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Popular Online Drum Teachers

Murray P.

Baltimore, MD
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Jesse M.

Palo Alto, CA
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Thomas S.

Richardson, TX
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Murray P. Baltimore, MD

Snare Drum
-Proper sitting & standing posture
- Care & tuning of snare drum
- Proper grips and hand placement
- Stone & Moeller technique
-Basic rudiments development single stroke, double stroke, open stroke rolls, single, double, triple paradiddles, flams, flam taps, flamadiddle, flam accent, ruff family
- Reading simple rhythms & notes, whole, half, quarters, 8ths, 16ths, 8ths note triplets and 16ths note triplets
- Develop time keeping skills, working with a metronome or click track

Drum Set
- Intermediate drum set book
- Reading various time signatures
- More style studies such as, reggae, latin, gospel, rock, jazz, blues, samba, r&b etc...
- Enhance time keeping skills, working with a metronome or click track
- Use of brushes, mallets and hot rods on drum set
- Double bass drumming concepts
- Development creativity and endless ideas on the drum set for grooves, solos and drum fills

About Murray

My musical career started at age 3 when my parents placed a pair of drum sticks in my hands. I started playing drums in church and then progressed to play in middle school where I was part of the jazz band and orchestra. With some very early lessons, I begin to blossom into a skillful drummer. I then continued to play in bands in high school and, in addition, became a member of the Milford Mill Academy Marching Band. In my sophomore year, I became the section leader of the drum line where I played & mastered the snare drum. I have 2 degrees in music theory from Deer Park Magnet school and Morgan State University. I have performed with many bands from all different musical genres such as gospel, funk, pop, jazz, blues, rock, Latin, reggae, and R&B. In 2004 I became the only ...

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Cathy G. November 14, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
One of many words to describe Murray, AWESOMENESS! Meeting Murray and learning under his instructions has brought a bigger meaning to playing the drums. His love of drums and music shows in how he teaches his students. He never criticizes your mistakes and works along side of you, teaching you, until you learn and understand it all. He is very patient, professional and the best drummer I have ever met. I am truly blessed to have him as an instructor and look forward to many years of his teachings. Not enough stars in the world to rate him!!!!!
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Joe S. November 12, 2014
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Mr. Murray is very patient about teaching me all the cool and important techniques I need to play my grooves and he is very helpful on answering all the questions that I encountered during my out and in class practices. I strongly recommend Mr. Murray!
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ADESUWA K. March 7, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
A rare gem!

I am blown away every week with how engaged and enthused my 7 year old is while under Murray's instruction. His style and technique are clearly adapted to the benefit of the individual student and his professionalism is a breath of fresh air. My child is having so much fun and is thriving in his drumming lesson. We recommend Mr Piper 150 % !
Jesse M. Palo Alto, CA

Beginner
Learn to feel rhythms from whole notes up to sixteenth notes and become fluent in simple, compound, and swing rhythm families. You will gain the skills for simple time keeping as well as playing simple songs.

Intermediate
Start to learn about polyrhythms as well as developing your ears and body to play songs more accurately. Start to spice up your playing with ways that are interesting, but not intrusive.

Advanced
Really push your polyrhythms and add asymmetrical meters to your repertoire to expand your grasp of complex rhythms. Also learn to use dynamics, cymbal work, and fills to effectively communicate and lead a band without words.

About Jesse

My Background

I've been playing with classical ensembles and rock bands since 2001. Even though I started on classical trombone and rock guitar, I have come to expand my repertoire to a variety of instruments and genres. During my time in college I performed with the University choir, orchestra, and band. I also have organized, wrote/arranged for, and performed with a variety of bands in my home state of New Mexico, as well as Japan, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Since 2006 I have been an active teacher. This profession has taken me everywhere from working with classical guitar classes in New Mexico high schools to Elementary students in Japan to a variety of private students of various musical instruments and genres everywhere I've been. Since relocating to the Bay ...

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Nima A. November 10, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I've had a great experience with Jesse so far. He clearly knows what he is doing. My learning experience as an adult has been a lot of fun so far.
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Kia G. October 8, 2014
Ukulele · In studio
Verified Student
Jess is dedicated, patient, and confident teacher!!!

