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Popular Drum Teachers Near Atlanta

Casey C.

Atlanta, GA
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Stephen D.

Stone Mountain, GA
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Paul S.

Decatur, GA
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Casey C. Atlanta, GA

Subjects Taught

Drum

About Me

Hi I'm a 27 year old professional musician that has worked hard to become a first call drummer for performance, instruction, and studio session work in the Atlanta area. Over the past 5 years I have toured nationally, recorded with countless regional, national and local artists, and have gained a positive reputation in the Atlanta community as a unique, innovative, and passionate drum teacher. I studied music at The University of Mississippi and I am qualified to teach numerous styles including Rock, Pop, Hip Hop, Jazz, Electronica, World and many others. I have years of experience teaching private and group lessons (I have been a Camp Counselor in Summer music programs). I offer inspired beginning drummers of all ages the chance to learn the art of drum set playing within a basic, relaxed, and fun context.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My drum studio includes 2 drum kits and percussion instruments to help aid in visual learning!

*** Travel Equipment ***
For student's home lessons I require at least one drum set (minimum of two piece), they must own a pair of drum sticks.

*** Specialties ***
27 year old professional musician Casey has been rising as a first call drummer for performance, instruction, and studio session work in the Atlanta area over the past 5 years. Within that short time, Casey has toured the country several times over, recorded with countless regional, national and local artists, and has gained a positive reputation in the Atlanta community as a unique, innovative, and passionate drum teacher. Based within a fun, relaxed context, Casey has developed a natural teaching method that focuses on learning and understanding the building blocks of drum set playing, familiarizing and connecting these building blocks, and applying them to individual expression. He has the ability to take nearly anyone without prior drum set or rhythmic experience, and, within days, turn them into beat playing drummers. His approach focuses on: HAVING FUN, building an understanding and relationship with each drum, the basic rudimentary foundation of drumming, how to approach the drums, hold the sticks, set up the drums, and tune the drums, basic mechanical techniques, development of each limb, learning how to read basic drum charts and play to them, learning and playing the most significant beats and patterns in the history of drum set, and gaining the ability to effectively teach oneself how to improve as a drummer.

Stephen D. Stone Mountain, GA

Subjects Taught

Drum, Percussion, Piano

About Me

I have over 30 years of combined education and experience performing and teaching percussion and piano. I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Alabama,with Piano as my secondary instrument. I hold a Master's Degree in Percussion Performance from Indiana University, with a Cognate in Jazz Studies. I have taught private percussion, drum set, and piano lessons for over 30 years. I performed for 10 years as a contract percussionist with the Savannah Symphony Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the Macon Symphony Orchestra, and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. I have performed in orchestras with accomplished musicians including The Moody Blues (Chastain Park), Judy Collins, and Henry Mancini.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like my students to have some fun while they learn. I ask that you practice 30 minutes a day, so that you can spend your lesson time learning and moving forward. For piano, I use the Alfred series, as well as the Real Book (jazz standards), and of course sheet music for classical pieces and popular tunes. After three months, you will have learned how to play the basic scales and chords, as well as some introductory classical and popular material. On drums after six months, you will know the first thirteen rudiments and some of the basic rock beats, and you will be playing with some rock ballads. After six months on piano, you will be playing all of the major scales and chords and the basic minor chords. You will be playing some Bach and Mozart, and you will start on some basic jazz standards. On drums, you will have learned most of the 26 basic rudiments, and you will be playing along with some medium tempo rock songs. You will have learned some coordinated independence to start playing jazz and swing styles (which by the way are the building blocks for playing R&B and hip-hop). And you'll enjoy the journey! I enjoy seeing my students grow as they learn. I have had students of mine go on to play in the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps, get advanced music degrees, and become recording artists. The current Percussion Instructor at the University of Alabama was my percussion student. While I know that not everyone seeks to play professionally, you will learn the tools to play well. I look forward to teaching you!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Front and side entrance upright piano in living room plus drum set, electronic keyboard, seating for parents.

