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Popular Drum Teachers Near Denver

Daniel H.

Denver, CO
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Lane P.

Wheat Ridge, CO
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Ryan B.

Denver, CO
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Daniel H. Denver, CO

About Me

I started playing drums in church at an early age. I started studying drums and piano at age 14. My fist teacher was a great musician named chad Johnson. After that I studied with current Berkley College of Music faculty member Henrique Alemeida and with him i learned technique and tools to play all genres. I also studied with Phd. Jonathan Latta at Fort Lewis college and through him i learned classical percussion and some drum set repertoire. For music theory I studied with Phd. Hoyt Andreas of Metro State University. I currently study with Jazz Greats Ron Miles, Paul Romain and R&B/Gospel extraordinaire Cory Baker. I also study with Kendrick Scott through Skype. I currently play Gigs, Teach Lessons, and study full time. I currently have students in all areas in age groups from 5-25. I have played with many great artists including Trent Austin, and Ron Miles.

*** Lesson Details ***
In my lessons I teach not only technique on your instrument but also an understanding of how your instrument fits in the big Picture of music. I teach all genres including Jazz, Gospel, Brazilian Samba, Classical, Afro Cuban, Break Beats, HipHop, and rock. When It comes to my teaching style I am laid back but am a little strict when making sure the student accomplishes what I assign them that week. I also understand that life happens and I wont assign the student anything that they don't think they can accomplish in a week. In my lessons I like to make sure the student understands the history of the music they are wanting to play and the history of their instrument. this is important when gaining a good understanding of music.

*** Studio Equipment ***
This space is at my current home and is equipped with a full drum set and Korg triton piano studio keyboard. Very organized and clean.

For lessons at the college: There are several private studio rooms with 2 pianos in each room. I have access to all of the piano rooms and the drum-set room which also has a piano.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can bring my own drums but prefer that the student has there own, students provide piano or key board unless they are at my place which they would not have to provide a piano.

*** Specialties ***
Drum- Jazz, hip hop, funk, Afro Cuban, new Orleans second line, 126 rudiments, moeller technique , moeller matrix ( m2, mp2, m3, mp3, m4, mp4), push pull
Piano- beginner piano, key signatures, major, minor, diminished, half diminished, 7th chords,
Music theory- relation to piano, ear training, sight singing, counter point, Rhythm

Lane P. Wheat Ridge, CO

About Me

Let's get straight to it, I truly love teaching. Helping others attain the pure satisfaction that comes from musical accomplishment is one of my greatest joys. I strive to create an atmosphere that makes students feel comfortable so they are able to learn in a healthy way. Music should be fun and not something one feels forced to do, right? My goal is to stimulate creativity and inspire a drive in students to be the best musician they can be.

I have taught a wide variety of students in terms of age and musical direction, and love working with you to find what you want to play. With my experience in areas such as, orchestral percussion to rock drumming, as well as winning scholarships and attending college, I am confident I can help you do whatever you want in music.

Want to know a little more about my musical history? Here's a bio of my education and accomplishments:

I am a drummer and percussionist currently residing in Denver, Colorado. I began studying piano at age 5 with Barbara Rubenstein from DePaul University as well as congas with esteemed world percussionist Doug Brush.

During my high school years, I began studying four mallet marimba, drum set, and hand drumming with Sherri Dees (former associate professor, Arkansas State University). During this time I was chosen for the IMEA Honor Band and Orchestra twice, the McHenry County Honor Band, played drum set for five musicals, was the youngest player ever, at age 12, to be chosen for McHenry County Youth Orchestra where I played percussion for three seasons, was the drum captain of the CLC drum line for 2 years, was chosen by Mayor Aaron Shepley of Crystal Lake to perform originally composed drum set and marimba solos in the inaugural “Strikers Benefit Concert”, and was awarded the Outstanding Musician Award for sophomore, junior and senior years, the June Naponelli Memorial Fines Art Scholarship, and the national “John Philip Sousa Award” for excellence in music.

I then went to study percussion at Northern Illinois University under professors Greg Beyer and Robert Chappell. During my time at NIU I won the orchestral mock auditions for snare drum and two mallets, was chosen to be the featured xylophone soloist for the NIU percussion ensemble and steel band, was the principle percussion in the NIU Philharmonic, and gave a solo percussion recital that was highly attended and received rave reviews.

