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Drum Lessons In Dallas & The Music Scene

By Clint L. - Dallas Drums Instructor

Hey everybody! Dallas drum teacher Clint L. here. Today I want to talk to you about the Dallas, Texas music scene and more specifically, what it is like to be a drummer and teach Dallas drum lessons.

Dallas will always be one of the most exciting places in the US to be a musician. As you may know, one of the top music schools in the nation, The University of North Texas, is right outside Dallas. I had the good fortune of attending this school when it was still called North Texas State University. This institution continually turns out some of the finest musicians in the world.

On campus, you can usually find one of the lab bands either rehearsing or performing. There are many jazz and dance clubs in Denton. In Dallas, you can hear virtually any and every kind of music that you want.

As far as the drumming scene, Dallas has one of the biggest markets for cover bands of any city in the US. Currently I am a part of three different bands. One is a pop band that performs live every Friday and Saturday. The second is a Progressive Rock/Christian Rock band that has recently been signed by a record company in Oklahoma. The third band is an original project with a long-time friend who plays bass. This is more of a jazz rock band, and we are currently in the writing stage, and doing a good bit of recording as well.

Being a drummer in this market and teaching Dallas drum lessons is very challenging but exciting. If you want to make a living at this, you must be versatile and cover all styles. Yes, there is plenty of work but there are also a ton of musicians. The brotherhood of drummers has a very strong bond here. Even though we compete with each other, we also help each other out as much as we can.

I couldn’t be happier being a full time drummer and instructor here in Dallas. I have been staying busy not only with three different bands but also as a freelance musician. I also teach private drum lessons to a number of students, both beginner and advanced, out of my home or in the comfort of their own homes. If you are interested in taking drum lessons in Dallas, give us a call and join the fun!

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Mike F.

Arlington, TX

We will cover in each lesson Drum Set, Music Theory, Rudiments, Technique, Timing and Feel, Mallet Percussion, and Scales. I will also custom tailor lessons for each individual student depending on their goals and needs.

About Mike

Music is my life and air. I started playing the drums when I was 12 years old. I played in every band and music ensemble I could throughout junior high, high school, and college. I have played in bands outside of school with music styles ranging from Rock, Punk, Hardcore, Metal, and Hip Hop. Since 2008, I have been teaching private drum set lessons and marching percussion to students of all ages and backgrounds, including Special Needs.

Recently, I attended the University of Texas at Arlington where I furthered my education in music teaching, music theory, performance, and percussion. I a
m also an experienced Djembe and Didgeridoo performer. Teaching and encouraging others in music comes naturally to me, and my degree in Music Business supports knowing how to prepare lessons and curriculum so students succeed.

*** Lesson Details ***
I love what I do and want my students to be excited not only to take lessons with me, but excited to go home and practice to further their skills as well. My lessons are focused and adaptable to the needs of each student. I have a wide range of teaching materials, equipment, and a personal library of method books for students to view and use. I do expect and encourage my students to practice at least 5 minutes a day. You will be amazed at how effective this is and how 5 minutes usually turns into 30 minutes of solid enjoyable practice.

*** Studio Equipment ***
DW drumset, single and double pedal, practice pads, Vic Firth Bell Kit, Boom Whackers, hand drums, and a personal library of method books.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Sticks, books, DW practice pad drum set, snare practice pads, music stand, and a laptop for references of appropriate drum videos/music.

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Punk, Hardcore, Metal, and Hip Hop. Also skilled in marching percussion, mallet percussion, and hand drumming.
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Lynn S. October 14, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
Learned a lot

Lessons were fun but structured to maximize learning. Took my sons playing to a whole new level.
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Mark P. June 11, 2013
Drum
dedicated fun teacher

ive known Mike for a few years. he really puts all his effort and passion into teaching. he loves drums and knows how to communicate that feel to others. he is well versed and experienced on all types of percussion having been to acclaimed university programs. for both kids and adults Mike reaches out and brings the joy of music!!!!!!!
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Nathan F. June 8, 2013
Drum
Great drummer and great guy

Mike volunteers drumming for the band I lead at a local church. Regardless of how difficult the song selection is, he nails his part every week. Mike's experience with diverse musical genres allows him to draw upon a wide range of rhythms and techniques. In addition to his talent, Mike's character stands out as well. Each week he arrives early, is prepared, and friendly.
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Mike F.

Mike F.

Arlington, TX 76013
(7)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Gerson R.

Irving, TX

Work on techniques with hands and feet. Teach on how to read music in drums and to learn many different rhythms and to increase the develop the students playing ability.

