Drum Lessons and Tuition  - East and West Sussex

We offer drum lessons across East Sussex and West Sussex including towns like Lewes and Haywards Heath to suit all levels and abilities. Whether your child is a budding beginner or wants to develop existing drumming skills and techniques our drum teachers, Josh Symes and Tom Blunt, will inspire and engage pupils with their fun and knowledgeable approach.  

Contact us today to find out more about our drum teachers and the drum lessons Discover and Be can offer your child. 

Our drum lessons can focus on any or all of the following focus areas: 

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  • Sight reading drum music

  • Grade exams (Rock School & Trinity Rock and Pop)

  • GCSE and A Level performance preparation

  • Playing to click tracks

  • Song analysis

  • Advanced drum techniques and concepts

  • Playing drums for fun

  • Drum music theory

  • Various drumming styles e.g. Latin and Jazz

Frequently asked questions

How do I know when my child is old enough to learn the drums?

We are able to teach children as young as 4 years old but it can depend on how long any child is able to concentrate. Music lessons for younger pupils are only 20 minutes long but this increases as their attention span does. The majority of lessons for the very young pupils involve more games and challenges than a pure focus on music tuition. If you would like to have a chat about how ready your child is the get in touch. 

How do the lessons work?

The first lesson is very much about the teacher getting to know the pupil and understanding what level they are at and what kind of lesson will suit them best. The teacher will then choose the best learning materials for each child and the lesson format going forward. The focus is always on enjoyment, all Discover & Be music and academic lessons are about learning in a fun, positive and constructive environment. 

How long are drum lessons and how much do they cost?

  Music lessons run in term-time only and fees are payable half-termly in advance. 

  • 20 minutes (optional for 5 years and under)

  • 30 minutes (standard lesson length for primary aged children)

  • 45 minutes (optional for more advanced pupils)

  • 1 hour (standard lesson length for secondary aged children and adults)

*Please contact us regarding lesson fees. 


How do I know which music books to buy?

The teacher will recommend the books that best suit the pupil. They will then agree the purchse with the parent or guardian and the amount will be added to the next invoice. 

About our Drum Teacher - Josh

Josh has been playing the drums since the age of eight. His teachers at primary school noticed his talent and love for music early on. Josh’s passion for drumming continued to grow throughout secondary school as he played drums for the school’s theatre productions. At 15, Josh released his first album with his band. One of the songs was used by the BBC for the closing credits of the 2011 University Boat Race.

Josh continued his musical studies at college where he developed a love for teaching. He took his ABRSM grade 5 music theory exam and later began to teach the syllabus to peers. Alongside this, Josh taught 1:1 drum lessons for primary school children.

During this time Josh was also assisting the music department at a school for young people with special needs. He says: "This was a humbling experience which furthered my appreciation of the importance personalised teaching approaches have. I‘m very thankful for my time at the school."


Josh now attends the University of Brighton where he’s studying for a BA (Hons) in Music. Whilst at University, Josh has played drums for function bands at venues across southern England. He’s also accompanied various choirs and has played in the orchestra pit for numerous theatre productions; highlights include Dolly Parton’s 9 - 5, Little Shop of Horrors and Carrie: The Musical.

In 2016, Josh was fortunate enough to sit in with drummer Dave Elliot on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory during its time in the West End.

Although drums are Josh's first instrument, he also plays piano and enjoys composing. Josh uploads most of his compositions onto SoundCloud where he’s received over 100,000 plays to date. His music has been used in projects around the world,  most recently having a composition used by a student of the Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand.

On completion of Josh’s BA (Hons) in Music he intends to continue his musical education and study a Masters degree in Music and Sonic Media at the University of Sussex.

ALL Discover and Be tutors are DBS/CRB checked; this is renewed on an annual basis.

If you are looking for a drum teacher East Sussex or West Sussex then get in touch today to find out more or book lessons for your child.