I have also been drumming with bands across the US. I have played all over the Chicago-land area, as well as throughout Wisconsin, Colorado and Arizona. I am currently set to record on the up coming album with 'The Silent Still' as well as record and release a solo percussion EP during 2013.

*** Lesson Details ***
As mentioned in my bio I am focused on making students feel comfortable in lessons. I believe this makes students perform at a higher level during lessons, as well as learn and retain information more efficiently. To do this I make lessons light but focused. When presenting material I explain in a streamlined fashion, with alternative methods whenever they are struggling. I try to make students smile and know that I'm learning right there with them. As cliche as it sounds I don't just teach, but learn the student. I can't help but innately find what methods of learning, problem solving and musical preferences each student has!

Want to know what other students and teachers of mine think about me? Here are some testimonials to give you and idea:

"Lane is a great teacher because of the way he blends music, technique, and improvising together. Lessons have never been boring, he even makes rudiments fun! If something is difficult, he'll always try a different approach to it, and in a matter of a few minutes, I'm playing it smooth as ever."
- Daniel S.

"Lane possesses an innate musicality, an extremely disciplined work ethic, and he is capable of centering himself under pressure. This rare combination of traits is a recipe for success in music and in life. You will be hard pressed to find a better mentor than Lane for your musical studies."
- Dr.Gregory Beyer
Associate Professor and Director of Percussion Studies
Northern Illinois University
President, Illinois Chapter of the Percussive Arts Society

"To me, Lane was an extravagant instructor. He had shared his expertise by helping me develop strategies to work forward and learn rudiments in my music."
- Peter C.

"Lane is one of the most gifted drummers we have ever employed in the Northern Illinois University School of Theatre and Dance. Lane was accompanist for our modern dance classes and I can honestly say he was as much of a "teacher" in the class as I was. The students absolutely loved having him around, and so did I. I would recommend Lane as an accomplished dance accompanist and musician, and commend him also as a decent, friendly, outgoing person who uses his accessible personality to bring his art to life in others."
- Professor Paula Frasz
School of Theater and Dance
Northern Illinois University

Here are some of the areas you can expect to learn on drum set, and percussion.

These areas include, but are not limited to:

Drum set:
- Hand and foot technique (beginning to highly advanced)
- Limb independence and coordination
- Playing your favorite songs
- How to sight read a rhythm chart
- Rudiments (fundamentals of snare drumming)
- Playing fills
- Developing a unique and sophisticated musical vocabulary (making ''your" playing style)
- How to play in a band
- How to play a variety of styles
- How to tune your drums quickly
- How to set up your drums so they work with your body to be easier to play
- How to listen critically and analytically

- Hand technique for snare drum and 2 mallet marimba/vibraphone/xylophone
- Hand technique for 4 mallet marimba/vibraphone
- How to sight read rhythm and melodic material
- Play famous orchestral excerpts
- How to play accessories such as concert tambourine
- How to be a section leader or principal player

*** Studio Equipment ***
I own multiple full drum sets with space. Seating available. 2 dogs kept separate during lessons. Parking on the street or driveway.

*** Specialties ***
I plan lessons based on the students goals and interests. I work with the student to find these goals and areas of interest so they are learning what they want to learn, thus more attentive in lessons, motivated to practice, and overall having fun with music. I strive to always deliver instruction in a clear and streamlined fashion. When a student does not understand a concept I am presenting, I can nearly always find a different way way of explanation, through demonstration, notation, visualizations, ect... that is effective.

Having heavily studied congas, djembe, marimba, orchestral percussion and drum set, I feel comfortable teaching a wide variety of students. I have also performed professionally and been paid in all the areas above. I am comfortable and have taught students in areas from concert snare drum to 4 mallet marimba to rock and jazz drumming.

Ryan B. Denver, CO

About Me

I hold a Bachelor's in music from the University of Colorado at Boulder. I am on the teaching staff at School of Rock Aurora. I have taught in the past in WA and CO including at music stores and in several public schools. I was previously signed to Candlelight Records and I have published two books on bass drum technique. I have worked with students who have learning disabilities and physical disabilities.

