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The Drum Scene and Drum Lessons in Baltimore

By Chris M. - Baltimore Drums Teacher

Hi everyone! My name is Chris and I'm a drummer here in Baltimore, Maryland. I want to talk a little bit about the music and drumming scene here in Baltimore. The Baltimore drum scene is a vital and exciting one. There are many outlets to play music, great studios to record in and friendly, competent musicians to partner up with to form new groups, do sessions or just sit in. One of the reasons I love being a full time drummer here in this city is that people genuinely love to see live music. If your thing is alternative rock, punk, metal or emo, you might play clubs such as The Ottobar, Club Sonar or The Recher Theater. If you are in a cover band and like to play the latest Top 40 hits then The Barn, Padonia Station or The Ram's Head Roadhouse would love to have you play for their crowds. If you're into Prog or Fusion, the infamous Orion Studios is the perfect place for you to showcase your band. Each time I play out I always end up seeing people enjoying themselves while dancing, watching or just listening to the music. There are endless opportunities for anyone taking drum lessons in Baltimore to get out and showcase their skills.

Another plus for being a drummer in Baltimore is the location itself. Washington, DC is an hour south of us, Philadelphia is two hours north and New York City is almost 4 hours north. I've been lucky enough to gig in all of those places and it helps keep things fresh for me because I like to travel. Being a freelance musician as well as an instructor means that you have to be versatile, reliable, have good ears - and it helps if you can read music too. The drum scene here is getting bigger everyday with new players, but it's also a community that works together.

I love teaching drum lessons in Baltimore because of the great talent I see in people of all ages. Right now I teach ages ranging from 6 to 60 and the responses I get from these students are so positive. I've helped adults get their chops back and get up to speed so they can go out and gig again; I've also seen younger students of mine grow up to gig with their own groups or set themselves up to attend local schools such as Towson University, University of Maryland Baltimore County and the Community College of Baltimore County, or they move on to colleges outside of the area.

Baltimore has always had a great respect for their musicians. Some of our famous hometown drummers include Chester Thompson (Genesis, Frank Zappa), Hillary Jones (Tribal Tech, Robben Ford) and Dennis Chambers (Jazz/Fusion legend Santana). Personally, I’ve played a lot of different styles of music here - Rock, Top 40, Folk Rock, Metal, Jazz, Funk, Fusion and Prog. I have a great time playing in all forms of music and it's even put me in the spotlight with magazines like Modern Drummer & Keyboard magazine. Currently, I'm playing in two cover bands, two progressive rock bands and a jazz-funk group. Plus I'm always "on call" to fill in or play on a session. Each opportunity is unique and helps me grow as a musician. Take drum lessons in Baltimore and you too can become a part of this vibrant community!

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Murray P.

Baltimore, MD

Snare Drum
-Proper sitting & standing posture
- Care & tuning of snare drum
- Proper grips and hand placement
- Stone & Moeller technique
-Basic rudiments development single stroke, double stroke, open stroke rolls, single, double, triple paradiddles, flams, flam taps, flamadiddle, flam accent, ruff family
- Reading simple rhythms & notes, whole, half, quarters, 8ths, 16ths, 8ths note triplets and 16ths note triplets
- Develop time keeping skills, working with a metronome or click track

Drum Set
- Intermediate drum set book
- Reading various time signatures
- More style studies such as, reggae, latin, gospel, rock, jazz, blues, samba, r&b etc...
- Enhance time keeping skills, working with a metronome or click track
- Use of brushes, mallets and hot rods on drum set
- Double bass drumming concepts
- Development creativity and endless ideas on the drum set for grooves, solos and drum fills

About Murray

I received my B.S. & Music Degree with concentration in instrumentalists from Morgan State University. I have been playing since the age of three years old and have been teaching since 2004. I am very well rounded in all styles of music such as, Rock, Jazz, Gospel, Christian, Latin, Marching, Classical, Blues and the list goes on. I am now also a Emmy Nominated drummer for my outstanding role in the 2015 Stage Musical "Oh Gospel" The Evolution of Gospel Music. My drumming & percussion career has launch me into one of the most sought after instructors & drummers of our time. My skill level and
personalty has brought about major partnerships with some of the biggest names in the industry such as Vic Furth, Revelation Drums, Hot Sticks and Sabian Cymbals. I have performed with many Stellers & Grammy artist such as Richard Smallwood, Tamela Mann, Marvin Sapp, Dorinda Clark Cole, American Idol contestants and Sunday Best contestants to name a few. I currently play full time at the New Antioch Baptist Church of Randallstown in Baltimore MD where the congregation is over 10,000 members. I am very proud of the releasing of my latest DVD entitle "Piper's Time 2 Groove" to inspire all musicians around the World. With the launching of Passionate Drumming & Music Lessons, I am dedicated to equipping all my students with the instructions for reaching students goals. I welcome all students any age, any skill level. Hope to have you as a new student very soon!

