Teaching Philosophy

CODA is dedicated to providing students with the facility to prepare for the journey of becoming a professional musician. CODA’s student centred teaching gives students the opportunity to pursue the development of their acquired skills (through hard work and diligent practice) and apply these to any style of music they wish to play.
The focus is on the student developing solid foundation in the key skills required for playing the drums. These being:


In addition it is not unusual for a student to experience an increase in cognitive processing, including heightened concentration, when learning to play a musical instrument.

Face to Face and online lessons available

About Colin Owen

A professional drummer for over 25 years, who is passionate about music! playing, recording and teaching. He has enjoyed considerable success in a range of musical ventures and styles in Europe and Latin America.

His formal education in drumming developed from private studies over 12 years, with Britain’s foremost drum teacher and educator Dave Hassell.
He has also studied with one of Latin Americas top drummer/percussionists Wilson Viveros and top session player Steve Washington.

He thrives on sharing his musical knowledge by teaching for the past 20 years at his studio in Northop to students from different age groups. Not only local students but also to students from further afield.

He has built an excellent reputation to extend that ‘professionals’ are looking for his teaching to improve their techniques. He has also produced excellent students who have successfully continued their music careers.

Colin is currently collaborating with Gary Roberts on his Spinout and In The Crowd projects.

In addition, Colin holds the position as resident Drum/percussion teacher at Ruthin School.




All CODADRUM teaching is conducted in a fully sound proof, custom designed studio. It is equipped with professional instruments of the highest calibre.

There is a full monitoring system for the purpose of playing along with backing tracks and analysing music. This incorporates the facility to slow down sounds allowing the student to perfect their technique whilst playing along to music. In addition, our state of the art computer system allows constant monitoring of student progression.

Additionally, for online lessons, high definition cameras and studio quality microphones are employed to provide the very best video and audio quality available – along with ahigh speed internet connection to ensure lesson stability.

Drum / Percussion Tuition

Drum and percussion tuition is given by Colin Owen of CODA. Rates for lessons on a continuous study basis (subject to terms & conditions) are as follows:

4 x 30 minutes lessons      £50

10 x 1 hour lessons           £200

Individual one-off lessons are available at the following rates:

1 x 30 minutes lesson      £20

1 x 1 hour lesson             £40

All lessons are on a one to one student to teacher base and are tailored to the requirements of the individual.

To arrange lessons, please contact Colin on 07722 501661 or fill in the contact form on the right

Get in touch

    07722 501661


    Colin’s teaching and knowledge of drumming and percussion is based on a lifetime of experience and enthusiasm. Colin’s passion for drumming and percussion is unabated and evident in every lesson. In the CODA teaching studio there is always a new and exciting development, groove or innovation to drive students forward. His teaching approach is to provide students with transferable skills. These allow students to develop into working musicians, able to independently contribute to their own musical projects whether these are based in blues, Latin, rock, funk, Jazz or the latest hybrid fusion. The method used involves breaking down potentially complex skills into constituent elements and slowly bringing the student to speed with technical insights essential for the working musician. These are skills that last a lifetime. All drummers, at whatever level, can benefit from Colin’s input and analysis.

    Keith Walker Former Student, Degree Validator, Supervisor and Lecturer.

    Colin is a true drum enthusiast and this comes across in his teaching. He’s quick to analyse your strengths and areas for development and tailors the lessons to make YOU a better player, whatever your ability. He improved my whole approach to the drums, technique and musicality. Thanks Colin

    Carl Wynn Former student, Drummer and Teacher Trainer.

    I have worked with many world class drummers over the past 20 years; when it comes to understanding what is needed to make a song work Colin is the real deal. When I need a drum track he is my first port of call.

    Gary Roberts Abbot Musician and Songwriter.

    Colin Owen, has taught at ADC Drums Liverpool on many occasions. Colin was always polite, punctual and a popular teacher.

    Julian Marsden (Head Drum Teacher ADC Drums, Liverpool).

    I have known Colin for some time and he has been most helpful with the music on my films and TV projects. He is unbelievably energetic and puts his utmost into the music.
    “He’s a really great guy and tremendous to work with”
    Richard Wawman

    Richard Wawman Film producer/Director/Writer and Cinematographer.

    After two years of lessons with a local music institute I did not feel the individual touch to keep me motivated, At this point I decided to try Colin’s facility. It was the best move I ever made; his studio is perfect and his understanding and teaching skills are second to none!

    If you want to go all the way; Colin will take you. He helped me to understand the instrument. It was not easy, but with practise and a lot of hard work I began to notice a tremendous improvement in both my listening and playing skills. I now play in a band and thanks to Colin I am keeping up with the theory of music as well as the drumming.

    Andreas Brunzel Student.