John S.

John S.

4 Reviews
Saint Paul, MN

About John S.

John teaches: Males 5 and up
Females 5 and up
Special needs
Teaching since: April 2008
Last sign in: Last week


Over the past decade, John has enjoyed great success gigging, recording, and teaching drums. John has logged over eight years of performance experience in the Twin Cities and Upper Midwest, playing with bands spanning a diverse range of musical genres, from rock/pop to jazz and latin. He currently plays every weekend, splitting time between original indie band, Step Rockets, and Minneapolis-based cover band, Soul Tree. John teaches drum students in the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs. Lessons are held from his basement studio or from students' homes.

John started drumming at the age of 10, honing his chops under the tutelage of drummer/vibraphonist Steve Roehm, member of the acclaimed Twin Cities jazz trio, The New Standards. John continued his musical education at St. Olaf College, where he played drums in the school’s nationally accredited Jazz One ensemble and studied percussion with highly regarded Twin Cities musicians Phil Hey and Dave Hagedorn. Since graduating, John has found a niche in the world of teaching. He has taught students in St. Paul Public Schools while developing a strong base of drum students in and around the Twin Cities. John has a thorough understanding of drumming technique coupled with an in-depth knowledge of different styles and genres.

John shares his passion for drums and his love of music with people of all ages and backgrounds. He provides a fun and stimulating learning environment in which his students can foster their drum skills and grow their love of music.

*** Lesson Details ***
John provides a laid back atmosphere, ensuring that lessons are equal parts fun and education. Based on his teaching experience with a wide range of ages and experience levels, John tailors his curriculum according to his students’ input and the exercises that are most effective. With two drum sets and a bass guitar at hand, John often dedicates a portion of his lessons to jamming with his students to inspire creativity and provide a practical outlet for their lesson exercises. John can teach any number of drum set skills, from basic mechanics and music reading to advanced technique and improvisation.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Sound-Proof Studio: Two Drum Kits (Electric & Acoustic)

*** Travel Equipment ***
Given the short duration of each drum lesson, I expect the student to provide all of the drums, cymbals, and hardware for which he/she desires to learn the instrument.

*** Specialties ***
Genres: Funk, Rock, Jazz, Latin (Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Latin-Jazz), Pop, Country, Hip-Hop; Sight-Reading; Rudiments; Improvisation; Technique

Photos and Videos

Latest music video from Step Rockets, featuring myself on the drums.


Musician Jan 2006 - Present
Drum Instructor & Performing Artist


B.A. - Psychology Sep 2006 - May 2010
St. Olaf College

Languages Spoken

English Fluent / Native Proficiency
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4 Reviews on John S.

Mary M. August 6, 2014
Drum · In studio
I worked with John for around 9 months so far, starting as a complete beginner. He has moved me through multiple genres of music and despite my limited schedule has me progressing much further along in lessons then I ever thought possible! He is great to work with, very accommodating to the students interest and very professional! He has helped me with technique and music theory as well, which has been really helpful. I would recommend him to anyone, young or old, interested in learning the drums!
LisaS7 April 29, 2012
Great teacher

John is patient, on time and very thourough! He has great knowledge and is very personable. Gets along great with me and my son.
GloriaB April 12, 2011
Great Instructor

John quickly figured out my learning. style. I have learned a lot in a very short period of time. John knows all the genres and he knows how to teach. He has a great personality and would be a great teacher for all ages and abilities.
BillS1 November 22, 2010
What a great instructor!

I would recommend John to anyone for drum instruction. He quickly figured out my playing style, gave me excercises for improvement and had me 'thinking' instead of just hitting the drums. On top of that add a great personality and fun lessons. Thanks, John!