Frequently Asked Questions

MDS Online Lessons

Q: When do MDS Online Lessons begin?

From 27th March to 30th April, till further notice.

As per the MOH advisory, My Drum School will suspend all physical classes but will continue to deliver quality drum education to our students via Online Lessons.

Q: What software do I need to prepare before lessons?

You will need to download Zoom – A video conferencing App on your mobile phone, tablet, or computer.

You will also need to download our MDS Room (Student App) by registering HERE.

Q: What is MDS Room?

MDS Room is a mobile application that can be downloaded on Android or IOS.

It is an initiative by My Drum School to enable students and parents to track your MDS lesson progress, recall your homework, and get updates on news and events.

Download MDS Room (Student App) by registering HERE.

Q: Is there a tutorial on how to set up my ZOOM?

We have created a guide for IOS/Andriod/Computer users. Please download the PDF Guide Here.

Q: Where can I find the Meeting ID and Password in the Zoom App?

The Meeting ID and Password will be pushed to the student via the MDS ROOM only at the start of the lesson when the educator opens a zoom session.

Q: What happens if I do not have a drum set at home?

We have an Online Syllabus Package designed specially for our MDS students in such situations. All you need is a practice pad, or just grab a pillow!

Handouts can be downloaded from MDS Room.

Q: Is there a hotline for technical support?

Please call 8799 9779 (during weekdays 9-5pm) and we will assist you in setting up your video call.

Q: Is it possible to learn online without a drum set?

Short-term = Yes and Long-term = No.

Our curriculum team has come up with over 12 modules of new content specifically for this online course which will be all bonus material for you!

Even without the drum set, we believe there’s a lot of learning that can be done, if not more in some aspects.

However, we understand the limitations and will have to work around it during this difficult season.

It’s really a time where we can focus on developing other aspects of playing, rather than neglecting it for this period and getting rusty.

COVID-19

Q: What are the precautionary measures implemented at MDS?

1 There will be compulsory temperature screening implemented at all centres. Students are required to take their temperatures, and their readings will be recorded at every lesson into our Database for tracking. Students who are having a fever will not be allowed to enter and their lessons will be postponed.

2 Students are required to bring their own personal drumsticks. Our educators will be using their personal drumsticks as well to minimize sharing.

3 Every 3 hours, our premises will be disinfected, especially for touch-points like all door handles, drum thrones, IPads, Main Glass, Door release buttons, noticeboard… etc. We will be cleaning using Clorox Scentiva Disinfecting Wipes.

4 Our educators will be recording our temperatures twice daily. All our staff members have also made travel declarations and we are constantly monitoring those who are unwell.

5 All group classes will be split into individual classes. School recitals have also been postponed until further notice.

For more information, watch this video.

Q: Will I be sent back from MDS if I have a high fever?

If the student’s temperature is above 38 degress, we will do a follow-up test again 5 minutes later to confirm. If the fever still persist, the student’s lesson will be postponed and the student will be sent back. The Educator will keep track of the students’ health in the following days to come.

However, if the student wants to postpone a lesson due to a last minute fever (<48 hours notice), then we will need a Medical Certificate for verification. Upon producing the MC, the lesson will be postponed.

Q: Must I wear a mask?

You do not need to wear a mask if you are well. In fact, if you are unwell, you should postpone your lesson in advanced.

Q: Can I postpone my lessons indefinitely until the virus subside?

We will not be able to postpone your lessons indefinitely. We seek your understanding that operations still need to carry on as usual.

We will do our best to ensure that MDS is a safe environment for our Educators and Students to have lessons comfortably.

Q: What happens if I decide not to come for lessons? How do I go about seeking a refund?

Unfortunately, if you do not turn up for lessons, we will need to forfeit the lesson. If there are no more outstanding lessons to forfeit, your class slot will be terminated. Student Deposits will not be refunded, and all outstanding make-up lessons will be forfeited.

Please speak to our Educators to discuss your situations and let us work something together with you.

School Enquiry

Q: Where is My Drum School located?

We have 4 centres in Singapore; Potong Pasir (Central), Ang Mo Kio (North), Katong (East), and Buona Vista (West).

The Potong Pasir Centre is at The Poiz Centre, 51 Upper Serangoon Road, #03-06.
The Ang Mo Kio Centre is at Jubilee Square, 61 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 8, #02-04.
The Katong Centre is at Katong Shopping Centre, 865 Mountbatten Road, #06-21.
The Buona Vista Centre is at Rochester Mall, 35 Rochester Drive, #03-19.

Click HERE for more directions to our centres.

Email us for further information or contact our office at (65) 8799 9779.

Q: What are the operating hours of the school?

We are open from 10.00am to 10.00pm Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 10.00pm on Saturdays, and 9.00am to 5.00pm on Sundays.
We are closed on MDS and Public Holidays.

Q: Does your school offer drum certifications?

