John O.

John O.

3 Reviews
Orlando, FL


Levels Taught: Beginner - Intermediate

I teach primarily how to play drum set. This involves learning how to play different drum beats utilizing coordination between the hands and feet. I provide play along music so students can use this to apply the skills they are practicing. I also teach rudiments which are the building blocks of playing the drums. I teach hand drums such as congas and djembe along with percussion instruments such as shaker and tambourine. I also offer drum tuning services for $25.00. I use techniques taught by a customer drum builder to get the best possible sound from your drum set.

About John O.

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Male Ages Taught: 7 to 85
Female Ages Taught: 7 to 85


I started playing the drums at the age of ten and have been playing for over thirty years. I played snare drum and bass drum in symphonic band in junior high and high school. I played in the Drum and Bugle Corps while in the Air Force. We marched in parades and won several awards for excellence. I have played in three Christian bands and one rock band. I have also played drum kit and percussion in church for several years. I completed the Drum Set Fundamentals course with Berklee College of Music in 2012. I am currently playing for a Christian rock band and we play live at different venues in Central Florida. I am currently enrolled at Valencia Community College working towards my music performance degree.

This real world experience of playing with live musicians in different settings allows me to show students what does and does not work well with playing the drum kit.Whether you have dreams of playing in a touring rock band, playing in church, or just jam out with your favorite songs, I can help you reach your drumming goals.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am very passionate about teaching others how to play the drums. This is why my drum studio is called "Groove With Passion." I take teaching very seriously and I enjoy watching the transition of a beginner go from not knowing how to hold the drumsticks to playing along to music. I am very patient and am able to show students several different approaches to play grooves and fills. I am a very positive person and will get just as excited as my student when they learn what I am teaching them. I work with my students until they "get it." And that is a wonderful feeling. A good teacher inspires their students to learn and grow. That is exactly what I strive to do.

My teaching involves using several different resources that will allow the student to become a well rounded drummer. This involves learning how to read music, playing rudiments, coordination between the hands and feet, proper drumset setup and tuning, and learning to play along to music. All of this while learning proper technique. Some of the different books that might be used include: Drumsense Vol. 1 and 2, Stick Control by George Stone, The Rock Drumming System, and others. Along with these I also utilize DVD's by Jo Jo Mayer, Steve Smith, and Tommy Igoe, and other top drummers.

I use the Drumsense teaching method. Drumsense is a structured learning program that teaches students how to start playing basic beats and then continue adding more coordination to advance these beats.

I am also a Hudson TIP (Teachers Integration Program) instructor. Hudson Music produces several teaching DVDs by some of the top drummers in the world. Utilizing teaching DVDs allows for us to branch out and continue learning and growing as a drummer.

Learning to play an instrument should be fun and at the same time requires practice by the student. Within just a few lessons one should see some progress and as you continue to learn more advanced beats and fills, playing becomes even more fun.

Playing the drums is something that one can do for a lifetime. Whether your are eight or eighty, jamming out on a drumset is healthy, it is a great way to relieve stress, and will do wonders for your self-esteem.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring drumsticks, a practice pad, a metronome, and applicable teaching materials to each lesson. The student should have a functional drumkit or snare drum, depending on what instrument they are learning. They should also have their own practice pad, drumsticks, and a music stand. It is recommended for students to purchase a metronome or at least have a computer with headphones to utilize an online metronome. Various books and other materials will need to be purchased as the student progresses with the curriculum and their playing skills advance.

*** Specialties ***
I teach rock, funk, country, and Christian music.

Photos and Videos

This is the studio where I used to teach in Casselberry, FL.


Drum Teacher Sep 2009 - Present
Groove With Passion Drum Studio

I have been teaching drums for 4 1/2 years. I have taught students from many different age ranges and experience levels. I have been playing drums for over thirty years. I currently play in a Christian rock band and I also play drums and percussion in church. I have played in one rock band and two other Christian bands.


Currently working towards A.A. degree for Music Performance, Drum Set May 2012 - Present
Valencia Community College, Berklee College of Music

Languages Spoken

English Fluent / Native Proficiency


Hudson T.I.P. (Teachers Integration Program) Instructor Mar 2010
Hudson Music

I have been trained to use multimedia, including DVD's, MP3s, and online resources to enhance the learning experience for students. This allows for a well rounded curriculum and makes the lessons fun and interesting.

Student Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by 3 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Walker's Dad John is doing a great job teaching my son, Walker. He is instilling a love for drums into Walker that I believe he will keep for a lifetime.Thank you John! July 7, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Highly Recommend! John is extremely passionate and knowledgable about drumming and it shows in his enthusiasm to teach. I always wanted to play the drums, but didn't know anything about it, after my very first day with John, I felt confident about my ability to learn how to play the drums. He is thorough with his instruction and is very understanding of one's learning pace. Whether you're interested in learning how play the drums for the first time or just improving your skills, John can help you reach your ambitions. April 4, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Super for beginners I am a true beginner who decided out of the blue one day that I wanted to laarn how to play the drums. John has been an excellent teacher. He is affable, patient, and never seems to run out of ways to explain difficult or challenging concepts.I think he's great for true beginners like me!!!! March 3, 2011