Picture of drum lessons in National City, CA

Top Drum Lessons for Kids in National City, CA

Affordable in-home or in-studio lessons for beginners. Expert teachers near you. Fun classes. Book now.

Featured On

Why TakeLessons?

Play-button

Our teachers have taught

2 , 6 0 2 , 1 2 0

lessons and counting!

Popular Drum Teachers near National City, CA

Check out some of our most popular teachers near National City, CA including San Diego, Chula Vista, Carlsbad, La Jolla and Oceanside.

Showing 10 of 181 results View More

About David B.

Close
209377_200427_23485
Lakeside, CA
View Full Profile
About David
After graduating from Salford University, England with a Bachelors degree (Honors) in Music and Composing I worked for a short time as a commercial "jingle" writer, before moving to San Diego, marrying my dream girl, and opening my own music recording, teaching and production studio. From there I have been teaching lessons, recording bands and writing music for independent film ad video games for the last 6 years. Throughout this time I've been continually performing live in venues all over California.

*** Lesson Details ***
I teach both from a privately rented studio in Santee and from my home studio in La Mesa. Both are fully equipped for guitar, bass and drum lessons and even have recording facilities! In my lesson plans I try to combine theory and technique with practical application (that is, playing music and rocking out!).

A typical lesson begins with a warm up and review of last weeks' lesson, and then moves to a new concept or technique. Once this new idea is understood, we give it a practical application by using it a song the student is familiar with. We finish up by setting some homework and answering any questions the student my have.

My lessons are structured and goal orientated (I want my students playing songs they love as soon as possible to keep the inspiration and excitement going!) but I adapt each lesson plan to suit the student, accommodating different musical tastes and learning styles. Most important I keep the lessons fun and engaging - it's the best way to learn!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fulling equipped, professional teaching studio.
Guitars, drums, amps, PAs, Pianos, Mandolins and much more!

*** Specialties ***
Very versatile both in preferred styles and my ability to adapt to students requests. Can cover anything from jazz to metal, or pop to blues, on guitar, bass or drums.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Alyssa Q. July 6, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
After becoming frustrated with some past experiences, my daughter is motivated and excited again about learning guitar. She’s loving it!
Silhouette-80
Beth March 12, 2018
· Ukulele · In studio
Awesome lesson!
Silhouette-80
don September 29, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
motivating and patient.
View Details
View Profile
David B.

David B.

La Mesa, CA 91941
(31)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

About Francisco P.

Close
284062_lr9cwjkl9vz5c9nrx2bq
North Hollywood, CA
View Full Profile

Drums is my primary instrument, the one I chose to follow as a career in music. Drums make us dance, make us smile, and they are simply extremely fun to play. The most important thing I focus on is in playing music with the drums. There is nothing more rewarding and fun than playing with and for other people. Whether you are interested in learning how to play your favorite pop or rock song or a jazz standard, I can teach you what makes drumming unique in each style, and what you will need to know to express yourself in the instrument.

About Francisco
I was born in Argentina. I began playing bass when I was ten years old, while my younger brother began playing drums. I started taking bass classes, and also formed several bands as a bass player, although the drums had always been sounding in the back of my head. After listening to Tool’s Danny Carey and Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater, at the age of 17, I realized the drums were my true love, and began studying the instrument. I continued playing bass in several bands, until I joined the band The Evenfall as a drummer, in 2009. At this time, my family was considering moving to the U.S, and that's when I got the chance to apply to the Berklee College of Music. I graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2012 with a degree in Drumset Performance. There I studied with the most respected drummers and teachers in the world, and learned not only from their
way of playing, but also from their style of teaching. I have a curriculum which includes material learned from all my years as Berklee, as well as material I acquired in my own experience performing and recording with many acts and in many different genres, ranging from Rock and Metal, to Latin and Jazz, and even Musical Theater.

*** Lesson Details ***
I custom make my lessons to fit each of my student's needs and goals. If you want to study Metal drumming, I won't aim my lessons to teach the same material I teach to a student who wants to learn Latin music, or Jazz. Music is never ending, and different music affects each person differently. Also, every person has a different voice in their instrument. That's why what works for what some people doesn't do it for others. I focus on what is important to YOU, and what better suits your interests.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I could provide the students with sticks and the materials to work on. I would expect the students to provide the necessary books when needed. A drumset is not required for beginners, although it will be for more advanced students.

