James Sharp



James has been playing drums since 1986, playing all over the U.K, and contributing drums & percussion on three well-received albums by singer-songwriter Nicky Swann. He has written on motivation and practice for Modern Drummer, the world's most widely read drum magazine and Music Teacher magazine. In 2003 he attained a distinction in the CIPD Certificate in Training Practice qualification and is a professional trainer. James became a Drumsense tutor in 2008 and became a Drumsense Master Tutor in January 2013. He now teaches a very healthy roster of private students of various ages & levels, also teaching in several schools as a peripatetic tutor, as well as providing drum tuition for Exeter University music scholarships. James uses Yamaha drums, along with Protection Racket cases, Vic Firth drumsticks & Yamaha electronics. He is also a proud endorser of Istanbul Mehmet cymbals, & is part of their team of UK educators. He's married with three children and lives in Totnes, Devon.


  • Certificate In Training Practice (CIPD)


Fees Duration
30 minutes£15.00
60 minutes£30.00
Block booking 240 minutes (paid in advance)£100.00


  • "Brilliant - extremely patient and good-natured with a skill second to none. James taught my dad, my brother, my son and now me. I'm a middle-aged woman with very little time to practise at home - I've learnt so much over the past few months I wouldn't have thought it possible. He has a real passion for the drums, knows them inside out and all the history too! He teaches the individual - ensuring that he finds a way for YOU to learn something that you might find particularly tricky. Fantastic!"

    Samantha, Totnes

  • "As my son's drum teacher, James has made a vital contribution to be him being accepted by the Junior Royal Academy of Music jazz course, and by the Purcell School. Under James' guidance he also achieved a distinction in Trinity grade 8 jazz drums. James is a great teacher; he is friendly, approachable and efficient."

    Christine Thomas

  • "I've been learning with James for a while now and am more than happy to recommended him as a teacher. I'm an adult student and there's no pressure. He's always incredibly patient and happy to talk about the theory and history behind the drums as well as just getting on with exercises. The studio is well equipped and James has also been helpful with suggestions about music and random emailed questions outside of lessons."

    Juliet, Ashburton

  • "I've been playing drums for nearly 30 years, but I know you never stop learning. I've found my lessons with James hugely beneficial, enabling me to draw on his vast experience - both as a teacher and a gigging musician - to critically assess my playing and to give me expert advice on how it can be improved. I trust his advice, I use it every time I pick up a pair of sticks and I'm a better player for it. Highly recommended."

    Ronnie Jones