*** Specialties ***
Drums --- Rock, Jazz
Percussion --- Rudimental, Symphonic
Piano --- Jazz, Jazz Theory, Popular

Paul S. Decatur, GA

Subjects Taught

Accompaniment, Acoustic Guitar, Classical Piano, Djembe, Drum, Ear Training, Guitar, Hand Drums, Marimba, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Xylophone

About Me

Hello students and parents!

I am a native of Atlanta, Georgia who has been studying music for 17 years. My first instrument was the piano at age 6, and I began playing percussion in my middle school band when I was 11. My deep love of music drove me to pursue a Bachelor of Music Performance degree, which I earned Magna Cum Laude from the University of Georgia in 2012. In college, I studied percussion with Tim Adams, retired principal timpanist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Music (and especially percussion) is an exciting and enormous world that I am eager to share with you, either at your home or in my studio. I am a patient, funny, and outgoing teacher who caters to your specific needs as a student. While I have studied classical music for many years, I also offer lessons in popular music styles, including rock, jazz, funk, and hip-hop.

I frequently perform as a freelance musician and recording artist, playing anything from drum set in my rock band Grand Vapids to solo musical saw. I have performed nationally and internationally with ROC, the Albany Symphony Orchestra, Arts!Oglethorpe, Athena Opera, Chamber Cartel, Classic City Jazz, Oconee Youth Playhouse, and numerous groups around the southeast.

I believe that with positive dedication and a great attitude, any musical goal you have in mind can be achieved. Let me be the person to help you with your goal! Thanks for stopping by my page, and I hope to teach you soon!

-Paul S.

*** Lesson Details ***
I strongly believe in the idea of constant positive re-enforcement when it comes to teaching music. Negativity leads to tension, and tension is NOT conducive to learning. I am an enthusiastic and gentle educator, but I will firmly drive you or your child to achieve musical goals in a fun and exciting atmosphere. Motivation is essential to practice, and the importance of practice could never be overstated. This is why I stress positivity! I ask only that you come to your lesson prepared and unafraid of making mistakes.

As a beginning musical student, you can expect to have the fundamentals of reading and comprehending written music within 3 to 6 months. On the day of your first lesson, we'll discuss your goals and interests, and I will recommend books and materials to aid you on your journey. I will systematically teach you the basic rudiments and techniques that are essential to proper hand and finger movement; I'll also teach you mental techniques to ensure great practice. As an intermediate or advanced student, we'll discuss your previous education and musical interests, and I'll direct you towards the styles you want to pursue. We'll also work on concepts of music theory and performance.

Since performance is an important part of music, I will coordinate an optional recital in the spring for students to showcase their hard work and talent. This low-stress concert will be held at a local school or community center and will surely be a great experience for all those involved.

I offer lessons from my home studio, but I am more than willing to travel to you, depending on your location.

Let's make beautiful music together!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Many drums (including a drum set) and percussion instruments, electric piano, guitar.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have drums and percussion instruments, including a snare drum and a glockenspiel to teach beginning percussion students, and many accessory instruments. I would expect a drum set student to have a drum set, but as far as beginning percussion students go, I wouldn't expect more than a practice pad, a pair of sticks, and a music stand.

*** Specialties ***
I was trained classically, so I am happy to pass on a love of classical music through lessons. However, I have been playing jazz and popular music since high school and am also knowledgeable in these genres. Percussion is a gigantic range of instruments, so I study as much as I can about all styles.

Jonathan P.

Kennesaw, GA
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Rich G.

Woodstock, GA
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John S.

Peachtree City, GA
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Jonathan P. Kennesaw, GA

Subjects Taught

Drum, Percussion

About Me

Hello, my name's Jonathan! I started playing drums when I was 15, and because of my background on piano and guitar I was able to pick it up very quickly. I have been playing professionally since I was 18 and have played at many of Atlanta's finest venues. I have appeared in music videos and recorded at some of the best studios in Atlanta, and songs that I have recorded have received national radio airplay. My passion is drumming and music. I love to create music with other people and I love teaching other people how to do it as well.

I specialize in rock/pop drumming, but I am also currently working on my B.M. in Jazz Studies at KSU and I am a competent jazz drummer, snare drummer, guitarist, pianist, and all around percussionist. I have received training from some of the best drummers in Atlanta including John Lawless, John Lamatinna, Justin Chaserak, Eric Sanders, and more, and I was fortunate enough to study Rhythm with tabla legend Aloke Dutta for 6 months over Skype.

