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

This week, Alex is focusing on the pedagogy behind the Rockschool graded music exam pieces and technical exercises. He takes a closer look at specific ways to teach these tracks so that your lessons can align with the Rockschool Method, giving your students a rewarding, holistic education on their instrument.


He'll take you through how to make the most of the online tools available to you, such as Zoom whiteboard. Alex will also provide a a brief overview of using musical 'words' to teach note groupings, and how the learning experience of using RSL grade books can be enhanced by using our interactive sheet music player: Replay. Alex uses the grade 2 drums piece, 'Dora and Bootsy', as an example on how to use this fantastic tool.

We hope you enjoyed the final part of this series on teaching drums online. Head over to our News page to check out more interesting blogs, including the first two instalments of this series to get your hands on some more of Alex's pearls of wisdom!

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