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Where to go for drum lessons in Singapore

Be the drummer your band needs or nail those drum solos at these music schools

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Where would Phil Collins’ In The Air Tonight be without the iconic, explosive drum fill? Minus percussions from the equation and all you get is a dry, weak track. A proper beat is key in establishing the groove and tempo of the music, no matter the genre. Ready to hit those hi-hats and toms? Before you unleash your inner John Bonham, Keith Moon and, of course, Phil Collins, learn everything you need from the basic drum set-up to drumstick grips and striking methods at some Singapore’s ace music academies.

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Drumstruck Studios
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Drumstruck Studios

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Tap into your inner Travis Barker at this school of contemporary music. Besides offering a balanced teaching syllabus on an individual basis, Drumstruck has a music platform that allows students to explore their potential to the fullest. Students are guided through fundamentals to better understand the instrument, learn the foundations in drumming such as proper seating posture, stick grips and foot techniques, excel in Rockschool UK examinations and gear up for live performances. As practice makes perfect, Drumstruck’s state-of-the-art facilities and equipment are also available for students to use without extra charge.

My Drum School
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My Drum School

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From a humble studio apartment to over 10 studios and four centres and a 1,400-square-foot HQ, My Drum School is serious about rhythm and beats. The award-winning music academy gives undivided attention to each student keen to polish his or her drum independence, syncopation, improvisation, speed, rhythmic applications and other rudimental techniques. Students from the age of seven are welcome to enroll its preschool and junior classes, while adult rookies and advanced players can hone their skills through the beginner and intermediate classes.

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Yamaha

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Besides equipping yourself with a drum kit and sticks, having the proper techniques and posture is key in drumming. Whether conducted in a small group or individually, Yamaha ensures that each student is equipped with the skills of reading drum scores and understanding musical terms, while going over progressive exercises for stick control, footwork and coordination. Here, you will also learn to drum pop, rock, Latin and other contemporary styles using back-up tracks.

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Swee Lee

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Bang the drums with Swee Lee Music Academy's drum lessons. Dedicated to percussionists across all levels of experience, expect it to be stocked with a range of drums from Pearl, Tama, Ludwig and other fan favourites such as Meinl, Sabian and Gretsch. It also offers personalised individual lessons that adopt a methodical approach and an in-house syllabus when it comes to developing a solid musical foundation. Once you've got the basics down to a tee, you'll get to showcase your skills and have access to music clinics and workshops led by various brand-endorsed artists. Book a free trial to sample a class.

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Studio 72
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Studio 72

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Opened in 2012 by Ivy Toh-Tan who gave up her five-figure salary as a banker to share her passion for drumming, Studio 72 offers music lessons in a stylish space located along the iconic Boat Quay. Hone your rockstar skills with drum lessons that are tailored specifically to individual needs. Turn those amateur air drumming, finger taps and foot strikes into proper techniques with its team of pros including certified tutors and experienced teachers. Learn the basic rudiments, understanding notation, grooves, fills and playing with songs.  

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The Music Lab

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Headed by Asia’s drum celeb – and principal – Jimmy Lee, drum lessons here are always nearly fully booked. Lessons are taught by seasoned drummers and sessionists around the world. Prepare to be trained and guided in drum theory and techniques, and be exposed to practical performance methods for rock, pop and jazz as well as hand percussion techniques. Not only that, but learn to lock down a groove, be the beats provider of the band and take on some solos when the gig calls for it.

Let's get musical

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