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Popular Drum Teachers Near Chicago

Ryan J.

Oak Park, IL
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Zachary H.

Chicago, IL
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Rob D.

Chicago, IL
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Ryan J. Oak Park, IL

Drummer with 18 years of playing experience now offering lessons to students ages 7 and up. I tailor my lessons to fit the specific needs of each student. Lessons focus on fundamentals, timekeeping, feel, coordination, technique, reading, learning different styles of music, playing along to recordings and, of course, having fun! I work with students of all skill level and teach out of my centrally located studio in Oak Park.

About Ryan

*** Studio Equipment *** two drum kits to record students seating for parents *** Travel Equipment *** I do not provide drum kit, hardware, and cymbals for in home lessons. *** Specialties **Born and raised in Oak Park, Illinois, Ryan began studying the drum kit at the age of 16. Having previously played the violin and trombone, he always found himself tapping out rhythms on his violin as opposed to practicing the Suzuki method. It only made sense when Ryan picked up the drum sticks, as his older brother and a handful of other relatives were all drummers. It was obviously in his blood. Ryan dove head first into private lessons in high school, eventually studying with Glenn Kotche of Wilco. His studies with Glenn landed him a position as Drum Tech (and on a number of ...

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 Instrumental ...

Rob D. Chicago, IL

I am delighted to work with drummers of all skill levels, and have the most concentrated experience with intermediate-advanced players, primarily ages 15-18/high school.

About Rob

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 ...

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Alisa A. May 7, 2014
Verified Student
Great teacher!

Rob is an excellent teacher. He has done a great job teaching our ten-year old daughter. We are not only impressed by his teaching ability, but also his flexibility, reliability, and punctuality. I highly recommend him as a music/guitar teacher.
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Gina S. February 21, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Great Teacher!

Rob has been a very wonderful teacher. My kids are very comfortable with him and have enjoyed the lessons. Rob is very patient and caring. Kids have learned alot in just 3 lessons. I will make sure I refer Rob to all my friends.

Peter M.

Chicago, IL
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Andrew S.

Chicago, IL
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David E.

Forest Park, IL
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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! *** Lesson Details *** I always spend a good part of each lesson working with students on ...

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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.
Andrew S. Chicago, IL

I have been teaching drum lessons full time for 11 years. My main goal as a teacher has always been to give every student a solid foundation in the fundamentals of drumming. This includes both the mental and physical aspects. Mental includes both reading music and playing by ear, and physical includes proper technique and coordination for both the hands and feet. Once you become proficient in the raw materials of drumming you will be able to learn any style of music you want.

About Andrew

My approach to teaching is very focused on giving students a strong foundation in the fundamentals of music. For drums this would be reading and understanding rhythms, proper technique which includes both hands and feet for drum kit, snare drum which I believe is the foundation for everything, and practicing with a metronome. Having a good solid foundation in these things will give you the tools necessary to learn any style of music you choose with much more ease and confidence. I know this from my own personal 26 years of experience and also from the success of my former and current students who have this foundation.

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mary J. January 6, 2015
Drum · In home
Andrew is excellent. He has a gift for relating to our 16 year old son, complementing his interest and gift in music. The result? our son has not only has improved skill, but also the understanding and passion that drive commitment and excellence. Andrew is always professional. He communicates well with both parents and students. Our son has various social challenges and Andrew seems to effortlessly create communication and progress. The result? We see benefits from Andrew's coaching both on and off the drums:)
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Steve L. December 15, 2014
Drum · In home
Andrew is simply the best. Our 11 year old son has been taking drum lessons for a couple of years now; has a great experience at every lesson; and looks forward to Andrew's knock on the door every week. I cannot say enough about Andrew's enthusiasm, ability to relate, and knowledge of his craft. As a past professional opera singer I've been coached by some of the best in the business. Andrew is right up there and he is especially talented in his ability to work with younger people. My son took to him like glue to wood. If you employ Andrew as an instructor you will absolutely not be disappointed.
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jessica L. December 15, 2014
Drum · In home
Andrew is truly a wonderful drum teacher. My 11 year old son has been studying with Andrew for about 3 years now. My son has had a great experience throughout this time as he continues to develop into a competent amazing drummer. Andrew is patient, kind, enthusiastic and extremely knowledgeable in his instrument. Furthermore, he has the gift of being able to convey his knowledge to the student so that the student fully understands it. He curtails the lesson to my son's drumming inclination so that my son is always enthusiastic and engaged while developing excellent technique. Anyone who is able to study with Andrew would be fortunate to do so.
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. Drum lessons are not available In-Studio.

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 vocabulary, theory, ...

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Greg L. January 22, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
David is an incredible instructor, I'm not writer so it's a challenge to express how the combination of his talent, personality and love of the arts that makes him so easy to work with. His sessions are magical and he really has taught me a lot in a short period of time. Highly Recommended.
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Greg L. December 11, 2014
Acoustic Guitar · In home
Verified Student
David is a great teacher for many reasons, but first of all he loves people and music. He's easy to work with, positive, fun and amazing at accelerating my guitar skills. I highly recommend him.
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Hayden M. November 29, 2014
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
David was my first choice and I couldn't be more satisfied. He's prompt and polite. He shows patience in it's entirety yet he is very persistent as he just only wants to progress. Also, he is extremely encouraging and not just talk. I told David at our first lesson that I had never touched a guitar before and that he was out of his mind to suggest we start with The Beatles as a first song to learn. He just smiled and said I could learn it by the end of the month if I really wanted to. It came out like a challenge but I liked that he had faith in my abilities, and sure enough after only two months of practicing I felt confident enough to get up on stage and perform live. It was my first performance ever. David's passion for music makes him a stellar instructor!

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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