At, we help you to learn playing the drums with our Rockschool drum lessons. Learning with Rockschool drum lessons means to learn with a lot of fun and success. To celebrate your drumming and learning success you have the opportunity to receive a recognised qualification at the end of each grade/level.

Playing drums means more than just hitting drums and cymbals. Well, admittedly, it’s a lot of fun. The drummer is the driving force and part of the overall band dynamic. Drummers shape the rhythm, embellish and lead through a song. They emphasise song parts, pick up riffs, imitate phrases and provide the groove. 

The drums are a versatile instrument and the drummer is truly challenged. We play with our hands and feet and always have to use our heads. And by the way: playing drums is known to be very healthy. 

Rockschool drum lessons are part of our curriculum and are organised in levels and grades. Join us now and become a drummer. 

drum lessons

Our Rockschool drum training is modern, practical and focused. The concept of Rockschool drum lessons is especially developed for children and teenagers and is based on motivation and fun. Adults also enjoy learning with our learning system. Our curriculum includes the Rockschool concept (RSL Awards). After each level you can take an exam and gain a recognised qualification. The versatile learning materials, exercises and coordinated training guarantee a successful learning experience! Of course, you also have to practise a bit!

drum lessons

Tailored to musical and artistic abilities. Wide range of styles: Rock, Pop, Fusion, Metal, Country, Blues, etc.

drum education

From beginner to professional: 4 levels with 9 performance grades (Debut to Grade 8) with our Rockschool drum lessons.

Instructional system

Modern, practical and structured curriculum based on experiences of motivation and success.


Qualifications and certificates (accredited)

Your drum study path


For all those who want to start playing drums and have no previous experience, we start with the „Premiere“ programme. This programme is the perfect start and preparation for the debut level.

Basics of drum notation, instrumentation, rock, pop, metal, indie, country and hip hop, simple phrases, beats and fills.

Debut - Entry Level

At this level you start your drum training. You learn the most important basic skills and also play along to your first songs.

Backbeat, ¼ hi-hat, unison bass and snare playing, single and double strokes, paradiddles and musical playing and expression skills.

Grade 1

Grade 1 deepens and expands the most important basic skills.

Movement between cymbals, open hi-hat, syncopated accents, single and double strokes, paradiddles and musical ability.

Grade 2

In this level you expand your basic knowledge and work on your coordination. Pieces of music and techniques become more complex and versatile.

Coordination, syncopation, single and double strokes, paradiddles, flams, triplets, playing and performing skills

Grade 3

You will work on your stylistic versatility through balance, technique and coordination and the introduction of solo and progression work.

Introduction of solo and improvisation phrases and parts, reggae one-drop feeling, syncopation, single and double strokes, paradiddles, flams, triplets, performance practice.

Grade 4

You will develop further stylistic expression and understanding through extended solo and improvisation practice and more complex groove patterns.

Solo and improvisation passages, ghost notes, rim shot, rim clicks/cross stick, single and double strokes, paradiddles, flams and ruffs, hand and foot patterns, playback and performance practice.

Grade 5

You already have intermediate skills and technical abilities and an increasing stylistic confidence. This will be learned by instrumental practice, rhythmic complexity, coordination and balance, as well as solo and improvisational work.

Snare drum techniques: cross stick, rim shot, Texas shuffle, coordination, single and double strokes, paradiddles, flams and ruffs, rolls, hand and foot patterns, musical performance practice.

Grade 6

You have already developed a good understanding of advanced techniques. This is demonstrated by stylistic confidence, execution of rhythmic complexity, creative soloing and improvisation, and confident communication and performance.

Time signature variations, bass drum doubles, polyrhythms, 6/8 trip hop groove, single and double strokes, paradiddles, ratamacues, rolls, stylistic studies, playing and performance practice.

Grade 7

In level 7 you broaden your technical playing skills and extend your knowledge with further stylistic techniques.

semiquaver (16th) rolls, demisemiquaver (32nd) rolls, single stroke techniques, paradiddle diddles, pataflafla, single and double ratamacues, 7 and 9 stroke rolls, stylistic studies, performance practice.

Grade 8

You have mastered advanced techniques and different styles. You show this by stylistic confidence, perfect execution of complex rhythms, creative solo and improvisation work, as well as a confident sense of communication and performance.

Double bass drum, complex grooves, tempo and measure variations, syncopation, single stroke techniques, alternative paradiddle-diddles, Swiss Army triplets, pataflafla, single and double triplet ratamacue, rolls, style studies, performance practice.


For more information on the syllabus and Rockschool drum lesson plan, see the syllabus section.

Modern drum instruction and music examinations 

Our Rockschool drum lessons incorporate the Rockschool concept and prepare you for music exams and qualifications.

It’s called Rockschool but rock is an overall term for many genres and styles of music. It covers many styles such as pop, rock, metal, funk, fusion, blues, reggae, jazz and more.

Rockschool originates from the UK and is a recognised provider of music examinations. The qualifications awarded are accredited by Ofqual, for example.

The qualifications (Rockschool/RSL Awards) are recognised within the EU (according to the Bologna Process) and are mapped in the European Qualifications Framework.

The Rockschool music qualifications (RSL Awards) are designed for the modern musician. Your learning and practice to learn your musical instrument will be rewarded with a valuable qualification, regardless of your age or previous musical ability. The lessons and qualifications will guide you on your learning journey from beginner to professional (professional musician level) through your drumming studies. You decide for yourself how far your journey will lead you. The modern, structured and practical curriculum also makes it possible to tailor the lessons to you individually and to impart the necessary skills and knowledge in a focused way.


Learning and exercise units

*The amount and time given are approximate and not binding. Depending on which form of teaching you choose, how much time you spend practising and how great your commitment is, you can achieve the level learning objectives more quickly or more slowly. | RQF means Regulated Qualification Framework | EQF means European Qualification Framework.

The learning time needed to complete a level with an exam is approximately the number of lessons in lesson weeks. To get an idea of the duration of your drum training, you can divide the total amount of work by your weekly learning time. For the full training (Debut to Grade 8) you will need about 1450 hours in total.

If you already play drums, it is possible to start at a higher level. This can be discussed with you in advance. If you progress quickly in your learning, exams can also be taken with fewer lessons and practice units.

The curricula meet several requirements. They meet the standards and requirements necessary to obtain a corresponding (level/grade) certification. At the same time, the subject areas of the curriculum for music schools (VDM) are covered. After you have completed Level 8, you will have learned all the playing skills you need as a popular practice-oriented drummer. The playing level in level 8 corresponds to the entry level of a professional musician or the skills required for further academic study. 

The type of teaching changes progressively from pure instruction to coaching. Depending on how far you have progressed in your drum training. 

Drum Exams

Performance and certificate of completion

At the end of each level (grade) there is an exam. The exam consists of either 5 pieces of music (playalongs) to which you play the drums or a combination of the presentation of playing techniques and pieces of music. The exam pieces are chosen so that you can put into practice what you have learned and thus show your learning progress. In addition, it is much more fun to play to music than to present pure musical and playing technique material.

The exam consists of a video in which you play your 5 exam pieces or your combination of technique exercises and music pieces one after the other. It is as if you were giving a recital. 

Your exam will be marked by an official RSL Awards examiner according to standardised guidelines. The examiner will record a short video message for you, giving you feedback on your exam performance.

If you pass your exam, you will receive your official Rockschool Performance Certificate.

In addition, at the end of the level (Grade) you will receive your Certificate of Participation with learning content and details of the teaching units, the achievement level and the (RSL) credits*.

*official values are indicated.


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