About DrumWise

DrumWise is a drum tuition company that was established in 2004, offering one-off or weekly one-to-one drum tuition for all ages and abilities. Private lessons take place at the DrumWise studio in Maidstone and termly in schools throughout Kent. To date, our youngest student started lessons aged 4 and our oldest is still drumming at 95!

There is no need to block book or pay for multiple lessons as we offer a pay as you learn service. One off lessons are available for beginners that want to see if drumming is for them or more advanced players who want to brush up on their skills.

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 can offer advice to students about everything related to drumming. Our unique DrumWise syllabus includes worksheets, song transcriptions and original backing tracks 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 since 2003 and playing since 1998. 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 in 2004 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 students travelling from across the county for lessons and maintaining a 100% exam pass rate.

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

Matt Cotter

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.

Nikki Smith

Sunday Studio Lessons

Nikki has been playing drums since 2008, studied music performance at West Kent College and 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 music 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.

Josh Cameron

School Lessons

Josh has been playing drums for over 12 years now and has a wide range of experience in the music industry. He’s toured with various different artists and has been gigging since he was 13 years old. 

Josh studied Popular Music Performance at BIMM London where he worked alongside some of the UK's most in-demand session players. He has also spent 4 years building his reputation on YouTube, bringing him various endorsement deals and partnerships with sought after drum companies. 

Josh teaches drum kit in schools around Kent.


Martha - Student from Kings Hill

I couldn’t have chosen better drum school than DrumWise! I joined in 2013, have been with them for 6 years and have loved every minute of learning and performing in concerts.

Martha - Student from Kings Hill

Our Studio

Our purpose built, sound-proof drum studio is air conditioned and equipped with top end equipment, including two of Roland's flagship TD-50KV V-Drum Kits, professional Roland & KRK monitoring systems, an interactive music monitor, practice pads, a range of Vater drum sticks, filming and recording facilities, the Aerodrums invisible drum kit and a comprehensive library of music, videos and tuition books. We have a waiting area with free WiFi and a 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 and Bearsted station a short walk away.

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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Q - Do you offer taster lessons?
A - We offer taster lessons for students having lessons at school but not at the studio. We suggest booking a 30 minute lesson if you want to give drums a try.
Q - Do I have to pay for a block of lessons?
A - No, our lessons are on a pay-as-you-go basis and are paid for when you book the lesson via our online booking page. If you decide that you love drumming and want to have a regular lesson, we can reserve a slot for you so you don’t have to book it yourself. We just require payment before every session is confirmed and this can be either a card payment at the studio or by an invoice.
Q - What age do you recommend starting lessons?
A - As long as the student can reach the pedals and is able to focus for long enough to learn then we don’t mind what age they are. We usually find that students younger than 5 can’t concentrate for long enough to get much out of the lesson, but this depends on the individual.


Studio Lesson Prices (from 1st October 19):

60 Minute Lesson | £35

45 Minute Lesson | £29

30 Minute Lesson | £20

Shared 60 Minute Lesson | £44

(2 Students Sharing)

 Home Visits (Including Kit Set Up and Maintenance) | From £55

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School Lesson Prices (from 1st October 19):

10 x 20 Minute Lessons | £130

5 x 20 Minute Lessons | £75

10 x 30 Minute Lessons | £185

5 x 30 Minute Lessons | £105

5 x 15 Minute Taster Lessons | £30

(For New Students Only)

 Book School Lessons Here

Gift Vouchers

Gift Vouchers for 60, 45 and 30 minute lessons are available all year round. Our vouchers are valid for 12 months and are redeemable 7 days a week. Each voucher has a unique code that can be entered when booking via our Booking Page

Please click on the button below to purchase vouchers.

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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

Holcombe Grammar School

The Malling School

The Robert Napier School


To book and pay for school lessons please click on the button below:

"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 -
Individual Drum Kit Lessons 

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Keep in touch with us

For any further information please call DrumWise on:

07843 668241

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