Sam Barnes Drum Teacher

sam barnes

Drummer & tutor based in Brighton, UK.

drum lessons

I'm a professional drummer with over 15 years of studio recording & international touring experience paired with a passion for education. I help drummers of all abilities develop their skills at my private drum studio & in schools & colleges around Sussex.

Practice Pad & Vic Firth Headphones

my experience

  • 4 years + experience teaching drums privately & within school education.

  • Enhanced DBS certificate, safeguarding trained, fully insured & first aid trained.

  • 100% student exam pass rate using Trinity Rock & Pop & RSL Awards syllabuses.

  • BA (HONS) in Professional Musicianship awarded by BIMM.

Your journey

Are you a brand new drummer? Would you like to develop your existing skills on the instrument? Are you looking to gain more confidence as a performer & musician?

My drum lessons are bespoke to your needs & long term goals. Whether you want to explore advanced concepts, build a strong foundation of the basics, prepare for an audition or exam, or learn how to play your favourite songs. 

In your lessons we can cover: Rudiments, grooves & fills, improvising, band & performance skills, technique, effective practicing, sight reading, drum recording, drum maintenance & so much more.


Students have access to extensive online drum resources created by me & delivered in a dedicated online student portal.                                    

Gretsch Catalina Snare Drum


Giulia R

"Sam has been a great drum teacher! He is very encouraging, positive and his sessions are extremely informative as he does not teach only technique but also how to read music. I really enjoyed learning how to play drums with Sam & I would definitely recommend!"

rob a

" Sam is a fantastic tutor & has a great rapport with my Son. Highly recommended. Online sessions during lockdown have worked really well & it was good to continue lessons in spite of everything else going on. "

marianne b

"My son has made outstanding progress since beginning to have lessons with Sam. He has an excellent relationship with Sam and now never needs to be asked to practise, as he is so keen to master the different things they have covered in his lessons." 

Jake M

"Sam is an excellent teacher. He took on board what I wanted to learn and formulated a bespoke learning pathway for me. I've been playing for many years but felt I needed to improve my fundamentals and improve my technique
My drumming has improved so much since learning with Sam. I would heartily recommend Sam as a tutor whether you're a beginner or looking to improve whatever level you're at."

Ollie T

"I have been having lessons with Sam for a year now and I really enjoy them. He is a great teacher who ensures that I am continually learning new skills on the drums, and is very patient if I need extra support.
I often suggest songs that I would like to learn and Sam always takes the time to allow me to do this and is always supportive, ensuring that I play the best that I can."


Book A Lesson

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I teach drum lessons from my private teaching studio in Portslade, just outside of central Brighton & Hove. It is easily accessible by public transport & there is parking. 

Sam Barnes Drum Teaching Studio

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Sam Barnes Drum Teaching Studio

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Gretsch Renown Tom Drum

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Sam Barnes Drum Teaching Studio

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lesson prices

30 mins - £15

45 mins - £20

60 mins - £25

Online lessons are priced the same.

Payments can be made in block bookings or per lesson by cash or online payment.

Gift vouchers are available by request.

Online Lessons

Don't want to travel? Do you live outside of Brighton?


Online lessons are an incredible way to learn the drums from home. 

I offer online drum lessons using Zoom with professional video & audio quality. PDF's are supplied with each lesson & I can help you get your equipment set up for optimum learning.


Drum lessons can be taken at almost any time of day, as frequently as you wish (weekly or bi-weekly is most popular) to suit your pace. 


I will always try my best to be flexible to find a time that suits you.




Please get in touch with me using the contact form or via email at to book a drum lesson or enquire about a session.

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