About Gerson

Hey guys, my name is Gerson born and raised in Irving, TX. I am from the DFW area. I was introduce to drums at a very young age in my early pre-teen life. I've been playing drums for over eight years right now. I grew up playing at my church and seeing myself grow there. As the years gone by I was introduce to a great global drummer in the Christian market name Keith Banks. Were I went to learn more about drums at Christ For The Nations Institute. Then after that I played and travel with many worship bands around the DFW area and around the US. After that I went to study music theory and jazz,
at North Lake College were it help me grow even more as musician. I was thought by a great jazz drummer name Gene Glover who played in the 1 o-clock bad at North Texas and many more jazz artist. Right now I am playing drums at my home church Iglesia Envagelica Bethel in Irving TX, and currently touring and playing drums for Denis Campos.

*** Lesson Details ***
I have a vision where I see my student take his drumming to a level where he can never imagine. I am a very laid back person, I never want to pressure a student or make them feel uncomfortable at any time. The curriculum that I use includes basic drums notations and time signatures which is by Mark Wessels A Fresh Approach to the Snare Drum. If the student practices consistently they will understand how drums can relate to the music learning how to keep time and be a great pocket drummer, and develop their foot speed and hands.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The In-Studio Lessons are in the garage which includes carpet, recording studio, drums, bass, guitars, mics, and seating. No pets. Parking on the side or street.

*** Travel Equipment ***
They should have a metronome a drum set, sticks, practice pad and a notebook. I usually bring my sticks and sometimes cymbals if they don't have any. The student needs to provide a full drum kit if he or she does not want to use a practice pad.

*** Specialties ***
I like to get connected with the student make him feel comfortable. The styles that I teach is in Latin jazz. Progressive and contemporary also funk and gospel.
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Marat O. September 12, 2014
Drum · In studio
He is great! Awesome teacher, taught me how to play quick and easy. He is a real professional and i recommend him for anyone who needs lessons.
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Dyan B. August 22, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
We met up with Gerson at Murphy's Music in Irving for our drum lessons. Gerson is as he describes himself, "very laid back and easy going". I would add that he was always professional and knows when to challenge and help his student grow.
He will make you feel at ease and meet you at whatever level you are at.
You can tell he has a great passion for music and why he makes it his chosen profession. We found him to be very reliable and yet flexible should schedules change.
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Gerson R.

Gerson R.

Irving, TX 75062
(2)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Ryan B.

Allen, TX

I teach acoustic and electronic drums for all levels

About Ryan

Hey There! My name is Ryan B. I play and teach guitar, bass and drums, and piano and would love to teach you or help you improve your abilities! I have been playing all four instruments for 20 years, and I have a personal, laid-back style that helps connect with each student.

I have been with TakeLessons for over two years now, and am truly blessed to have worked with so many great students.I will teach you what YOU want to play, regardless of style or genre you like in music. I design my lessons around YOU, and what YOU want to learn!

For guitar, bass and drums, I can teach the basi
c beginner to the advanced. I teach electric and acoustic guitar, electric bass and acoustic and electric drums

For piano, I teach beginner levels only.

*** Lesson Details ***
Students can expect my lessons to focus on your goals. I cover a lot of fundamentals and basics to start, and then go through more advanced techniques as the student progress. In a short period of time, you will know chords, notes, techniques, rhythm and timings, just to name a few!

Guitar students will learn basic chords, barre chords and soloing techniques. Bass students will learn bass notes, bass lines and soloing.

Drum students will learn timing, fills, soloing and lead drumming.

Piano students will learn how to read music, fingering, chords and song performance.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Equipment available:
keyboard
6-string acoustic guitar
12-string acoustic guitar
electric guitar
2 amplifiers

*** Travel Equipment ***
acoustic guitar, bass guitar

*** Specialties ***
I use tab and chord chart methods, as well as sheet music.I have experience in all styles of music
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Zachary H. August 6, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Great instructor! And patient with my active son!
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Angelica M. June 29, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Ryan was very friendly and upbeat and worked so well with my 12 year old daughter.
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Julielle N. June 13, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
He is REALLY funny and he takes it slow. He doesn't rush you or anything like that.
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Ryan B.

Ryan B.

Allen, TX 75002
(13)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Billy H.

Arlington, TX

I have mostly taught beginner drummers to get the basics down. -separating the limbs to work independently - rudiments - basic beats and grooves used in popular music - and how to read it and write it on paper if you are interested.

also - "how to count" ...and "understanding song structure"

I have also worked with a few excellent, established drummers on "what to play in the studio" and how to be a good session player...how to be consistent and simplify.... etc

About Billy

I teach my students how to understand how music is put together so they can learn even more on their own.

I read, write, and play all styles and I focus on teaching the student fundamentals that work in all styles of music ....AND I get them going on the style they are interested in - pop, rock, country, folk, etc.

I have spent my entire life in the music industry and I can show you how to use what I teach to apply to the real world. I have also been a successful songwriter and I can work with students to learn about song structure and song writing.

I am also good at preparing studen
ts for college music classes.

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to break it down into small steps and accomplish them, then move on to the next.

