• COVID-19 Response

    Update - 05/11/20*Lessons are currently taking place online, following the latest government guidance* To reduce the risk of transmission, instruments, drum stools, door handles, and other frequently touched surfaces will be wiped down before and after each lesson. Your tutor will also be wearing a face covering throughout the lesson. In addition to these precautions, you must consider the following when coming into the school:


    Do not come to your lesson if you (or someone you have been in contact with) are showing symptoms

    The main symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are:

    • A high temperature of more than 37.5 – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back 
    • A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)

    • A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal


    All students must wear a face covering throughout the lesson


    Wash your hands before and after the lesson

    Hand sanitiser and bathrooms are available on site


    Bring your own drum sticks


    Avoid public transport when travelling to and from the lesson, if possible


    Use electronic payment instead of cash payment, if possible

    You can pay for your lessons by card at the school or via bank transfer



    Directed by professional drummer Daniel Akaoui, Gotthard Drum School London is the official UK branch of Hena Habegger's Gotthard Drum School. Located in the North London borough of Haringey, the school provides one-to-one tuition in person or online.


    Students can expect to receive a comprehensive musical education, and will have the option to work towards graded music exams with Rock School or Trinity. We also offer the unique opportunity for you to play and video-record your favourite songs using the backing tracks in our catalogue - Full list available here.


    Topics that you can expect to study with us include:

    • Hand and foot technique
    • Coordination and independence studies
    • Timing, internal dynamics, feel and touch
    • Phrasing
    • Sight-reading studies
    • Music theory
    • Styles such as Rock, Pop, Blues, R&B, Heavy Metal, Nu-Metal, Funk, and Hip-Hop


    Hena Habegger's Gotthard Drum School SWITZERLAND


    Gotthard Drum School was originally founded in Lugano, Switzerland by the legendary drummer Hena Habegger of the Swiss hard-rock band Gotthard. Promoting the art of drumming through high quality one-to-one tuition alongside group workshops and masterclasses, the school aims 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, the school has several branches across the Swiss territory in Lugano-Pregassona, Ponte Tresa, Mendrisio and Winterthur. For more information please visit: gottharddrumschool.com


    Daniel Akaoui

    Director & Drum Tutor

    Daniel is a Swiss drummer and educator based in London, with a passion for sharing his knowledge and love of music and the drums. In 2017, he graduated with first class honours from the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance. He has studied with internationally-acclaimed drummers such as Kaz Rodriguez, Benny Greb, Gabor Dornyei, Claus Hessler, Darren Ashford, Chuck Sabo, Toby Goodman, Fergus Gerrand, Neil Martin, Justin Scott, Erick Stams, Alex Marchisone, Walter Calloni and Romano Nardelli.


    Daniel plays for the up-and-coming Italian artist DEIV. He is also a member of the hard-rock band Leader of Down, founded by ex-Motörhead guitarist Würzel. Daniel is active as a songwriter through his involvement in fusion-rock band HORGA and is the musical director of Take Cover UK function band.


    He has performed at well-known venues and festivals across Europe, including Ronnie Scott’s, Camden Assembly London, Bus Palladium (Paris), Supersonic (Paris), Primo Maggio Festival Olbia (Italy), Lemmy Kilmister’s Memorial (Berlin), The Globe (Cardiff), and The Garage (Glasgow).


    Daniel holds an enhanced DBS certificate and is fluent in both English and Italian.


    Terms & conditions apply.

    Senior Course


    Customised private drum tuition, feedback, Q&A.


    Taster Course


    Perfect for anyone wanting a taste of drum lessons, at a discounted rate.



    Contract for Lessons

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


    Video-recording of Students

    Whenever a 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.



    For more videos from Gotthard Drum School click here.

    Styles: Funk

    One of the styles you can learn with me!

    Styles: Rock

    One of the styles you can learn with me!

    Styles: Contemporary rock and metal grooves

    One of the styles you can learn with me!

    Chart Sight Reading example

    Groove 71 from Groove Essentials 2.0 by Tommy Igoe


    John - Student

    "What do you do when you retire? Learn to play the drums I said. You will not get a more knowledgeable, teacher than Daniel. He has enormous patience especially with someone like myself who is never going to be the next Buddy Rich but that doesn’t matter, I enjoy the lessons although it’s a bit early to book the O2 for my first gig. If you want to really learn how to play or up your game on the drums I highly recommend that you give Daniel a call."

    Simone - Student

    "Daniel Akaoui is the perfect teacher, he’s very skilled and he teaches you from scratch theory, history of music, technique and style! Super recommended for anyone who wants to start playing drums in the right way and start his path to being a rockstar!"

    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

    Arena Design Centre, 71 Ashfield Rd, London N4 1FF