Drum Lessons

Have you always wanted to play the drums?

Are you looking for drum lessons with a difference?

We can teach you rudiments and technique, how to improvise solos and also introduce composition theory so you could even start to write your own music and songs! Learn how to read and write in standard notation and play along to hundreds of songs, depending on what kind of drummer you want to be.

30 Minute Lessons

Use our online booking form and pay for your 30 minute lessons.

60 Minute Lessons

Use our online booking form and pay for your 60 minute lessons.

Diverse and Expert Teachers

The drum teachers at MLC Academy all work professionally as musicians, whether as session musicians and band leaders, recording artists, specialist teachers and educationalists, and members of working bands. Whether you want to rock like Bonham, swing like Buddy Rich, or play first percussion in a theatre show, the teachers here are experienced and equipped at helping you get there. Why not explore the teacher profile section and find a teacher that suits your needs.

The drum teaching team at MLC-Academy are known across the world due to their commitment to teaching furthering the art form of drumming. MLC Academy boasts a strong, active drum department lead by MLC owner and renowned drummer and educator Paul Hose. Each drum tutor is an active, working drummer and professional musician, bringing experience and expertise to students, whether they are beginners or aspiring professionals themselves.

Graded Qualifications

A common goal amongst MLC students is to achieve a certain grade. We offer expert tuition across the three main percussion exam boards: Trinity College, Trinity Rock and Pop, and Rockschool. Each one offers the student a variety of fun and challenging material to work through, and each are sure to provide a focussed and progressive direction of study.

Graded qualifications are nationally recognised qualifications, earning the students valuable UCAS points and opening the door to further areas of study. Trained students will find themselves able to tackle many diverse and interesting styles, work in common and odd time signatures, read music and rhythm, follow classical musical terms and arrangements, and even experience many musical situations, from jazz trios to theatre orchestras.

Events, Clinics, and Masterclasses

MLC boasts a history of world-class events. Claus Hessler, Jojo Mayer, Thomas Lang , John Favvichia, Mike Sorrentino, Massimo Russo, and Stanton Moore have all visited and taught at MLC Nottingham, and new events are being planned all the time. MLC students get unprecedented access to these events, often at a heavily discounted price, allowing them to experience these masters in person, every time they visit.

Furthermore, the students themselves are often at the centre of these events. The MLC Summer School and the Sound Sessions both get the students playing music with a real band, recording in the studio, and performing a live show. This gives aspiring musicians valuable experience, and is also great fun.


  • Bill Fisher
  • Jonathan Curtis
  • Kyle Commerie
  • Nishan Chady

Path to Success

The MLC drum department has some great success stories. MLC owner and drum teacher Paul Hose is a Natal endorser and head of their educational programme, with some notable achievements to his name. Paul compiled the 2004-2006 Trinity drum syllabus, published an acclaimed educational book which is on the Berklee reading list, created a podcast with over 1 million downloads, and regularly contributes to Modern Drummer magazine, to name but a few. Likewise, former MLC student and, latterly, teacher, Jack Atherton is now enjoying international success as the drummer for Jake Bugg.