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Simon Marton
Somerset, South West England
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Mobile:07748610330
Teaching Location:Bath, South West England, SN13 8BS
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About Simon Marton

I am an enthusiastic pop/rock drummer with a great visual style and stage presence, having taught privately and at a school over the past 5 years.
I have 20 years playing experience in bands, with recording, TV, radio, gigging, tours and festival experience under my belt.
My aim is to impart what I've learnt to drummers of any level who want to play solid pop/rock drums in a band context, in a dynamic way, playing for the song rather than showing off !
I will cover paradiddles to tambourines, and double pedal to nuns with guitars.
I do cover notation and theory to give a grounding to my pupils.
I have plenty of click track and studio experience and a couple of music video appearances.
I can advise on the best ways to prepare for gigs, particularly on professional attitude,set-ups, and time-saving when playing in London at tiny venues!
I do recommend wearing ear protection, sadly having been too clever to wear it in my twenties.

I use an acoustic guitar frequently to play along with pupils in order to consolidate their learning and enjoy playing music together which is always the ultimate aim! Anything from Johnny Cash to U2 to The Stones to current genres. A couple of my assignments have bordered music therapy, and although I am not learned in this area, I am happy to delve into it and help the pupil with their understanding and enjoyment of drumming and music making.

  • Home visits in 3 mile radius of central Bath.
    30 minute lesson £13.
    45 minute lesson £19.
    60 minute lesson £24.
  • Home visits only, a basic kit will be required at the pupil's home. Please call me if you have any queries.
  • I am CRB checked also. 

I play Sonor drums and Dream Custom Cymbals.
 

Testimonials:

"I originally booked Simon to help my sixteen year old son improve his technique and Simon made such a good impression that I ended up taking lessons with him myself. He is able to explain techniques in a way that is easy to understand and he always gives plenty of encouragement. I would be happy to recommend Simon to any budding drummer." (Mark White, Bath)

"Simon is a 'cool', likeable guy who is relaxed and fun to be around and brings a lovely safe atmosphere with him and makes it all a lovely experience for the whole family, as he is a joy to have in your home. We appreciated Simon's flexibility and the way he encouraged Iain, which built up his confidence hugely and really brought out the best in him." (Marie & Ralph Hole, Bath)

"Great teacher, great drummer, great guy!" (Dan, Bath)

"Simon is a great teacher. His lessons are really clear and well-structured and most of all he makes it fun. With him, we really feel as if we are making progress." (John and Stephanie, Bath)

"Hi Simon, you have got an extroverted 7 year old to an excellent standard by reading the individual and knowing when to drive him on and when to consolidate his progress. Keep up the good work." (Mark Archer, Blowout Sax, Bath)

“It’s very fun and good and Simon teaches me lots of great stuff!” (Danny Chowdhury, Bath)

“Danny’s really thrived under Simon’s tuition. Simon has a relaxed and calm approach that Danny has responded well to yet he is always gently pushing Danny to achieve more. Danny’s grown in confidence and thoroughly enjoys and looks forward to his lessons with Simon.” (Sonya Chowdhury, Bath)

"Simon has a real gift in identifying the individual needs of the pupils. His enthusiasm for the art and his patience are instantly recognisable. Watching him teach makes me want to learn as well as my children!"
(Steve Kirby, father to Sam and Charlie, Holt near Trowbridge)

"Simon has a brilliant adaptive teaching style, meaning he can successfully mentor a 20 year old down to a 5 year old. He is very patient and has a commendable work ethic. He brings in famous drumming techniques and practically links them with your own drumming style  and your own drumkit. His skills allow you to explore your favourite songs and teaches you how to play them like the professionals would. I can't say a bad word about him or his teaching."
(Ben Hazelwood, Knowle, Bristol)

"After struggling with a teacher that didn't suit my child's learning style, we eventually found Simon who has proven to be patient, understanding, upbeat and fun- just the ticket for a moody teenager!
It's great to see Ieuan excited about his drum kit again!"
(Donna Lambert, Melksham)

"Hi Simon, great news. Dan passed his Grade 2 Drum exam with a distinction (86%). He's chuffed to bits! Cheers!"
(Darren Wilkins, Radstock, Near Bath)

"Simon is very enthusiastic and patient with my daughter- a perfect combination to keep her interested in learning the drums. He combines his skillful teaching with a great sense of humour and as a result, my daughter is progressing well." 
(Kiran, mother to Sasha aged 7, Monkton Farleigh, near Bath)

