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Young Drummers of Atlanta: Get Out and PLAY!

By Rick A. - Atlanta Drums Teacher

Hi - I’m Rick A., a TakeLessons teacher in Gwinnett County, just outside of Atlanta. I’d like to talk about a growing trend in the area that gives young players taking Atlanta drum lessons an opportunity to play onstage with other musicians.

Jam Nights have become very popular in restaurants and taverns all over Atlanta and especially in the outer suburbs. Open Mic Nights have been popular for some time but are often limited to acoustic performers with no drum set on stage. Jam nights usually have a full or at least partial drum kit so drummers no longer have to sit in the audience and listen to their friends play acoustically. This is a great opportunity for those taking Atlanta drum lessons to get out and practice their skills!

Some of the venues are restricted to musicians 18 years old and up, and a few are even limited to 21 and up. Fortunately there are a growing number of family friendly venues with jam nights such as The Old Tucker Fountain and Shorty’s Pizza in Tucker (hosted by Chicago Joe) and The Black Diamond Grill in Cumming (hosted by former Falcons coach Jerry Glanville).

I’ve seen some remarkable young talent in all of these places. It gives young players the chance to get out and socialize with others like themselves to start bands of their own. So whether you’re currently taking Atlanta drum lessons or a beginning drum student, find a jam in your neighborhood and connect with your fellow drummers. See you at the jams!

About Casey C.

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Atlanta, GA

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I have developed a natural teaching method that focuses on learning and understanding the building blocks of drum set playing, familiarizing and connecting these building blocks, and applying them to individual expression. I have the ability to take nearly anyone without prior drum set or rhythmic experience, and, within days, turn them into beat playing drummers! My approach focuses on:
-building an understanding and relationship with each drum
-the basic rudimentary foundation of drumming
-how to approach the drums, hold the sticks, set up the drums, and tune the drums
-basic mechanical techniques
-development of each limb
-learning how to read basic drum charts and play to them
-learning and playing the most significant beats and patterns in the history of drum set
-gaining the ability to effectively teach oneself how to improve as a drummer
-learning your favorite songs on drums
-how to play in a band

About Casey
Hi I'm a 29 year old professional musician that has worked hard to become a first call drummer for performance, instruction, and studio session work in the Atlanta area. Over the past 5 years I have toured nationally, recorded with countless regional, national and local artists, and have gained a positive reputation in the Atlanta community as a unique, innovative, and passionate drum teacher. I studied music at The University of Mississippi and I am qualified to teach numerous styles including Rock, Pop, Hip Hop, Jazz, Electronica, World and many others. I have years of experience teaching
private and group lessons (I'm a recurring Camp Counselor in Summer music programs). I offer inspired beginning drummers of all ages the chance to learn the art of drum set playing within a basic, relaxed, and fun context.

*** Studio Equipment ***
My drum studio includes 2 drum kits to help aid in visual learning, percussion instruments from around the world, a PA system to play along to music and great vibes!

*** Travel Equipment ***
For student's home lessons I require at least one drum or drum set.

*** Specialties ***
Based within a fun, relaxed context, Casey has developed a natural teaching method that focuses on learning and understanding the building blocks of drum set playing, familiarizing and connecting these building blocks, and applying them to individual expression. He has the ability to take nearly anyone without prior drum set or rhythmic experience, and, within days, turn them into beat playing drummers. His approach focuses on: HAVING FUN, building an understanding and relationship with each drum, the basic rudimentary foundation of drumming, how to approach the drums, hold the sticks, set up the drums, and tune the drums, basic mechanical techniques, development of each limb, learning how to read basic drum charts and play to them, learning and playing the most significant beats and patterns in the history of drum set, and gaining the ability to effectively teach oneself how to improve as a drummer.
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Caleb December 29, 2015
· Drum · In studio
Casey is easily a five-star instructor. My kind of guy! My eight (8) year old Caleb is excited and has not stopped practicing since we got home. Thanks Casey!
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Mioshey T. December 10, 2015
· Drum · In studio
He is great with my son. He's very friendly and able to teach my son who is autistic. Very pleasant!
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Eliza F. November 21, 2015
· Drum · In studio
Casey is an incredible teacher! Within a few lessons I made an enormous amount of progress all the while having a great time. He is a genuinely kind, personable guy who I would highly reccomend to anyone who wants to learn how to drum, or just wants to better their current abilities!
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Casey C.