Each person learns differently and I am good at connecting with how you learn - then we can use a book or CD or not according to your needs.

I have several books to choose from as well as CDs and other tools. BUT .....some things are learned best through 1 on 1 instruction and explanation without a book.

I like to see progress every week and I usually do.

*** Studio Equipment ***
recording studio in home w/ seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
Student needs instrument only to start and discuss from there.
I have many tuners, metronomes, props, books, etc

*** Specialties ***
I teach using modern popular songs as vehicles but back up examples with theory and some reading and ear training.
I usually get quick results and my students can understand the music as well as play it.
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Chinonye Nwaokelemeh August 16, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Great teacher and very knowledgeable. Laid back but still pushes you beyond your current comfort zone with each lesson. Always felt I learned something new and important each time to help with my development as a beginner bass player!
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Phil H. January 7, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Nice guy, very laidback, very instructive, fun to work with, very mellow and talented
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Robert (Bob) W. October 29, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Billy's patience and understanding is great in teaching me Piano. Most enjoyable.
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Billy H.

Billy H.

Arlington, TX 76010
(4)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Thomas S.

Richardson, TX

Lessons cover proper techniques as well as how to play with feel.

About Thomas

Hello, I'™m Thomas, but most people call me T. I started taking private drum lessons when I was 6 years old from Lucy Flohr. Ms. Lucy was one of the most influential and important people in my development not only as a drummer but in life as well (she's the lady in my profile picture). I met her at 6, and we'™re still friends 30 years later.
After Lucy I started lessons with professors at UNT (which in those days was NTSU). My glam band, Skin Deep, was getting major record deal offers, but it was 1992 when grunge took over. So under guidance of our attorney we didn'™t sign any offers. W
ith my high hopes deflated and a musically defeated heart I had to make a change. So instead of going to UNT to study music which I had been being groomed to do, I chose to go to Austin and attend UT. I graduated from UT in 1997 with a degree in psychology and decided to move to Los Angeles to follow my dream. My band broke up about a month later, but I formed a new one (Milkweed, which morphed into a blue grass band after I left, now called River Rouge) and got an indy record deal. We released "Milkweed....For Breakfast" on my birthday in 2000, and we did lots of regional touring for the next 3 years. Then I moved back to Dallas and joined JackAcid. We released "Life Through a Crazy Straw" on another independent label and toured regionally for a few years. Next was Crossing Ellum, which was fronted by Matthew JC (Founder of Emmy winning Small Guy Music and œMatthew JC and the All Stars). I spent several years playing with a heavy rock band named Social Jab that unfortunately ended before we released our CD titled S3V3N Years... I currently play in Marquis of Vaudeville.
I started teaching classmates in 7th grade and continued through high school. Then I took a hiatus from teaching with just a student here and there during college and my touring days. Now I'm back to teaching more than I'm playing, and I love it! I believe music is a phenomenal gift to us all in every facet, from listening, to learning, to creating, to performing, and it'™s an honor to be able to share my knowledge and experiences to help others learn to appreciate the blessing of music.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are catered to each individual student. If you want to learn theory, we will start from the beginning. If you just want to learn how to play your favorite songs, then that's what you'll learn. Your personal goals for drumming determine how I teach you.

*** Studio Equipment ***
In-home music room w/ two drum kits (if needed) and seating for parents. Piano, guitars, bass, and recording equipment.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I will provide any manuscript paper necessary for first lesson, then I would expect students to purchase a blank manuscript book along with any books chosen to study.

*** Specialties ***
My lessons are catered to each student's goals.
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Jason S. August 10, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
There are no words to describe the benefit of drum lessons for my son. It goes well beyond drums. T is a fantastic drummer, a fantastic teacher, and now friend. As a fellow musician I learned a lot watching the lessons. Amazing experience and an amazing instructor.
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Kandice R. February 28, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
I have been taking lessons with Thomas for a year and a half. He is very patient and explains things very well. I had no drum experience before I met him. I can read music and play better than I ever though I could for the limited amount of time I have been paying. I highly recommend Thomas for adults and kids. I have a busy work schedule and he has been gracious and flexible with my schedule.
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Brant M. December 12, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
Fantastic Teacher for Kids

My 8 year old son has been taking drum lessons from Thomas for about 4 months and he very much enjoys it. What I really like about the lessons is that Thomas custom designs the next lesson based on how the student is performing in the current lesson. His homework assignments are very detailed which is great because I, as well as my son, know what he should be practicing during the week. I can definitely see a big improvement since my son started and I have no doubts he is getting a solid foundation in drums as well as music theory. Thomas is a super nice guy and very patient which makes him fantastic for kids. My wife is a music educator and she is just as impressed with Thomas as I am. We highly recommend him.
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Thomas S.

Thomas S.

Richardson, TX 75081
(6)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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