*** Specialties ***
My teaching method focuses on the interest of the student. I try to have my classes follow each student's own interest and goals, and guide them on the best possible ways to help them achieve those. I try to present short term goals for my students, to ensure that they can experience a feeling on success that will keep them motivated. I specialize in Rock and Pop music, as well as Latin music (Brazilian and Afro-Caribbean in particular).
...
Reviews
Thumb_66349_pi_pic
Molly M. March 20, 2015
· Drum · In studio
Francisco is such a great teacher. He tailors his lessons to your needs and challenges you just enough. I took lessons with him for about 8 months, which ended when he moved to the west coast. Otherwise I would still be with him. But he taught me so much and still checks in to make sure I'm sticking with it months after our sessions have ended. He genuinely cares about his students and their love of music and he enjoys teaching and motivating others to play. I highly recommend Francisco as a teacher as he will get you where you want to be.
Silhouette-80
Derek B. February 23, 2015
· Drum · In studio
I took up drums 2 years ago in my early 40's. Francisco was my first drum teacher, and he patiently introduced me to the instrument, exposed me to many different musical concepts and traditions, and really increased my interest in music and drumming. He is an amazing player, and I learned much from watching him play in lessons and also live. Unfortunately he moved from Boston to CA, which was my loss.I reccommend him without reservation.
Silhouette-80
Peter E. February 7, 2015
· Drum · In studio
I took many lessons with Francisco after a period of relative inactivity from playing drums on a consistent basis. I had been playing for years, but had unfortunately become rusty and out of practice at the time. Francisco helped me build my chops back up, and introduced me to new unique concepts in phrasing, approaching grooves, technique, and much more. Francisco's down-to-earth and very friendly personality, combined with his obvious passion for drums and percussion, made every lesson an event I looked forward to. He gave me a lot to think about each lesson, providing me with great musical concepts that can be studied for life. Francisco isn't a teacher who only thrives teaching beginners. As a drummer for several years with lots of performing experience, he still managed to significantly help improve my playing and reignite my spark in drumming. Thanks, dude
View Details
View Profile
Francisco P.

Francisco P.

San Diego, CA 92129
(3)
starting at
$50 / 30-min

About James G.

Close
Profile_141679_pi_259BEEE7-80E2-4595-AE16-70DE67470CB3
La Mesa, CA

View Full Profile

Learn from one of the best rock drummers. Fundamentals and basic essentials are a major key in achieving success in anything in life. Through a relaxed and inspiring approach you can learn the fun asset of the drumming world. Theory and rudiments are included in order to learn the language. There is nothing better than to witness the eyes light up when a student is inspired. Climb aboard!

About James
*** Travel Equipment ***
Lessons can start without drums. Students need a drumkit in the near future. This can be an electronic, acoustic, or practice pad set, and a notebook. I buy and sell used drumkits so a great deal is provided. I can provide study materials. I have three decades of experience in teaching aspiring students of all ages. Learning how to "use" a drumkit is a wonderful method of allowing a student to obtain the ability to enjoy playing. Inquire to achieve this!

*** Specialties ***
Drums: Beg. to Advanced
Piano: Beginner

I stress the use of fundamentals and rudiments. While doing this I include theory and explain its purpose.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Rhonda November 7, 2018
· Drum · In home
James is a reliable instructor. He always meets at the scheduled time, and instructs with patience and persistence. Our son has been a student for 8 or 9 years now, and likes Jame's style of teaching. Our son has learned many techniques for playing drums, starting with simple beats. James is well liked and respected. For 11 years James instructed our oldest son on the drums. When the boys started showing an interest in piano, we bought a keyboard for them, and James started teaching them the basics of piano.
Currently James instructs our youngest son on drums and keyboards - rotating each week.
When our son wants to go over something he's been learning at school in his Advanced Keyboarding class, James has been a great help in this area!
Silhouette-80
Heather November 1, 2018
· Drum · In studio
My son has been taking drum lessons from James for a few years now and has grown so much in his love of music and his ability to play. He looks forward to his lesson every week. We are grateful to James for cultivating his passion.
View Details
View Profile
James G.

James G.

La Mesa, CA 91942
(2)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

About Trevor H.

Close
Profile_42349_pi_take%20lessons%20instructors-4468
El Cajon, CA

View Full Profile

Learn how to play the drum set.

