I have been teaching Percussion, African Drumming, Rhythm Structure, Interactive Music-Making, Native American Songs and Drumming, Samba and Musical Storytelling since 2001.
I am a Certfied Drum Circle Facilitator with Village Music Circles (Demonstrating an excellence in Facilitation Skills and Musicality) and have been studying West African Rhythms and Seneca Gathering Songs for 15 years.
My teaching experience includes curriculum based music practice and I teach music to children in EYFS, Primary, Secondary, Further Education and Special Needs settings.
I regularly provide workshops for all ages and abilities, including children with severe learning difficulties.
What I / we help young people achieve
Through my lessons and workshops I help children and young people achieve progressive learning in specific skills, and understanding of teamwork and group learning, as well a sense of wellbeing and confidence in music and working together.
I am happy to provide testimonials (and/or references) relating to my individual workshops, short and long-term projects and ongoing tuition.
Opportunities for children & young people
- To learn to play an instrument and / or develop skills on an instrument
- To create / write music and / or lyrics
- To play, perform music with others
- To learn things about oneself , other subjects or life-skills through musical activity
- To work with and support other young musicians
- To develop their wellbeing
- Term Time
- After School
- School Holidays
- Project based
- Drop in
Working with special needs
I provide small and large group sessions in drumming, movement and song, for all ages and abilities. I am able to adapt each session to suit the ability range of the group.
- Drums / percussion
- Singing / Voice
- Curriculum Music (Primary)
- Curriculum Music (Secondary)
- 4 and under
Musical Clusters Covered
- B-on-A / Corsham
- Calne & Melksham
- Trowbridge (CSL)
- Salisbury / Wilton
- Marlborough & Pewsey
- Malmesbury / WB / Purton
- Mere & Tisbury
“Alex has had a long lasting partnership, of over 12 years, with our school; weaving drumming, rhythm, story telling and more into every visit.
The sessions are thoroughly engaging, all inclusive and inspire even the most reluctant of musicians to create great rhythms and let go of inhibitions.
Alex has also skilfully coaxed over 100 adults into achieving musical excellence with buckets of good humour and great patience!!
I never hesitate to recommend his workshops to other schools and any age group!
Uplifting; Life-affirming; Genius!”
– Shelley Irvine, Preshute Primary School –
“We sometimes do not know how to play together, how to work together, how to
listen to each other, how to support each other and how to have fun and
You have made us realise what an enormous creative potential we all have.
Not for a moment were you fazed by our insecurities and inabilities but you
gave every one of us the confidence to join in and make music together. I
do not know how you did it, but you even managed to get me singing!
You have brought more to us than drums and music. You have brought
yourself and your enthusiasm to make something fantastic out of what is
available. I think you have brought this idea to us: to be ourselves and to
make something fantastic out of what we have. “
– Liane Worm – Regional Family Coordinator for Brainwave
St. Luke’s is a special school for students aged 11 – 16 with emotional and behavioural difficulties. Our pupils have challenging behaviour, and many find social interaction difficult. Alex Miles, from Kaya Drums, came into the school to work with groups across the age and ability range. Despite their initial reservations our students showed a very positive response to their approach, and were drawn in and engaged in team-building sessions, where they worked together and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Some of the students opted for further sessions to create a performance piece, and through the supportive and friendly tuition they endeavoured over the weeks to produce an excellent performance for our parents and governors.
All of our students gained from the experience, through building their self-esteem, co-operating with others and learning to listen and respond in harmony. Alex was always supportive and sensitive to the needs of our students, and gave them a learning experience that we could not offer. I would very much welcome further opportunities to work with him.
Jinna Male, Headteacher
My Training & Development
I regularly meet with peers to discuss approaches to work and teaching.
I attend annual training courses in specific instrument teaching and general facilitation. I am in contact with several professional teachers and trainers and receive updates and advice on a regular basis.