Long time RSL collaborator, drummer, and educator, Alex Forryan gives his tips on how to make the most of teaching drums online in the second instalment of this weekly blog.

Covid-19 has impacted our normal lives hugely, and the way in which we now learn music is no exception to this. A lot of teaching has now moved online with some very successful results, and with such uncertainty ahead this may become the 'new normal' for a significant period of time.

Last week Alex covered the basics in online teaching, including how to get set up with appropriate equipment, and safeguarding that surrounds Zoom and other video call platforms.

This week's blog goes into more depth on which online tools can be beneficial for teachers, and explores some of the ways that technology can help teachers guide their students through the RSL graded exam pieces.


Alex gives his expert insight on how lessons have changed in light of the coronavirus crisis. He discusses how there is less teacher demonstration, more feedback, critique, and coaching in lessons, while there has been further development of the 'flipped classroom' methodology.

Alex also uses our interactive sheet music practice tool, Replay, to demonstrate how to improve the efficiency of your students' practice. You can learn more about Replay here.

We hope you're enjoying this series on teaching drums online. Stay tuned for the final instalment next week, where Alex will be taking a closer look at the pedagogy behind Rockschool graded music exams

Music lessons have moved online, and so have some of our exams! If you're interested in taking a video exam with us, simply click on the gif below to find out more about how your students can still achieve their qualifications from their own home!

Rockschool VIdeo Exams