Picture of music lessons in San Jose, CA

San Jose, CA Percussion Lessons

Looking for private in-home or in-studio Percussion lessons? Our San Jose teachers are ready to get you started. Find your teacher today!

Featured On

Why TakeLessons?

Play-button

Our teachers have taught

2 , 4 7 1 , 9 7 1

lessons and counting!

Popular Percussion Teachers near San Jose, CA

Check out some of our most popular teachers near San Jose, CA including Sunnyvale, Palo Alto, Santa Clara, Los Altos and Mountain View.

Showing 10 of 83 results View More

About Linda C.

Close
200096_185625_1248723443
Campbell, CA

View Full Profile
About Linda
I have been a public school music teacher for 30+ years. I am an optimistic, enthusiastic person, who will help you learn music reading in addition to music playing. I started on piano as a young child, and studied clarinet from elementary school through college, where I focused on french horn. I have a BA in Music Education from Humboldt State University, where I also earned my teaching credential. I have taught beginning, intermediate and advanced band and orchestra, in addition to choir and jazz band. I have been music director for over 10 middle school musicals. In my spare time I enjoy my two dogs, going horseback riding, and reading.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am very friendly, and encouraging to new students. I have a lot of patience for those who are new to the study of music. I can also be more demanding for those who have lear
ned the basics and want to improve their playing. I am a proponent of teaching the basics of music reading and common musical terms. I can teach music through a variety of curricula, and will work with my students to choose a method that best suits their goals. I have a large music studio in my home that has a separate entrance,which is conducive to music making (with it's own bathroom). I accept students 8 years of age and older.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Has a keyboard, but no drum set

*** Travel Equipment ***
I prefer to teach in my home studio.

*** Specialties ***
I have been teaching band, orchestra & choir in public schools for 30+ years.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Steven April 22, 2018
· Trumpet · In home
My son has loved taking lessons with Linda. She is setting just the right pace with him. She is flexible given his strengths and weaknesses. He was genuinely disappointed when I told him he couldn't go to lessons this week because of a family commitment. Can't recommend highly enough!
182563_324096_32286
Janet P. February 7, 2018
· Violin · In home
very comfortable and satisfying first lesson.
Thumb_119806_pi_JoAnn%20SHC%20Picture
JoAnn C. January 31, 2018
· Cello · In studio
Linda was great! As an adult beginner with the cello she made the lesson enjoyable and easy to follow. She adjusted quickly for where I knew a little and where I knew nothing. Highly recommend her!
View Details
View Profile
Linda C.

Linda C.

Campbell, CA 95008
(22)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

About Khemya M.

Close
333335_mrvr9jhhjh7crvhdjx4s
Stockton, CA
View Full Profile
About Khemya
With a Masters degree in Arts and Consciousness Studies from J.F. Kennedy Univ, A BA in dance ethnology, performance and choreography and world music, and 3 A.A. degrees in dance, music and psychology, I feel successful to teach various subjects in the arts.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lesson plans will include: Beginning music theory, songbook and study, and beginning songs for piano

*** Studio Equipment ***
Electric keyboard and dun dun drums, djembe drums, guitar and amps, with microphone, 320 square foot space, open space for dance floor :)

*** Travel Equipment ***
djembe drums, electric piano, percussion
I expect the student to provide their notebooks, writing utensils and positive behavior

*** Specialties ***
Jazz improvisation-jazz voicing on piano (music theory)
Dance-Afro-Caribbean dance and folklore
Dunham techniq
ue-Afro-Haitian-Afro-Cuban and Modern
African drumming and percussion: Jembe and shekere with song and folklore.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Charlene August 19, 2016
· Piano · In studio
I loved taking lessons with Khemya. My job interfered with my lessons. What I enjoyed most is I felt my music which my sound strange but as a senior adult is makes all the difference.
Silhouette-80
Iakienide U. June 8, 2016
· Piano · In home
Ms. Khemya is very good at teaching piano lessons.
Silhouette-80
Debra Q. October 15, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Very clear and patient
View Details
View Profile
Khemya M.