I am so happy that I have found Jesse as the ukulele teacher of my 7 years old son. You can tell that he lives for music and it's not just a job for him teaching students. He is determined but patient with the kid and really has educational skills.
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Brent P. July 1, 2014
Singing · Online
Verified Student
Jesse is a fantastic instructor. He is talented, fun, and has a passion for music and teaching. He is an excellent choice for anyone looking to learn about music. I really enjoyed my time with him, and I intend to continue lessons with him.
Thomas S. Richardson, TX

Lessons cover proper techniques as well as how to play with feel.

About Thomas

Hello, I'™m Thomas, but most people call me T. I started taking private drum lessons when I was 6 years old from Lucy Flohr. Ms. Lucy was one of the most influential and important people in my development not only as a drummer but in life as well (she's the lady in my profile picture). I met her at 6, and we'™re still friends 30 years later.
After Lucy I started lessons with professors at UNT (which in those days was NTSU). My glam band, Skin Deep, was getting major record deal offers, but it was 1992 when grunge took over. So under guidance of our attorney we didn'™t sign any offers. With my high hopes deflated and a musically defeated heart I had to make a change. So instead of going to UNT to study music which I had been being groomed to do, I chose to ...

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Brant M. December 12, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
Fantastic Teacher for Kids

My 8 year old son has been taking drum lessons from Thomas for about 4 months and he very much enjoys it. What I really like about the lessons is that Thomas custom designs the next lesson based on how the student is performing in the current lesson. His homework assignments are very detailed which is great because I, as well as my son, know what he should be practicing during the week. I can definitely see a big improvement since my son started and I have no doubts he is getting a solid foundation in drums as well as music theory. Thomas is a super nice guy and very patient which makes him fantastic for kids. My wife is a music educator and she is just as impressed with Thomas as I am. We highly recommend him.
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Kandice R. December 1, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
Awesome teacher

I have been taking lessons from Thomas for about 4 months. I knew nothing about drums when I started. I have learned so much so fast. T's teaching style is flexible and he is able to adjust the way he explains things so I understand. I have so many light bulb moments in the lesson and when I am practicing at home. He is professional and a lot of fun. My drum lesson is one of the highlights of my week. T is not only teaching me how to play the drums, but how to not be so hard on myself. We laugh a lot and I always leave feeling great about my lesson and that I have accomplished something. I am an adult student and would recommend him for any adult or kid. I can see how young people would relate to him as well. He is laid back, but very professional and knows his stuff. I have recently moved 30 minutes away from him, but will continue to make the drive because he is awesome and worth the drive.
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Bianca J. December 16, 2012
Verified Student
TakeLessons has exceeded my initial expectations, not only the program itself, but the expectations I held for myself.

Love TakeLessons. Love my teacher. Love his teaching method which is relatively laid back on the surface, but the dudes mind is expansive! He hits you curve balls and knows how to relate to his student(s) individually, so that it feels like this is YOUR lesson that he has crafted specifically for YOU. His subtility in regards to a method/ideology is massive! Just when I think , "Oh, ok..." then I'm like "OH! OK!" Constant light bulbs flickering, constant movement and stability in his methods. It's like a friend teaching you professionally to a point, and yet it's clear that he's the teacher, you're the student. After each session I feel like I can do this, and that it's not just a pipe dream and that this teacher enjoys what he does and the sessions we have and wants to see me excel and that in & of itself is not only motivational but inspiring.

Sarah L.

Lakewood, OH
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Alan S.

Manassas, VA
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David P.

Wynnewood, PA
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Sarah L. Lakewood, OH

I have been playing drums for over 15 years. Playing live shows and recording for about 10 years. I am a traveling musician and would love to help anyone interested in playing drums.

About Sarah

I have experience with playing drums for over 15 years. I have been playing professionally and traveling with a band for over 8 years. I enjoy teaching to beginner drummers who want to learn how to play a drum set. I also can teach more intermediate and advanced drummers who are looking to play in a band for live shows or recording in a studio.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have 2 full drum sets available.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Will travel with snare drum and possibly full drum set.

