Two music teachers are feeling upbeat after being given a masterclass in percussion tuition by Steve White, a drummer for the likes of Paul Weller, the Who and Oasis.
Marc Jackson and Tom Larthe de Langladure, both drum teachers at the Tyneside Yamaha Music School in Station Road, Whitley Bay, say they are looking forward to passing on top tips from White, 50, to their students.
Marc and Tom were among 20 teachers to attend a training day at Yamaha’s headquarters in Milton Keynes.
Tom said: “Steve was insightful, brilliant, friendly and knowledgeable. The day was truly a great experience, and I cannot wait to see him in clinic or in session again soon.
“His historical knowledge and teaching methods, as well as the material he put together, are all fantastic and left me feeling energised to practise and become a better player.”
Marc added: “The day was a very enjoyable experience, which was both inspiring and informative.’’
White, born in London but now based in Manchester, said: “It was great to meet Marc and Tom, who were so enthusiastic to consolidate and share their knowledge and skills.
“It’s going to be a great future for anyone learning drums at the Tyneside Yamaha Music School.”
Since turning professional at the age of 17, White has played with artists including the Style Council, Ian Dury and Deep Purple’s Jon Lord.
He is one of only four musicians to have played at both 1985’s Live Aid and 2005’s Live 8.
After completing their training, Marc and Tom were presented with signed certificates by White.
Yamaha Music Schools education manager Nigel Burrows added: “Having Steve on board is both a privilege and an honour.
“Not only is he an iconic drummer, but he is totally passionate about music education, and we share the same passion for inspiring and motivating students of all ages to improve their skills.
“The other benefit is that of helping our teachers broaden their own understanding and honing their skills to the highest level.
“We are all looking forward to further future collaboration.”