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Popular Drum Teachers Near Chicago

Jeff F.

Chicago, IL
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Zachary H.

Chicago, IL
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Peter M.

Chicago, IL
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Jeff F. Chicago, IL

I have been teaching beginner to professional of all ages for eighteen years. My students all have positive experiences and have given me great feedback!

About Jeff

I have been working as a freelance musician and private instructor in Chicago for fifteen years. During this time I have been hired to perform Jazz, Rock, R/B, and world music. As an instructor I have maintained a studio of five to twenty students on a weekly basis. I hold a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Percussion Performance, and a Master of Music degree from De Paul University in Jazz Studies.

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With committed weekly practice there are no limits to a student's potential. I like to use the term guide to describe my teaching style. In a relaxed atmosphere, the student and I are working together to advance their musical goals. Sometimes goals are reached quickly, more often we need more time and repetition to ...

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Cheryl F. December 14, 2013
Drum
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Always has something to challenge you

Lessons have always been fun, exciting, and challenging.
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Christopher M. October 29, 2012
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**Excellent** drum instructor, highly recommended

Jeff is everything you'd want in a drum instructor: he is highly skilled, has thorough knowledge of drumming styles and technique, and he is an excellent communicator. On top of that he is thoughtful, polite and listens carefully. This is all a very, very rare combination.

I had to play a couple of slow gospel tunes for a church service this summer; Jeff very quickly found suitable and tasteful grooves for me that were within my capability to play. He also worked with me on some rudiments and provided invaluable feedback. I can't recommend him highly enough.
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Jeff is a very good teacher, he's very kind and takes everything step by step. I love the way he works with me and im doing great progress because of him.
Zachary H. Chicago, IL

I have been teaching drum set for five years and have worked to help students of all ages learn to play. As teacher I work with individual students to set goals for their playing and develop the skills necessary to meet those goals. Beyond learning basic beats for different styles I teach students the importance of a steady tempo, proper feel or swing for each style, and general musical concepts that will help students on any instrument and in any musical setting. Depending on the individual students goals I also teach students to rhythmic notation drum set charts.

About Zachary

Based in Chicago, Illinois, Zachary is a percussionist with specialization in Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and Caribbean styles. Zachary has performed with numerous artists including Andy Narell, Lenny Castro, Etienne Charles, The Cool Kids, Daru Jones, Mark Walker, Dave Garfield, Dread Scott, Pat Cronnely, Victor Garcia, Geoff Bradfield, and Daphne Willis at events throughout the country including The Percussive Arts Society International Convention, Lollapalooza, the Detroit Jazz Festival, the Hyde Park Jazz Festival Benefit Concert, Windsor Jazz Festival, and the Syracuse Jazz Festival.

Studying extensively under the direction of Ruben Alvarez, Skip "Brinquito" Burney, Tom Hipskind, Jarett Hicks, James Coviak, and Al DiBlassio, Zachary received his Bachelor of Arts in ...

Peter M. Chicago, IL

I have experience teaching all ages and sill levels. I have taught students ranging from age 5 to adults.

About Peter

I am a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with a bachelors in jazz drum set performance. I have toured with various bands in the US, Asia, and Europe and recently completed six months of teaching, studying, and performing music in Brazil.
I teach all levels and all styles of music, from Rock to Jazz to Latin-American rhythms. In my lessons I maintain a healthy balance of drum basics (rudiments, stick technique) and helping the students learn the music that would like to play. Learning the fundamentals gives students the tools they need to be creative as possible. I can prepare students for school band and jazz band auditions as well as prepare them to play in a band of their own!

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William M. February 7, 2014
Drum
Learn the fundamentals and how to groove

Peter is one of the best drummers I know. I had the opportunity to take lessons from him a couple years ago and he gave me the tools I needed to feel comfortable and confident on a drumset. He stresses proper technique and rhythmic precision. He also showed me how to play grooves I wanted to learn. A great all around musician and teacher. Highly recommended.

Collin O.

Chicago, IL
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David E.

Forest Park, IL
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Mike M.

Chicago, IL
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Collin O. Chicago, IL

Teaching from the ground up, building skills and developing solid technique. Above all enjoying music.

