About DrumWise


DrumWise is a drum tuition company that was started in 2004 that offers private one-to-one and shared drum tuition at the DrumWise studio and in schools throughout Kent for all ages and abilities. To date, our youngest student started lessons aged 4 and our oldest is still drumming at 92!

The content of lessons is tailored to the individual's requirements which includes following the DrumWise syllabus, learning different styles of drumming, improving technique and working towards Duke of Edinburgh Awards (DofE) and Rockschool graded exams.

Our tutors are highly experienced teachers and players that are fully CRB/DBS checked and offer advice to students about everything related to drumming. Our unique DrumWise syllabus includes worksheets and song transcriptions which are available for free to all DrumWise students through our password-protected Student Area

The DrumWise studio in Otham, near Maidstone, is a purpose built, sound-proofed, air conditioned drum studio that is the best teaching facility in the area, with a waiting area with free WiFi. Subject to availability, lessons are given 7 days a week and throughout the school holidays and can be booked easily on our booking page at a time that suits you:

DrumWise teaches at primary & secondary schools throughout Kent and can help with preparing and recording students' GCSE Music solo and ensemble pieces. A drum kit or percussion instruments can be leant to a school that wishes to have drum lessons but does not currently have the equipment. To apply for school lessons or to arrange a free drum demonstration at your school please Contact Us or for more information visit our Schools Page

We offer free advice to students about purchasing new drum kits, cymbals and drum sticks and can help put you in touch with the right shop. We also offer a drum kit maintenance, set up, tuning and repair service.

DrumWise puts on an annual concert where our students have the opportunity to play on stage in front of an audience, including their family and friends. For details about the next concert please get in touch.



The Drumwise Teachers

Tom O. Mitchell

Director & Studio Lessons


Tom has been teaching drums professionally since 2003 and playing for 17 years. He studied Popular Music at West Kent College in Tonbridge before going on to tutor a handful of private students under the name of T.O.M Drum Tuition.

He started his professional teaching career with Kent Music School in 2003, going into schools around the county to tutor pupils during school hours.

Meanwhile, the number of private students kept growing so Tom decided it was time to step up the content of the lessons by writing a unique syllabus and coming up with a name for it. DrumWise has been going strong ever since - with around 60 students a week and a 100% exam pass rate.

Tom plays for several bands including tribute band Purple Zeppelin, electronic band Wake Up Leo and singer-songwriter Emma Stevens

Jack Hicklin


Jack began playing drums at the age of 13. He started gaining playing experience in originals bands which led to him playing the UnderSiege festival in Rochester at the age of 16 in front of 4500 people; alongside this Jack has played a host of live shows across the country including shows at the iconic Concorde 2, Tunbridge Wells Forum and The Kingston Peel.

In 2012 Jack decided to further his music career and opted to study at BIMM, where he secured a BA Honours in professional Musicianship specialising in drums and graduated in 2015.

Since then Jack has been involved with an exciting new Function Band; “Stay For The Party’ who are a young, professional and energetic feel good wedding and party band that are available for all types of functions.

Nikki Smith

Sunday Studio Lessons

Nikki has been playing drums for around 9 years and studied music performance at West Kent College and also completed a foundation degree through the University of Kent.

She has performed at many great festivals and venues including the Barfly in Camden and The French Quarter Festival in New Orleans.

At the moment she plays for a popular function band in Kent 'Talk That Talk' that play modern and classic chart music at pubs, clubs, parties and weddings all over the South East.

As well as being a member of the DrumWise team Nikki is also a lecturer at West Kent College.

Matt Jenkins

School Lessons

Matt started drumming at the age of 12 and studied drum kit at Yamaha Music School, Canterbury, where he worked through the grade system. Excelling in each grade Matt decided to pursue the instrument and completed a foundation degree in Professional Musicianship at the Brighton Institute of Modern Music (BIMM), graduating in the summer of 2012.