About Trevor
Every musician was first and foremost a fan of music. My love of
music began when my mother took me to a performance of Beethoven's
fifth symphony when, coincidentally, I was five. From that point, I
started fervently listening to my mother's records (those are the
huge, black monstrosities that people in the pre-historic used in
place of iPods), followed closely by my father's CD collection.
After a while, this ravenous desire of to know and feel music moved
me to play an instrument. After a couple of false starts with the
drums and violin, I found my true musical calling: the guitar.

On January 25th 1995, on a whim, I began playing the
guitar, and I have yet to put it down. Along the way I've picked up
a number of friends for my guitar, including the bass, the lute, the
sitar and, once again, the drums. After on
ly a few years of
practice, I started playing professionally, in bands and solo guitar.
Live playing experience, I believe, is the most important experience
that any musician can have, in that, the most important part of music
is how it sounds, and playing in front of people is the quickest way
to learn how to play effectively. And this is what I teach; how to
be a musician, not just a technician.

*** Lesson Details ***
A student can expect a curriculum tailor-made to their needs and personality. Every person learns differently and this is an important distinction in my teaching style. Some students need a strong hand to keep them working, others need to find many different ways to the same conclusion to keep them focused, while still others need a laid-back friend in order to accept knowledge.

I stress rhythmic literacy, for, as my jazz teacher always said, "rhythm is king." If composition is important to you, then we'll focus on music theory, but if you're just wanting to learn how to play some fun rock tunes with your friends on the weekends, we can do that as well. As I stated before, we'll get you playing in front of people in no time.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide an amplifier, a loner guitar (if needed), staff and/or tablature paper, metronome, pens and paper for the lessons.

*** Specialties ***
Music theory and composition, guitar, bass, lute, beginner to intermediate piano
Classical, shred, blues, and rock guitar; renaissance lute; blues, rock and slap bass; composition of many styles; world music.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Mike M. March 9, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Trevor is great, he has patience for us beginners, explains things well and answers all my questions. The rest is up to me.
Silhouette-80
Dan F. March 25, 2016
· Guitar · In home
had a great first lesson
Silhouette-80
Cooper W. November 15, 2015
· Drum · In home
Looking forward to the next one!
View Details
View Profile
Trevor H.

Trevor H.

El Cajon, CA 92021
(9)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

About Fabian D.

Close
Profile_44482_pi_fabianbowtie
El Cajon, CA

View Full Profile

*Learning rhythms and technique
*Playing exciting grooves and fills
*Learning to read and write drum music
*Learning any song you would like

About Fabian
My goal as a teacher is to direct my students to a more extensive use of their instrument without losing that special quality that sets each individual apart. I will help you establish a solid foundation of technique so you can meet any musical challenge squarely and with confidence. I love working with students of all ages and experience levels and I can't wait to meet you!
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Alex H. November 1, 2018
· Harmonica · Online
Silhouette-80
Sam October 7, 2018
· Harmonica · Online
Dude is legit. About to see massive growth in my harp game... Watch out ladies lol
Silhouette-80
Lynn August 9, 2018
· Harmonica · Online
View Details
View Profile
Fabian D.

Fabian D.

Jamul, CA 91935
(15)
starting at
$22.50 / 45-min
View More
View Previous

About Darrell V.

Close
Profile_89363_pi_bigD01
Austin, TX

View Full Profile

Snare drum and drum kit.

About Darrell
Why these lessons are different:
- Formally trained conductor/composer/producer
- Individual or group session options including full band production
- A long roster of satisfied clients
- Broad base of musical styles (rock, classical, jazz, blues, metal, bluegrass, folk, theater, big band, symphonic, pop, punk, country, march, gospel, avant-garde...)
- Over 20 yrs teaching experience and work with recognized professionals including work in some of the top-rated private schools in the United States
- Over 30 years performing experience

Instrument-specific instruction:
- Voice
- Guitar [Spanish, acoustic, electric]
- Electric Bass
- Piano/Keyboard
- Woodwinds [specializing in saxophones]
- Percussion
- Brass & Bowed Strings [performance preparation only]

My process is based on (but does not adhere strictly to
) the Classical approach to Western tonal harmony and asks that the students develop certain fundamentals of technique and theory. In my experience, this structure creates the strongest foundation for pupils to build the rest of their musical lives on, whether professionally or solely for personal enjoyment. All of my students are on the fast track to studying music theory. Whatever level they are at when I start with them, I guide their efforts into bringing the students up to a certain level of comprehension regarding the mathematical aspects of music and how it relates to their instruments. This understanding of theoretical principles of sound allows the students to play any style of music they wish, no matter how their tastes may change throughout their lives.

