drum lessons

The drum teacher who comes to you! (assuming you’re based in or around Cambridge).

A very much in-demand percussionist/drummer, Paul has played over a thousand gigs, in award-winning bands, touring the UK constantly and has recently returned from a tour of China as part of the prestigious Nanjing International Jazz and World Music Festival. He has appeared on over 30 albums (plus over 40 singles/EPs) and tracks he has played on have featured on Channel 4, BBC 6 Music, BBC Radio 5 and countless other stations worldwide.

He is also available for teaching work... whether you're a total beginner looking to take your first steps into the drumming world, or a regular player who just needs a few pointers, Paul can help. The sessions are relaxed, taught with patience and with the emphasis on you developing your own style; the focus is equally on confidence and creativity, as much as it is on the disciplines required to play a tight groove. Above all, much fun shall be had, which is very much the point of playing music in the first place, of course (Paul actively avoids teaching grades, instead encouraging creativity and building confidence).

Alongside the lessons, students are invited to perform live under Paul’s guidance; Paul organises 2 public gigs a year for his students, the perfect way to discover the joys of playing live publicly in a friendly, supportive environment with your very own backing band.


Lessons can be tailored towards playing with a full kit, or playing percussion (ideal for acoustic gigs and a great way to get build the rhythmic foundations). Once you're up and running, we can get you jamming to pre-recorded basslines to replicate a real-life rehearsal/gig situation. These lessons aren't just to teach you how to play drums, but how to play live; we'll work on composure, improvisation and confidence. If you really get the drumming bug (which you will), we'll also work on how to prepare you for studio recording sessions. 

DBS checked, clients include: Abbey College, Fitzwilliam College, Offord Primary School, Wheatfields School, Thorndown Primary, Sawston Village College, Oakington Primary, St Philip’s Primary, private drum workshops as far away as Derbyshire and many, many private students (children and adults).

Drop Paul an email for a chat (thepaulrichards@gmail.com) and we'll have you playing in no time.

Cambridge-based, but always willing to travel. Lessons available for all ages, discounts for bulk-bookings, gift certificates available.


Lessons - private (weekly/fortnightly): £25 for 45 minutes in your home / £30 in a studio

Crash course: be a drummer in a day! (4 hour intensive course): £130


”Paul taught both of my both boys 8 and 6 and they absolutely loved every minute of his class. He made it fun and they have learnt so much in a small amount of time. I would totally recommend Paul as a teacher. He has been amazing.” - Sarah, parent of student

"My 9 year old son has lessons with Paul, and he is loving them! He's progressing week on week and really looks forward to each lesson and the challenge it brings (and, I suspect, simply seeing Paul!). Paul balances encouragement and challenge perfectly - Milo works really hard every week. I'd definitely recommend Paul to any aspiring young drummers out there!" - Sara, parent of student

"I recently had the pleasure of undertaking a 4 hour intensive lesson with Paul which absolutely flew by. He is a superb teacher - really fun and confidence inspiring. You feel right at ease with him straight away and he has you drumming along to songs in no time!!! I had a brilliant time and was amazed at the progress I made in such a short time!!!" - Josie

"The effect you have on Tony with your teaching and kindness is unfathomable" - John, Head of Music at a Cambridge College.

"Thanks for being such a positive role model for the boys, they enjoy your lessons so much!" - Kim, parent of student.

"Paul is a great teacher and I look forward to my weekly lesson with him. Drumming is fun and Paul makes sure that learning to drum is also fun. Since starting to drum with Paul I have rapidly progressed to playing pieces I had thought would take ages to learn. Nice one, Paul. Highly recommended." - Jon

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