About Chris

Chris Morris is currently:
Founder and Instrumental Instructor at Dundee Drum Academy
Volunteer with Dramatic Need Rwanda
Drummer with Vanishing People
Drummer and Percussionist with Dundee Instrumental Band
Member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM)

Licentiate of Trinity College London (LTCL) Instrumental Teaching
Bachelor of Arts in Popular Music Performance from the University of Highlands & Islands (UHI)
Grade 8 (with Distinction) in Drum Kit from RSL Awards

Full Member of PVG Scotland Scheme (Protecting Vulnerable Groups)
Dundee Drum Academy has full business and public liability insurance.
Chris is Emergency First Aid and Mental Health First Aid trained.

In my own words:

Learning an instrument at school changed my life. Without those lessons at school I simply wouldn't be where I am today, in terms of my career and also my own personal life. This is the reason I'm now an instrumental teacher myself. I see music lessons as so much more than just learning to play something, and I try my best every day to make the process an experience that my students will remember for a long time. At Dundee Drum Academy, drum kit and tuned percussion lessons are part the experience, alongside regular concerts where pupils perform to a large but encouraging audience.

My passion for teaching led me to studying for a LTCL (Licentiate of Trinity College London) teaching diploma, which I completed in March 2017. This qualification is equivalent to the final year in an honours degree, and is the my latest qualification alongside my music degree and Grade 8 Distinction in Drum Kit. My biggest passion lies in music education, but of course I also have much experience of playing in bands in both a classical and modern music setting. 

As well as teaching drum kit, tuned percussion and even some djembe at Dundee Drum Academy, I also run regular African drumming groups where I work with individuals affected by mental illness and disabilities. I also occasionally run African drumming groups with children, which can be noisy but great fun! I have a huge interest in Africa and African music, and in 2012 I travelled to Rwanda to teach music at a rural school for three weeks. It was certainly an eye-opener and you can read about my experience in the blog section of this site.

I love teaching, and can't imagine my life without this at the centre of it. Students at Dundee Drum Academy come at all different ages and stages; I have someone who is just four years old (and performed at one of our recent concerts at the age of 3!) and I also have students who are retired. I have many students who hadn't even touched a pair of drum sticks before coming and I also have those who have passed Grade 8 exams and who are out playing in bands regularly. And I'm truly lucky to have had students stay with me for years, helping me to build what is now a very busy timetable.

If you are thinking of starting lessons please do get in touch and join in on all the fun!