We are in partnership with Rockschool drum examinations. RSL was founded on an ethos to provide innovative, contemporary qualifications for music and the arts. In 1991 – Rockschool transformed music education by introducing graded qualification for contemporary musicians.

Click Here to go to our Rockschool Examinations Page.

Enrolment Enquiry

Q: How do I apply or enrol in a programme at MDS?

Please read our Admission Information.

Here are the steps to register with us:

Step 1) Fill our online form here.

Step 2) After submitting the form, we will reply you in two working days.

Step 3) The Customer Relations Manager will arrange a time and day for your lessons.

Step 4) Upon confirmation, an email will be sent to you. Information like fees, materials needed, make-up procedures, school address, will be included in the email.

Step 5) Based on availability, the drum class should commence within a week.

Q: How long is one session of drum class?

Each individual session lasts for either 30 minutes or 45 minutes. Group sessions lasts for 60 minutes.

For Preschool Course and Junior Courses, one parent may be allowed to sit-in for the first 10 minutes of the first few sessions to allow the child to settle down. Sessions for Junior Courses may be shorter depending on the attention of the child.

Please also see our Fee Structure.

Q: How long does it take to complete a drum programme?

Each programme consists of a few levels.

The duration for each level varies from 32 to 48 weeks (about 8 to 12 months).

Q: I have some drumming experience, which level do I begin?

As a rough guide, if you cannot read music notations like 8th notes, 16th notes, triplets, measures & bars, rests, tied notes…etc then you should start off at Beginner Level 1 just to work on the reading part. You will go faster than the usual pace, as you already know how to play.

If you can read those notations, we will access you on your first lesson to see where we can fit you into our programme. We have 5 different levels at My Drum School. You can see the MDS Journey here.

Q: Can missed lessons be make-up?

We generally do not allow our students to postpone their individual lessons unnecessarily.

To book a make-up class for missed lesson, 5 guidelines follow:
(i) Notification must be done at least 48 hours in advance.
(ii) Make-up slots are subjected to availability during working hours.
(iii) Students are only entitled to make-up for the lesson within the next week of missed lesson.
(iv) Scheduling a make-up 1 week in advance is possible and encouraged.
(v) Students with circumstantial reasons like hospitalization, bereavement, reservists, or major examinations, will not be required to make-up classes for a maximum of 2 weeks.

There will be no make-up for group lessons. Group lessons will still carry on in spite of the absence of a student.

If a drum student has travel plans or has to skip a number of lessons (e.g 4 lessons), we would have to release the slot and terminate the enrolment, and the student will have to re-register.  Either that, or the student can make an advanced payment for the lessons and make up afterwards.

Payment Enquiry

Q: How much do I have to pay on the first session?

The following payment has to be made on the 1st session:

1) $50 Registration Fees (Non-refundable)
2) $60 Student Deposit 
(Fully-refundable upon one month advanced notice of withdrawal from individual class)
3) Course Fees for the first month of lessons (pro-rated)

The following materials are compulsory and can be purchased through MDS:
a) A pair of customized MDS drum sticks ($12 per pair)
b) A drum practice pad ($40)

Q: How much does it cost to enrol in a programme?

We offer individual and group classes of two. The fees of our programmes range from S$170 to S$315 depending on the duration of each session. Each payment entitles the student to 4-5 sessions depending on whether the month has 4 or 5 weeks.
Further information about our fees is available here.

Payment is to be made through PayNow or NETS on the first session.

Q: What mode of payment do you accept?

We do provide NETS facility at all our 4 locations. We also accept online payment via PayNow

Q: Are there extra charges for late payment of monthly fees?

Late Payment

1)      Fees are to be paid by the 7th of the new month. For instance, if you are settling January 2020 fees, please pay by 7th January 2020.
2)       An imposed Admin Fee of $10 for fees received more than 14 days from due month
3)       An imposed Admin Fee of $20 for fees received more than 30 days from due month

Course Enquiry

Q: Should I choose 30 minutes or 45 minutes?

Generally, 30 minutes are for the younger students enrolled in our Preschool Programme or Junior Programme and usually for those who are on a budget.

A 45-minute class would mean more hands-on time and less hurry.
Most adults choose to have 45 minutes for their lessons.

Q: I have no music background, can I still learn drums?

No worries about the musical background.

In fact most of our new students begin with no music background. With our customized syllabus, you will be learning all the fundamentals in no time.

Q: How often are the drum courses conducted?

Students will be scheduled weekly sessions in order to facilitate effective learning at MDS. We also offer group classes for students at Beginner and Intermediate Courses.

We do have students who come for a series of intensive sessions given their limited schedule. Do visit our Holiday Programme and we will work something out with you. Such cases involved: Holiday visit to Singapore, Summer Vacation, Waiting to be enlisted, Waiting for results.

Please see our Programmes at MDS for more information on the courses we are offering.

Q: How do I know if I can play the drums?