I have taught students from age 4 to 58 and I accept all ability levels and any type of musical background (or lack thereof).

My teaching is a combination of traditional knowledge and modern application. I customize my lessons for every student and everyone learns what they are interested in, plus some basics that everyone must know.

*** Studio Equipment ***
At my home studio: 2 Full Drum Sets, kids drum set, Glockenspiel, Claves, Maracas, Shakers, Shekere, Frame Drum, Dumbek, Bongos, Roto-Toms, Practice Pads, Extra Sticks, Music Stands, Acoustic and Electric Guitars for Jamming, etc.

Parents or other non-students may wait in the living room on the couch or observe the lesson in the studio.

Joey I.

Aurora, CO
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Mike M.

Littleton, CO
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Alexander T.

Denver, CO
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Joey I. Aurora, CO

About Me

My name is Joey and I have been teaching guitar and drums for 4 years. I am 22 years old and have been playing music for 10 years. I have a strong passion for music and teaching, which is why it's my only job. If I am not teaching, I am playing or recording music. Music saved my life. I am completely dedicated to it. I strive to learn every second of my waking existence. And it rewards me. More than any other reward I have ever received, minus love itself. I love inspiring people in anyway I can. I have learned a lot of life's lessons through music, and I am here to share them with you. Here is a quick listen of what I can do for you and what I require of you before lessons begin: Guitar Genres I can teach-Classical, pop, singer/songwriter, reggae, hard rock, metal, blues, country and jazz. Techniques I can teach:
-alternate picking, sweep picking, down picking for metal, finger picking, strumming, and many more!
-Chords/ melody/scales/modes/intervals/left hand exercises
-Rhythm-I'm a drum teacher, so this is self explanatory.
-If you pick a song you want to learn, I can give you the music for it, and teach it to you.
-Creativity, songwriting, music theory, recording, and sound itself.

Guitar Requirements: Students must have the following before we begin:
1.A good attitude. 2.USB flash drive (this saves paper, which saves trees and also saves money, which saves more trees and paper) If you don't have a computer, then do step 3 instead.
3.A binder to organize papers I will give you.
4.Acoustic or electric guitar.
5.Tuner and metronome. Drums: Genres I can teach-Rock, Pop, Country, Blues, Shuffle,Hip Hop, Rap, Metal, Jazz, and Electronic.

Techniques I can teach:
- Basic and advanced stick control (rebound stroke, bounce stroke, finger technique)
-Linear drumming
-Drum grooves of all sorts
-Rudiments (40 basic and also hybrid rudiments)
-Timing, time signatures, and tempo.
-Foot technique (double bass, hi hattechnique)
-Creativity, songwriting, music theory, recording, and sound itself.

Drum Requirements: Students must have the following before we begin:
1.A good attitude. :)
2.USB flash drive (this saves paper, which saves trees and also saves money, which saves more trees and paper) If you don't have a computer, then do step 3 instead.
3.A binder to organize papers I will give you.
4.Practice pad and drum sticks
6.I do not require students to have a drum set to learn drums.

*** Lesson Details ***
I promise all of my students the best atmosphere when I'm teaching you. Music is 90% mental, and the best way to be able to control your mentality is to be in a relaxed and comfortable environment. I will provide that no matter what. I'm a funny guy and I tend to crack jokes a lot so be prepared to laugh! I'm here to help you and make you reach your highest potential. I'm a laid back teacher but I always do expect that my students take what I have given them and practice, practice, practice! Everything you want lies in choice, so it should be your choice on how well you want to be able to play music. I will be your tour guide through the vast and infinite pool of musical experience! So what are you waiting for?

*** Studio Equipment ***
Roland TD 9 electronic drumset, PRS SE custom, Yamaha acoustic guitar, Macbook pro with Logic, Ableton, Guitar rig 4, and Superior Drummer 2.0. Akai mpk49 midi keyboard, 40 inch Sceptre LCD display, and a Rodes NT2A condenser microphone.