Rich G. Woodstock, GA

Subjects Taught

Accompaniment, Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Audio Engineering, Audition Prep, Bass Guitar, Blues Guitar, Celtic Flute, Christian Gospel, Classical Piano, Composition, Country Guitar, Drum, Ear Training, Flute, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Piano, Pro Tools Software, Saxophone, Songwriting

About Me

I am a public school music teacher by day (11 years experience), a private music teacher by afternoon (16 yrs), and a gigging musician and DJ by night (16 yrs). I manage a highly successful cover band called The Retreat that performs all over the southeast. I have lead and arranged the worship music at a local church on Sundays and also have numerous original songs that have been recorded and published.

With all of this experience teaching, I am GREAT with kids and always PROFESSIONAL in my conduct.

I have 3 degrees in Music Education:
- Bachelors, Indiana University of PA
- Masters, Auburn University
- Educational Specialist, Auburn University

I teach lessons on:
- Guitar
- Piano
- Saxophone
- Bass Guitar
- Drums
- Flute
- Recording and Music Production
- Songwriting

*** Lesson Details ***
The goal of music lessons is not to just learn the notes and mechanics of an instrument, but to become a well-rounded MUSICIAN. With my lessons, we don't just go through a book page-by-page, rather, lessons are shaped around the musical tastes and interests of the student. Musical theory concepts are applied in actual songwriting and current popular songs. I accompany the students on various instruments, imitating a real performance situation. I teach all ages; beginners to advanced musicians.

Unlike a crowded music store with a cramped little room for lessons, my lessons are taught in a large, open, and well-lit home studio. There is an open waiting area where parents can listen as well. Parking is convenient on a cul-de-sac with a clear view into the teaching studio.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Nord Stage 2 88 piano,
Yamaha Custom saxophone with Meyer and Selmer mouthpieces,
Dr. Z RxJr amplifier with 2x12 cabinet,
Don Grosh Custom electric guitar,
Lowden O25 acoustic guitar,
Ibanez bass guitar,
Hartke bass amp,
Roland keyboard amp,
Sonor 3001 drumset,
Sabian cymbals,
DW hardware,
Pork Pie snare drum,
Avid Protocols Mbox,
Rode vocal mic and overhead mics,
Yamaha metronome,
Apple Macbook Pro computer,

*** Specialties ***
Songwriting
Recording and production - Protools, Garageband
Improvisation
Arranging

John S. Peachtree City, GA

Subjects Taught

Accompaniment, Acoustic Guitar, Arrangement and Composition, Audio Engineering, Audition Prep, Baroque Flute, Bass Clarinet, Bass Guitar, Bassoon, Bass Trombone, Cello, Celtic Flute, Clarinet, Classical Guitar, Classical Piano, Classical Voice, Composition, Drum, Ear Training, Flugelhorn, Flute, French Horn, Guitar, Hand Drums, Jazz Voice, Marimba, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Oboe, Percussion, Piano, Piccolo, Saxophone, Singing, Songwriting, Synthesizer, Trombone, Trumpet, Tuba, Upright Bass, Viola, Violin, Xylophone

About Me

I teach all of the band instruments, orchestral strings, piano/keyboard, guitar, voice and drum set. I specialize in teaching performing skills in jazz and contemporary music which allows many of my students to eventually perform professionally.

Young Drummers of Atlanta: Get Out and PLAY!

By Rick A. - Atlanta Drums Teacher

Hi - I’m Rick A., a TakeLessons teacher in Gwinnett County, just outside of Atlanta. I’d like to talk about a growing trend in the area that gives young players taking Atlanta drum lessons an opportunity to play onstage with other musicians.

Jam Nights have become very popular in restaurants and taverns all over Atlanta and especially in the outer suburbs. Open Mic Nights have been popular for some time but are often limited to acoustic performers with no drum set on stage. Jam nights usually have a full or at least partial drum kit so drummers no longer have to sit in the audience and listen to their friends play acoustically. This is a great opportunity for those taking Atlanta drum lessons to get out and practice their skills!

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