About Al’s Drum School

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Al’s Drum School is here to help you fall in love with playing the drums.

We want to create an approachable and exciting atmosphere for our students as it’s our passion to bring the immense power of drums to anyone who wants to learn.

We teach in an easy to understand way, supporting your journey and meeting you where you are, while always bringing our teacher’s huge amount of experience and knowledge to lessons.

We’re passionate about bringing music as a whole to each student, so they have an understanding and context for the drums they’re playing. We teach in a relaxed, warm and welcoming environment, but also a super cool studio with professional equipment!

We can help you learn the drums from a beginner level to career mentoring, helping to build your confidence, self esteem and street credit!

We can help you fulfil your dream of playing the drums, whether it’s to take grade exams, play along to your favourite songs, perform at your local or make it your career.

You’ll save time looking for other teachers and booking lessons as everything you need to book a slot and keep it is on this website. We can help you work around your timetable and location as we offer in person or live online lessons and we’re in the process of creating some online courses you can study at your own pace.

Al’s Drum School was born out of the desire Alex had to bring his love of drumming to people who wanted to play. Alex has had a long and successful career as a professional drummer and has found an immense amount of joy and wellbeing from pursuing drumming as a career and he wanted others to feel that same power the drums had to offer.

While teaching a wide range of students throughout his career, Alex saw the amazing benefits that drumming could bring to someone’s life even as a hobby. Like when a young boy grows in confidence and is able to show and tell his friends about his amazing new musical skill, or when a student in her mid 50s was able to perform with her favourite local band after wanting to play the drums since she was a teenager. These special life moments are why Al’s Drum School was born.

If Al’s Drum School sounds like the right fit for you or your child, you can book a free taster session to see if we’d be a good fit.

These free taster sessions are an introduction to our teachers and the way we teach here at Al’s. They’re a great way for you to get a feel for and to explore all the options we have for lessons.

Sign up using the form below to book your free taster now!

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Owner + Teacher

Alex has over 20 years experience as a professional musician and has dedicated his life to the art of drumming.

Alex’s passion is deeply rooted in his musicality and creativity. His love of music began at the young age of 4 and he has been cultivating that love ever since. “I’m grateful to have spent so much of my life around the drums, it’s given me so much and I’m excited to see what the future holds!”

Alex aims to give all of his students the necessary skill sets to achieve their drumming goals. He does this by creating a relaxed and welcoming environment with the main focus being on freedom of expression and creativity.

Alex has worked in iconic venues such as Wembley Arena, Manchester Apollo, Portsmouth Guild Hall and has played on multiple top 40 records. He endorses Vater Drumsticks and Dream Cymbals.

Chris Barker

Chris Barker


Chris has been playing the drums for 20 years and is known for his versatility, enthusiasm and creativity behind the kit.

He's amassed 15 years worth of teaching, live performance and recording experience and mastered a wide array of genres including; Reggae, Funk, Rock, R&B, Hip hop, Blues, Motown and Pop.

Chris creates an enjoyable teaching atmosphere in which student and teacher act as a team to achieve their goals together. He accommodates all ages and experience levels and adapts his approach instinctively to suit the student. He has a long track record of producing confident, knowledgeable and enthusiastic musicians with a unique personality on the kit.

"Albie has made so much progress thanks to your tutoring and I'm so grateful for your help."
Student Parent
"Can I take this opportunity to say what a brilliant job Alex is doing with Jonah!! He absolutely loves Alex’s lessons and we have been amazed at how much Jonah’s confidence has grown at school since starting drumming lessons and especially taking part in the drumming assemblies. We are so grateful to Alex for all his hard work."
Student Parent
"We love the fact that Al is not only an amazingly skilled drummer, he is also a mentor to our 8 year old son. Al has the patience of a saint and is so encouraging and motivating - he is such a fantastic teacher."
Student Parent