Chicago Percussion Lessons

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

Use your current location
Featured On

Why TakeLessons?

Our teachers have taught
1 , 6 4 6 , 9 4 7
lessons and counting!

Popular Percussion Teachers Near Chicago

Check out some of our most popular teachers near Chicago including Berwyn, Oak Park, Cicero, Fox Valley and Bedford Park.

Showing 5 of 8 results View More
212576_271139_27803

Jeff F.

Chicago, IL

I have been working with beginner through intermediate mallet and timbales players for eighteen years.

About Jeff

I have been working as a freelance musician and private instructor in Chicago for fifteen years. During this time I have been hired to perform Jazz, Rock, R/B, and world music. As an instructor I have maintained a studio of five to twenty students on a weekly basis. I hold a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Percussion Performance, and a Master of Music degree from De Paul University in Jazz Studies.

*** Lesson Details ***
With committed weekly practice there are no limits to a student's potential. I like to use the term guide to describe my teaching
style. In a relaxed atmosphere, the student and I are working together to advance their musical goals. Sometimes goals are reached quickly, more often we need more time and repetition to advance. The mind learns quicker than the body, so focused practice will help train the body and bring it to the mind's level.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Finished Basement studio: drum set, snare drum, small mallet, xylophone and electric piano, room for parents to sit in on lesson

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student should provide sticks and mallets and purchase a book that we will work out of weekly.

*** Specialties ***
I feel comfortable teaching all levels of percussion. I have experience teaching a variety of styles Jazz, rock, classical, and world.
...

Reviews

Silhouette-80
RIo July 14, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Jeff has been great with my 7 year old son learning Djembe and Bongos. Jeff gives clear concise instructions and practices the skills with him to work on during the week. My son is easily distracted and Jeff is very flexible and listens to what he has to say, using is as a way to teach and redirects. My son can't wait to go to class every week!
Silhouette-80
Kevin A. January 2, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
I'm an experienced drummer and I was able to get started right away into exercises that fit my my level of skill. Very helpful.
Silhouette-80
Debbie L. December 30, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Jeff has been working with my 16 year old son, who started drum lessons to prepare for jazz band, for about 4 months now. Jeff is a a very skilled teacher and has been a joy to work with in terms of coordinating schedules and other logistics. My son has learned a great deal from Jeff in a very short time and very much enjoys working with him!
View More
View Profile
Jeff F.

Jeff F.

Chicago, IL 60651
(8)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
Profile_56239_pi_Steve%20Bitte%20Head%20Shot%20Edit

Steven B.

Hanover Park, IL

Percussion lessons include reading music, technique, snare, and mallet topics for school band.

About Steven

I have been studying and performing music for 20+ years. After majoring in music at College of Dupage in Glen Ellyn IL, I went to step up my level of study at the Percussion Institute of Technology (P.I.T.) at Musician's Institute in Hollywood, CA in 2001 attaining a Performance Certificate from my time studying there.

Moving back to Chicago after L.A. in 2002 proved to be the right move as this is when I began my teaching career. With 12+ years of private and group music instruction experience, I have worked with Hix Brothers Music, Naperville Music, Roselle Music, Streamwood Park Distri
ct, After School Enrichment Solution's Guitar Stars, Band For Today, Guitar Fundamentals, Chicago Guitar Instruction, Schaumburg Music Academy, Music Makers of Western Springs, and also maintain a private clientele. Well into a thousand lessons taught, students have stayed with me for up to 7 years. You, the student, will gain all the experience I have gained from my 20 years of study, performance, and instruction.

Performing with various bands in the 2000's, I pinpointed my style and mastered my technique that gave me many performance opportunities regionally and nationally, noting most current act U2 tribute Vertigo USA and country rock cover act soon to be announced featuring members of Trash Martini.

I am co-founder of the music licensing production company Blue Shade Music, co-writing with astute musicians in the Chicago area for music libraries in Florida and California currently.

With national and international touring experience, I was featured in an exclusive interview for Online Drummer in August of 2011 sharing my knowledge and experience of music and drums.

Thank you for reading, and I hope to have a fun and educational time with you!

*** Lesson Details ***
Practicing everyday with an occasional day off is very important in the student's progress. I always say 10 minutes is better than 0 minutes.

