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Popular Drum Teachers Near Chicago

Derrick M.

Naperville, IL
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Greg E.

Westchester, IL
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Jorge L.

Chicago, IL
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Derrick M. Naperville, IL

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Ukulele

About Me

Derrick began playing the drums at the age of 8 in the elementary school concert band. He started out on just a snare drum but when he was 12, he got his first real drum set, and started a life of music.

Fast forward a few years and Derrick had experience playing in jazz bands, marching bands, concert bands, steel pan calypso band, along with his local garage band. After high school, Derrick moved to California to attend the Musicians Institutes in Hollywood California. There he studied under some of the greatest professionals in the business, and was exposed to a wide variety of music styles ranging from, Latin, R&B, Jazz, Funk, Rock, etc.

After graduating from school, Derrick moved back to chicago where he has been playing weekly gigs, and touring around the country with his bands. Derrick is a young, energetic, but most importantly, patient drummer, who loves to share his craft with the world.

*** Lesson Details ***
Derrick is laid back in his teaching style, but expects all of his students to practice and make weekly progression. He uses time tested and proven books and methods to teach his students the mechanics, theories, and techniques it takes to be a world class drummer. Reading and snare exercises are an important part of the curriculum, but not the main focus. He likes his students to enjoy what they are doing, so he brings other things to the lessons such as fun endurance and rhythm games. A brand new student that is dedicated to practicing could expect to be learning their favorite songs in 3 months time, and be playing in bands shortly afterward.

*** Studio Equipment ***
All pro gear! Ludwig, Dw, Pearl, Mapex, Zildjian, Sabian and more. Multiple drum kits set up in the studio, along with sound system, and mac book pro.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring lesson material (books, sheet music, etc.) and ipod with apps such as metronome and the ability to listen to music. Isolation headphones to listen to songs while playing along. Stick, brushes. Anything else I might need.

Students are expected to have drum sticks a music stand and at very minimum a practice pad, all though a drum set is preferable.

*** Specialties ***
Drum set is my specialty. I have experience with all major styles of music, and can teach any style. Other emphasis on playing in a band and percussion.

Greg E. Westchester, IL

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Percussion

About Me

I am a graduate of Northern Illinois University where I majored in percussion performance. There I have studied with my applied percussion professors Robert Chappell and Greg Beyer. I have also studied with Liam Teague, Cliff Alexis, Ernie Adams, Rodrigo Villanueva, Kris Myers, and Mark Guiliana in and outside of school. During my time at NIU I have been exposed to many different styles of music in which I have been taught classical, jazz, contemporary, Afro-Cuban, and Caribbean music styles just to name a few. I intend to use all the experience I have gained to help my students progress with whatever it is they want to focus on. A strong sense of groove and being attentive and aware to what is happening around you I feel are some of the most important qualities a musician can possess. In my experience having these qualities have helped me to be successful and I hope to ingrain these same traits in my students so they can interact with other musicians well. This makes music so much more fun for you and whoever you are playing with! I enjoy music and the journey of learning more about it and i want to share that same joy with my students.

*** Lesson Details ***
I base my lessons on the student's needs. So with that in mind there is no set curriculum i have for my students. If the student is young or new to the instrument, I will focus on, technique,reading, musicianship as main areas of focus. I keep a laid back atmosphere, I want the student to feel comfortable and not be afraid to ask questions or try new things, this is how you get better and this exploration is your time to be curious and creative and to have fun with it! After sometime you will notice a definite improvement in your technique and you should be able to play along to music and think on a higher level that allows you to be a great attentive musician. This should leave you with the tools you need to figure out how to approach any musical situation you end up in.

*** Studio Equipment ***
practice rooms w/ drum sets seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
If I am traveling, I can provide equipment that is easily transportable. Ideally, the student should have a drumset or whatever instrument it is they wish to play on hand at their home. I can bring drums if needed though.

*** Specialties ***
I am primarily a drumset player and it is what I enjoy teaching the most. I am well experienced in other percussion instruments such as marimba, pandeiro (Brazilian hand drum) and others since I have been taught a wide variety in college, and feel confident that I can assist students to develop technique on any percussion instruments.

Jorge L. Chicago, IL

Subjects Taught

Drum, Ear Training, Music Performance, Music Theory, Percussion

About Me

I have been studying drum set for 13 years. In my senior year of high school I attended the Merit School of Music studying with percussionist Doug Brush. I went on to attend Roosevelt University’s Music Conservatory, studying classical percussion under percussionist Ed Harris and then transferred to Columbia College where I was able to study with drummer’s Frank Donaldson and Tom Hipskind, drummer/percussionist Ruben Alvarez, and drummer/vibraphonist Jarrett Hicks. Through my experiences and education I was able to hone my skills and solidify my musicianship. Studying with such a variety of drummers allowed me to pick up different perspectives and teaching styles which I have implemented into my own practice and teaching. I received my Bachelor of the Arts in Music degree Fall of 2009.