*** Lesson Details ***
My students will quickly learn the basics of drumming, including: stick control, technique, rhythms, drum fills, and licks. It does not matter if you are a beginner, intermediate or advanced drummer. The same time and effort will be exercised. We will have a fun and meaningful time playing, both by ear and by reading music. These lessons will really be hands on using teaching methods such as music books, DVD’s, and playing of my own. Students will have a great time also studying music theory, learning how to assemble the drum set, learning the parts of the drums, how to tune the drums, and how to accompany other musical instruments. After 3 to 6 months taking lessons, all students will be well on their way to a very successful musical career having had such fun and learning to play all different styles of music. My motto: Lets play Good, get Better, and be our Best!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Finished basement: (2) drum sets, small studio, recording equipment, seating for students & guest.

***Endorsers & Sponsors***
VicFirth-http://vicfirth.com/artist/Murray_Piper/
Sabian
Revelation Drums

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring snare and sticks. For the more advance lesson drum kit if one not provided. For the beginners sticks snare and if they already have a drum kit that is fine too.

*** Specialties ***
Gospel, Christan, jazz, blues, rock, R&B, pop, Latin, reggae, funk
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Douglas September 22, 2016
Drum · Online
Really Great for this 8 year old.
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Chris T. August 12, 2016
Drum · Online
Verified Student
My son really enjoyed his first lesson!!!
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Chris T. August 12, 2016
Drum · Online
Verified Student
My son really enjoyed his first lesson!!!
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Murray P.

Murray P.

Baltimore, MD 21229
(44)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Thomas A.

Burtonsville, MD

About Thomas

I have been playing drums for 45 years. The last 16 years I have been playing and performing professionally with my band Black Widow USA. We have toured the US several times in support of our two internationally released CDs. For about 30 years of my time behind a drum set I had given drum lessons on and off. But because of my super strong passion for the drums and my desire to share my knowledge of the instrument I decided to start teaching on a more regular basis. Several of my first regular students have now gone on to do very well themselves. Drumming in bands of their own. Although I can
teach most styles of drumming I have been a die hard rock and roller most of my life. With my main influences on the instrument being Carmine Appice, Don Brewer from Grand Funk, John Bonham, Ian Paice from Deep Purple and for double bass Tommy Aldridge. So I really specialize in the old rock and roll, classic rock, hard rock and metal from the 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, all the way up to today's rock, metal and pop music. I believe my years of experience are valuable in relating to each students musical interests ,desires and accomplishments on the drums. Besides playing in my original band Black Widow and teaching drums, I also play in a classic rock and metal cover band. Which gigs out on a regular monthly bases.
*** Lesson Details ***
I make sure that I find out from the get go what each and every new student likes musically and what they want to learn and how far they want to go on the drums. Then I try to tailor all the lessons to each students interests and abilities. Making sure that it's fun for them in the process. This can't be work or a chore or they won't stick with it. But I will say I do believe that every beginning student who has NEVER sat behind a kit before should know and start with the fundamentals ( the building blocks so to speak) of drumming such as holding the sticks, proper stick control and technique, and how to execute some important basic rudiments and keep good time. Also I think learning to read some drum notation is important so you know and understand what you are playing when you play it, but can teach by ear also. I can also teach double bass technique if a student is interested in that.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Works space w/two drum sets, one double-bass and one single. Instruction material (books, CDs, videos). Seating for parents.

*** Travel Equipment ***
If necessary to travel to a students home, they should have a drum kit there or at least a practice pad to get started on. I will bring sticks, a metronome if needed and the necessary instruction books for the lessons. Also willing to travel to a students home if they are just getting started and need help setting up their kit or need help tuning the drums.

*** Specialties ***
Mostly specialize in beginner to intermediate ages 7 and up teaching rock ( which includes old rock and roll from the 50's, blues), classic rock ( 60's and 70's) , hard rock and metal from the 80's all the way up to today's rock, pop and metal music. Believe it or not, it's all tied together. Let me show and teach you how.
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Brandon M. September 8, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Thomas was very professional in his approach to teaching. His workplace was very clean and neat. This made us feel very comfortable and welcome. He is a personal teacher. Before any teaching took place he wanted to know my child's likes and dislikes when it came to music. This meant a lot to me. It showed me that he was interested in my son's development as a musician. It told me a lot about his character. He is not just teaching but it is interested in his students. He challenged my child while allowing him to express himself while learning and playing. When he taught he came down to his level and was very patient. This was a very positive experience for us. My son is very excited and we are looking forward to future classes. I would recommend him to anyone looking for a drum instructor.
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Nathan N. May 19, 2016
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Thomas is very nice. My 13 yrs old likes his drum lessons very much so far.
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Nathan N. May 19, 2016
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Thomas is very nice. My 13 yrs old likes his drum lessons very much so far.
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Thomas A.