Khemya M.

Online
(5)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

About Christina A.

Close
Profile_113266_pi_BA70870C-45FC-490C-8265-B1BDEACF2C04
Plainfield, NJ

View Full Profile

Students can expect to learn the basics in percussion, from holding their sticks or instruments to playing complex rhythms, patterns, and/or beats. students should be ready to have some fun!

About Christina
My studio is based on the belief that our customers' needs are of the utmost importance. We are committed to meeting those needs. We would welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service in the industry! With over 14 years of teaching experience in both the classroom and privately, my lessons are comprehensive, diverse and individually tailored to each student.

Ms. Tina was born and raised in North Plainfield, NJ and attended college at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ and Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ where she received a BM in Musical Theater. Music is not just a job for Ms. Tina...it's a passion.

I continually strive to encourage and motivate my students to explore their individual talents and abilities to their fullest and to have fun! I look forward to working with you
and your family to achieve your music education goals!
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Kathleen N. February 23, 2018
· Violin · In studio
Christina is a wonderful teacher with a relaxed and effective teaching style. She has helped me to make tremendous progress in a short period of time.
Silhouette-80
Cara January 8, 2018
· Speaking Voice · In studio
Professional, enthusiastic, compassionate. Very easy to work with, gave me useful advice.
Thumb_117882_pi_tlnow_5a3867641645a
Angela January 3, 2018
· Piano · In home
She was wonderful! Incredibly personable and really helped me relax about learning piano again! I'm so excited to see where this takes me :-)
View Details
View Profile
Christina A.

Christina A.

Online
(8)
starting at
$35 / 30-min

About Emerson W.

Close
Profile_128836_pi_IMG_0218%20copy%202
Seattle, WA

View Full Profile

I want to make sure my students have a good time learning percussion but I also want to make sure they learn a lot..! I always make sure to ask my students what they want to learn and what their favorite music is... after that, I figure out what type of lessons to plan out.

About Emerson
Thanks so much for your interest in starting music lessons with me. I’m so excited to share my passion for music with you! As Lao Tzu said: “Music in the soul can be heard by the universe."

Lesson details:
My main goal as a teacher is to help my students reach their goals. If my student wants to learn how to play rock, hip-hop, and jazz drums I believe that it's my job to teach them how to play those styles..! If my student wants to get accepted into a music school I will make sure that they are prepared for an audition whether it be for orchestral percussion, jazz drums, rock drums, etc.

What students should have:
All students should (but don't have to) have a 3-ring binder to organize handouts in...!

Things that drum students should have: A drum set, drum sticks, a drum pad, and a music stand.

Recommended
books for a beginning drum student:
Fundamentals for Snare Drum by Garwood Whaley
Elementary Snare Drum by Mitchell Peters
Encyclopedia for Reading Rhythms by Gary Hess

Things that guitar students should have: A guitar, a guitar tuner, and a music stand.

Recommended book: Hal Leonard Guitar Method (Complete Edition) by Schmid and Koch.

My specialties:

Drum specialties: Jazz, Latin (Brazilian, Cuban), African, Rock, Funk, Metal, Pop, Hip-hop, R&B, Blues, Country, Reggae, and Marching. I am proficient in drum reading, drum transcription, practice techniques, and drum rudiments and their application on the drum set.

Orchestral percussion specialties: keyboard percussion (marimba, xylophone, glockenspiel, vibraphone, chimes), snare drum, timpani, bass drum, cymbals, tambourine, triangle, orchestral excerpts, etudes, technique, important literature, and practice techniques.

