Gareth Siggins - Drums and Percussion
With an excellent reputation in London for exam success at Trinity College, Gareth Siggins is a grade 8 Trinity College qualified musician and has extensive experience as a professional drummer, percussionist and music teacher. Qualified at level 3 Music and Performance QCF and performing to grades 1-8, Gareth's teaching style helps students to build their confidence, develop a unique style and gain stage presence. Gareth teaches the 'Trinity College', 'Trinity Rock and Pop' and 'Rock School' grading syllabus from beginners to advanced. Gareth has been teaching privately and in Schools since 2007.
Gareth previously worked for many years at a music agency teaching drums and percussion. Gareth has colloborated with Luke as partner director at 'PPM' to bring a highly professional, unique and personalised service to anyone wishing to progress and develop to the next level.
Gareth Siggins has been studying rhythm and performing for over 20 years. With extensive touring experience Gareth has many headlined festivals, clubs in the UK and abroad. These include world famous 'Jim Henson Studios' in Hollywood USA, one of Europe's largest festivals 'The Bulldog Bash' and working as drum kit stage engineer at the BBC stage to 'The Subways' and many other acts at 'Rhythms of the World' festivals in the UK.
His love and admiration for world percussion led him to study and teach the d'jembe, congas, cajon and udu instruments.
Regardless of your musical taste, Gareth will train you to play any style you want to study. Some styles of music take many forms and take time to perfect. Gareth will help you maintain the technique and motivation to apply his methods. Gareth will teach you the history and many 'World' drumming genres. The bossa nova (a la Ipanema), rumba clave, son clave, songo, mambo, malfuf, cascara, and samba are some of the popular exercises used in his lessons.
The training is very carefully planned and thought out to cater for each individual requirement, whether you wish to improve existing skills or start from the beginning. The style of tutoring will depend on your experience. He will focus on improving your playing and assess and enhance your skill level. Gareth will teach you what you want to learn, in a fun and friendly environment.
"I have submitted hundreds of students across the UK for Trinity College exams with a 100% pass rate. Essentially you need to be more than a drummer. You need to know about musical arrangement, you need to have a sense of playing the music, not just the drums. I work extremely hard to maintain high standards and I'm earning myself a reputation of pushing the boundaries of the art.
I want to be the best at what I do. It's simply down to hard work, dedication, trust and my passion to transfer what I've learnt and whom I've learnt it from. My approach to teaching is to listen, connect and constantly improve. The student is at the heart of my focus. I feel like I have a very important role teaching in colleges and in private one on one sessions with my experience. You become a role model to students in schools, so it's important for me to maintain high standards and to communicate very clearly and transfer my knowledge very carefully.
After taking all my grades and gaining a distinction in my Trinity grade 8 exam this gave me a firm understanding of the drum set, advanced music theory, complex time signatures, and how to be musical with the instrument rather than a 'fortissimo' drummer. After studying for years and developing my sight reading at 'Trinity College London' I have gained so much confidence from developing time keeping, technique, notational accuracy and my live performance. It's given me the control, vocabulary and level of professionalism I need in my career today and to be able to teach the skills to the next generation of players tomorrow.
If you have a passion to learn, and love for music let me be your guide. I will do everything I can to meet your expectations and ensure your drumming success".