Online drum lessons and silver linings
Posted on: 12 August 2020
This is a little story about online drum lessons and silver linings.
Vivian Greene once said that:
‘Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass. It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.’
O.K., so I’m healthy and my loved ones are healthy. We have food, drink and a house and garden to enjoy and give each other space in. I’m not going to succumb to melodrama and suggest that I’ve lived through a storm during lockdown.
Nevertheless, I feel as though I was allowed to learn how to dance in the rain. (Or should that be drizzle…?) So I wanted to share a few words of gratitude.
I have the pleasure of teaching drums to a generous number of fellow drummers one to one in my home drum studio in Croft Road, central Godalming.
At the beginning of lockdown, for obvious reasons, one to one nearly became none to none.
But thanks to running a small and therefore agile drum school, technology and – most of all – the loyalty and trust of my drummers and their families, I was able to move my drum lessons and almost all of my drum students online. I didn’t miss a day of teaching drums.
Not only was I allowed to adjust and to keep going… what could have been a cloud, soon showed a few little silver linings:
- Normally I would teach term time only, but due to the temporary closure of schools and clubs – most of my drummers were keen to maintain routine where possible. I’ve therefore had the opportunity of teaching all throughout the Easter and much of the summer holidays.
- Teaching drums online has also allowed me to see my students’ drum set up in their homes. This is great, as it gives me the opportunity to help them optimise their set up where relevant.
- Drum lessons here in my drum studio in Godalming are most relevant to drummers nearby, who, say live in Godalming, Farncombe, Busbridge, Eashing, Witley, Milford, Shalford, Peasmarsh, Elstead, Hascombe and maybe Guildford. Teaching drums online has widened my catchment area significantly and has allowed me to connect with students far beyond the local area. I now even teach drums to a young gentleman in New Zealand.
That said, I am over the moon that – since June – I have been able to safely welcome drummers back into my studio. So now I get to do both, teach drum lessons in my studio in Godalming and anywhere drummers want me online. And – either way – I feel very privileged to be able to do what I do.
Thank you to all that I have the pleasure of drumming with.
Onwards & upwards:
Scientists claim that the side effects of music – and in particular drumming – include stress relief, support for the immune system and increased grey matter. I’d like to humbly add ‘fun’ and ‘feeling like a rock star’ to their findings.
If you fancy a life a little happier and healthier, I’d be delighted to offer you a free 30 minute trial drum lesson. Subject to availability. Just give me, Dom, a shout on 07767-422485 or drop me a line on moc/modmodeht//mod.
Go on, you know you want to.