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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

My musical career started at age 3 when my parents placed a pair of drum sticks in my hands. I started playing drums in church and then progressed to play in middle school where I was part of the jazz band and orchestra. With some very early lessons, I begin to blossom into a skillful drummer. I then continued to play in bands in high school and, in addition, became a member of the Milford Mill Academy Marching Band. In my sophomore year, I became the section leader of the drum line where I played & mastered the snare drum. I have 2 degrees in music theory from Deer Park Magnet school and Morg
an State University. I have performed with many bands from all different musical genres such as gospel, funk, pop, jazz, blues, rock, Latin, reggae, and R&B. In 2004 I became the only drumming instructor at The Psalms of David School Of Music. In 2011 I started and became the principle of the New Antioch Baptist Church School of Music. I have recorded with a variety of musical artists and currently plays full time at the New Antioch Baptist Church of Randallstown. In 2012, I recorded my first DVD entitled, "Piper's Time 2 Groove". Throughout the last 27 years of my drumming career, I still have the passion and fun as if it were day 1. Within the last 16 years, I have taken that same passion for playing and have transferred that energy into all of my students. 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.

*** 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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Christian G. January 20, 2016
Drum · Online
Verified Student
Great first lesson. Murray has patience and knowledge.
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Jules C. December 16, 2015
Drum · Online
Verified Student
My son was very impressed, asked why we had been taking drum lessons from his local instructor for so long. He was reticent before the lesson saying that he wasn't sure that our internet connection would be good enough, saying that he wasn't sure we could really do a lesson online instead of face to face. He came out of his room after the lesson and said he loved it, and that it worked really well, that our connection was just fine, and that he could hear everything on both sides. He was very happy with the result. He is really happy to have a clear goal of playing snare on the drum line in marching band, and he's very happy about having an instructor who can really help him to get there. Great experience so far!
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Michelle G. December 15, 2015
Drum · Online
Verified Student
We had our first lesson this week and it was great!
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Murray P.

Murray P.

Baltimore, MD 21229
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$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. 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 t
he 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.
*** 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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Andrew O. October 7, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Thomas is great. He is patient and I am excited about learning drums from him.
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Rusty Wilson September 9, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Other people have written longer replies - and they are true. Read the if you want.

Take lessons from Tom - you won't regret it. He's awesome.
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Sean C. August 25, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Tom is a great drum teacher and nice guy. He is a professional drummer and is very patient and knowledgeable about drumming. I would recommend Tom for anyone who wants to learn how to play drums.
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Thomas A.

Thomas A.

Burtonsville, MD 20866
(12)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
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Nathan R.

Windsor Mill, 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 book a
ppropriate 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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John L. October 22, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
As an over 50 student who use to be somewhat decent at playing the piano 30 years ago, I was fairly nervous about starting up again, as well as somewhat skeptical that lessons would really help. But after a few months with Nathan I can say that they are definitely helping and I feel lucky to have found him. Nathan is not only knowledgeable but has an excellent instinct regarding what I need in an instructor. I feel confident he would be able to adapt his style to any type of student of any age range or ability level.
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Nancy P. October 22, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Nathan is an EXCELLENT piano teacher! He's encouraging, not at all upset when I clearly haven't practiced,
and is a pleasure to be with. He is gifted in the way he seems just the right teacher for me, though I'm sure he's as fine a teacher for others who have their own individual approaches to learning to play the piano.
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Debbie G. April 18, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
We are so happy that he shared his talent with us. He gave my son beneficial skills to practice and assessed what he would work on during our next lesson. Thank you for connecting us.
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Nathan R.

Nathan R.

Windsor Mill, MD 21244
(5)
starting at
$38 / 30-min
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Arthur C.

Baltimore, MD

Drums lesson Will help to provide a basis for beginners intermediate and advanced

About Arthur

Hi my name is Arthur I've been playing music all my life but I started on drums at the age of 4 from there I moved on to the bass and now playing piano. I've also been open to showing others what I know but I officially started teaching in 2001 my 9th year of high as a part time job.
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Arthur C.

Arthur C.

Baltimore, MD 21217
starting at
$60 / 30-min
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Randy W.

Odenton, MD

I've been teaching for 30 years and cover most aspects of percussion from drum kit, to symphonic, rudimental and drum corps, hand drums and even Scottish snare drumming and Irish bodhran. My students have gone on to many competitions through the years and some have become music performers and instructors themselves. I have performed all over North America and Europe and been a winner in the bagpipe band competition at the World Pipe Band Championships in Scotland.

About Randy

I graduated the University of Houston in 1985 with a degree in Music Education specializing in percussion. Whether symphonic, pop-rock, rudimental, Scottish, Celtic or world styles I am proficient and hope to be your instructor. I have taught privately for 30 years, been a band director, performer, including producing 10 albums with my band - The Rogues - and was a member of the Hamilton Pipe Band in Houston when they were the first bagpipe band from the United States to win the World Pipe Band Competition in Grade 3. I also have experience as a drum and bugle corps instructor.
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Christopher M. December 9, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Really great teacher!
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Christopher M. August 19, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Great first lesson.
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Donna July 20, 2015
Bodhran · In studio
I've had the privilege of being Randy's Bodhran student. He has a gift for understanding how to construct the lessons around his students abilities so they can grasp the concept and skill needed to move forward in their lessons.

I was very nervous as I had never played any type of drum before but his ability to set his students at ease was apparent from lesson one.

I highly recommend Randy as an instructor.
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Randy W.

Randy W.

Odenton, MD 21113
(7)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

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