I have been performing professionally since the age of 17 all around the Chicagoland area and have played a variety of styles ranging from straight ahead and Latin jazz, to rock, pop, funk and R&B. I currently work as a jobbing musician and session artist working with several Chicago artists and ensembles. Some notable performance venues that I have performed in are: The taste of Chicago, The Harris Bank Theater, The Goodman theater, The Green Mill, and Andy's Jazz club, among many others.

As an educator I have taught privately for 5 years and almost 2 years through TakeLessons. I was the percussion instructor for the Pilsen School for the arts and have been working with education arts programs such as Enlace in Little Village, the Urban Gateways program as a touring artist, and the Gallery 37 program.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to set specific goals for a student in order to help establish the foundations necessary to become proficient as a drummer or percussionist. However, I also like to cater lessons to the students specific goals. Whether the goal is playing in a garage band, working through concert band or drum line repertoire, or beginning the journey towards becoming a professional musician, I set lessons based on these goals and through the music styles the student prefers to focus on.

For every student I like to focus on creating a solid foundation of technique, coordination, independence, and musicianship. Creating an understanding of rhythm that should not only be physical, but mental as well. Reading music is key towards understanding rhythm, and towards continuing a students education while the teacher is not present. I do this through specific exercises that I have come across in my career that have helped me improve my own playing at different stages of my development. I also stress making practice fun through the use of simulated performance. Play along tracks help the student apply what they have learned in a performance setting without the fear and nervousness involved with a recital or concert.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Studio in the Basement containing:
A Tama Rockstar Fusion 5 piece kit
A Grestch Catalina Bop Kit 4 piece
DW practice pad drum set
An array of Snares in varied sizes
An Array of Cymbals in Varied sizes and models (K customs, etc)
LP Classic II series congas (Quinto and Conga)
LP Classic II series Bongos
PA System

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring a light practice pad drum set, practice pads, books and exercises. I can bring a snare, congas, bongos, and auxiliary percussion if the lesson requires. I can also bring a laptop with play-along tracks and 2 sets of noise reducing headphones. If a student is studying drum set, congas, or bongos, I would expect them to own their own instrument for practice purposes.

*** Specialties ***
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I specialize in teaching Funk, R&B, Jazz, and Afro-Cuban/Brazilian styles. However I can teach most main stream styles, such as Alternative Rock, Country, Pop, and Hip Hop.

David B.

Chicago, IL
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Zachary H.

Chicago, IL
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Rob D.

Chicago, IL
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David B. Chicago, IL

Subjects Taught

Bass Guitar, Clarinet, Drum, Flute, Guitar, Music Performance, Music Recording, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano, Songwriting

About Me

Originally from Indiana, David has been teaching music in both the private and public school sectors for 12 years. Getting his start as a drumline instructor with only 4 students, David soon expanded his teaching to include both guitar and piano, which he studied under Frank Puzzulo (of Miles Davis' group) at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

Upon graduating Ball State, David moved to Colorado to study jazz and classical music with Dr. Douglas Walter, an accomplished percussionist who is known for his versatility and multiple percussion talents. He also studied piano and guitar in his off time, jamming with several rock and jazz groups both in and out of school.

In 2006, David left the college scene with a Masters in Music and moved to Florida where he began his teaching career. In Florida, David taught roughly 70 students, ages 5 to 18, at Wewahitchka High School and Middle School. He was beloved by the town, helping out in the community as a local organist for the Presbyterian Church and as a frequent contributor to Wednesday night worship.

As wonderful as this time was, David gave up the gators and swamps to move back home to Indiana in 2007. Here, he took a job at Kokomo High School and Maple Crest Middle school where he resumed teaching students from 5th graders to seniors in all areas of music, including wind, strings/guitar and percussion. David established the first ever "rock and roll" class at the high school in 2008, a program that started with only 5 students and has ballooned to 38 in this current year! The class consisted of guitars, keyboards, bass and drums, all of which David can teach at a professional level.

Most recently, David graduated with his second Masters in Jazz Performance from DePaul University. He studied primarily with professor Ron Perillo, unquestionably the most innovative piano player in Chicago and with Bob Palmieri, a gifted guitarist. Having now graduated, David is devoting himself full time to teaching private students and looks very much forward to working with you!

*** Lesson Details ***
Although David has a laid back personality and approach to life, he takes his job very seriously. He prides himself in not being the kind of teacher who is there simply to entertain and hope the student learns something in the process. Though you will most certainly have a good time, you should only take from him if you really want to become a great musician/player. Having been a highly qualified public school teacher for 5 years, David has more experience than most private teachers you can find. He knows what it takes to achieve greatness and he knows that most students, in the end, respect that more than a half hour "jam session."

David will tailor his curriculum to each student. Every student is expected to have a notebook with staff paper and a pencil at their lesson. Students will also be assigned a book to purchase (in some cases more than one) and he/she will progress through it at a pace appropriate to his or her level.

More than anything, what you will see in David's lessons is his love for music and teaching music. It is truly a special thing to be gifted in this art, and he believes that anyone who is willing to put in the time, the effort and the dedication needed will be rewarded and enriched in the end.

David is also available for online lessons via Skype! He loves taking advantage of this modern technology in his lessons and is happy to take on new students in this format.

