Birmingham’s Premier School for Drum Lessons
At MAD, you don’t just get first class drum lessons, you also get a totally unrivalled experience. From the exclusive priority access to drum workshops to substantial discounts at the MAD drum shop. From regular jam sessions to free drinks & refreshments.
Easily Accessible Location
Local bus/train services only a short walk from MAD. People travel from all the West Midlands to learn with us. Our students come for their drum lessons from such areas Birmingham, Dudley, Wolverhampton, Bromsgrove, West Bromwich, Smethwick, Redditch, Sutton Coldfield, Stourbridge, Solihull, Kidderminster, Bridgnorth, Telford, Walsall, Worcester and many more….
Backed by Many Large International Brands
We are proud to be associated with some of the world’s greatest drumming brands. Our drum lessons are backed by Tama Drums, Dream Cymbals, Aquarian Drumheads, Zildjian Drumsticks and the Drummer’s Database.
1 So What’s The Big Deal?
Unique, Proven Methods
Our unique drum teaching methods have been heavily researched over the past 10 years. We believe that learning an instrument is as much about training your mind as it is training your limbs. We don’t just focus on drum beats, songs and licks. We make sure you develop all the skills, technique, listening skills and theory necessary. This helps you progress more efficiently and at a much faster rate.
Golden Student Experience
We also believe that as paying customers you deserve the best service around. Every effort has been made to provide you with the most pleasant experience possible. From the modern décor to the top of the range drum equipment. From the booking discounts to the free drinks and confectionery. It’s important to us that you feel comfortable during your lessons.
Tonnes of Added Value
All students undertaking drum lessons at the Midland Academy of Drumming are entitled to numerous exclusive privileges. We always strive to offer as much added value as we can. Whether it’s a nice hot cup of tea as you come in, jam sessions with your teacher or even the huge equipment discounts. We make sure that our drumming family are taken care of.
2 Learn From The Professionals
Andy Edwards Drum Teacher
Music lover, movie nut and happily married father of 4
Andy Edwards is a nationally renowned drummer and drum teacher. He came to prominence as a member of Robert Plant’s Priory of Brion. He was also the drummer with the Ian Parker Band, appearing on the albums Lost and Found and Inside. In 2005 he replaced Paul Cook as the drummer of IQ. He was also a member of Frost*. Frost* are an internationally renowned prog group formed by the songwriter/producer Jem Godfrey. People have travelled from as far as Europe for drum lessons with Andy.
Dave J Mason Drum Teacher
Drum nut, food lover & self confessed computer nerd
Dave J Mason is a professional drummer and entrepreneur from Bromsgrove in the West Midlands. After becoming a full time professional drummer at merely 18 years old, he is fast making a name for himself.
Dave has over 5 years full time drum teaching experience. He draws inspiration and techniques from such renowned UK mentors as Mal Garrett and Neil Bullock and MAD’s very own Mr Andy Edwards.
His performing credits are more than notable. His first touring band was Midas, a charting indie/electro band that parted ways in 2008. His current funk/hiphop outfit Cantaloop regularly packs out venues across the country. He’s even played with Mr Hudson, the Official UK Chart #2 and Q Breakthrough Act winner!
The true mark of any passionate drummer is total inability to stop tapping on things. (if you do this, it’s probably a good sign to start drumming!) In true drummer style, Dave’s early days were spent getting told off by parents, teachers, friends and pretty much anybody nearby for relentlessly tapping and banging on things.
“Anything that made a noise was prime target for a good rhythm.”
Not long after, his parents recognised his enthusiasm and generously signed him up for drumming lessons with a local teacher. He showed real promise for the instrument from the get go. It was during this time that he was introduced to the drumming of Steve Gadd and Billy Cobham; who to this day remain his two biggest inspirations.
Within a mere 3 years of playing he had taken and passed Grade 8. This is the highest attainable examination level. Soon after, he was accepted onto the music course at the prestigious local college in Kidderminster. It was here where he met his long term friend and mentor Andy Edwards.
The two joined forces in 2008 to form the Midland Academy of Drumming; a drum school with one simple principle. Rock solid drum tuition that’s just plain good fun.
Dave is now a busy full time drum teacher, performer and entrepreneur. As founder of the world’s fastest growing drum network the Drummer’s Database among other successful offshoots, his passion for the drum world & giving drum lessons is bigger than ever.
He has played with Official UK Chart #2 and Q Breakthrough Act winner Mr Hudson. He has also extensively toured the UK with his old charting indie/rock band Midas. During this time he played to crowds of over 10,000 people and shared the stage with such acts as Fightstar, Scouting for Girls, Elliot Minor, The Levellers, Go:Audio, We are the Ocean, The Mexicolas, Furthest Drive Home and Blakfish.
He now travels the country with his band Cantaloop performing to packed out venues hungry for a head full of heavy funk.
Marcus Allen Drum Teacher
Quite literally ‘MAD’ about drums.
Marcus Allen is a professional drummer hailing from the West Midlands. Aside from his role giving drum lessons here at MAD he has also studied a BMus (Hons) Degree at the London College of Music. He’s even completed contracts for P&O and Norwegian Cruise Line. That’s right, he’s travelled the world playing drums and getting a tan! Jammy sod… He’s also worked with (and is still working for) multiple function bands and projects across the UK. His extensive musical history makes him a keen drum tutor.
Marcus specializes in many different areas of drum lessons including technique, sight reading, styles, co-ordination and improvisational skills. He has studied with some of the top UK drum teachers. These include Sebastiaan de Krom (Buddy Rich Award Winner), Elliott Henshaw (Shirley Bassey, Deep Purple, Tony Hadley, Tony Christie, Paul Anka, BBC Big Band, The Ronnie Scotts Big Band) and Andy Sturges (Paul Gilbert, Dave Martone).
3 Drum Lessons Summed Up
At MAD, your drum lessons are all about you and your progress. We know when booking drum lessons that it is a very serious and long term investment. We want to make your time as valuable and enjoyable as possible.
So what’s the best thing about our jobs as drum teachers? We love it! We love giving drum lessons. We never find ourselves watching the clock. We don’t get frustrated. Giving drum lessons isn’t ‘work’, it’s a privilege.
We believe drum lessons should be packed full of great advice and tuition. We believe drum lessons should also be tailored to your goals and aspirations. We believe drum lessons should be great value for money. But above all else, we believe drum lessons should be fun.
So in a nutshell:
- Our drum lessons are open to all types of people from ages 10+.
- We cater to all types of player. From beginner drum lessons to pro.
- We offer great value for money. Block book your drum lessons now to receive generous discounts.
- Drum lessons aren’t (and shouldn’t be) formal! Come in, sit down. Have a cuppa on us. Tell us about your week.
- But above all else, you get rock solid tuition and plain good fun.
4 Teaching Hours
5 Transparent Pricing
So how much is it actually going to cost you? Not as much as you might think! Lesson prices start at the following.