For DRUM lessons, the student can expect to learn:
*to read music notation and music charts
*to read drum notation
*songs by real bands
*timekeeping via a metronome
*hand technique and foot technique
*rudiments
*all styles of music
*double bass
*drum grooves and drum fills
*marching band/concert band material (if involved in school)

For PIANO lessons, the student can expect to learn:
*to read music notation
*to read music charts/lead sheets
*music theory
*intervals
*chords and inversions
*chord progressions
*scales
*fingering
*styles of blues, jazz, pop, rock, and traditional
*songs you wish to learn

For GUITAR + BASS lessons, the student can expect to learn:
*to learn to read music notation
*to learn to read a music chart
*music theory
*scales
*chords
*chord progressions
*fingering
*styles of pop, rock, and blues
*songs you wish to learn

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide no equipment. The student must have an acoustic or electric drum set, a practice pad, a music stand, a metronome, sticks, curriculum book(s), headphones, an acoustic or electric guitar, and an acoustic or electric piano.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Funk, Blues, RnB, Soul, Country, Jazz, Latin, Pop, Metal
...

Reviews

Silhouette-80
Dui S. December 7, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
My son is enjoying playing the guitar cause of Steve. He is a great instructor. I would recommend him to anyone.
Silhouette-80
Meg D. April 15, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Steven is a great teacher! He's flexible, and works well with all ages! He's teaching my 3 kids, drums, guitar and bass. He's very receptive and adjusts his lessons according to what my kids are interested in. For example one of my kids was learning notes, but then the other wanted to learn a specific song and he easily adjusted to focus on what each of them wanted to do to. My kids love him!
Silhouette-80
S G. March 7, 2015
Drum
I took 5 in-home guitar lessons from Steve and loved every minute! I had never played guitar before so we were starting from scratch. We covered a lot of information, tailored to what I wanted to learn, and I felt like I made a lot of progress in a short amount of time. Steve was always on time, well-prepared for lessons, and was very encouraging. I would recommend Steve to anyone interested in taking guitar lessons.
View More
View Profile
Steven B.

Steven B.

Hanover Park, IL 60133
(16)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
Profile_84230_pi_DSC_3257456

Yulia B.

Chicago, IL

I am a professional percussionist. I have been teaching private lessons since 2010 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home or in my home studio, and online.I have helped my students to learn how to read music, obtain good hand posture, develop their technique and musicality.
I received Bachelors of Music in Percussion performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University in 2015. Currently, I'm pursuing Masters Degree in Percussion Performance at the DePaul School of Music. I look forward to helping my new students achieve their goals.
Beginner students will learn how to read music, how to properly hold drum sticks, learn basic strokes, drumming techniques, beginning rudiments.
Intermediate and advanced students will learn how to improve their playing technique and virtuosity. They will also learn how to approach a specific piece of music; how to become expressive and creative with their skills.

About Yulia

I am a professional percussionist. I have been teaching private lessons since 2010 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home or in my home studio, and online.I have helped my students to learn how to read music, obtain good hand posture, develop their technique and musicality.
I received Bachelors of Music in Percussion performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University in 2015. Currently, I'm pursuing Masters Degree in Percussion Performance at the DePaul School of Music. I look forward to helping my new students achieve their goals.
...

Reviews

Silhouette-80
Samira April 25, 2016
Drum · Online
Verified Student
Yulia is a very good teacher, she's teaching my daughter how to play the drum. I recommend her to be your music teacher. She' s great! Thanks,
Andrezza
Silhouette-80
Samira April 25, 2016
Drum · Online
Verified Student
Yulia is a very good teacher, she's teaching my daughter how to play the drum. I recommend her to be your music teacher. She' s great! Thanks,
Andrezza
Thumb_56c144b59a1db_review_Mike%20Sax
Michael February 14, 2016
Drum · In studio
Great teachers and amazing performer. Taught me some great new latin grooves on the drum set!
View More
View Profile
Yulia B.

Yulia B.

Chicago, IL 60622
(3)
starting at
$20 / 30-min
Profile_84113_pi_1081083-p

Ben W.

Sycamore, IL

Percussion lessons will cover all areas of being a well-rounded player. Areas of study include mallets, timpani, snare, and world percussion. Students will learn from my original lesson materials and standard method books (i.e. Goldenberg, Cirone, etc.)