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Tanya H. July 15, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
I am very impressed with Sarah's lessons. My son can be nervous when being taught something new but he has been pretty relaxed with Sarah, I really like how she interacts with him. I can tell that he feels no pressure and I think he is picking things up well, I am impressed with what he can do so far. He wants to keep learning with Sarah and I am happy to support that. I highly recommend Sarah as a drum teacher!
Alan S. Manassas, VA

Concert and Rudimental Drumming Techniques
Jazz Drum Independence
Big Band Chart Studies
Rock and Funk Techniques
Brushwork
Odd Meter
Polyrhythms

About Alan

Education:

Formal Study:
Associate in Arts Degree from Suffolk County Community College Long Island, New York and United States Air Force Band Careerfield at Scott AFB, Illinois and March AFB, California

Private Study:
Pete Heywood (Fifth Avenue Band- Reprise Records), Al Miller ( Cab Calloway), John Kasica (St. Louis Symphony), Bob Luther (Fairchild) and Bobby Dominguez (Russell Ferante of The Yellow Jackets).

Experience:
Performing
Donati Orchestra, Jazz Street Station/5th Ave Band, Glasshouse (on the Spirit of Washington), Our Pleasure Top 40, NightShift, 3RDegree and presently now with Syncopated Nation.

NOTABLE ACCOMPLISHMENTS: *Appeared on "Merv Griffin Television", "Bob Hope Celebrity Dinner Show", "Caesar's Palace Las Vegas" and ...

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Jo Anna N. March 25, 2014
Drum
Professional, patient, and pleasant!

Alan has been my 15-year-old son's drum instructor for five years now, and in that time, my son has progressed from being a complete novice to drumming in a very decent teen band. With Alan, you get solid teaching skills, a pleasant personality, and great flexibility in arranging lessons. We love the fact that he provides instruction in our home--one less runaround for us! Alan is a musician who knows how to teach and inspire, and we recommend him without reservation.
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Eric C. March 17, 2014
Drum
Excellent instructor

I've been studying with Alan for more than a year. He is an excellent, reliable teacher and an outstanding drummer. His lessons are clear and concise. His communication skills are excellent. Also, I'm very happy with the syllabus he has put together for me, as we use a variety of instruction books. I feel like there's a definite path towards improvement. You won't be disappointed if Alan is your teacher...
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Tim M. March 15, 2014
Drum
Alan is a great drum teacher

Alan teaches my 15 year old son drums. He is a real professional player and teacher. I cannot believe how much my son has learned in his first 6 months! Alan is patient but also holds my son accountable by not giving him a pass if something is not right. He is a pleasant man too - always smiling. I highly recommend him.
David P. Wynnewood, PA

I teach various styles of music including, jazz, fusion, funk, latin, rock and roll. I teach rudiments and classical drum technique utilizing various method books.

About David

I specialize in teaching special needs children, adolescants, and adults. I have worked with special needs populations for many years in a variety of settings. I am very patient adept and compassionate. I am also very skilled at my instrument as I studied music at the University Level. My goals are to combine my experience teaching special education with my experience studying and teaching music performance. I am very enthusiastic about teaching students at advanced levels as well. I teach piano and Drumset. I teach various styles of music and hope to engender my students' love for music and the arts. I consider myself a mentor, a Music Therapist, and an educator.

About Drum

The drums are one of the most fun instruments to play, and can be very easy to learn! Whether you are a beginner or well into your craft, it never hurts to take professional drum lessons. By doing so, it will only help you in becoming a better drummer and musician. We can assist you in finding the right instructor for your level of experience, and we’re excited to help you get started!

With our certified drum teachers, students will learn fundamentals such as drum-related terminology, how to play drums, the best drumming posture, how to properly hold drumsticks, how to count your drum beats and more! Our drum lessons teach you all of the requirements to be a successful drummer, on a step-by-step basis. We can customize your lesson plans depending on your age, experience level and ...

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