*** Studio Equipment ***
He has a fully weighted digital piano, electronic keyboard, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, clarinet, flute and various percussion equipment in a room completely devoted to music. Can accommodate seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring my own guitar/bass, but any drum lessons or piano lessons would require the student to have the necessary instrument at home.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in non-wind instruments, especially drums, percussion, bass guitar, piano and rock guitar. I consider myself extremely versatile with various styles and genres. Piano lessons are taught on a wonderful, fully weighted 88 key keyboard. I apply several teaching methods to reach as many kids as possible, with a focus on hands-on learning.

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Zachary H. Chicago, IL

Subjects Taught

Drum, Music Performance, Percussion

About Me

Based in Chicago, Illinois, Zachary is a world-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 Instrumental Performance from Columbia College Chicago. He has taught clinics and master classes in percussion at the Jim Lee Fine Arts Camp, Columbia College Chicago, Mott Middle College, and Holly Middle School.

Currently, Zachary owns and operates ZJH Percussion, a company providing instructional programs, presentations, and private tutoring in world percussion throughout Chicago Public Schools and the Chicago Parks District. Collaborating with Columbia College Chicago’s Community Arts Partnership and the Music Institute of Chicago, Zachary brings culture and music to under-privileged young learners. In addition, Zachary maintains a busy performance schedule collaborating with groups throughout the Midwest and leading his band Conjunto Candela.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons are developed individually for each students and are set up to cater to each students needs. Lessons can be taught on Drum-Set, Congas, Bongos, Cajon, General Percussion, and Drumline. Skills developed through these lessons range from learning how to groove, playing through your favorite songs, and learning to read music.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect the students to have drums for themselves if the lesson is in the students home. I will provide drums for myself if needed, and any books or instructional materials needed for the lesson. If a student does not have their own drums lessons basic drumming and percussion lessons can be taught on practice pads and buckets.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, and Afro-Caribbean percussion. I teach proper techniques and traditional rhythms for hand drums, and percussion instruments from Cuba, Brazil, and the Caribbean. I also teach Drumset. I teach students proper technique for using drumsticks, how to play various styles and also how to read notated rhythms.

Rob D. Chicago, IL

Subjects Taught

Drum, Guitar, Music Theory, Percussion, Piano

About Me

Hello! So glad you've taken a moment to check out my page. I am a graduate of VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, Illinois, having received a Bachelor of Music Education degree. I have been teaching full-time for two years, and while I enjoy what I do in the school setting, nothing quite satisfies me as much as helping others one-on-one; it's just more personal and meaningful to me! I am a drummer and percussionist by trade, but I also have solid basic facility on piano and guitar. As far as my experiences go, I have performed in the following types of ensembles:

-Symphonic band
-Wind ensemble
-Philharmonic orchestra
-Percussion ensemble
-Jazz, ska, rock, and brass bands
-WGI (Winter Guard International)
-DCI (Drum Corps International)

I have also completed two recitals, with audio and video footage available to you upon request. My performances with the above groups have taken me around the country, as well as allowed me to perform in front of hundreds of active music educators at the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic in Chicago, which is an international event. Outside of teaching professionally, I have instructed several drumlines and front ensembles for marching bands, and composed and arranged music for some of them. I am still currently working in the field, between teaching privately and touring with a rock band. While in this band, I have also amassed many hours of studio time, so I have become familiar with what is expected out of today's drummer.

I am currently located in Lincoln Square on the north side of Chicago, and am looking to keep my lessons local to the city. I am willing to travel to teach, but in that case, you must have your own drum set. Otherwise, I will happily welcome anyone into my home to get some work done! I live in a very accessible area, and there is a great musical culture around me that really spurs me to keep working and growing, both as a teacher and a musician.

Thank you SO much for taking the time to read up about me, and I am very much looking forward to hearing from you!

*** Lesson Details ***
A typical lesson with me consists of a few minutes of small talk, person to person, just to get to know one another and create a very comfortable atmosphere for us to learn and work together. I like to always start with reviewing what was last assigned, to allow my students to start with something that is fresh in their minds, and connect that material to new concepts in a smooth, exciting fashion. In the first lesson, time is spent carefully choosing goals and designing the best course of action to reach them. From there, in addition to what I feel my students need to address in our lessons, I always want them to have some input as to what comes next, so that the course of our lessons flow in a manner that helps students achieve their goals with me always there to guide them. I teach out of my home, and am also willing to travel for lessons, provided students are within a certain distance.

*** Studio Equipment ***
-4 piece Tama Imperialstar kit, 14/12/16/22
-4 piece Yamaha Stage Custom kit, 14/12/18/22
-Epiphone Special II electric guitar
-Breedlove Passport Series acoustic guitar
-Yamaha YPT-300 electronic keyboard

*** Travel Equipment ***
-2 snare drums with stands
-2 bell kits with stands
-Guitar, w/amplifier if needed
-Electronic keyboard with stand

*** Specialties ***
-Drumset (primarily rock, funk, country)
-Concert/rudimental snare drum
-Keyboard percussion
-Basic guitar
-Basic piano
-Music theory

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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