As Dye House Drum Works celebrates 10 years housed at Quad Studios in Leicester, Lee Boyd Allatson – approaching his own 50th year – reflects on this impressive milestone in delivering 25,000 lessons within the field of drum set education.
“I can’t quite believe it myself! It was the various anniversaries which brought my mind to totting up how many total lessons this made and the number was a real shock! I’m very lucky to have discovered an area of the arts which resonates for me and, particularly since moving my teaching operation to Quad, I’ve fallen in love with the instrument again. I’m practising and developing my own skills in playing, as well as researching and taking on cross platform collaborations in the wider arts community. I’ve been workshopping and lecturing in universities across the UK, which has been very inspiring in being able to delve deeper into more specialist areas and topics. All of this ultimately feeds back through the one-to-one teaching, keeping me fresh and excited about music.”
Lee Allatson teaches one-to-one drum set lessons at Dye House Drum Works, Leicester. Monday to Thursday, 4pm – 8pm. Call Lee on 07976 16 16 26 to book.
Welcome to the Dye House Drum Works – thank you for visiting our website!
Our Leicester drum school opened its doors in October 2009 and since then has been providing drum lessons and drum equipment to many local players. Drum lessons for children and drum tuition for beginners, right through to advanced drumming and preparation for further and higher contemporary music education.
There are many great services provided by Dye House Drum Works drum school: one-to-one drum lessons, clinics & masterclasses; we also have our own drum shop and a YouTube channel hosting a whole bunch of great tuition videos. Have a browse around the website and leave a comment, or drop us a line with any questions or queries. There’s always something new going on, so please visit here often!
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Dye House Drum Works – Music Workshops and Lectures.
Dye House Drum Works has been working closely with Leicester College, helping students gain entry to higher level education and pro/semi-pro careers in music. As part of this relationship, I was recently invited to host two lectures as a guest speaker at the college’s Abbey Park campus for students enrolled on the Performing Musician and Music Technology courses.
Lee Allatson’s Musicianship and Musicality workshop at Leicester College, 2015
Dye House Drum Works’ Lee Allatson supplies the percussive force behind the One Voice For Care charity choir event at De Montfort Hall, Leicester.
I was delighted this year to be asked to play for the One Voice For Care charity event at De Montfort Hall in Leicester by the Leicester City Male Voice Choir’s musical director, Edgars Cuzinskis. The night was held to raise money for the LOROS, Hope Against Cancer and Rainbows Hospice charities and featured The Fron Male Voice Choir, The Military Wives Choir and the Leicester City Male Voice Choir – augmented with members of several other county-wide men’s choirs.
Along with the opportunity to play an interesting mix of hit show tunes, pop ballad arrangements and more traditional hymnal choral items, the event provided an excellent vehicle by which to say Thank You, once again, to the LOROS Hospice, who provided such incredible care for my mum earlier this year. [*Update: this event raised £9,600!]
Setting up for the ‘One Voice For Care’ event at De Montfort Hall, Leicester. October 2015.
Find a selection of tuition videos based around the Rockschool syllabus; there’s also lots of content relevent to non-exam study players too, so please do have a browse! There is a playlist of short videos documenting Lee Allatson’s recent appearance at Leicester’s Drum Jam event, aimed at helping you get the most from your practice time:
YouTube.com is a fantastic medium to communicate these ideas for learning, and equally fascinating for me to learn just how far around the world our viewers come from. Just this month we’ve enjoyed visits from the UK, USA, New Zealand, India, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Spain, Russia, Jordan and Brunei!
Visit our YouTube channel for drum lessons by our resident drum teachers:
Learn rock and pop drumming; learn to play jazz drums; learn to play funk and latin drums; learn to play rudiments… It’s all here – and more – at Leicester’s Dye House Drum Works drum school!
Dye House Drum Works: a Rockschool exam centre in Leicester.
I’ve been teaching the Rockschool syllabuses pretty much since they started out, on a machine cassette-based audio format (true!). Since then, they have displayed a keen ambition in developing constantly relevant content and garner ever wider international recognition for their qualifications. Many of my students have benefited greatly from the structured learning these grade packs bring and indeed, have secured places on some of the country’s best contemporary music further and higher education courses with the aid of performance skills or UCAS points gained from pursuing them.
Dye House Drum Works is a registered Rockschool Public Examinations Centre and runs open exam days throughout the year. See the Rockschool website for details.
Advice for drummers: what is the role of the drummer?
An important and fundamental question we should pose ourselves as drummers – especially if taking early steps in playing drums – is ‘what is the role of the drummer?’ This is actually quite a difficult one to pin down as answers can be subjective and at least partly reliant on genre & context, but common responses might be: to keep time; to hold the band together or to create a rhythmic framework; to structure dynamics or perhaps to signal changes within the music. To whittle the focus of our art down to one catch-all phrase could be to deliver a great injustice to the history and players of our instrument. The role of the drummer – even in the simplest of conditions – is all these things, and so much more. Continue reading →