simon daruvala music teacher

Simon Daruvala

Music Teacher

Instrument Taught - Drums


Simon is an enthusiastic and highly experienced drummer and drum tutor based in Newbury. At the age of 26, he already has over 17 years of experience behind the kit, and has previously taught music to over 300 school children per week.

Simon has taken part in various European tours and festivals, supported Toploader and Republica in prestigious london venues, and currently performs with multiple bands at around 50 private function events per year.

His personal achievements include a BA (Hons) Degree in Professional Music Performance, and a Distinction in his Grade 8 Rockschool Drum Exam.

Among his inspirations from the drumming world are Adam Deitch from Lettuce and Aron Mellergardh from Dirty Loops. While, alongside Lettuce and Dirty Loops, some of Simon's favourite bands include Earth Wind + Fire, The Wombats, Bloc Party, 30 Seconds to Mars and Bring Me The Horizon.

Qualifications & Experience

- BA (Hons) Degree - Professional Music Performance

- Distinction Grade 8 - Rockschool Drum Exam

- Live performance experience at prestigious venues and private functions

- Over 17 years' experience

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My Students Say...

Drumming has really helped my daughter as an outlet for her stresses and anxieties, and has really boosted her confidence. Simon is so patient and encouraging with all ages and abilities whether in person or on zoom. He is such a great teacher and I would recommend him to anyone and everyone. - Phil, Parent

You were incredibly professional and, whilst eavesdropping on the lesson, I could hear how much you enjoyed teaching - you are a natural. My husband really enjoyed the session and we'll definitely be in touch to book some more lessons. Thanks for making my husband feel like a teenager again! - Katie, Client


Book Lessons

Drum lessons are available as either face-to-face or online lessons.

If you have any questions about signing up for music lessons, feel free to contact Hogan Music on 01635 496 57 or email tuition@hoganacademy.co.uk who can help to answer any queries you might have.

Free Try-Out Sessions

Fancy having a go on the drums? We offer free try-out sessions of 20-30 mins with our excellent tutors, so you can get a feel for what a full lesson would be like. You can also borrow an instrument from us if you don't have your own.