*** Specialties ***
Guitar-Classical, Hard rock, Reggae, Jazz, Metal.
Drums-Rock, Drum corps, Electronica, Blues, Metal

Mike M. Littleton, CO

About Me


I'm a professional drummer, percussionist, and composer here in Denver offering a fresh new approach to drum instruction. I teach at two separate locations complete with dual drum sets and a complete sound system that allows for both my students and I to play simultaneously and at full live volume!

As a Graduate of the California Institute of the Arts, I've been lucky enough to have studied with some of the most diverse masters of drumset and percussion from several continents around the globe. I've been a player of the drums for over 26 years now, and I'm still practicing and perfecting the art, gaining new friends, students, and live stage experiences on the way.

Let me start by saying that I highly value the freedom that I've been able to enjoy by passionately perusing music as a career. Any field where you get to socialize, interact with other musicians, and have fun performing with your friends, is a dream gig by any measure, but it does take hard work, sacrifice and tenacity to achieve that level of recognition. Fortunately I have the background and skills to not only make our lessons interesting and exciting!, but to also get you up to speed so that you can enjoy the life of a musician as well!!

My Complete Education:

Born in Santa Monica, California, I lived in and around Los Angeles in several areas before moving to Denver in 1990. I began on the Piano at age 4 and slowly gravitated towards playing the drums by my 9th birthday.

My first teacher, AND first mentor in music: Mark Foster (Metro College of Denver & Colorado Symphony Orchestra), At a very early stage he introduced me to Jazz and Latin and gave me a solid understanding of Classical Percussion as well.

My second instructor and Mentor: Jimi Bauchet, whom I took Rock, Progressive Rock, and Fusion lessons from, was a session and commercial artist in Los Angeles during the eighties and nineties.

Upon High School Graduation I left Denver to study percussion with Dr. Pennington at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado. It was here that I would get my first taste of performing music on a high art level, as Dr. Pennington was one of Michael Udow's young prodigies when he attended the University of Michigan, a nationally regarded school for the percussive arts.

Two years at Fort Lewis College provided me with the perfect spring board to transfer and I then returned to my home state to earn a degree at the prestigious California Institute of the Arts (CIA). It was here that I had the honor to study with the likes of John Bergamo (Master Percussionist), Randy Gloss (John's closest disciple), Joe Labarbera (Jazz Drumset Master), David Johnson (My Mallet & Orchestral Mentor), Alfred Ledzekpo (African Percussion Tribal Leader), Wenton Welojo (Balinesian Gamelan Master and Celebrity), and Swapan Chardui (THE Tabla Guru, Truly an Honor). The Multi-Focus Curriculum allowed me to study a wide array of disciplines while still receiving a degree based heavily in Classical Percussion. My BFA is essentially a custom built degree with a strong background in Theory, Composition, Jazz Drumset, Tympani, Mallets, and a variety of pitched percussion instruments from around the world.

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My Personal Philosophy:

In many parts of the world there is no separation between music and culture, and to that end I strive to bring my students closer to the outside world through the strength of their own musical bond. Having music be a part of my life has brought me great opportunities to meet other players and fans of the trade, through which I have experienced some of my most rewarding moments with, as well as making some life-long friends along the way. So to me, MUSIC IS SOMETHING THAT YOU ARE!!!, not just something that you do, and that concept is the fundamental reason why my lessons will often go far beyond just the common practices of instruction, to not only show you WHY you would want to use a certain rhythm or technique, but also HOW to apply it in a real situation in the most musical way. Through the deeper understanding of music, there is an equally deeper understanding of ones self..........

My Approach:

Drumming is a very root level based instrument. It is primal in its nature and very emotionally driven. This is great in many ways, for playing the drums can be meditative, or used to relieve stress and pent-up energy, but the bottom line is that drumming is expressive and FUN!!!

So keep in mind that while there is a student-teacher relationship that I must keep, in order to get my points across, you really should enjoy each and every lesson while you're learning. It's proven that you'll retain more of the information that I'm teaching if I can get you to leave with a SMILE on your face!!

OK, so the real trick to what I do as a teacher that sets me apart is my approach. I don't have a "cookie cutter" format for stamping out drummers that all sound the same and have the same library of beats to pull from. If you're a beginner or a seasoned pro, I will custom tailor a lesson, or a set of lessons in order to maximize our time together, all while allowing you to develop your own individual voice on the instrument.

