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Why Study Drums?
If you want to become a professional drummer, you’re going to want to be at BIMM Institute. After all, we started out as Drumtech – a dedicated drums teaching centre – so we know a thing or two about drums. With us, you’ll hone your drumming talent and harness your drive for music to end up with a lasting career.
Over the last 35 years, we’ve seen the likes of Jon Beavis (drummer for IDLES and listed as one of Music Radar’s 13 Best Rock drummers in the World 2018), Ben Thompson (Two Door Cinema Club) and Debbie Knox-Hewson (Charli XCX) walk through our doors and into the music industry.
Whether you choose to study our diploma or undergraduate degree, you’ll be taught by industry icons who will impart their wisdom and knowledge onto you. And, our Drums courses have been designed with the industry, for the industry. This means you’ll graduate with the know-how, contacts and skills needed to make your name in the business.
Available as an industry-led diploma or undergraduate degree
BIMM Institute drum courses are available at all BIMM Institute locations
State-of-the-art facilities and top-of-the-range equipment from some of music’s leading brands
A well-balanced blend of theory, analysis, practical and technical skills
Unrivalled industry internships and real-world opportunities
The chance to play drums on-stage at festivals such as Glastonbury
What to expect
Our courses at BIMM Institute are made for you to establish your own exciting route into the live music sector. And, because we’ve consulted with industry professionals, you’ll develop all the necessary employability skills they’re looking for – as well as the tools needed for you to achieve your personal goals and aspirations.
Each day, you’ll learn in large live rooms, smaller studio settings and lecture-based classrooms. And of course, you’ll be surrounded by our incredible facilities. In your first year, you’ll be learning modules to give you a broader understanding of drumming as well as the music industry itself.
You’ll learn core topics within your first year, such as:
- Music Business and Study Skills
- Music Theory and Keyboard Skills
Choose your path with optional modules
Every drummer is unique – you all have different goals you want to achieve. That’s why our Drums undergraduate degree includes optional modules so you can develop your own route to success.
Pave your own path with optional modules, such as:
- Studio Musicianship
- Digital Marketing in the Music Business
- Music Publishing
- Commercial Songwriting
- Music Teaching Practice
Studying Drums can take you places you never initially thought of. With our optional modules, you can build your own path to success and launch that dream career.
Potential drums career paths:
- Creative Performer
- Session Specialist
- Commercial Band Performer
- Music Teacher
Exclusive networking opportunities
At BIMM Institute, we believe collaboration is key. That’s why we offer you access to exclusive networking opportunities, connecting you straight to the action. You’ll also get to join BIMM Connect – our exclusive social media platform. Here, you’ll team up and network with fellow students, alumni, bands, songwriters, press agents, managers and promoters to get even more out of your time here.
We’re immensely proud that so many BIMM students have become successful drummers in the music industry, stepping from behind their drum kit and out onto the world stage. Head to our BIMM Institute Alumni page to find out more.
Having studied for a Drum diploma at Tech Music School (now BIMM London), Debbie enrolled at BIMM Brighton for a degree course in 2012, balancing her studies with the demands of international touring as part of Charlie XCX’s backing-band.
As a self-employed Music producer and Session Musician, Chris has recorded and performed with the likes of Lucy Rose, Mamas Gun, Lone, Luke Sital-Singh and many others.
Martin is also founder and core member of internationally successful swing group Flash Mob Jazz, and keeps very busy as a freelance drummer covering all aspects of music, from band work to sessions and tuition.
At BIMM Institute, you’ll learn from world-class tutors. These people live and breathe music – and they know a thing or two about having a passion for the kit and taking it onto the world stage or into the studio.
Our tutors will provide you with those essential insider tips and exclusive knowledge that you won’t find anywhere else. It’s their role to help you step into the music industry with confidence.
Johnny has been playing drums since the age of 12 and joined his first band when he was just 14. Since then, he’s played, recorded and toured with many notable artists, including Andy White, The Frames, Marianne Faithful, Pugwash, LiR, The Duckworth Lewis Method, Mundy, Damien Rice, Neil Hannon, Finbar Furey and Don Baker.
Dave is one of the most prominent drummers in Ireland. He’s played on some of the biggest stages in the world, with renowned artists such as Chris Martin, The Frames, The Swell Season, Josh Ritter, The Pixies, Louis Stewart, Mary Coughlan, The Corrs, Luka Bloom, Grada, Nina Hynes, Ann Scott, Mark Geary and Steve Reynolds.
James touring experience includes European Dates at the O2 Arenas, Zurich Hallenstadion, Stuttgart Porsche Arena and Berlin Tempodrom. U.S. dates include Lincoln Centre NYC, BAM NYC, and Washington National Gallery of Art and all major Irish festivals and venues.
BIMM Institute’s exclusive Masterclasses put you in the same vicinity as some of the best drummers that have ever lived.
At BIMM Institute, we’ve had the likes of Nick Mason (Pink Floyd), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers and Ralph Rolle (Chic) have given our students career tips and insider insights that they never would have found in a textbook.
What better way to learn the tools of the trade than by getting real life experience under your belt? Our specialist Careers and Industry Teams are here to help you do just that. Thanks to their unrivalled contacts and insider connections, they’ll link you up with real-world experiences that you won’t find anywhere else.
Being a BIMM student also means you get access to exclusive opportunities other music students could only dream of. This includes the chance to play at some of the best festivals on the planet (like The Great Escape Festival, Brighton Pride and Glastonbury); performing at our end-of-term gigs; and collaborating with students from other disciplines including Music Business, Songwriting, and more.
Check out and bookmark our resources below to discover more about studying Drums at BIMM Institute. Hear from successful graduates, our world-class tutors and students seizing each and every opportunity.
As an aspiring musician, it’s important to get your foot in the door in the music industry. Essentially, that’s why we all come to uni; to build connections and get that chance to change our lives!
We spoke with Bryan Hargreaves – Head of Drums at BIMM Manchester – to hear all about his favourite masterclasses, his favourite BIMM facilities and which elements of his career he’s most proud of.
BIMM was great for developing myself as a musician. It gave a space to practice, learn and grow as a drummer. But more importantly it taught me that in order to make a career, I needed to work for it.
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