Waltons New School of Music - Drums & Percussion Tuition, Dublin

Drums & Percussion Tuition

at Waltons New School of Music

'In the beginning was noise. And noise begat rhythm. And rhythm begat everything else.'
Mickey Hart

'I think that any young drummer starting out today should get himself a great teacher and learn all there is to know about the instrument that he wants to play.'
Buddy Rich


Drums & PercussionCONTENTS

See Drum Tuition FAQs for some frequently asked questions about drum kit tuition.


 Private, Partner & Group Lessons

Waltons New School of Music offers lessons for beginner, intermediate and advanced students in:

  • Drum Kit (all styles, from beginner to diploma level, see Drum Tuition FAQs)
  • Irish Percussion (Bodhrán, Bones & Spoons)
  • World Percussion (Djembe, Congas, Bongos, etc.)

Drum tuition can also include preparation for graded music exams (see below), as well as Junior Cert. Music and Leaving Cert. Music practicals, and it counts as the 'personal skill' challenge area for Gaisce – The President's Award.

Tuition options include:

  • Weekly private (one-to-one) lessons, 30, 45 or 60 minutes in length.
  • Group lessons, designed for students at the same level of proficiency who enrol together, and available as 30- 45- or 60-minute ‘partner’ lessons, as well as 60-minute lessons for 3 or 4 students.
  • Single 1- or 2-hour bodhrán or drum kit Intensive Lessons for both individuals and small groups.

Go to Tuition Options for more information on private, partner and small group lessons, and Enrolment & Fees for tuition fees and enrolment forms.

Tuition + Instrument Packages, which include one term of 30-minute private lessons as well as a new instrument from Waltons Music – both at substantial discounts – are also available. See Drums & Percussion Discounts, Packages & Payment Plans for more information.

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 Comments from Students

'Experience with my teacher has been fantastic. He's a great teacher with lots of patience – encouraging and really passionate.'
– S. Loscher

'Great teacher, full of knowledge, who made the classes fun and incorporated extra teaching tools to go above and beyond.'
– T. Stephenson

'My teacher made it very easy to learn the drums, as he broke each skill down into its elements. Also, the drum kit here is fantastic.'
– G. Gunn

'Great teacher, with great patience, who tries to get the best from my son at every lesson, while making it fun.'
– A. Gannon

'A very positive experience and great teaching.'
– K. Goldbeck

'Really happy with my drumming lessons and my learning progress.'
– E. Egdmann


Have you taken – or are you taking – drum kit or percussion lessons/courses at Waltons New School of Music? We would appreciate it if you could take a few moments to give us your feedback in a brief online questionnaire. Each term all feedback questionnaires are entered in a draw for a €50 gift token, which can be used either towards additional tuition at the school or for instruments, sheet music or accessories at Waltons Music shops.


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 Group Courses for Beginners

  • Designed for absolute beginners, Introducing Bodhrán offers an in-depth introduction to this popular instrument.
  • Participants in Introducing World Drumming learn the techniques and rhythms associated with various world percussion instruments, including djembes, congas, bongos, dumbeks and assorted frame drums.

Both courses are followed by courses for intermediate groups (subject to minimum enrolment).

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 Ensembles & Sessions

  • Drum kit students may be interested in joining one of our Jazz Ensembles.
  • Bodhrán students may be interested in our Trad Slow Sessions, open to both New School and external students/players, taking place one Friday evening each month.

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 Friday Casual Concerts

The New School’s Friday Casual Concerts are a great opportunity for students of all instruments (and all musical styles) to play in public, in a relaxed and supportive setting, before friends, family and other students. These brief concerts, which take place once a month on Friday evenings at 7 pm in the school, allow individual students and ensembles to perform in public, show off their skills and learn how to cope with nerves. They are also highly recommended for students preparing for grade exams.

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 Drum Kit Grade Exam Syllabi

Links to downloadable drum kit syllabi (pdf format) with different exam boards:

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 Outreach

Drumming Around the World and Sounds African are exciting one-hour workshops combining dynamic live demonstrations with fun and fascinating activities designed to help young people develop their musical awareness through the exploration of rhythms and percussion instruments from Latin America or Africa.

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 Instrument Discounts, Packages & Payment Plans

Because of the New School's close association with Waltons Music Ireland, currently-enrolled students of Waltons New School of Music are entitled to discounts on percussion instruments and accessories sold in Waltons Music shops. Tuition + Instrument Packages, which combine a term of 30-minute private lessons with a new instrument, both at substantial discounts, are also available. And students enrolling for two or more terms are eligible for Instrument Payment Plans, available for selected instruments priced at €150 or more. See Instrument Discounts, Packages & Payment Plans for more information.

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 Drum Kit Practice

The New School’s drum kits are available for practice rental by currently-enrolled drum kit students (subject to availability). Go to Practice Facilities for more information.

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 Student Benefits

Currently-enrolled drum kit and percussion students are entitled to several valuable benefits, including:

  • Discounts & Instrument Payment Plans from Waltons Music
  • Discounts on Waltons World Masters Series Events
  • Discounts on Ensembles, Sessions and Music Theory Courses
  • Discounts on Practice Facilities
  • Discounts on City-Centre Parking
  • After-Hours Purchasing from Waltons Music Shop

See Student Benefits for more information.

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 Faculty

Brian Fleming (Sounds African outreach workshop)
Éamonn Galldubh (bodhrán)
Tommy Gray (drum kit)
Solomon Ijigade (Drumming Around the World and Sounds African outreach workshops)
Ian McTigue (Drumming Around the World outreach workshop)
Jim Magill (drum kit)
Hugh O'Byrne (drum kit)
Kevin O'Hare (Irish percussion, Introducing Bodhrán course)
Marek Przekwas (African perussion, Afro-Cuban percussion, Introducing World Drumming course)
John Sweeney (bodhrán)


Located in Dublin city centre, Waltons New School of Music is a comprehensive music centre, combining music tuition of the highest standard with innovative approaches to music education. The New School offers tuition in the broadest range of instruments and subjects of any music school in Ireland, for students of all ages, levels and abilities.

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  • 69 South Great George's Street Dublin 2 Ireland 
  • Phone: +353 1 478 1884
  • Fax: +353 1 475 1346
  • Email: info@newschool.ie
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