Guitar specialties: reading music, tablature, chords, scales, improvisation, and technique.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Marla Robbins March 4, 2016
· Guitar · In home
I enjoyed the learning process; I just hope my short fingers will stretch & curve in order to play the strings properly!
Silhouette-80
azalin R. June 10, 2015
· · In home
Me. Emerson is the best instructor I've ever met! He really tries to keep the lessons fun and light. Plus he can always motivate his students to really learn and understand their instrument.
Thumb_49314_pi_IMG_1025
Carol R. January 5, 2015
· Drum · In home
Emerson is an amazing instructor. Besides being a very knowledgeable and gifted musician, he’s patient, kind, and makes learning the drums fun. What I appreciate most about Emerson is that he’s interested in helping me reach my goals. I happen to be interested in learning Latin style drums and lucky for me, Latin is one (of many) of Emerson’s specialties. So many people have told me that Latin is hard to learn, but in four short lessons, I already know how to play a basic Bossa Nova beat. Emerson is a very organized and efficient instructor. We work with handouts, video (I record him as he instructs) and reading exercises from a book. A highlight for me in our sessions is when Emerson accompanies my drum playing with another instrument, the piano for example. I really get the feeling like we’re having a little jam session and it's fun because I can hear that I'm making music and that's an awesome feeling.

Choose Emerson as your music instructor and you will not be disappointed.
View Details
View Profile
Emerson W.

Emerson W.

Online
(6)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

About Eric B.

Close
Profile_112916_pi_eric-studiomac
Port Orange, FL

View Full Profile

Percussion involves knowing your way around many different instruments. Learn how to accent music with the right auxiliary percussion like marimba, xylophone, congas, and bongos. Whether each instrument is played with your hands or with mallets and sticks, learn the skills to being a versatile percussionist.

About Eric
Music isn't just a career choice: it is a way of life. I have been playing music since I was a toddler; everything I have learned about life has been through music. I believe that self-expression is important to being confident with yourself. I look forward to sharing my passion for music and teaching with any students who are ready to learn!

I'm an accomplished composer and sound engineer with music featured on CBS, ABC, E!, Bravo, and other networks. I also write music for film & gaming. I am fluent in a range of professional software programs which includes Logic Pro, Pro Tools, Ableton Live, Amadeus Pro, Cubase, and MaxMSP.

I have over a decade of performance experience and have played along the East Coast with several bands. Some venues I have performed at recently include The Plaza Theatre in Orlando; Backbooth in Downt
own Orlando; The Crowbar in Tampa; The Bandshell and The Peabody Auditorium in Daytona Beach. I am a versatile musician who primarily performs and instructs on Drums, Bass, and Guitar (acoustic and electric). I teach nearly all styles of music, including classical, jazz, funk, and rock. I have graduated from Stetson University with degrees in Digital Arts, Music, and Business.

I feel that nothing is impossible. Great results aren't given--they are earned, and I know how to set goals to reach those results. This is a virtue I like to share with students. My dedication to music has helped me accomplish much at a young age.

*** Lesson Details ***
All lessons accommodate the unique needs of the student. My lessons don't merely teach you musical theories: I will teach you how to express yourself through your instrument as you learn those theories. You will gain technical knowledge and the tools to experience your musical potential. Lessons with me are the perfect extra-curricular activity for your child, or a great experience for you. A large part of my curriculum is more than learning how to play a few cover songs. The lessons are also about becoming more confident with yourself as a person and developing character along the way. You will learn about the discipline, patience, and dedication that it takes to stand out among professionals, not just as a musician, but as a strong individual. Music is a part of that. What you play becomes an extension of yourself. Young or old, everyone has something to share with the world through music.

In a given lesson, you can expect half of it to be about the basics of your instrument and the literature for reading music. The other half is about how you can apply these principles in a unique way that relates to yourself. However, the lesson is all about the student. If the student wants to learn in different ways that is never a problem. All I ask is that you're eager to learn! Everybody has different musical tastes and different learning styles. That is what makes every musician unique and every lesson exciting.

I enjoy teaching people of all ages 5 and up and have experience teaching groups or individuals. From beginner or experienced, hobbyist or professional, every person has a place in the wonderful world of music!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate studio: computer, recording gear, mics, amps, keyboard, guitars, bass, drum kit

*** Travel Equipment ***
When traveling to their house I ask students to provide their necessary performance materials, i.e. drumset, guitar and amp, essential books, etc. I always provide all necessary teaching equipment, i.e. computer, additional guitars.

