Eddy Hackett


Teaching in London

Eddy is the best teacher I’ve ever had. Not only did he draw out potential that I failed to see in myself, but now I am a better learner in and outside of music. While I was working with him on an audition, we didn’t play the pieces often, but rather he taught me the best way to approach it so that I could take home the lessons from the day and apply it. I am honoured to have been his student and would recommend him to anyone of any skill level and any age
— Per-Nik

Leading my students from Francis Holland in an African drumming group at the Queen Elizabeth Hall

I'm extremely passionate about education work and I've been very fortunate to teach all over the world and work with brilliant students. I believe that music can be a powerful tool which can develop key skills such as team work, creative thinking, problem solving, discipline, confidence and most importantly immerses the student in a wonderful and endless world of musical enjoyment which they can share with others around them.

We are fortunate to live in an age where music (as well as almost all types of information) has never been more accessible - there is so much music to explore! My job as a teacher is to help develop and nurture this process of discovery, and it's something which I enjoy very much - I think it's very important to pass on the skills we acquire to a new generation.  

In London, I teach at Francis Holland School, Regent's Park. I also teach privately via Skype or at my home in South East London, where I have a purpose built teaching studio. It has a drum kit, orchestral percussion, latin/world percussion and lots of other bits and pieces! Check out some pics of the studio below. If you are interested in beginning lessons with me, please get in touch here.

The xylo, vibe and other bits and pieces in the studio

Drums drums drums....the skylight above is great and floods the space with natural light

I often work on large scale education projects with orchestras and other organisations including The London Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Opera House, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Arensky Chamber Orchestra, Old Dirty Brasstards, Albany Theatre and TAK Theatre Liechtenstein.

A video from a project for 15-19 year olds I was part of with the London Philharmonic Orchestra called 'The Band' which we performed at the Royal Festival Hall


You gave so much energy and enthusiasm to our students - I have never seen them so happy!
— Giuseppe Mariotti, Dean of Music, Tokushima Bunri University

With a student from the Tokushima Bunri University in Japan in 2015

I have given masterclasses for the University of Glasgow, University of Aberdeen, Tokushima Bunri University (Japan), City of Edinburgh Council, Katerina Gurska School of Music (Madrid) and Feldkirch Conservatoire in Austria. I've also given workshops at Bedford School, Lancing College and adjudicated competitions at the Perse School and for the Cherubim Music Trust

With the percussion students of the Katerina Gurska School of Music in Madrid

With percusion students of the University of Aberdeen after London Percussion's masterclass and concert there

Some of my students from the 2016 Tokushima Bunri masterclass performing Trio Per Uno by Nebojša Jovan Živković

We’ve had the pleasure and fortune to work with Eddy Hackett at the Qatar Music Academy. What stands out about Eddy is his ability to effortlessly connect with students of all ages to inspire them and awaken a true joy of making music. He taught our son to feel and express his joy with remarkable sensitivity for playing delicate, gracefully and elegantly, with definition and dynamic - things that can seem rather abstract to a teenager. Eddy cares deeply for the success of his students, musically and as individuals. His competence as a musician and teacher along with his friendly and happy personality have earned him great respect and honour from his students.
— Katrin Scholz-Barth

With students from the Qatar Music Academy's Senior Percussion Ensemble

With no doubt I could say that Eddy has been an inspiring and effective percussion teacher. Being a new learner in percussion, Eddy started it well by telling my son not to aim for “no mistakes” but aim to do it right from the beginning and all the time!

His professionalism, skills, talent and personality have successfully ensured that his students enjoy learning and have fun during lessons and practices. He has full confidence in his students and encourages them to strive towards success. Being a beginner, my son learned 5 Solo pieces within 6 lessons! Eddy is definitely more than qualified to teach and nurture students. We are very blessed to have him teach my son and wish him all the best!
— Gerard and Esther Lee

In 2015, I spent a very interesting year as Head of Percussion at the Qatar Music Academy in Doha. I had 23 students (ranging from 5 - 30 years old), 3 percussion ensembles and coached the youth orchestra and symphonic wind ensemble. It was a fascinating experience to live in the Middle East, and the Qatar Music Academy is a thriving institution with a excellent, motivated students. In the summer 2015 ABRSM exams, 6 of my students gained a Distinction and were all invited to participate in the ABRSM 'High Scorers' concert, which showcases the pupils who achieved the top 25 marks in the examination tour.

Performing with the Qatar Music Academy's Senior Percussion Ensemble

© Eddy Hackett, 2017