Thomas A.

Burtonsville, MD 20866
(15)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Nathan R.

Halethorpe, MD

Aside from teaching various styles of music on drum set, I also teach more classical type percussion (including mallet percussion)

About Nathan

I have been teaching private lessons for close to 10 years and have been an active performer for even longer, playing in all different types of groups, from rock bands and jazz groups to orchestras and brass bands. I studied music at Frostburg State University (Bachelors) and the Peabody Conservatory (Masters). I can teach just about any age and skill level and cover anything you are interested in learning; whether its a certain style, genre, technique or song.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are laid back, with a focus on perfecting the basics. Most students work out of a method boo
k appropriate to their skill level. Aside from that we'll also spend time learning songs and pieces of the students choice. With the right amount of effort, you'll know your way around your instrument in no time at all

*** Travel Equipment ***
Will provide sheet music and exercises. My students should have a working instrument as well as any method book or sheet music we are working on.

*** Specialties ***
I teach all styles and genres
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Alex August 23, 2016
French Horn · Online
Verified Student
Nathan is great. Very conscientious and patient.
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Steven July 31, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Teaching 12 year old to play guitar. Has good rapport with kids and son is enjoying his lessons, he looks forward to going. We go to his home and he has other instruments as well and is happy to accommodate my son's request to spend a few minutes discussing piano. Highly recommend.
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Carl M. June 24, 2016
Trumpet · In home
Verified Student
As a total beginner, I found it to be a great experience since I had nothing to compare it to. Nathan demonstrated substantial knowledge and was easy to work with. He was very good at instructing one on how to use the instrument.
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Nathan R.

Nathan R.

Halethorpe, MD 21227
(8)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Benjamin Z.

Catonsville, MD

Drum Set styles taught include rock, pop, metal, djent, punk, hip hop, funk, r&b, country, & jazz.

About Benjamin

I have been teaching drums privately in the Baltimore and central Maryland area for the past nine years to students of all ages and abilities. Many of my students have gone on to win music scholarships and play in successful regional rock groups. Additionally, I love to teach those with special needs, including autism, Asperger’s, ADHD, dyslexia, etc.

Beginners will learn the essential fundamentals of drumming and rhythm, all while enjoying and expressing themselves through music. Most beginners walk out of the very first lesson able to play an actual groove! I structure lessons based on y
our needs and goals, with a heavy emphasis on playing along with your favorite songs and bands. Other essentials you will learn include proper grip and technique, keeping steady time, basic rudiments and patterns, reading notation, listening and ear training, fills, and improvisation. Above all, we will have fun making music!

Intermediate and advanced players will be pushed well beyond their current percussive abilities. I will work together with you to create a specific, goals-based curriculum to get you where you need to be. Whether you want to get that gig or ace that audition, need a new direction to your expression, or just want to hone your chops to be better than the next guy, I can get you there.
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Benjamin Z.

Benjamin Z.

Catonsville, MD 21228
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Theresa D.

Rosedale, MD

I focus on classical percussion with some drum set. For more details please feel free to contact me.

About Theresa

I am a former instrumental music teacher in the Catholic school system. I have been teaching in some way, shape or form for the past 20 years. For those students interested in any of my crafting lessons, I have been making crafts since I was too young to remember. My methods of teaching vary depending on the student and what they need to succeed. I make myself available between lessons via text, phone and email for questions regarding the lesson. Please let me know if you have issues with animals, I can put them in another part of the house. I have both cats and a dog. All of which are f
riendly.
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sofia August 23, 2016
Oboe · In studio
Verified Student
Theresa is well versed in many different instruments. Her teaching skills are exceptional. Smart and easy going
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James B. August 16, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Daughter is learning so much and she enjoys the teaching method that Theresa uses.
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Gerard C. June 5, 2016
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Theresa is a human encyclopedia of musical knowledge. She is patient, understanding and is willing to take the time to break down a particular element of learning so it it's more readily understandable to a student trying to learn a new instrument. I highly recommend her to anyone who wants to learn most any instrument since she teaches so many different ones.
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Theresa D.

Theresa D.

Rosedale, MD 21237
(12)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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