About Ben

Hello! Thank you for taking the time to read through my background as your look for a drum teacher. Simply put: I love all things drums and percussion! By studying with me, you will learn how to read music (rhythm and pitch), learn fundamental stick/mallet techniques for the essential areas of drums/percussion, snare and keyboard mallets, and many important patterns and perfomance techniques necessary for success playing drumset and other percussion instruments.

Briefly, I have over 20 years of professional experience with a Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance and a Post-Baccalaurat
e degree for my Illinois K-12 Music Teaching Licensure, both from Northern Illinois University. I have taught every age group of students from all diverse backgrounds. I have written many solos for marimba and snare drum and written drum music for many middle school/high school/college drum lines in Tennessee and Illinois, where I played professionally for over 10 years. These age groups cover everything from elementary students up through adult beginners. I have played with every type of band on small club stages to full-size festival stages. My students use a combination of my experienced teaching materials (curriculum) with other popular method books to help better serve each student's needs based on their strengths and weaknesses. I believe ever new student should be able to read music after studying with me and I make sure they are able to do this and learn the skills necessary to play with any school band or other type of band. I also combine modern technology with all drumming techniques, like Ableton Live and Garageband software, for recording/playback and Roland electronics to help with timing and play-alongs. I teach the two most common percussion grips: matched (most common) and traditional (more common in marching and jazz drumming). The word grip refers to how you hold the sticks and is essential for learning more advanced techniques that will help with learning more difficult music, whether for school- band auditions, state contests, or a different band audition. I have two drum sets and a marimba (keyboard mallets) in the lesson room for their lessons, among other percussion items. I'm an easy-going person and always eager to help each student become better skilled in their percussion studies while studying with me! :)
...

Reviews

Silhouette-80
Hayden B. May 16, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
My son looks forward to each lesson. Not only does he enjoy the lessons, but his confidence continues to grow.
Silhouette-80
David March 23, 2016
Drum · In studio
Ben has been able to get more out of my sons (beginner drums) than I ever would have thought possible in such a short period of time. He challenges my son every week and sets realistic expectations and goals. Ben has also been flexible and accommodating to meet the needs of me and my son. Overall, great experience.
Silhouette-80
Trevor P. March 7, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Ben was great with our 7 year old son. He made him feel very comfortable and excited to play drums!!!!
View More
View Profile
Ben W.

Ben W.

Western Springs, IL 60558
(5)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
Profile_92678_pi_IMG_0196

Travis C.

Chicago, IL

I teach beginning/intermediate students the basics of playing and technique. Simple songs, school music, and theory. I can teach someone who is just taking the instrument out of the case for the first time to high school level player.

About Travis

I received my Bachelor's in Music Education in 2012 and have been teaching for 4 years. I attended VanderCook College of Music, unlike other music education programs, VanderCook requires every student to learn how to perform 22 instruments at a freshman in high school level.

Currently, I am a full-time K-8 music teacher. I serve over 700 a week teaching general music, band, choir, and orchestra. I prepare my students to audition for high school auditions and I have also given many lessons to prepare students for college auditions.

I also perform with various community groups around the
Chicago-Land area. My primary instrument is trumpet, on which I perform in a Symphonic Band, Jazz Orchestra, Marching Band, and a Brass Quintet.
...

Reviews

Silhouette-80
Tashala July 9, 2016
Flute · In studio
My experience has been amazing with Mr. Cuckler! At times that I wanted to give up he kept me going. I'm inspired to have a career in music. I hope that many other students will get to experience something so life changing. He is determined and energetic and that helps his students progress.
Silhouette-80
Tressa July 6, 2016
Flute · In studio
Travis Cuckler is my daughters music teacher as well as band director. His excitement for music is contagious. He holds a high standard and it shows in how his band performs. My daughter has been playing for only 2 years and is able to play high school level music. He pushes his students and they respect him highly. He is very professional, but knows how to make the kids laugh. The pride my child has for what she does is beyond anything I've ever expected.
View More
View Profile
Travis C.

Travis C.

Chicago, IL 60609
(2)
starting at
$20 / 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.

GetStarted
BrowseListings

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 Chicago?

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.

 
Online

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

Percussion Lesson Reviews from Students

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

1,375 5-Star Student Reviews in Chicago through TakeLessons!

Get Started With Free Resources

Are You a Teacher?

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

Learn More