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The Beat Studios offers quality drum kit tuition for all Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced players (of all age groups). Students don’t need to have their own kit to start with, and will be shown how to improvise for practicing without a kit.

We have 3 main lesson plans to choose from:


1 Hour Fortnightly, ½ Hour Weekly and 1 Hour Weekly


We also offer One-off or Intensive Lessons and Gift Vouchers


Our most popular option is the one hour fortnightly lessons that run as five lessons per school term.

Half hour weekly lessons are aimed at younger students (usually aimed at 5yrs to 8yrs). These spaces are limited, so please contact us to discuss availability.

One hour weekly lessons are for those who wish to up-skill quickly over a short or long period. Students need to be dedicated to their practice to take full advantage of this option. We offer a discount to anyone taking this option, so check out the pricing page for more information.





Goal Setting Program



How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time. Becoming a good drummer happens practice by practice. Because we understand the goals of each student a are unique, we will provide individualised goal setting and practice programs.

When a student starts at The Beat, a Goal Setting Program will be added to the first invoice at a cost of $11.50 The Goal Setting Program will be one of the most important aspects of their progress at The Beat. Year, term and lesson to lesson goals will be included in your personalised program. Part of your first lesson will be used to establish these goals. For beginners this process is a little quicker, but we still want to find out what motivates you to play the drums, and we will set goals around these.

Students leave each lesson with instructions on what to practice between lessons and are encouraged to practice on a regular basis.

The Goal Setting Program allows for student reflection which can help direct their tutor to focus on the students area of concern. While none of this is compulsory to learn at The Beat, students will be encouraged to participate to maximise their learning ability.





Drumsense Program



The Drumsense program is a musical approach to playing the drum kit. This approach focuses the beginner on co-ordination, time playing and enjoyment of the kit as a whole. The program uses play-alongs to develop time playing, style and feel and this enables students to apply their new skills when playing with other musicians. Drumsense develops concepts and technical ability leading to the drumming rudiments and many other techniques that are fundamental when developing drumming skills.








During Jonathon’s career, he has facilitated Trinity/Guildhall, Trinity Rock and Pop, and Rockschool workshops around New Zealand. His in-depth knowledge of these exams is an asset to students at The Beat who wish to gain an internationally recognised grade in the drum kit.

At key points within the Drumsense Program students will have gained the technical ability necessary to start working towards graded exams.

These exams test all aspects of a drummers knowledge and ability, which include: Timing, Feel, Stylistic Awareness, Technical Proficiency , Sight Reading and Ear Training.

The Trinity Rock and Pop exams take place twice a year, in August and November and the exams are adjudicated by an examiner from the U.K. Upon passing an exam (with a Pass, Merit or Excellence) a student will receive an internationally recognised certificate from Trinity Rock and Pop (U.K).




What you will be learning at The Beat




Beginner - Beginner


Beginner - Intermediate


Beginner - Advanced




Intermediate - Beginner


Intermediate - Intermediate


Intermediate - Advanced

  • Stylistic Focus
  • Advanced Rudiments
  • Rockschool Grade 8
  • NCEA Level 3





  • Student Directed eg...
  • Focusing on Jazz School, auditions
  • Learning songs for bands
  • Constructing original drum parts
  • Metric Modulation
  • Recording
  • Concepts......etc,etc