For beginners, I will set up a more structured program to get you up to the level where we can begin to experiment a little more and be able to play along with some popular songs. Using a few time tested books, some rudimentary exercises, and few hand written examples, you will begin to see results immediately. Together we will keep a binder of notes that contain all of your previous and current exercises, and from lesson to lesson you will be able to see the progress that you are making through your collection of notes and music. With this method I have taught everyone from 5 to 65 how to navigate their way around the drums, so you will be in good company if it's your first time on this instrument.

As far as the intermediate to the advanced player is concerned, well, we are going to have a great time jamming together and sharing amazing contemporary concepts. I will still offer the structured program to anyone that is interested, but for the drummer that already has years of playing under their belt, I really have something special to offer you. Odd time, Mixed Meter, Four Limb Independence, Ostinatos, Displacement, and even Polyrhythm

*** Studio Equipment ***
Pearl Drumsets, Ludwig Drumsets, Sabian cymbals, Istanbul cymbals, DW drum pedals, Various reading materials, a stereo, mixer and isolation headphones for playing along with music tracks at full live volume. Comfortable thrones to sit on while playing. Various instructional DVDs that can be borrowed from time to time.

*** Specialties ***
Music, Drum set, Orchestral Snare Drum Technique, Hand Drums, World Percussion
Moeller Technique, Multi-Fulcrum Technique, Four-Limb Coordination and independence, Odd time, Polyrhythms, Mixed Meter! Capable of teaching drum set Reading and Notation! Also capable of teaching ALL STYLES of music. If you can think of it, I have played it. Too many to list here.

Alexander T. Denver, CO

About Me

I started playing drums when I was thirteen. My dad is a piano player, and he taught me about playing music, we still play together any time we get the chance. I also started taking drum lessons around this time.
By high school I was in the concert band, and then the jazz band for the last three years. I played for the All-City Jazz Band in Denver my senior year of high school.
I then went to Adams State College for two years and played in the big band, and percussion ensembles. The big band got the opportunity to go to the University of North Texas Jazz Festival, where I won an outstanding soloist award for a drum solo in one of the songs.
I then went to Berklee College of Music for four years for a performance degree. At Berklee I studied all kinds of styles of music from America and around the world. I went on a trip to Ghana with a group of students and a professor from Berklee to study some of the traditional drumming from a few different regions of the country.
I took a year off school before my last year at Berklee and went back home to Denver. That year I played in a brass band that played music from the Balkans, New Orleans, and other songs from a wide range of genres. I recorded with this band, as well as being a freelance studio drummer. Before returning to Berklee I went to back to Ghana for another month and was able to study more traditional drumming from a friend I made the first time I went.
At Berklee I played in all kinds of ensembles of varying styles and studied with some of the industry's best. Outside of school I have played in multiple bands since high school. I just moved to New York City to pursue a career in music. Within the first two weeks I joined a funk band by audition.
I can help you to accomplish your goal of being a good drummer because I understand how to practice efficiently.

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm a laid back teacher. I understand that sometimes you can't practice. You are paying for the lessons so you will get out of it what you put into it. My job is to help you improve during the lesson. I'll help you to play whatever you're trying to play more fluently. If you don't know what you want to play I'll give you a wide range of material, of different genres of music and you can choose what you want to study. After 3-6 months of weekly lessons you will have started to develop your own voice on the drums.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide the lesson materials. The student provides his or her drum set.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, R&B, Funk, Fusion, Rock, World.
Slow, additive construction method for learning grooves.

The Denver Music Scene - A Drummer’s Perspective

Let me introduce myself. I’m a drummer with 24 years in the music business, and for the last decade I’ve been lucky enough to be an active and integral part of the music scene here in Denver Colorado. It’s been a long and interesting ride so far and I thought I would use this opportunity to share some of my experiences through the unique perspective I’ve gained as an in demand drummer with those of you who are currently taking or looking to take drum lessons in Denver.

Colorado has a diverse musical background, and there seems to be more room for hybrid musical styles here, rather than most places that have an older, more established scene. Between the location, the weather, the close proximity to the mountains and the sister vibe of neighboring Boulder, Denver just seems to ...

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