Gotthard Drum School has been founded by the legendary drummer Hena Habegger of the swiss hard-rock band "Gotthard", in Lugano, Switzerland. The goal of the school is to teach and promote the art of drumming through high quality one to one tuition and by organising workshops and masterclasses, to prepare the next generation of drummers for a professional or amateur career and to create a community where drummers can share ideas and meet new friends. At present time, the school has different branches opened on the swiss territory in Lugano-Pregassona, Ponte Tresa, Mendrisio and Winterthur.



    Founded by professional drummer Daniel Akaoui, Bmus (Hons), Gotthard Drum School London is the official Hena Habegger's GotthardDrumSchool branch in the UK. The school provides one to one tuition and group lessons.

    About Daniel:

    • Swiss drummer / percussionist based in London
    • Fluent Language: Italian & English
    • Enhanced DBS Check
    • Playing the drums since he was 12 years old 
    • Gigging and recording with bands from 15 years old
    • Initially a self-taught
    • Studied with great drummers/percussionists such as Romano Nardelli, Walter Calloni, Benny Greb, Gabor Dornyei, Claus Hessler, Darren Ashford, Chuck Sabo, Toby Goodman, Fergus Gerrand, Neil Martin, Justin Scott, Erick Stams
    • First class Honours Bachelor of Music in popular music performance from The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP)
    • Very active in the London’s music scene, gigging regularly with pop, rock and r’n’b artists and bands as well as cover gigs such as weddings, private events and corporate events
    • Full-time band member of the hard-rock band Leader of Down (link), Melantronic-Soul project Sunny Gray (link) and the party/wedding band 'Take Cover UK' (link)

    Performance highlights: ​

    Leader Of Down's "Cascade Into Chaos" Tour 2018/2019• Primo Maggio Festival Olbia (IT), Reckless Jacks' "Outsider" European Tour 2018 • Ronnie Scott's • BBC Radio Kent • London Live TV • Camden Assembly London • Bus Palladium in Paris​ • Supersonic in Paris • ”Fete de la Musique” in Neuchatel and Lausanne • “Palco Ai Giovani” music festival in Lugano.
    Gigged and recorded with the following artists/bands: ​
    Leader Of Down, Sunny Gray, Reckless Jacks, Take Cover UK, Viridiann, Cesare Augusto Giorgini, Capra Negra, 2 Tone Red, Matt & The Cookies, Mattia de Luca, Estèe Blu, Jazz Mino, Alia, Silence Is Chaos, Andrew's Tie, Hopeless Child, Evil on Hell, Re-Count, Beyond The Shape, Macabre Structure and many more.

    If you were looking for a place where you can learn to play drums and have fun, you got to the right place!! You can choose what you want to work on, if you are already playing, or an assesstment can be done at the first session in order to prepare a customised programme based on the list below, that will be adapted to the student's ambition and time schedule.


    Senior Course

    from age 16+

    Customised private drum tuition, feedback, Q&A.
    £35 per hour.

    Junior Course

    From age 6 to 15

    Customised private tuition, feedback, Q&A.
    £25 for 45 min.

    Taster Course

    Any age

    Perfect for anyone wanting a taste of drum lessons, at a discounted rate.
    £25 per hour.


    One to one lessons

    At Gotthard Drum School London we use the standard teaching contract by the MU (Musician Union), which you can read by clicking here. Contract will be printed by the teacher and given to the student at the first lesson.

    Video-recording of students

    Whenever the student wants to video-record a song, a declaration of consent will have to be signed in order to allow the school to use the material on the internet and social media. Click here to see the form

  • Videos

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    Styles: Rock, Nu-Metal

    One of the styles you can learn with us!

    Technique and coordination: The Stone Killer Revisited

    A great exercise to combine hand and foot technique with coordination and control.

    Groove studies: timing

    One of the main exercise to develop a great sense of time while playing a groove.

    Percussive drumming: shaker and clave

    A little exercise to start incorporating percussions while playing on the kit.

    Groove studies: Internal dynamics part 1

    Groove studies: Internal dynamics part 2

    Styles: Funk

    Soul Vaccination - Tower of Power (Drums David Garibaldi)

    Styles and sight reading

    Groove 71 - Groove Essentials 2.0 by Tommy Igoe

  • Testimonials

    Toby Goodman - Drummer, Percussionist, Educator

    "Daniel has proven himself to be a fine and committed drummer who is always learning and growing as a musician. It’s a pleasure to watch and help him progress.

    I am also aware that Daniel cares about passing knowledge on, so if you are looking for a Drum teacher who can teach in English and Italian!... He has a great temperament for teaching and is sure to deliver properly and inspire".

    Jim Lowe - Producer (Stereophonics)

    "Daniel is a great up and coming drummer, with good timing and a good feel!"​

    Lizzie Arnold - Sound engineer

    "I simply love working with Daniel, his creative input combined with solid technique and groove makes him my first drummer of choice!"​


    Gotthard Drum School London

    Unit 11, Crusader Industrial Estate, 167 Hermitage Road, N4 1LZ, London