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Drum Lessons in San Jose: Your Guide to Music in the South Bay

Want to take drum lessons in San Jose? You're in a great city to pursue your passion. There are lots of awesome drum teachers in the city, and San Jose is a great place for aspiring drummers!

The first thing you will need for your drum lessons is the right gear. You can buy new and used gear at the San Jose Pro Drum shop, which is owned and operated by Paul Batres and Jimmy DeGrasso. Batres teaches drum lessons, and is very helpful and knowledgeable, and DeGrasso has played with famous musicians and bands like Ozzy Osbourne, Y&T, and Suicidal Tendencies. Stop by the store and these guys will help you find everything you need to get started.

If you're not quite ready to shell out the cash to buy new drum gear, you can get rent-to-own equipment from Music Village. There are two locations in the San Jose area, so you can definitely find a store near you.

When you’re taking drum lessons in San Jose, you have to check out the live music scene. Watching other performers will not only give you inspiration to help you practice, you will be exposed to all different types of music. Plus, live shows are a lot of fun!

Hedley Club Lounge

The Hedley Club lounge is located inside the Hotel De Anza, and it’s one of the best places to see live jazz in the San Jose area. Grab some friends and head to the Hedley Club Jazz Jam. This event happens on the first and third Wednesday of each month, and features some of the South Bay’s best local artists.

The Quarter Note You can see local bands perform live every Friday and Saturday at the Quarter Note in San Jose. There are also pro jams on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday, so once you progress in your drum lessons, you can jump on stage and jam out with other musicians.

JJ’s Blues

This is a smaller venue, but a good spot to see local talent. As the name implies, it’s most well-known for blues performances, but live bands also play rock, reggae, and Latin music.

If you’re interested in learning different types of drumming, which can make for a greater overall learning experience, look into some of the drum circle Meetup groups in your area. Meetup groups are a great way to meet other aspiring musicians, practice buddies, and new friends. The Bay Area Drum Circle ( and Global Drum Circles ( are two groups you may want to check out between drum lessons.

One of the best things about taking drum lessons in San Jose is the opportunity to explore everything your city has to offer. From drum shops to live music, there are countless ways to have fun and expand your knowledge while you learn your craft.

Happy drumming!

About Jesse M.

Sunnyvale, CA

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I'm not currently taking beginner drum students. Please refer to my studio partner Andrew:

Start to learn about polyrhythms as well as developing your ears and body to play songs more accurately. Start to spice up your playing with ways that are interesting, but not intrusive.

Really push your polyrhythms and add asymmetrical meters to your repertoire to expand your grasp of complex rhythms. Also learn to use dynamics, cymbal work, and fills to effectively communicate and lead a band without words.

About Jesse
I'm currently not taking beginner students on voice, guitar, bass, drums, piano, or ukulele. I highly recommend my studio partners Andrew and Melissa though. Please check out their profiles for the following topics:

Guitar, Bass, Piano, Drums, and Ukulele

Piano, Ukulele, and Voice

My Background

I've been playing with classical ensembles and rock bands since 2001. Even though I started on classical trombone and rock guitar, I have come to expand my repertoire to a variety of instr
uments and genres. During my time in college I performed with the University choir, orchestra, and band. I also have organized, wrote/arranged for, and performed with a variety of bands in my home state of New Mexico, as well as Japan, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Since 2006 I have been an active teacher. This profession has taken me everywhere from working with classical guitar classes in New Mexico high schools to Elementary students in Japan to a variety of private students of various musical instruments and genres everywhere I've been. Since relocating to the Bay Area in 2010, I've had the pleasure of working with lots of great students from kids to adults with a wide range of ambitions. Since 2012 I've been running my own full time studio along.

Philosophy of Learning

Lessons are generally designed to work towards giving students the tools to accomplish their goals and become increasingly independent over time. While all students will study similar fundamentals regarding technique, theory, and performance, every lesson is as different as every person. What kind of music do you want to make? I'll tell you what you need to do to get there, and help you take the steps to achieve your aspirations.

I also love to help students put together a song, record, and produce it for them so that they can have a recording to share with their friends and family.

I also hold events for my students. (Check out our pictures and videos below!)
Younger students have the "Young Musicians Showcase" every few months where individual students and band classes have a chance to perform and celebrate their accomplishments with friends and family.
Adult students occasionally have events where they get a chance to get together and play music as well.

Aside from in-studio lessons, students also have the option to sign up for online lessons via Skype.
(*Online lessons offered during different times than in-studio lessons.)

*Unfortunately due to scheduling issues, I'm not currently accepting students for bi-weekly lessons. I can do regular weekly lessons, or occasional drop-in lessons, but bi-weekly appointments make it really hard for me to give the best scheduled times to my existing weekly students. I'm sorry for the inconvenience.