Curriculum Gradation:
Elements of rhythm
Elements of pitch
Elements of dynamics
Elements of articulation
Reading/Writing notation
Tone development
Finding/Expanding your range
Dexterity, speed, and accuracy
How to project
How to advance to the next level
Music theory
Playing by ear
Improvisational techniques
Finding your signature style
Expression/Lyricism
Composition/Arrangement
Project Management
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
George July 20, 2018
· Arrangement and Composition · In home
Just completed another project with Dr D and I'm always impressed with his work ethic. His arrangement and production skills are top notch.
George Coyne, Parrot Tracks Studio
Silhouette-80
Magnus July 9, 2018
· Songwriting · In home
The smell of smoke was intense. My son didn’t feel comfortable.
Silhouette-80
Dulcie C. December 27, 2017
· Singing · In home
My 16 year old son loves his lessons with Darrell and looks forward to them every week. He'd been taking guitar lessons elsewhere that were okay-ish, but this is so much more. Darrell is great, not only does he get along with and make my son want to learn, but at the same time they are working on voice, he is also teaching keyboard and working on the guitar! We really couldn't have asked for a better instructor.
View Details
View Profile
Darrell V.

Darrell V.

Online
(21)
starting at
$50 / 30-min

About Andy R.

Close
Profile_84431_pi_image
San Diego, CA

View Full Profile

I've played/taught drums for 40+ years! If you have experience I will listen to you play during your first lesson and create a custom practice routine to help sharpen your skills. If you are a total beginner I'll cover all the basics in a few lessons and get you playing songs quickly. I specialize in rock but teach most styles. I use "Stick Control for the Snare Drummer" and other books as needed, and we will use my electronic drum kit. Your lessons will be fun, challenging, and inspiring!

About Andy
I have been playing drums and mountain dulcimer since the late sixties. My musical background is in rock but I am comfortable playing and teaching most styles of popular music. I've done a fair amount of recording and have performed in every kind of venue, from private parties to concert situations where the band I was in opened for national touring acts. I'm an encouraging teacher, and I especially like working with beginners (of any age - you are never too old to learn to play an instrument). If you have played before, I can listen to you play and suggest a custom practice routine to address and strengthen any weaknesses. Learning should be fun, so I encourage my students to begin playing songs they like as soon as possible in addition to building their skills. Click the green button to request a lesson!
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Osvaldo June 28, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Awesome first lesson! Andy is a great fit for me and I am looking forward to my next sesh!
Silhouette-80
Racquel R. October 24, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Andy is very knowledgeable and passionate about what he does. He starts with the fundamentals and doesn’t move too quickly. Looking forward to more classes with him!
Thumb_112932_pi_tlnow_59cc65442446b
Josh H. October 10, 2017
· Dulcimer · In home
Andy did a great job of listening to what I was looking for, giving suggestions and making a plan. I’m excited to be learning from him.
View Details
View Profile
Andy R.

Andy R.

San Diego, CA 92115
(24)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

About John M.

Close
Profile_132556_pi_APTK2078
Carlsbad, CA

View Full Profile

Positive, patient and motivating, 37 years of playing drums & over 11 years of private instruction with a wealth of music knowledge to share. Lessons are always designed to be educational, engaging & fun, combining a balance of learning notation, playing by ear & performance with other live instruments! We will find out what interests you most and get you on the drum set right away for fast results!

About John
I have 37 years of playing and 12 years of teaching beginning and intermediate drummers by ear, performance & notation. Preforming drums has brought so much enjoyment to my life and has expanded my cognitive and creative mind more than I would have ever realized when I started in 1978. Teaching/sharing my drumming experience is a passion, my students are taught not only how to play drums but also about music structure (verse, chorus, bridge, etc.), how to perform with other musicians and how to dissect a piece of music. Various styles and rhythms are taught and rudiments are covered thoroughly - nothing better than an impressive double stroke roll! I have always been a teacher that I feel can understand each personality and adjust my approach to each lesson as needed and furthermore, I always treat my students with respect, courtesy and
patience which I find makes them more apt to relax, listen, learn, feel the music and have fun!
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Max September 21, 2018
· Guitar · In home
My 15 year old son is very happy with his electric guitar lessons. He looks forward to his lessons with John.
Silhouette-80
Jay C. May 15, 2018
· Drum · In studio
John is terrific. I'm an adult learner, and John does a great job tailoring my lessons for the kind of instruction and music I'm most interested.
Silhouette-80
Caroline D. April 25, 2018
· Guitar · In home
John is an amazing teacher. His ability to comprehensively synthesize complex ideas and explain them in easy-to-understand terms makes learning guitar approachable and fun.
View Details
View Profile
John M.