"I find Simon to be an excellent teacher with a natural affinity for children. He goes at the pace of the student and makes all lessons interesting. Our son looks forward to his lessons."
(Ingrid Walsh, mother to Victor aged 13, central Bath)

"Simon is a fun, energetic teacher who is really helpful and gives me different challenges every week." (Lauren, aged 12, Oldfield Park, Bath)

"I strongly recommend Simon as a drum teacher. He is enthusiastic and Dominic, our son, thinks the world of him. Dominic's drumming has definitely improved and he looks forward to his weekly session with Simon. I think also that Simon thinks forward creatively as to how to make the drumming sessions more interesting for his protégés."
(Tim Wheeler, Wellow, near Bath.)

"Hi Simon,
I just wanted to contact you to say a huge thank you for the results you are getting from Izzie with her drum lessons. I was anxious having to move teacher after our house move, but you have been brilliant with her, putting her at ease, making lessons fun and getting the best out of her. Both my husband and I are amazed of her ability now. Long may it continue!"
(Rachael Hammond, Winsley near Bath.)

"We contacted Simon to teach our 6 year old son to play his drumkit properly. Simon gets along with him brilliantly and established a connection straight away. He makes the lessons fun while now teaching both me and my son, suiting both our learning styles. We both come away from the lessons enthused to practise the new rhythms we've learned. I'd definitely recommend Simon to anyone who wants to learn drumming."
(Iwein Dekoninck)

"I passed my Grade 3 exam with a merit. Thanks for all your help to guide me through Grade 3!"
(Dan, 14, Radstock, who was convinced he did badly!)

"We always look forward to Simon's visits. He is energetic, patient, has a great sense of fun - and what he doesn't know about drumming, I suspect isn't worth knowing! He is also reliable and flexible, which is great!"
(Alexa Moore, on behalf of Joe, 14, Bearflat, Bath)

"Simon has been teaching our son for a year now and his enthusiasm and ability to make lessons fun as well as informative has been infectious. Our son has made real progress during the last year and we wouldn't hesitate to recommend Simon, as we have done to several friends already."
(Sarah and Alex, Bearflat, Bath)

"Simon has been a fantastic drum teacher for my 12 year old son.  He has really enjoyed the lessons and learnt many drumming techniques.  Simon helped us to get together a drum kit for home.  He is a lovely person and a pleasure to have teach in our home."
(Elaine, mother of Fred- now on Grade 2, Weston, Bath)

"Simon is an excellent session drummer. He is talented and and great to work with..10/10."
(Andrew Curtis)

"I really enjoy my lessons and find them fun. Simon makes every lesson interesting and I learn lots. I have progressed this year in the drums, especially after I stopped playing them for a while. I have learnt a range of different things, including a number of rudiments, beats and rhythms over the course of the year. Simon is a wonderful teacher, who inspires me to play and to learn." ( Guy (13))

"When searching for a drum teacher for my son, I was delighted to find Simon, Guy had lost interest in playing the drums but after just one lesson with Simon his passion was reignited and he now loves to play. I don’t even need to ask him to practice! He just wants to play and looks forward to each lesson. I would recommend Simon to anyone looking to learn the drums in a fun and enjoyable way."
(Finola, Guy's mum, Charlcombe, Bath)

"Simon is a clever and engaging teacher who brings a bundle of experience and wit with him to every lesson. His teaching style is fun and inspiring and perfect for young children."
(Alice, mum to Orlando,Batheaston)

"Simon has been teaching our 8-year old for about a year, starting from an absolute beginner's level. His relaxed & friendly teaching style and use of supporting music and video make his lessons enjoyable and engaging for our son, who is increasingly confident in his playing as well as taking a wider interest in music."
(James and Louise Morgan, London Rd, Bath)

Dad (James Tribe): "Simon teaches drums to my boys once a week at our house and he is fantastic - couldn't wish for a better drum teacher. He's brilliant with children, been in lots of bands and is passionate about drumming, flexible when we need to adjust the rota for some reason, and knowing him quite well now he's very trustworthy and all-round good guy. The boys love it and are progressing really well. And now, in their own words..."
Thomas (9): "I like being taught drumming by Simon because he is very like-able, chatty and fun. He is good at showing you how to drum because he demonstrates the different beats. I look forward to his lessons.
Jeff (10): "I think Simon is an amazing teacher because he's funny but helpful and explains very well. He shows you how to do it and then you can give it a go."
(James Tribe and sons, Batheaston, Bath)

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