Our Teachers

GABOR DORNYEI
PGCert, FHEA

Head Teacher, Founder, Owner

  • Father
  • Drummer with 4 times Grammy Nominated American Jazz Guitarist Stanley Jordan & tHUNder Duo.
  • Completed the 3 years long MJ Thriller Live West End Show World Tour 
  • 24 years experience in private drum tuition
  • Recording Session Artist with over 60 CD & DVDs to his name, incl. Gold and Platinum Albums
  • Held packed drum masterclasses all around the world, incl. USC & LAMA (Los Angeles, CA) ICMP, TECH, BIMM, DRUMSENSE, ACM in the UK, Berlin Drumtrainer, Hamburg School of Music, Frankfurt Music Academy, Adams Drumworld in The Netherlands, Great Wall Music-China
  • Performed at Glastonbury Festival, Sziget Festival, London Jazz Festival and toured the USA, Europe, UK, Asia, Africa & Scandinavia
  • Recording Artist for DRUMEO (Vancouver, Canada) DRUMCHANNEL (Los Angeles, California) & HUDSON Music (NYC)
  • Interview features & columns in Modern Drummer Magazine (USA) Rhythm Magazine, Drummer Magazine (UK) Sticks, Drums&Percussion, DrumHeads (GER) DrumClub (ITA) Batterie (FRA) Perkusysta & Top Drummer (PL) Slagwerkkrant (NED)  
  • Author of Detroit Institute of Music Education’s (DIME) drum curriculum USA/UK
  • Head of Drums DIME-ONLINE (2014-2018)
  • Faculty at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP-LONDON) since 2012
  • Visiting Professor at the Swiss Music Academy since 2011 
  • Head of Drum Department at Juliard Academy, Cosenza, Italy
  • Owner&Founder at Gabbey Road Private Drum Studio, London
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education from University of East London (UEL) PGCert
  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy FHEA
  • Childcare Training
  • Prevent Duty Training
  • Safeguarding Training
  • CRB & DBS Checked
  • British Citizen
  • Global Endorser of Pearl Drums (Japan), Zildjian Cymbals (USA), Remo DrumHeads (USA), Vic Firth Drumsticks (USA) Tycoon Percussion (Thailand/USA) Roland V-Drums (Japan) Hardcase (UK) SkyGel Damper Pads (Germany)

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MARK HOWARTH
Teacher

Mark Howarth is a Gabor Dornyei approved drum teacher, and a seasoned performer who has gained experience on the drum kit and percussion across a vast range of musical styles and genres. He holds a first class honours degree in Popular Music Performance, and a masters degree from The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in London. During his masters degree, Mark was Gabor Dornyei’s private pupil for the duration of his studies.

Mark has had constant involvement with music, playing in a wide array of bands including swing bands, jazz combos, wind bands, pop bands, rock bands, covers bands, percussion ensembles and samba street bands. He has toured Europe on several occasions. Mark is also a former visiting faculty member and tutor at the Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory in Nepal.

Mark also has experience in the studio, recording kit parts and percussion parts for multiple groups. He has recorded in studios all over the UK and has recorded with Tony Platt who produced ‘Back in Black’ by AC/DC and Phil Townrow who has worked with Rage Against the Machine. He also holds experience as a drum technician and has fulfilled this role for Ian Matthews (Kasabian) on two occasions.