Drum Teachers

Philip Harper

07832 143 628
  • Drums
  • Drum Kit
  • Conga
  • All Ages / Stages
  • All grades
Phillip has been playing drums and percussion for 15 years in total and started professionally in 1989. He took drum lessons at school and sixth form college and in 1996 met a man named Clifford Jarvis who had previously played drums with some of the biggest names in Jazz history (John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Sun Ra and many more). He became a friend/inspiration and teacher shaping the way Phil also runs workshops teaching studio recording techniques. 

As a session musician he has recorded and performed with: Terry Callier, The East London Gospel Choir, Craig David, J-Life, Ronnie Laws, Julie Dexter, The Esscofery Sisters and many more obscure artists. Phillip is a promoter of live music and is leader of his own group THE LIFEFORCE BAND. 


Harley Mann

Email - beatstuffwithsticks97@gmail.com
Phone - 07759174865
Facebook - @harleymanndrummer

  • Drum kit
  • All styles
  • Beginners and intermediate
  • Will travel

I am based in South Oxhey near Carpenders Park (zone 7) station which is one train from Euston. I also go out so students within London Zones at no extra charge.

I teach a multitude of styles including funk, rock, pop and r&b. Despite this, my specialty is beginners who are looking to pick up their sticks for the first or those with basic knowledge of the instrument looking to expand.

I am currently teaching intermediate students. I charge £25 per hour and £15 for half hour sessions with the first hour being £15. I have 8 years experience as a drummer and am currently a part of 4 projects, some of whom have played well known venues such as the O2 Academy Islington and The Water Rats to festivals in places like Essex. 


Fred McLaren


07958 468 166

  • Drums
  • Drum Kit
  • All Ages / Stages


Fred has over 20 years playing experience and 14 years teaching. As the son of a piano teacher, Fred grew up with a passion for music and takes a great joy in sharing his knowledge.

Having graduated from Drumtech in 2002, Fred found his home playing live for Post War Years, with whom he released two albums, and toured supporting many well known artists including Mumford and Sons, White Lies, The Naked and Famous, and Late of the Pier. Since then he has worked extensively as a session player, a highlight of which was a support tour with Sir Elton John.

Having played venues including the O2 Academy, Brixton Academy and Manchester MEN arena, Fred’s teaching focuses on the application of techniques in live performance. In his lessons he looks to prepare budding drummers for a career in music as well as equip them with a good knowledge of the history of their chosen instrument.

Fred’s playing covers all styles and this is reflected in the variety and diversity of his lessons.

Ollie Usiskin


07960 917 509

  • Drum Kit
  • Rock School and Trinity grades
  • All Ages / Stages
  • Home visits 
  • Studio offer
Ollie Usiskin started playing Drums aged 13 years. He took lessons at school with Ciril Bass, a Jazz player, & played with Rock & Blues bands at
school. He later studied in Boston USA at The Horrigan Drum School & later
attended the Summer program at Berklee College of Music, whilst taking private lessons with Alan Dawson ( Teacher for Tony Williams, Steve Smith & Vinnie Colaiuta ). 

Later Ollie went to New York, where he studied at Drummers Collective
with teachers including Kim Plainfield (Tania Maria ), Zach Danziger ( Wayne Krantz ) & Mike Clark ( Herbie Hancock ). On his return from USA Ollie Toured the UK with Crazy Jay & played with members of Alice Cooper, Judas Priest, Uriah Heep & Voodoo Six. He then was invited to perform with the actor from Star Wars and Dracula films, Sir Christopher Lee & ended up recording several Albums with the him & appeared in his music Video. 

Past Session work Ollie has been booked for includes with John Etheridge ( Softmachine ), ELO , Supertramp, Sting  & Hedras Ramos. He has Toured Scotland with Malcolm Bruce ( son of Jack Bruce from Cream ) & The Woodentops band.