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Simon Whittaker - Percussion Teacher in Petersfield, Hampshire

Simon Whittaker Classical Percussion Teacher (Guildford)

Simon Whittaker

  • Petersfield (GU32) View on map
  • Last Logged In: 01 Jun 2018
  • Sex: Male
  • Can Travel To: Chichester, Guildford, Havant, Winchester
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Personal Message
Hi there! I am a professional percussionist with over 10 years of teaching experience. Please feel free to get in contact if you have any queries that aren't answered below.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
Drum Kit - all styles, technique, grades, exam boards.
Orchestral Percussion - including Timpani
Tuned Percussion - Marimba, Vibraphone
World Percussion - Cuban, Brazilian, West African
Tell me about your qualifications.
I graduated from Trinity College of Music in 2010, with a Bmus degree (bachelor of music) 1st Class Honours in Percussion & Drum Kit. With extra modules in Arranging and Conducting.

ABRSM Grade 8 - Percussion
ABRSM Grade 5 - Jazz Piano
ABRSM Grade 5 - Music Theory
What kind of experience do you have?
On the performing side I've recorded for BBC Radio, BBC Television, Channel 4, Toured China with the Amadeus Orchestra, recorded sessions at Pinewood Studios, and played at the Royal Albert Hall, Royal Festival Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall and Cadogan Hall. I've also done lots of theatre productions and pit work.

I currently teach percussion in Hampshire, Surrey and London, privately and in schools. I have been a percussion tutor for over 10 years, teaching every level of music from beginners to diploma level. I coach and write for percussion ensembles and orchestras, and have coached on the English Brass Academy with Paul Archibald, and at the Dartington summer school, as well as the county youth ensembles in Sussex and Croydon. I have been an assistant tutor at the Trinity Jazz Summer School in London.
How much do you charge?
Hour Lessons - £30
Half Hour Lessons - £20
Group lessons can also be arranged.
Where do you teach?
I teach at my home in Petersfield, 10 minutes from the station, and happy to teach in the surrounding area (Guildford, Chichester) although travel costs will be included.
When are you available?
I'm available during the week, evenings and weekends - so will always try to accommodate a time that is practical for you. I do ask that if students need to cancel lessons I am given no less than 24 hours notice.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach all ages and abilities, from absolute beginners, through to advanced level (diploma).
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music
Trinity Guildhall
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I can provide drum lessons via Skype or FaceTime. Please feel free to contact me about this.
Do you belong to any professional organisations?
Musicians Union
Where and with whom did you train?
I have studied across the UK, Europe and Africa with a diversity of incredible musicians including master djembe drummers in Guinea, West Africa. My teachers at music college were...

Kevin Nutty - BBC Symphony Orchestra
Mick Doran - English National Opera
Gary Kettel - **Legendary Session Percussionist**
Dawson Miller - World Percussion
Roger Beaujolais - Jazz Vibes
Gillian Mcdonagh - Marimba
Dave Wickens - Jazz Drums
Charles Fullbrook - Timpani
Barak Schmool - Samba Batucada
Tell me about some of your current students.
In addition to percussion students at Bedales and KES Witley, I have a 12-year-old currently about to sit grade 2, I'm working with an elderly percussionist with the dream of playing some Scott Joplin on the xylophone, and I'm working with an accomplished violinist, showing him some jazz drum patterns and techniques.
Do you have a personal message for students?
Learning to play an instrument is great fun, and you never stop learning it! Whether you're just starting out or are thinking of of playing professionally/auditioning for college I can provide you with the expertise to achieve your goals.