The average hourly rate for drum lessons is approximately £28 – £38. With most music lessons being approximately an hour in length, the cost of your lesson is thus likely to be around this figure. However, it’s important to keep in mind that this rate is an estimate and that this cost can vary.

Drum Lessons Costs

UK National Minimum Costs £28
UK National Maximum Costs £38
UK National Average Cost £30
Average Range £28 – £38

Included in This Price Guide


Before you set out to hire your drum tutor there are a few considerations you should take into account. These include your experience as a student, what your goals are, which drum set you intend to buy and what style of music you would like to learn.

Experience of Student

It is essential to establish your experience level before you begin your lessons, so your instructor can create an appropriate lesson plan that will drive you towards success.

Here are some top things to mention to your instructor before you dive into your lessons:

If you don’t have any experience with musical instruments or musical theory don’t stress. You can absolutely still pick up a musical instrument as a beginner. After all, everyone has to start somewhere!


Your goals are a primary influence on how your lessons will unfold. For instance, if your goal is to prepare for a performance your lesson plan will be far more structured and rigorous than if you just want to learn for fun. It is easy to specify these goals when you fill out the Near Me request form.

Buying a Drum Set

When budgeting for your drum lessons, the drum set itself is an important factor to take into account. The drum set you choose will impact the cost of learning to play the drums.

If you aren’t sure which brands of drum sets are the best for your goals, simply ask your instructor. They can offer suggestions on the best drum sets and may even be able to point you in the direction of a local music shop where you can buy a set.

Style of Music

There are countless genres of music to suit every musical passion! There’s no need to compromise on your favourite music when learning to play the drums.

Some of the popular genres you might be interested in learning are:

  • Rock
  • Jazz
  • Blues
  • Country
  • Folk
  • Classical

If you do have a particular preference for one of these genres, you should keep an eye out for instructors who share your passion. Some instructors may even specify right on their Near Me profile if they have musical training specific to a particular genre. If you aren't sure whether a drum teacher shares the same passion for your favourite genre, simply ask.

Lesson Length

Typically most drum lessons are about 1 hour long. However, this can vary. If you don’t have time for an hour-long lesson, don’t sweat it. Most instructors are open to discussing lesson length, so you may be able to arrange a lesson that is a half-hour instead.

Are you looking for a more in-depth session? Then ask your teacher if they have the availability to hold a longer lesson.

Keep in mind that the rate estimate discussed above is based on an hour-long session. If the length of your lesson changes expect this to change accordingly as well.

Frequency of Lessons

Drum lessons are often taught on a weekly basis. However, if you aren’t able to make weekly lessons most drum teachers also offer bi-weekly and monthly lessons as well. If this is the case, simply make mention of your scheduling preferences in the Near Me request form.

When you are arranging the frequency of your lessons you should also take time to arrange a payment schedule. There are generally two main options for this, paying per lesson or purchasing a set of lessons altogether.

Some instructors do offer discounts when clients purchase a bundle of lessons at the same time. If you are interested in an arrangement like this, then be sure to ask.


To become a music teacher it is not always necessary to obtain a certification. While some music schools require their teachers to take a certificate course, there are also many other music teachers who largely have practical experience.

Oftentimes, music teachers will have a combination of both academic and practical music experience. If you’d like to know what sort of qualifications your prospective teacher has, simply ask this ahead of time.

Then, pop over to their Near Me profile to check out reviews from past clients. These reviews can provide you with a rounded idea of their teaching style and if it is a good fit for you.


The location where you live and take your lessons can also directly influence the cost. For instance, in areas with a higher cost of living teachers generally, charge more to cover these costs.

In addition, the physical location where you learn can impact the cost as well. Teachers who operate out of a music studio will have to cover rental costs for this space. In contrast, teachers who visit your home won’t have to worry about these costs.

However, music teachers who visit your home will need to cover transportation costs instead.

So, if you live in an area where the cost of transportation is higher, expect their rates to reflect this.


Overall, the best way to learn the drums is to work with a music tutor. They can help you to create a plan that sets you on a track to achieve your goals.

Are you ready to pursue your passion for music? Then just click below to receive free cost estimates from local drum teachers near you!

Looking for more resources on music lessons? Then check out these guides on guitar lessons for kids, learning music theory, or hiring the best piano teacher, for more information!