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.
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...
Prices for drum lessons with Tom are as follows:
All prices are inclusive of travel. Please contact Tom for more information.
Tom is based in Croydon and will travel to the following areas to teach drum lessons:
Croydon & surrounding areas, Sutton, Wimbledon, Kingston Upon Thames, Epsom, Cobham, Esher, Walton on Thames, Dorking, Leatherhead, Reigate 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.
This page highlights the work within state/independent free schools that Tom is currently involved with...
No matter which school Tom becomes involved with he is always dedicated 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 integrate 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.
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 6 years.