My studio is equipped with:

*Multiple Music Stands

*P.A. System

*Vocal and instrument microphones

*Guitars, Basses, and a Banjo

*Two guitar amps and a bass amp

*Various percussion including a fully equipped acoustic drum set

*A Roland V-Drums electronic drum set

*An electric piano console

*A MicroKorg Synthesizer

*A Tuba, Trombone, Cornet, and Flute

*An extensive physical and virtual music library

*A recording system that students are not only welcome to use but encouraged to

*HD Webcam and condenser microphone for high fidelity online lessons via Skype
Irina Z. April 23, 2017
· Bass Guitar · In studio
I cannot ask for a better teacher for my son! Jesse is charismatic teacher and a role model.
Robert O. December 1, 2016
· Japanese · Online
Daphne R. November 6, 2016
· Trumpet · In studio
Our first lesson:

Jesse taught my daughter a lot of information about the trumpet that she had not learned in her school band. He talked with her at her level and encouraged her.
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Jesse M.

Jesse M.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
starting at
$50 / 30-min

About Matthew F.

San Jose, CA
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About Matthew
I recently completed my Master of Arts in Jazz Studies from San Jose State with an emphasis in drum set performance and jazz composition. I also completed my Bachelor of Music in Music Education from San Jose State where I mainly studied snare drum, timpani, and mallet percussion, but also studied the fundamentals in brass, woodwinds, strings, and voice. Additionally, I took private jazz drum set lessons to focus on becoming a versatile musician and teacher.

As an undergraduate student I had the opportunity to teach percussion courses at a music camp to students between the ages of 6 and
17 that had no prior music experience. I developed daily music lessons to help all the students understand musical concepts and performance techniques. This opportunity helped me understand the importance of teaching music to children and how every student has a different way of learning. I always strive to shape my teaching style to my students needs.

As a drummer, I love to perform many different styles such as Rock, Jazz, Latin, R&B, Funk, Blues, and Pop. I had the opportunity to play in the following ensembles while attending San Jose State University: Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble, directed by Three-time Grammy Nominee Wayne Wallace; Symphonic Band; Marching Band; Jazz Combos; and Percussion Ensemble. I have also played in various musicals throughout the Central Valley and Bay Area. Playing in all of these different ensembles has not only exposed me to variety of musical styles but also made me as comfortable playing in a group setting as in a solo context.

*** Lesson Details ***
In my lessons I like to help students achieve their musical goals and also make it fun. Lessons will be tailored to the needs and interests of each individual student. I will teach students proper technique and warm-up exercises that will provide them the skills required for the instrument. We will also work on various musical exercises to help strengthen the student's music vocabulary. Students will learn drum grooves from different musical styles such as Rock, Funk, Blues, R&B, Latin, and Jazz according to their area of interest. I also like to have students play along with musical recordings to have them actively listening and exposed to different kinds of music. My goal is ensure that students enjoy every lesson but also that they take away a better understanding of playing the instrument and have fun.

*** Studio Equipment ***
practice rooms w/ piano, drum set room, seating for parents. Parents are always welcome to sit in on the lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Drum students should have drum sticks, drum pad, and a binder to hold all music that is given during a lesson.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in drum set and orchestral percussion. Styles include: Rock, Jazz, Latin, R&B, Funk, Blues, and Pop.

I had the opportunity to play in the following ensembles while attending San Jose State University: Afro-Latin Jazz Ensemble, directed by Three-time Grammy Nominee, Wayne Wallace, Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Jazz Combos, and Percussion Ensemble. I have also played in various musicals.
Mark D. February 25, 2013
· Drum ·
Best instructor I could have ever hoped for!

Matt is professional and courteous, friendly and patient.
He will tailor his instruction to your needs and level. He is not just an instructor to me anymore; he is now also a friend!
Tera N. November 27, 2012
· ·
Great teacher!

Matt is very pacient with my son, and he has learned a lot in only 3 lessons. Having the lessons at SJSU has also got him talking about college. My son is loving learning from Matt.
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Matthew F.

Matthew F.

San Jose, CA 95112
starting at
$55 / 30-min

About Joe M.

Santa Cruz, CA

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Lesson regiments are tailored to synthesize student goals and musical passions, setting a foundation in the instrument of interest.

Technique and practice-exercises provide the core for study and development (but we won't let that get in the way of the fun!).

My teaching philosophy largely derives from experience with master-drummers of different fields of study; my methods are thus a synthesis of concepts designed to ensure anyones improvement. We all have rhythm!

