Matt is a professional drummer/teacher based in Wirral, UK where he has been playing drums since his teenage years. He has over 18 years experience playing drums and over 14 years experience teaching. He began over 18 years ago and very quickly joined various bands performing in pubs, clubs and venues across the north west of England.
Matt was self taught initially but then after leaving high school he enrolled in Liverpool Community College where he spent the next two years of his education gaining a qualification in advanced Jazz and commercial music. Whilst there he learned so much about music and furthered his drumming knowledge under the guidance of his drum tutor Dave Joseph. Dave really inspired Matt to look at all different styles of music and taught him about professionalism and the role in which the drummer should play within a group/band.
After graduating from Liverpool Community College Matt was accepted in the prestigious drum college Drumtech in London. Whilst there, Matt learned from some of the most respected players and teachers in the industry, including Pete Cater, Paul Elliot, Ralph Salmins (Van Morrison, Robbie Williams), Tom Meadows (Duffy, Kylie Minogue) and Bosco De Oliveira (Kate Bush) to name but a few. This was an incredible time for Matt and it helped develop his all round playing and sound.
Since leaving Drumtech with a Diploma in Popular Music and a BMus in Popular Music Performance degree, Matt has toured the UK and Europe with various bands performing live to millions of viewers on european tv as well as continuing to develop himself as a player and teaching students drums at his studio.
Matt has been teaching drum lessons since 1999 to students 1 on 1, in small groups, groups of 30+ and for schools. He has a very relaxed style of teaching whilst keeping it focused in fun. Matt lets the student lead the lesson whenever possible letting the student decide on what they learn whilst also offering advice on what would be beneficial for the student to look at to help there playing progress.
Experience with children and young people
Matt has vast experience working with children and young people over the last 10 years. Matt occupied positions with both Wirral Play Council (children age 5-14)and Wirral Youth Service (young people aged 14-25) as well a working at Connexions (career guidance for young people) in Liverpool.
“Matt has a relaxed and flexible approach to teaching. The studio setup works well with Matt teaching from an adjacent kit so no teaching time is lost swapping over. Our 10-year-old son is progressing quickly going through grades & learning favourite rock tracks and looks forward to lessons.”
“My names Greg and for the last 5 weeks ive been having a drum lesson each week from matt i started at rock bottom and in just a few weeks ive learnt to read drum music and learnt rhythms i cant praise matt enough he fills me with confidence and i really look forward to each lesson.”
“My name is Gary I am 51 yrs old and have been playing drums on and off since 78. 1 thing always bothered me that I could not read drum music so I book lessons with Matt 6 months ago and with his help I can now sight-read music plus he as tightened up my technical ability greatly. I have found Matt’s teaching style and eye for detail excellent and his knowledge of the subject second to none!!! Would not hesitate to refer him to anyone else!!!”
“I’m very pleased to have found a drum tutor as skilled, enthusiastic and patient as Matt Duffy”
“I would like to say thank you for the encouragement you have given my two sons Vincent and Alex over the past few months. With your patience and support the children’s drum playing has improved 110%. Vincent is autistic and he benefits so much from the 1 to 1 drum lessons you provide. Alex now see’s himself as a rock god! GREAT FUN. GREAT VALUE. GREAT TEACHING… What else can I say! Thanks Matt!”
“Our son James is not the easiest of kids to teach and after working with a couple of different drum teachers we had more or less given up hope. Matt was a revelation though… Apart from the fact that he’s reliable, punctual and a genuinely nice guy, he ‘teaches’ in the true sense of the word. He takes the time to listen to James play and then talk to him, coaching him through the difficult things, actually showing him how to play them and then enthusing with him when he gets it right. Whereas before, our son saw his weekly lesson as a chore, he actually looks forward to them now and it goes without saying that I would have no hesitation recommending Matt.”
“I really like Matt my new drum teacher… He’s dead easy to get on with and really supportive when I’m finding something is difficult to play. Matt is way better than the drum teachers I’ve had in the past and he makes my lessons fun.”
“Matt is the man! He can teach at any level you’re at and give you advice on just about anything, from playing live in bands, acoustics, equipment, and recording. He’s an awesome teacher, he knows some amazing little tricks, and he’s totally friendly too. You’ll learn something cool every single lesson and if you’re struggling Matt is really supportive. He’s been teaching me for about a year now and it’s been awesome, I’d never dream of going anywhere else.”
“Matt has been teaching me drums for just a little over a year and without his enthusiasm and help I know I wouldn’t have progressed as far as I have. The drum lessons are fun and Matt allows you to decide what you want to learn. He has helped my work towards grades. I look forward to my drum lessons each week as they will be fun.”
“I’ve had Matt as my drum tutor for almost a year now and i’ve always enjoyed my lessons as Matt is a very friendly, experienced drum teacher who also gives good advice and support in the subject of music. I would reccomend Matt as the prices and quality of the drum lessons are excellent.!”