Joao Figueiredo

Educator, Author & Coach

João Figueiredo is a renowned educator, author and coach. Originally from Lisbon, Portugal, João has travelled all over the world helping students of all ages and styles. At the age of 30, João Figueiredo has taught over 600 students in Europe, Asia and United Kingdom.

João studied and studies with some of the best drummers in the world - Claus Hessler, Juan Carlito Mendoza, JP Bouvet, Hugo Danin and Michael Lauren (co-founder of the Drummers Collective in New York City, USA) are just some of the names that have taught João over the past 15 years. João also has a degree in Sound Engineering and studied with some of the best composers and conductors in the world - Stephen Coker, Paul Caldwell, Paulo Lourenço and Gonçalo Lourenço for example.

João is an official Soultone USA artist, a Drumeo Certified Instructor, a Vic Firth Artist & Educator and a member of the Sabian Education Network.

Obsessed with teaching and being the eternal student himself, João loves to guide and to help students finding their voices on the drum kit and to help everyone to live a richer life! Being a drum teacher is his passion and drumming is just an excuse to teach.

João Figueiredo is also the founder of (an online coaching agency for musicians) and the author of “How Do We Learn?” and “Linear Drumming – One Step At A Time”. 

"I was born in Lisbon (PORTUGAL) on July 19, 1986 and began my musical education quite young, in 1991. 20 years later, in 2011, I found myself teaching more than 40 students every week and was already the director and creator of two music schools near the capital of Portugal (CEM Intervalo 6 and Intervalo 7).

As a performer I did hundreds of shows but soon I understood that teaching was my life and passion. Still, I've performed and recorded with many bands and artists, exploring different genres of music such as jazz, funk, pop, classical, metal, and so on.

In 2012 I moved to Dubai and there I taught more than 50 students and did several shows at the biggest venue in the world – The Dubai Mall and at the Dubai Marina Mall – either in trio and solo performances.

In 2013 I've started to write my first drum book "Modern Concepts of Drumming - a mental and physical approach for the modern drummer" yet to be published.

In 2014 I moved to London and immediately started to teach drums and doing session work for bands and studios. But then I fell in love with Leeds... where I decided to open the LEEDS DRUM ACADEMY!

The digital world is another platform where I teach - Skype students from all corners of the world such as Portugal, UK, Dubai, USA, Australia, India, Germany and many other countries."

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