*** Specialties ***
Drums- Funk, Jazz, Classic Rock, Metal, Punk, Blues, Hip-Hop
Guitar/Bass- Funk, Blues, Metal, Rock, Hip-Hop
Music Recording/Songwriting- Electronic Music/electro-acoustic, Rock, Funk
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Shannon A. October 3, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
Really enjoyed my personalized lessons with Eric! He helped me with finding the rhythm in some of my original songs. He is very encouraging and affirming.
Silhouette-80
Sam June 29, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Great instructor; always prepared and patient. He works towards my goals always.
Silhouette-80
Ben June 29, 2017
· Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Eric is the real deal as a guitar teacher. I personally play the guitar myself, but as any parent knows when it comes to teaching your own child there is going to be some resistance no matter what! Lol. Eric is very well educated in music and has the rapport to teach beginners as well as advanced students. My son looks forward to his time with Eric and considers him a friend as well! In closing, if your looking for an instructor that has a solid music background that can channel that knowledge into your child or self, look no further!
View Details
View Profile
Eric B.

Eric B.

Online
(16)
starting at
$28 / 30-min
View More
View Previous

About Charles S.

Close
435773_sw3833h62g8ld4kncvk2
La Plata, MD
View Full Profile
About Charles
Outside of teaching percussion and musical performances I have worked in special education for over 15 years.

My life of music started knee high at the age of 4 playing drums and piano. At the age of 15 I gave my first musical performance, from that stage on I knew my talent had found a home.

In the 11th grade I toured with a local funk group in Washington DC through 26 cities learning music and the life of travel at an early age. During my last high school and college years I performed extensively playing classical, jazz, rock, funk, go-go, gospel, marching band, R&B, and with local rap artist.

Recording credits and highlights include work with Def Jam artist Steady Eddy, recording go-go Mario with Double Agent Rock, and recordings with Little Benny and the Masters.

My other musical passion is teaching. Throughout my col
lege years and beyond I served as a percussion instructor and assistant band director at Morgan State University. As part of the Morgan State University Magnificent Marching Machine I served as a instructional leader in music and performance mentor for the team. I taught part time as a percussion instructor at Milford Mill High School giving individual lessons for over 10 years.

Musical inspiration is an important element to the refinement of my craft. A few personal musical influences are Buddy Rich, Max Roach, Neil Peart (Rush), Dennis Chambers, (Santana), George Gray (Roberta Flack), Ricky Wellman (Miles Davis), Quinton Mack-Davis (Rare Essence) and Michael Bland (Prince).

*** Lesson Details ***
Within the first three months of lessons student will gain a strong foundation of sight reading and basic drum techniques in both rudiment studies and playing the drum set. My style of teaching music consist of breaking each skill down into chunks and allowing students to learn using their individual learning styles. I utilize rewards for perfect practice and each lesson contains a safe, fun learning atmosphere with students exhibiting in their best behavior.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in store front studio, drum kit provided

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will bring a practice pad. Students should have a drum set.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Funk, pop, and classical.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Charlynne L. March 18, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Great lessons.
Silhouette-80
Melanie H. April 10, 2017
· Drum · In home
Our son has never played in a marching band before but is interested in playing in the marching band when he attends college in July so we were specifically looking for an instructor who had marching band experience to teach our son since he's never participated in the marching band in high school. We saw Mr. Stewart's profile and decided to have him work with our son. That was the BEST decision that we could have ever made. We have been nothing but impressed with Mr. Stewart. He definitely has the gift of teaching and he is very patient, knowledgeable, and he challenges our son to get better by giving him homework after each session. Our son absolutely LOVES Mr. Stewart and he is always excited for each lesson and to practice what Mr. Stewart has taught him. Our son went from not playing in the marching band at all in high school to making his college band and receiving a scholarship all thanks to Mr. Stewart. We are very grateful for his outstanding teaching and we would definitely recommend Mr. Stewart 100%.
Silhouette-80
Wesley E. March 4, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Charles is calm and patient, and yet gently pushes for better and better performance every lesson. As the parent, it is amazing to me to see how much my son has learned in only 3 lessons... and working on a drum set right from the beginning has been very inspiring to my son. We highly recommend Charles!
View Details
View Profile
Charles S.