Learning how to play the drums is actually much easier than most people believe. In fact, if you can count to four – you have what it takes to play a simple rock groove. It is about being able to coordinate and multi-task well.

Can you swim? Can you drive? Can you type quickly? You can drum!

Moreover, drumming is one of the easiest instruments to learn when it comes to reading music notations. Don’t be afraid of the theory part! It is our job to ensure that you understand and master them well.

Q: Is it too difficult for my child of 6 years old to learn drumming?

Most often it is easier to teach the children than teenagers, though some believe that children do not learn music as easily and that you need to spend much time to teach them. In fact, this is our problem as teachers if we are not able to communicate with them and understand their world.

At MDS, we have vast experience in dealing with young children through our programmes with Pat’s Schoolhouse. Our Junior Courses are designed to bring fun and fundamentals to the children, educating them how to count beats, understand rhythm, keep time and get tuned in to playing basic drum beats.

Q: Am I too "old" to learn drumming?

The truth is, the older we are, the more mature we get. We should be able to understand math better than a child. We should be able to analyse better, innovate better and be more disciplined when it comes to practising!

However, the reason why children tend to be better at drumming is because they have time to practise, and they love it!

That’s the main question to ask. Are you too “old” to find time to practise? At MDS, we have enrolled students that are in their 70s and they are progressing well from level to level. Even James Pang, our Founder, started drumming at a late age of 17 years old!

So fret not. Get started today!

Drum Set Enquiry

Q: Do I have to purchase a drum set in order to learn?

Having a drum set would be beneficial for practising. However, we generally do not encourage our junior and beginner students to purchase drum sets until they are able to control and develop proper sticking techniques.

At MDS, we educate our students to practise effectively even without a drum set. Techniques like coordination, sticking, tempo, rhythm control, grooves, rudiments do not require a drum set at all. The student is only required to purchase a pair of drumsticks and a practice pad.

Q: I want to purchase a drum set. Do you sell drums? Any discounts?

No, we do not sell drums

Rockschool Enquiries

Q: When is the first intake of Rockschool candidates from MDS?

Tour B 2020 (15 June –30 July 2020)

Q: How many sessions of Rockschool exams are there in a year?

3 Tours annually: Tour A in March, Tour B in June/.July , and Tour C Nov/Dec

Q: Where is the exam held?

Rockschool Exam Centre –Old Airport Road

Q: What are the costs for Rockschool exams?

Premiere $150
Debut $165
Grade 1 $190
Grade 2 $225
Grade 3 $250
Grade 4 $270
Grade 5 $295
Grade 6 $340
Grade 7 $370
Grade 8 $410

Q: Can I go through the exam components but not take the exam?

You are highly encouraged to clear the exam itself since the student has already put so much effort practicing for the exam. Coming out of the experience with a certificate will give students a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment.

Q: Is there a Rockschool Diploma? What is the criteria?

Yes, they have a range of professional diploma pathways that you can specialisein, you can read up more on the following website: https://cloud.rslawards.com/diplomas

Other Enquiries

Q: Why can't I just learn drumming by reading materials myself?

Receiving lessons is a great way to boost your learning. Having a professional to be able to examine your bad habits, and point out your mistakes is something you cannot get from videos and online web sites.

The first attempt at a new skill is most important because you are forging a new pathway. Every time you let yourself practise something incorrectly, you are getting better at practising it incorrectly. Start your journey with MDS today.

Q: Is it true that drumming is therapeutic?

Yes. Drumming is therapeutic and is an expressive outlet that coordinates the physical, mental, emotional (and spiritual) aspects of a person. Researches have shown that drumming reduces stress, frustration, anxiety, and worry. Hitting a drum keeps us in the present moment, thereby eliminating anxiety about the future and worry about the past.

At MDS, our Beginner Courses are a good platform to help you get started on this journey. This course develops your understanding of essential drumming concepts and builds the foundations of excellence in your drum playing.

Learn drumming the right way!

Q: Does MDS offer other corporate services?

We are proud to say that we do cater programmes for organisations as well.

We have conducted group sessions with top companies like Colgate Singapore, Accor Services, Cerebos, etc. We organise team building, management bonding sessions, recording, jamming and other group activities all in the name of fun.
Check out our Corporate Programme here.

Email us for further information or contact our office at (65) 8799 9779.

Career Options

Q: What positions do you offer at My Drum School?

We are actively hiring Part-Time and Full-Time Drum Educators with a passion to teach at our faculty.

From flexible schedules to fully-detailed lesson-plan approach to innovative programmes and perks, we do everything we can to make sure Educators not only have great jobs, but also lasting experiences.

We also have other positions available at Headquarters. Do contact our office at (65) 8799 9779 to check for available positions.

You can also apply for a job HERE.

Q: How do I apply for a position at My Drum School?

You can fill up our online form HERE.

Alternatively, you can contact our office at (65) 8799 9779.

Q: How is the work culture at My Drum School?

We are glad you asked!

Check out our CULTURE BOOK.

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