Since completing the course Matt has been in high demand. His main focus has been with originals band the ‘Narratones’ which has seen success in the form of slots on BBC radio and festival appearances alongside bands such as ‘Status Quo’ and ‘Dr and The Medics’.

Matt teaches drum kit in schools around Kent.

Aaron Phillips

School Lessons

Aaron has been playing drums since the age of 12 and started performing in bands from the age of 15, performing mainly Metal and Punk music. At the age of 21, he formed the Groove Metal Band Shadow Aspect who toured around the country and appeared in Total Guitar magazines one and only 4 page spread “Band Makeover” along with two small features in Drum magazine, Rhythm.

Aaron started teaching drums in 2005 for Make Time for Music and has taught many students across the Kent region. He is also listed as proof reader in Rockschool’s Let’s Rocks Drum book written by drummer Noam Lederman and was the face of their advertising campaign.

Aaron is our primary percussion specialist but also teaches drum kit in schools around Kent.


Simon Whiting

School Lessons

Simon’s experiences in music over the past decade have made him a versatile musician. Having performed in a wide variety of styles, such as theatre, Big Bands, Small group Jazz, fusion, functions and original pop/rock music.

Simon’s education includes studying at Canterbury Christ Church University (BMus) under John Fisher, Mike Hamnett and James Dean as well as the Guildhall School Of Music and Drama (Mmus). Here he studied drums under Trevor Tomkins, Ralph Salmins and Andrew Bain. He also studied Improvisation under Martin Hathaway, Jazz Harmony with Malcolme Edmonstone and Arranging under Scott Stroman.

Always’s keen to learn more about drumming Simon has also studied privately with Bob Armstrong.

Si Briley


Si started his musical journey from a young age, singing in national choirs at the age of six, enabling him to tour both nationally and internationally. He fist picked up a guitar at age 9 but soon wanted to move on to the instrument he was most fascinated by, the drums. He started lessons with DrumWise at age 14, where he was able to develop his own style whilst completing the Rockschool Grades. Si Started teaching Saturday morning lessons with DrumWise when he was 17. 

Since, Si has taught thousands of pupils across Kent, both in mainstream education and in alternative curriculum. Si currently works across multiple schools teaching Drums, Ukulele, Guitar, Vocals and Bass. 

Si has been lucky enough to tour nationally and internationally in his originals band ‘We are Bandicoot’ and is often found at jam nights, playing alongside as many musicians as he can.

Alan - Student from Ashford

Tom has the great knack of knowing the direction to go in to help you really advance. He will suggest doing songs from a whole range of genres that you may not be aware of, but that will help you with the relevant technique. I look forward to every lesson.

Alan - Student from Ashford

Our Studio

Our purpose built, sound-proof drum studio is air conditioned and equipped with top end equipment, including Roland's flagship TD-50KV and TD-30KV V-Drum Kits, professional Roland & KRK monitoring systems, an interactive music monitor, practice pads, a range of Vater drum sticks and a comprehensive library of music, videos and tuition books. We have a waiting area with toilet facility but if a friend or relative wishes to sit in on the lesson they can do so.

The DrumWise studio is located in Church Road, Otham, Kent (near Maidstone), ideally situated for motorway access (M20 Junctions 7 and 8) and public transport, with a bus stop at the end of Church Road.

Vanessa - Parent from Maidstone

Excellent premises. Patient, encouraging and knowledgeable tutor who makes learning fun. Gave my son his drumming mojo back!

Vanessa - Parent from Maidstone

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As of 1st April 2018 Studio Lesson Prices are: 

60 Minute Lesson | £32

45 Minute Lesson | £26

30 Minute Lesson | £18


Shared 60 Minute Lesson | £40

(2 Students Sharing)


 Home Visits (Including Kit Set Up and Maintenance) | From £50 


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As of 1st April 2018 School Lesson Prices are:


10 x 20 Minute Lessons | £120

5 x 20 Minute Lessons | £70

10 x 30 Minute Lessons | £175

5 x 30 Minute Lessons | £100


5 x 15 Minute Taster Lessons | £30

(For New Students Only)


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Current students can pay for school or studio lessons below. Just choose the lesson length and amount of lessons.