Charles S.

Online
(12)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

About Joe M.

Close
Profile_59537_pi_image
Santa Cruz, CA
View Full Profile

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 organizations, and after school classes.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Riley November 28, 2017
· Drum · In studio
My son enjoys his lessons with Joe very much. He’s an encouraging teacher.
Silhouette-80
Olin November 6, 2017
· Drum · In home
My son loves his drum lessons. Being eight, he naturally has an excess amount of energy and a tendency to chat but Joe has a way of engaging him and keeps him learning. Very positive and supportive as well.
Silhouette-80
April R. June 16, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Great instructor, very patient, positive and passionate about music!
View Details
View Profile
Joe M.

Joe M.

Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(8)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

About Darrell V.

Close
Profile_89363_pi_bigD01
Austin, TX

View Full Profile

Beginner to intermediate percussion and drum kit; also performance prep for advanced level

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
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.
Silhouette-80
Clark W. October 2, 2017
· Piano · In home
First lesson. So far, so good!
View Details
View Profile
Darrell V.

Darrell V.

Online
(20)
starting at
$50 / 30-min

About Ani K.

Close
Profile_120669_pi_Screenshot%20%284%29
Fort Lauderdale, FL
View Full Profile

Drums or bells.

About Ani
Lessons are tailored to the students' level and goal. Caring and compassionate instructor. Your dream is my dream and I will diligently work with you to help you on your path. If you have the will to learn and practice, you will see improvements and achievements. ​
I've been teaching music to children and adults for about 20 years both privately and at teaching studios.
I have played as a substitute church pianist, ballet accompanist, and have spent the last four years playing for a variety of private and corporate events and weddings.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Robert N. July 10, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Amazing teacher, fantastic personality, excellent with my two kids! Very flexible with schedule, we are super happy with Ani!
Silhouette-80
Angella W. May 3, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Today is my first day with Ani, not too much to say yet, but I gave her a four because of her knowledge and patience
Silhouette-80
Frank Baratta March 6, 2018
· Ukulele · Online
View Details
View Profile
Ani K.

Ani K.

Online
(8)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

About Daniel H.

Close
Profile_127241_pi_pic
Roxbury Crossing, MA

View Full Profile

Hello! My name is Dan, and I've been working in the field of music for a number of years.  After graduating from the Berklee College of Music, I have worked in Boston and around the United States and Canada as a performer in the percussive arts.

My curriculum revolves entirely around the student. It is important to explore all areas of technique, style, grove, and chops. And of course I will always introduce these ideas to my students, but the most important thing is that we create art. And in order to do this, I strive to find my students true voice in his or her playing, and implement new ideas in and around it.

Music has been an enormous part of my life, and I wish to share both my knowledge and experiences with others. My mission is to give my students the same enjoyment that I have received from playing music.

About Daniel
I've been working in the field of music for a number of years. After graduating from the Berklee College of Music, I have worked in Boston and around the United States and Canada as a performer in the percussive arts.

I focus my teaching on what the student wants to learn. Of course we will go over technique, grove, chops and much more, but the most important thing is that I figure out how all that fits into my students sound.

Music has been an enormous part of my life, and I wish to share both my knowledge and experiences with others. My mission is to give my students the same enjoyment that I have received from playing music.
...
View Details
View Profile
Daniel H.

Daniel H.

Online
starting at
$42 / 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 San Jose, 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

Average Cost of Percussion Lessons in San Jose, CA

The average cost of 60-minute percussion lessons in San Jose is $80. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $80 and $80 per hour.

30-min $40
 
$40 average
$40
45-min $60
 
$60 average
$60
60-min $80
 
$80 average
$80

For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute percussion lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute percussion lessons are 25% less expensive at $60, and 30-minute lessons cost 50% less at $40.

Curious how much percussion lessons cost in your area? Do a quick search to get local prices for the best percussion teachers near San Jose.

Get Started with Free Resources

Are You a Teacher?

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

Learn More