"Starting to take lessons with John was one of the best musical decisions I have ever made." - H. Soyer


Drummin’ Time is operated by South London based professional drummer John Davies, and has been established since 2011. 

Whether you're a beginner just looking to try it out, an experienced player looking for coaching to iron out those creases, or somewhere in between, feel free to get in touch

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Meet The Teacher

John began playing the drums in 1991 and performed his first paid gig at the age of 16. He went on to study a DipHe in Popular Music Performance (2000) and then a BA degree in Jazz Performance (2002). 

He has since performed and recorded with various ensembles across Europe in many genres including Rock, Jazz, Funk, Reggae, Soul, Folk and R&B. He performed on the London Greek scene for 17 years playing odd-time folk rhythms and traditional dance beats. He has also played at some of the countries most prectigious venues including Alexandra Palace, Jazz Cafe and the NEC Birmingham. 

He has previously worked with Donald Griffiths (UK No.1 Reggae band ‘Aswad’) on his solo reggae projects, worked as a session drummer for Ron Pope (Vampire Diaries) on his Atlanta Tour, and has more recently been spending time in the studio doing recording sessions for various artists.

John has been teaching professionally since 2004 and has taught students from ages 4 to 74. Starting out as a peripatetic tutor for Southern County Music Services, he was then invited to teach at Drumtech Institute (formerly Tech Music School, now BIMM Institute) which he did for 7 years. Many of his past students have gone on to become professionals themselves. 



Having been a self taught drummer I can honestly say that starting to take lessons with John was one of the best musical decisions I have ever made!!!! Within 6 months of working with John I could already use a far better vocabulary and the guys in the band can confirm this. John is an excellent listener and will make sure you get the best use from your time. He is also one of the nicest guys and makes the whole process fun and enjoyable. He has helped me out with technique, vocabulary, my own music where I've been stuck and the absolute most important thing...... How to practice to make the best use of my time between classes. The lesson plan is well structured according your abilities with a view to achieving your long term goals.
If your thinking of taking lessons I would highly recommend John.

H Soyer