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The Brighton Drum School was established by one of the UK's most prominent player-educators, Pat Garvey, to provide access to the very best in 1:1 learning and support for all ages and levels, as well as mentoring, coaching, career guidance and support, and professional consultation services.


Thirteen years on from its inception and with students coming from all over the UK and wider world, The Brighton Drum School has established itself as one of the leading places in the UK to study drums and access professional mentoring, coaching, career guidance and support on a 1:1 basis. The Brighton Drum School also can also provide DBS checked and experienced tutors for 1:1 lessons and study in students' own homes and offers graded study in association with Trinity College London and RSL (Rockschool).


The Brighton Drum School provides:

  • A safe, supportive, and developmental learning environment

  • Structured and constructive learning

  • 100% focus on individual learning styles

  • Dedication to musical learning and transferable skills development

  • Personal and professional development

  • Tailored lessons and study designed around the individual

  • The development and honing of transferable skills

  • Ongoing career support and advice

  • Performance opportunities

  • Guest tutors 

  • Events

  • Connectivity to the local, national and international music scene

The Brighton Drum School is easily accessible locally by bus and it’s a four minute walk from Brighton train station, which services the mainline trains from the surrounding area's across the whole of Southern England, with easy links to & from any UK town and city in the UK. Brighton City, Gatwick and Heathrow airports are all within easy travel distance and all are served by the South Coast mainline for those travelling from further afield. Online lessons use the Zoom platform with a fully mic'd up kit and multi-camera set up and are available to students countywide, nationwide and worldwide.



Pat Garvey has worked internationally as a professional drummer for nearly 30 years. In 2008 he was invited to teach at one of Europes top providers of popular music education and since then has held positions as Head of Department, senior lecturer, module leader, Deputy Head of Department, principal lecturer, has designed and written courses, modules, assessments, schemes of work, and developed and managed digital learning resources across 19 different curriculum areas. In a freelance capacity he's written over 300 published educational articles, delivered talks, masterclasses, workshop sessions and support to other teachers, heads of department, course leaders and student support staff at music institutions internationally, and featured on panels as a guest at Royal Northern College of Music, UK Drum Show, ACM, Sabian Education Network, LCMP, LIPA amongst others. He's also worked with organisations like Help Musicians UK, soundLINCS, Arts Council England and Youth Music delivering funded community music projects in a special guest capacity, and working with musicians in injury rehabilitation. He holds a masters degree in Learning and Teaching, PGCert, and PTTLS qualifications in learning and teaching. He also a published author and an artist in his own right, and is the drummer in the Ozric Tentacles.


Pat can count 100’s of students working successfully in different areas of the creative industries locally, nationally and internationally, has taught, trained and worked with instrumental teachers all over the world, and has some of his past and current students working with some of the top bands and artists in the world. They include:

Joao Caetano (Leona Lewis, Incognito), Rufus Taylor (The Darkness, We Will Rock You, Jeff Beck), Ben Thompson (Two Door Cinema Club), Perry Melius (Billy Ocean, Tricky), James Stewart (Vader, Decapitated), Adam Pitts (Lawson), Deborah Knox-Hewson (Charlie XCX, Nasty Cherry, James), Ben Thomas (Rag n' Bone Man), Evan Carson (Independent/iamthemorning/Come From Away), Demelza Mather (The Wytches/MATHER), Camille Philips (The Subways), Alex Woodward (Black Honey), Josh Caplin (Central Cee), Aurora Bennett (Soul Wax) to name just a few.

About The Brighton Drum School

About Pat Garvey

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