About Collin

13+ years of experience in studio and playing live in many genres (Pop, Rock, Jazz, Metal, Fusion, Folk/Bluegrass). Member of nationally touring acts and established freelance artist.

Lessons involve training in fundamental rudiments, technique, improvising, and soloing. Providing written and recorded examples of lessons, developing a listening ear, and helping students reach their goals!

Learn to be a good drummer, a better musician, and be the one to get "the call" for gigs!

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Get the fundamentals down solid! Warm up with rudiment exercises and get comfortable playing with a metronome. Spend time learning and studying different styles of rhythm in music (and learning your favorite songs!) Developing ear through improvising, soloing, listening, ...

David E. Forest Park, IL

I've been playing and teaching drums for 10 years now. I will help students develop all the different techniques involved in becoming a proficient drummer. Increasing their coordination in understanding how to execute the basics of rhythmic dictation all the way to complicated syncopations.

About David

A fun, friendly, and professional Music Instructor at your service for Guitar, Piano, Voice, Bass, & Drums! I have a BA degree from Florida Atlantic University in Music Performance for Classical/Flamenco/Jazz/Blues guitar and I've also performed on the Piano/Keyboards for a couple different bands too. Presently, going back to School to earn a Master's in Music. Love to play & teach pretty much all styles of music! It is always a pure joy & truly rewarding to see my music students grow and flourish as musicians. I have been enjoying doing this now for 16 years- all ages & levels. I am also in a multi-dimensional rock project and am a recording artist-

I believe it's important to learn the rudiments of music to build a good foundation (scales, chord ...

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Carolyn R. September 6, 2014
Classical Guitar · In studio
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When I met David, music had not always been a positive experience. As an older student, I am not always able to practice and I do have other things on my mind. He has never scolded me for not practicing, he is very patient with all my musical hangups, and he keeps meeting me where I am at. I may still not be comfortable with music, but I am comfortable with him.
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Amy O. May 28, 2014
Guitar · In studio
David is a wonderful music teacher. He is especially good with children because of his patience and intuitive approach. He puts a great deal of care and energy into each one of his students and gets great results! His ability to meet students where they are at, and to engage them with music that they care about helps his students to enter more deeply into the learning process. David is a thoughtful, passionate, and skilled music teacher.
Mike M. Chicago, IL

I am incredibly passionate about my music and my teaching. My general goals are to help each student find an intrinsic passion for the music, help them become a better musician (not just a better drummer), provide them with the tools to make them the best musician he/she can be, and most importantly, have fun!

Every student's lesson will be tailored to their specific needs, based on age and experience. I typically start each student with a combination of snare drum exercises, stick control, coordination training, ear training, and groove practice. I expose students to all genres of music. For advanced students, lessons start to become more conceptual and philosophical. Listening to music is also a crucial part of my lessons, as I especially encourage live playing and attending live performances.

About Mike

Music is my life! I am a professional drummer here in Chicago; I just recently moved here from New Orleans, LA. I was in New Orleans, in school and professionally performing, for 6 years. I play ALL genres of music. I have been teaching private lessons on my own for the past 3 years, with students ages 5+. I am 24 years old.

I am incredibly passionate about my music and my teaching. My general goals are to help the student find an intrinsic passion for the music, help them become a better musician (not just a better drummer), provide them with the tools to make them the best musician he/she can be, and most importantly, have fun!

Every student's lesson will be tailored to their specific needs, based on age and experience. I typically start each student with a combination ...

Drum Lessons in Chicago, IL

Chicago is one of the focal points for American music. Deeply rooted in the blues and soul, musicians from the area have made significant contributions to musical history, including Nat King Cole, Benny Goodman and Muddy Waters, as well as more recent artists such as The Smashing Pumpkins and Kanye West. Finding the talent to teach Chicago drum lessons is not the problem; connecting with them can be.

Mastering the drum kit can be a daunting task. Not only do you have to propel the rhythm of a song or even an entire band, but you have to do it with instruments that spread 180º in front of you. Playing them requires not only knowledge and technical know-how, but also a firm sense of physical fitness and superior technique. These skills don't just come to a new player through

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