Thomas Vallely
Dorset, South West England
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Teaching Location:Bournemouth, South West England, BH10 7AS
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About Thomas Vallely

Hello and thanks for visiting my Drum Teachers page.

My aim is to provide enthusiastic and inclusive drum tuition for people of all ages and abilities. Learners with special educational needs are welcomed and all aspects and styles of drumming are covered in lessons.

Lessons are tailored for the individual with a strong focus on helping students achieve their musical goals. Students can expect to approach subject matter involving song repertoire, rudiments, improvisation, grooves, rhythms, sight-reading notation, playing in time, proper technique, music history and ensemble preparation. I have a library of acclaimed drum books to use in lessons and I often print out useful worksheets that focus on essential drum patterns and concepts for students. Furthermore, I implement modern music technology into lessons with apps, software and media where appropriate.

I teach all of the grade exam syllabuses including Trinity Guildhall, Rock and Pop, Drumsense and RockSchool; grades 1-8 and beyond. I have achieved a 100% pass+ success rate with all the candidates I have entered into exams.

Lessons are available at Absolute Music's fully equipped drum studio in Bournemouth or they can be arranged at your own home/drum studio space in Christchurch, Bournemouth, Poole and the nearby surrounding Dorset/Hampshire areas.

I am a member of the Musicians Union, I have public liability insurance and an up to date DBS / Enhanced CRB check certificate.

Relevant Qualifications:

- FdA Popular Music

- PTTLS Level 4

- BTEC National Diploma in Music Practice

- NCFE in Music Technology

- Grade 8 Drum Kit

- LSCB / NSPCC / Bournemouth County Council Safeguarding Children Certified

- A* GCSE Music

- F.G. Winchester Drum Academy 2002/2003

Performance Experience:

Playing around the world in an assortment of musical ensembles, I have acquired a wealth of industry experience from a diverse range of performance situations. These consist of recording sessions, gigs, orchestral concerts, radio shows, festivals, tours, television performances, solo recitals, contests, musicals, function events, conferences, military tattoos, cruises, art exhibitions and drum clinics.

Some highlights include performing with Bill Wyman (The Rolling Stones), Ben Waters (Jools Holland), Elliott Randall (Steely Dan), Dennis Greaves (Nine Below Zero), The Accolade, Bournemouth Concert Brass, Lychgate, The Dowlands, Macabre Omen, Capricorn 1 and the Pipes and Drums of the Scots Guards.

I have had the privilege of performing at venues such as the BIC, O2 Academy, Emirates Stadium, ExCel, Lighthouse, Dome, Larmer Tree Gardens, Garage, Pizza Express Jazz Club, Old Firestation, Goldsands Stadium, Riviera International, Wedgewood Rooms, Winter Gardens Blackpool, Castlefield Gallery and Lulworth Castle, to name a few.

Teaching Experience:

With over fifteen years teaching experience, I have had the opportunity to help learners in schools, colleges, universities, group workshops and in one-to-one lessons. I currently teach at Poole High School, the Bishop of Winchester Academy, Absolute Music, and the Bournemouth Academy of Modern Music (BAMM) as head of the drum department where my roles include: preparing and presenting effective lectures, moderation of assessments, class management, motivating pupils, tutorials, maintaining discipline, marking coursework, project planning, course writing, setting clear targets, developing industry experience, IT skills, administration work and maintenance of instruments and equipment.

Educational institutions I have previously taught at include: the Academy of Contemporary Music Regional (ACMR), Lytchett Minster School, Bournemouth Grammar School for Girls, Park School, Winton Arts and Media College, Queens Park Academy, Buckholme Towers, Kinson Primary School and St.Thomas Garnet’s School. I have led group drumming / band workshops at the Music Factory, Bestival and Rob da Bank's Music Club.

Drum Lessons in Bournemouth, Christchurch, Poole and the nearby surrounding Dorset/Hampshire areas.

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