John M.

Carlsbad, CA 92009
(14)
starting at
$37 / 30-min

About Adam B.

Close
Profile_139702_pi_D2498422-DCD8-4DE3-B5C9-C153948B0D18
San Diego, CA

View Full Profile

24 years drumming experience, with 17 years of studio and touring experience. I teach what you want to learn. Rock, metal, funk, jazz, you name it. Starting with rudiments and building from there. All skill levels from beginner to advanced. I have a practice room with a kit or can travel to your home with practice pads if you have your own drumkit. Let’s play some drums!

About Adam
Hey there! It’s awesome that you’re taking a step towards learning drums, because music is my passion and it makes me very happy to see other people get that spark. Ready to get started? Let’s rock!!
...
View Details
View Profile
Adam B.

Adam B.

San Diego, CA 92111
starting at
$50 / 30-min

About Wen-Ting W.

Close
Profile_142723_pi_24879382_2034792820089693_807356926_o
Flushing, NY
View Full Profile

In my lessons, I foucus on the techniques on drums, music listening, rhythm understanding and musicality as a musician. My goal as a teacher is to help my students to find out what their goals are musically, encourage them to do the practices and guide them into the right direction, so that in the end of the day, they would be able to play what they really like, be better on the instrument and have fun with it!

About Wen-Ting
I am a drummer who loves sharing my love of music based in New York City. I have a Master Degree in Jazz Performance from Queens College, and have worked and played in a lot of different bands and ensembles, such as Jazz small ensembles, Jazz big band, award winning Indie Band, percussion group. I have also participated in "Rooftop Zoo" Jazz Musical and accompanied for dancers in Dance Concerts too. From my rich experiences of playing in different settings, I developed a diverse ability on the instrument but at the same time, keep my personel style and sound unique and authentic. And I would love to share all these experiences with people from who are interested in gaining more music knowledge to people who are trying to learn and improve on rhythm and drums to people who wants to become professional drummer! I play Jazz, funk, R&B/Soul
, Pop, Latin, Contemporary and Rock.

I have performed with various group in Washionton Square Music Festival (with Frank Lacy Group), CUNY Jazz Festival, National Theater Concert Hall Summer Jazz Festival (with featuring artist Antonio Hart and Michael Phillip Mossman), Taichung Jazz Festival, Golden Melody Festival, GonGliao Rock Festival, Wake Up Music Festival, NTU Art Festival and prestigious venues in New York such as National Sawdust, Smalls Jazz Club, LeFrak Concert Hall, Goldstein Theater, Williamsberg Music center, Terraza 7, Shrine, and Silvana to name a few.

I've been teaching as a drum instructor since 2012 and has been a part of the Faculty working closely with Michael Philip Mossman and Antonio Hart in the National Theater and Concert Hall Jazz camp in Taiwan teaching workshops and conducting Jazz ensembles.
...
View Details
View Profile
Wen-Ting W.

Wen-Ting W.

Online
starting at
$40 / 30-min

How it Works

From finding the perfect teacher to managing payments, scheduling and tracking your progress, we take care of all the details, so you can focus on learning. Learn More

Search for a teacher

Compare hundreds of teachers based on the criteria that matter to you, including background checks, age and experience.

Schedule your lessons

When you've found the perfect match, schedule your lessons online using the teacher's real-time availability.

Connect with your teacher

Your teacher will welcome you with a personalized curriculum to meet your specific goals and you'll be able to manage your entire schedule through our free online account.

Can't find a teacher in National City, CA?

No problem. Our online lesson platform connects you with any teacher, anywhere. All you need is a reliable Internet connection, a webcam and a microphone.

Convenient

Zero travel time is great for a busy schedule.

Affordable

Typically priced lower than local lessons.

Effective

Online students stick with lessons as long as local students.

Learn More

Drum Lesson Reviews from Students

Students are raving about their Drum instructors on TakeLessons. Check out some of these recent reviews.

And they're not alone!

Our teachers have taught

2 , 6 0 2 , 1 2 0

lessons and counting!

Get Started with Free Resources

Are You a Teacher?

Find out how TakeLessons can help you grow and manage your business

Learn More