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Drum Lessons in Rolleston

Drum lessons are available at Singing Stars with Jim and Max, our amazing drum teachers. Classes are suitable for children from 6 years old and run Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays after school at our Rolleston School music rooms during term time.


Lessons are available at Kirwee Model School with Max on Tuesday evenings.

Lessons are also available at Rolleston School and West Rolleston during the school day on Tuesdays and on Wednesdays and Fridays at Te Rohutu Whio.

Lessons include both practical drum elements, and music theory, including reading music notation.


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Introducing ... Jim

Jim brings a wealth of experience and has an ability to connect with students on all levels. He works with children with special needs, offers music therapy and is an all round great musician who is passionate about creating the best experience for your child. Jim has been teaching since 1989. He teaches drums, percussion, bass guitar, and entry level acoustic and electric guitar. He also does student band mentoring and music therapy. Jim says: "Music has been my whole life from a young age and the fact that I can share it with so many who are interested in making the soundtrack of their life becoming a creative process as well is remarkable. Whether it's their first day at school or are retired I find what their interests in music are and help to make their musical journey a reality."

Introducing ... Max

Max is a passionate Tutor who has taught for a variety of different organisations in both one-on-one and group lesson settings over the last 13 years. He has also held other music-related roles in management and operations. He has transcribed drums for hundreds of songs for students over the years, and is more than happy to continue to do so in order to teach clients the music they love. 


He specialises in theory tuition and was trained in technique by Matt Collier in Wellington, a student of the Gladstone lineage of tutors.He uses unique, progressive methods of tuition, such as interactive games and data collection/analysis, in order to help achieve quantifiable, optimum educational outcomes.Max’s unique curriculum on music theory (RapidRhythm) has been used to great success in both individual and group settings, and uses an interactive software-based approach for more engaging and effective learning.He is also experienced in tutoring NCEA, Trinity and ABRSM material, and therefore is happy to assist with graded exams.


Max sees the value in music as a medium of expression and creativity, working closely with clients to help them create and achieve musical goals.


‘’Music has always helped keep me grounded, motivated, and connected with others.

It is a tremendously powerful tool to unify and uplift, and I treat my work and clients with the importance and respect it/they deserve.

Whether it’s Pop, Rock, Rap etc., I will bring the latest techniques and technologies to the table in order to assist clients with learning the music that inspires them, driving them in a positive direction toward mastery.

I will also provide support in composition, performances, and other aspects of music, helping them learn the skills to perform at their best both on and off the stage.”

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