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Matt Raymond
Kent, South East England
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Mobile:07851024492
Website:www.matt-raymond.com
Teaching Location:Folkestone/Hythe, South East England, CT21 5TP
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About Matt Raymond

Aged 26 Matt has played for over 120 different artists including Grammy nominated piano player Judy Carmichael, 60's chart topping band The Bachelors and several Tony nominated Broadway stars. Matt has also played in over 30 different musical productions including runs of Fame and Little Shop of Horrors in regional theatre and an original musical Broke Britannia which ran for two weeks at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. 
Matt has spent over 600 days working in different show bands on the luxury cruise line Seabourn. Before finishing his time on ships Matt got to visit 6 continents of the world and has had the pleasure of playing with musicians from these regions including Chinese Dulcimer players, Argentine tango harp players and Australian Drag Queens. The variety and challenge of playing different styles of music with authenticity is something Matt relishes. 
Matt has actually played the drums since he was 4, performing at The Millennium Dome at the age of 10 and appearing on BBC 1 television’s ‘Blue Peter’ with his band at the age of 11. As well as teaching others to play drums Matt had already played more than 200 live shows with various bands by the time he was aged 16.
As a result of the recognition of his musical ability (which saw him awarded a ‘special achievement’ award from the Zildjian cymbal company aged 16) Matt Raymond was invited to commence his 3 year degree course at the London College of Music a year earlier than normal. There he studied with teachers such as Darryn Farrugia, Elliott Henshaw, Erik Stams and Hadyn Callow.  
Aged 20 Matt graduated with ‘First Class Honours’ at B.Mus degree level. Subsequently, in acknowledgement of his musical potential, the College awarded him a full scholarship to continue his post-graduate studies. He went on to complete a Masters degree in music performance (M.Mus) passing with ‘Merit’ in the autumn of 2011.
It was on leaving University that Matt turned professional. In late 2011 he undertook a long-term residency in the Warner's Hotel Holme Lacy House in Herefordshire, playing with the house band ‘Shades’ for over two and a half years. 
A highly competent and successful drum teacher, Matt has to date guided his students through more than 80 grade examinations.
Seeking continual professional development for himself, Matt still studies under the internationally acclaimed drum teacher Bob Armstrong.  
Comfortable and extremely proficient in performing all styles of music, Matt has the ability to play to click is a highly competent sight reader has his own top quality equipment and transportation.

Teaching information:

Lessons will cover your individual wants and needs as a drummer but below is an example of some of the areas that you may wish to study.

  •  Sight Reading
  •  Hand and Foot Technique (including Moeller Technique)
  •  Musical Theory
  •  Styles of Music (Jazz, Rock, Funk, Pop etc)
  •  Time Feel
  •  Linear Time Playing
  •  Layered Hand Patterns
  •  Independence 
  •  Brush Playing
  •  Phrasing
  •  Transcription and Notation
  •  Stylised Playing (playing in the style of a favourite player)

Handouts are supplied with each lesson

Having taught a large amount of drummers of varying abilities and ages over the years I have become adept at being able to quickly assess the strengths and weakness of individual players and then develop appropriate learning material (or just give advice) depending on the issue to help move the individual on to their next stage of development.

I have successfully guided my students to achieve 70% and over in more than 80 grade examinations of various levels and no student has ever failed a grade examination under my guidance. I attribute this level of success to the preparation for the grade exams and to the work I do with students to help them overcome nerves and prepare for performance.


Rates:

  • 30 minutes £15
  • 1 hour £25

Drum Lessons in Folkestone/Hythe.

Credits
  • Masters Degree in Music (M.Mus) From London College Of Music
  • First Class Hons Degree In Music (B.Mus) From London College of Music (Drumtech)
  • OCN/OTC Diploma - Contemporary Music Performance From Drumtech
  • Drums Grade 8 Rockschool 
  • 10 A*-C GCSEs