About Joe
I'm a professional percussionist and educator based out of the Tannery Arts Center in Santa Cruz, CA. I received a B.A. in Music from Humboldt State University and a Masters of Music from Long Beach State University.

Versed in drum-set, hand drums, and Western and contemporary percussion, I've performed professionally in settings ranging from cruise-line house bands and symphony orchestras, to Hong Kong and bay area parades and festivals.

My 20 years of performance experience has given to teaching percussion-appreciation and world-music at summer camps, non-profit youth-group organizat
ions, and after school classes.
Lucas H. March 26, 2017
· Drum · In home
This is Lucas' 3rd lesson and he has enjoyed everyone of them. Joe has been patient and continues until he gets the lesson. He relates to him and teaches at his level (Lucas is 11).
Marna February 16, 2017
· Drum · In studio
friendly ,clear, motivating instruction. Joe was exactly what we were looking for as a drum teacher for our daughter. She loved it.
Ryder R. February 12, 2017
· Drum · In home
He is very patient and positive.
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Joe M.

Joe M.

Santa Cruz, CA 95060
starting at
$30 / 30-min

About Will J.

Livermore, CA

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I've been playing drums for 18 years and teaching for 3 and it is my goal to get you groovin' just after your very first lesson!

Students will learn strong hand and foot technique, reading and rhythmic theory, rudiments and how to apply them creatively to the drumset, grooves in various different styles, soloing concepts and much much more!

I customize each lesson plan to fit each students needs based on experience and interest.

About Will
Hi there! My name is Will J. and I can’t wait to meet you! Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, hobbyist or professional, I customize each lesson plan to suit your needs and make you the best musician you can be.

As a drummer, I’ve been fortunate to study with some of the world’s top musicians. I hold an AA in Drum Performance from Musicians Institute, and studied privately with many great drummers. Some notable instructors include John Xepoleas, Dave Elitch (Mars Volta, M83, Miley Cyrus), Chris Coleman, Michael Iveson (Gotye) and David Garibaldi (Tower of Power).

It’s my passion and ple
asure to take everything I’ve learned from these experiences and share them with you in a fun and upbeat environment.
Don October 6, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Will is a very patient instructor, explains things well, and easy to work with...i highly recommend him...
Adam June 16, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Will is GREAT! He is down to earth and on the first lesson he is already customizing my lesson/s to fit my needs! he asked questions of what I know, where do i think i plan on taking this in the future, did some assessments and away we go!

I am TOTALLY looking forward to my next lesson!
Jane Manprasong May 21, 2016
· Drum · In studio
My son has been taking lesson with Will for almost a year and he loves it. Will is a very nice , polite and academic instructor. The lessons given are useful to young musician and easy to follow .Will has years of experiences being on tours with a lots of different bands, I also strongly recommend him to anyone who want to study advance drumming as well .
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Will J.

Will J.

Livermore, CA 94550
starting at
$30 / 30-min

About Andrew I.

Sunnyvale, CA

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I will help you get familiar with a drum set or hand drum. I will make sure my students understand proper technique when playing drums. You will learn to count along to the music as you play to keep track of yourself and most importantly to keep a steady pace while playing (keeping time). We will discuss different rhythmic styles and how to apply them to the beat you play on the drums so that you can play any songs you like. I teach all my students to read music for their instrument so they can have a foundation that works with their instrument and other instruments as well. With drum lessons I always play a different instrument alongside to give it a bit of a group feel if you are interested in learning to play in a group. My lessons are adjusted to the specific student's pace and their learning style.

About Andrew
I have been playing and studying music in a variety of settings since 2008. I have performance experience with both classical ensembles and contemporary rock bands. This has given me experience in writing music, playing music, and ensemble management all within a wide range of musical styles.

I have been training people in various fields since 2013. I am currently a junior instructor at MTS Studios in Sunnyvale CA where I teach a variety of instruments, including guitar, bass guitar, drums, piano and ukulele.

I am looking forward to helping you further your musical goals and aspirations
. Feel free to send a question if you want to ask about anything before starting up.
Jude March 26, 2017
· Guitar · Online
Great lesson
Victoria February 27, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Learned a lot my in first lesson. Andrew is very informative and lets you take the wheel on the first day. He's VERY patient and soft spoken but very direct with his instructions during the lesson. I'm 31 and didn't think it was possible for me to even understand the basics of reading music but Andrew really explains things in a way where it's easy to comprehend. I really look forward to being under his care as I learn.
Daniel C. January 7, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Learned a lot in 30 minutes!! Portrayed confidence as well as friendliness. I'm very excited for my next lesson
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Andrew I.

Andrew I.

Sunnyvale, CA 94086
starting at
$35 / 30-min

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