If you are a new student that wishes to pay for school lessons, please complete our school application form:

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If your school is not listed please contact us before making payment.

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By paying for tuition you are confirming your acceptance of the terms and conditions and any subsequent changes that may be made. There is a link to these at the bottom of this page.


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DrumWise teaches individual drum kit and group percussion lessons at primary & secondary schools throughout Kent including helping with preparing and recording students' GCSE Music solo and ensemble pieces. A drum kit or percussion instruments can be leant to a school that wishes to have drum lessons but does not currently have the equipment. We can run group junior percussion classes and secondary workshops. DrumWise currently teaches at the following schools:


 Mascalls Academy

The Lighthouse School

St Simon Stock

Chatham Grammar School for Boys

The Malling School

Aylesford School

Greenacre Academy

Sandwich Junior School

Hilltop Primary School


If you are interested in school lessons please complete one of our online application forms:

Individual Drum Kit Lessons 
Group Percussion Lessons

"Tom has been teaching at The Malling School on and off for the past eight years. Tom is an excellent teacher, both in his professionalism and his relationships with the students. He teaches a wide variety of students within our school, ranging from Year 7 beginners to Year 11 students who have been learning previously. He is able to tailor his teaching style and approach making his lessons inclusive and accessible for all. Tom has taught and continues to teach students with SEN needs which can include autism, speech and language needs, behavioural needs and dyslexic students. He has also successfully entered students for drum exams with the different awarding bodies. 
Tom is also willing to support the school and the students outside of his teaching commitments, helping with school productions and other performances, and running demonstrations to large groups of children."

- Elaine Cox - Head of Music, The Malling School -

"Tom has prepared many students for the performance component of the Edexcel GCSE Music exam over the past 8 years and is therefore aware of the criteria and marking scheme. His students are always well prepared and confident in their performances.
Tom makes good relationships with students and they tend to keep having lessons with him until they leave the school. He runs two lunch-time ‘Drum Line’ drum corps sessions for us and they have performed at several concerts at the Academy. Tom is always very supportive of his students and again, ensures that they are always very well prepared."
- Karen Fowler - Head of Performing Arts, The Robert Napier School -

"My class of thirty year 6 children thoroughly enjoyed an afternoon learning to play the African Djembe drums led by Tom. All pupils were keen to participate and loved every second. Tom did various games with them including a "Drum-Off" where half the class competed against the other - he has a natural talent at teaching the drums, engaging children and managed the class brilliantly (I got to relax and watch it all with no worries).

Furthermore, the children learnt about the different drums, tuning a drum and Tom even wowed them with a little demonstration. My class have not stopped talking about it since and it has provided excellent cross-curricular opportunities such as recount writing in English, and learning about different drumming throughout the world and its background (geography/history). My class and I are thankful to Tom for this experience."
- Paul Jones, Churchill CEP School, Westerham -
 DrumWise has previously taught in the following schools and centres:

Walderslade Girls' School

Bishop of Rochester Academy

Wrotham School

Skinners Kent Academy

The Skinners School

St Gregory’s Catholic Comprehensive

Hugh Christie Technology College

Bower Grove School

Swanley Technology College

Dartford Grammar School For Girls

Dartford Technology College

The Mick Jagger Centre

Rochester Grammar School For Girls

Rainham Mark Grammar School

The Howard School

Highworth Girls Grammar

Pent Valley Technology College

The Harvey Grammar School

Dymchurch Primary School

Individual Drum Kit Lessons 
Group Percussion Lessons

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For any further information please call DrumWise on:

07843 668241

or E-mail: info@drumwise.co.uk