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
Monday + Saturday Studio Lessons
Matt started playing drums at 17. Highlights so far include recording at BBC Maida Vale studios, gaining airplay on BBC Radio 1, and performing at some of the UK’s biggest festivals including Glastonbury, T in the Park and Bestival.
He studied at the British and Irish Modern Music Institute between 2012 and 2015, and went on to become a drum tutor at the Sussex Academy of Music until relocating to teach in Kent.
Most recently, Matt has toured across Europe with CoCo and the Butterfields and continues to study drums with his private tutor. He can currently be seen performing with his band Pen Name.
Matt is available for lessons in the studio on Mondays and Saturdays.
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 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 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’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.