Drum lessons

5 mins walk from Hartford train station in the town of Northwich, Cheshire

with Hugh Lawrence BA(hons)MISM

About Me

I am a professional musician with over 20 years experience of teaching and performing.

I currently teach Drums and Percussion for Cheadle Hulme School (a leading independent school in Manchester), Hartford High School, and teach private lessons from my studio at home in Hartford, Northwich - see below.

I have a 100% pass rate with Trinity College London Graded Drums and Percussion exams, and have detailed knowledge and experience of all the current Grade and Performance Diploma exam syllabuses - both Drum kit and Snare Drum. Though I would add that my expectation of my students is much wider and more detailed than the 'Grade ladder'. (See summary below.)

Many of my past students have secured places to study music at undergraduate level at the RNCM, Salford University, Huddersfield University, BIMM and more.

I am a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians and have a first class degree in Music (Salford University 2002). I am fully DBS checked, insured, and up to date with child protection training.

For more information about lessons, please get in touch below.


Hugh Lawrence BA(hons) MISM

Contact: Hugh Lawrence

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My Studio at home.

I am very lucky to have this teaching and office space. Supported by:

Vic Firth Sticks

Paiste Cymbals

Liberty Drums


"Hugh taught me drums at school between Years 9-13 and I could not have asked for a better mentor whilst preparing to study Music at University and to then go on to pursue a career in music. He gave me an excellent technical foundation during my years studying with him, as well as opening my ears to Jazz and many Cuban, South American and African styles of music which I now love. Hugh is an incredibly supportive, knowledgeable, approachable teacher whose tuition I would recommend to anyone."

Jonathan Needham BMus(RNCM) - former pupil.

"Hugh is a rare kind of teacher, one that can help mould you into a musician, a word not often used to describe a drummer. He has patience, a wealth of knowledge and can help, with your own effort, to give you the skills to excel on the drums. A fantastic teacher whose impact on my own playing was, and still is, priceless."

Anthony Marginson - former pupil.

The Four T's

Tunes - Songs / Pieces / Repertoire / Set-List, whatever you call it, it is crucial to know the TUNES you need to know - be that for a Grading exam, or a concert or a gig.

Timing - Your own personal sense of rhythm and pulse.

Technique - Physical coordination, stick technique, pedal technique, everything to do with the use of the body when drumming.

Theory - The reading and writing of music.

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