Cobham Free School (junior & senior) - Cobham

The Priory School - Dorking

Oakwood School - Horley  

No matter which school Tom becomes involved with he always shows dedication to their head of music and insists upon integration within the music department, offering his services to benefit/support students and staff. 


Tom encourages students to get involved with activities within their music department and to become involved with any ensemble or performance opportunity that they can. Tom is more than happy to offer his assistance to any school musical performance.

Tom is always looking to expand his roster of students so if you would like to contact Tom regarding drum kit tuition at your school please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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Alongside 1-2-1 drum kit teaching Tom leads percussion ensembles and also has experience directing choirs. He currently leads 3 choirs across 2 schools, drawing upon his experience of singing and teaching workshops with the ACM Gospel Choir over the past 12 years.

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