Casey C.

Atlanta, GA 30312
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$35 / 30-min

About Willy S.

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Duluth, GA

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World Renowned Pro Drummer/Percussionist Will S. is now offering Drum & Percussion lessons/instruction for all ages and levels. Mr S. has performed and toured with many well known and respected Musicians in many Genres of music, including: World, Jazz, Fusion, Dub Step, Reggae, Rock, Classical , Latin , African, Middle Eastern, SE Asian , Austral-asian and much more...Mr S. offers in- house lessons at our beautiful retail shop in Johns Creek or He will travel to your home. Mr S. originally is from Brooklyn, NYC
He has been involved in teaching, workshops and school programs for the past 15 years. He has been Background Checked cleared for your own safety concerns.

About Willy
Will is from a long line of World Renowned Drummers. His uncle Ed played in the Tonite show band with Johnny Carson, his cousin plays drums for Billy Joel ( Liberty DeVito). Will himself took to the drums at the age of 7. By 13 years old he was already gigging in special events, Jazz Bands and local community concerts. Since he has performed with Mr Louie Bellson ( Legendary Jazz drummer) , Lou Soloff ( Trumpeter for Blood , Sweat and Tears), JIm Chapin ( Legendary Jazz Drummer, father of Harry Chapin and author of some of the best Drumming Technique books still employed today. Mr S. is a co
nsummate performer and educator with over 30 years of World Tour performances in some of the Globe's most notable venues and stages. He attended SUNY Plattsbugh with degree in Jazz Studies. Real world experience and a passion for music, drums and world percussion make Will a highly sort after entertainer and educator. He has been an artist in residence at many schools and Universities over the course of his 25 years of instructing. He is actively performing and teaching both locally in Metro Atlanta and online.

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For most of us drummers and rhythmatists we cannot go an hour without banging something or tapping or humming or moving.. if this describes you or your child then Im the guy who would be delighted to foster your development in your lifelong pursuit of the ultimate beat. I cannot give you God given talent , but I can take what talent god has given you and accentuate the positive. Work with you on fundamentals, technique, timbre, timing, tuning, sight reading..the list goes on..Its a lifelong pursuit..How long you choose to pursue it is up to you.. Im here to be your mentor.

Im pretty laid back with teaching discipline. Either you got it or you dont. I cannot push you or force you into practicing.. You must inherently love music and love rhythm and love drumming or percussion. If I am working with you on Kit drumming you will be starting out with the basics unless you have experience. I normally do an assessment to determine where you are at.. If I am teaching you hand percussion or African or Asian based drums then its strictly an aural based learning experience. No books just memorization. Kit drumming will require either you have your own Drum kit if I am coming to your house or of you travel to my studio I will have 1 drum kit to share , but you must have your own sticks. I do employ books in Drum Kit lessons. I will give you the names of the books based on what I think your level is and we can go from there..

Music is a complex yet beautiful language. Once you are immersed in the culture of the beat your journey thus begins. And journeys like these last a lifetime. I hope I can be a part of your experience.

Many Blessings
One Rhythm
One Love

*** Studio Equipment ***
Medium Size Studio Room at Buddha Bike & Drum
6215 Johns Creek Commons- Johns CReek, Georgia 30097 with One complete drum set . The studio room is sound proofed. Students must bring their own sticks and any books required during the time of the lesson

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have percussion, I have my own sticks, students should have their own drum kit and any percussion gear they want to learn

*** Specialties ***
Steeldrum or Pan, World Percussion: West African, Latin American, SE Asian, Chinese and Japanese
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Hayden June 28, 2016
· Drum · In home
Willy is patient, knowledgeable & approachable. It can be a bit intimidating when learning from someone as talented as Willy, but my son felt completely comfortable. He's looking forward to the many future lessons to come.
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Peter S. January 4, 2016
· Drum · In home
I am pleased with the instruction which I have received and results experienced to date. I am increasing in confidence, independence, and comfort. I am further pleased with instructor availability and ability to adapt instruction to address multiple styles, genres, and concerns. I recommend Willy and am happy to serve as reference.
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Willy S.

Duluth, GA 30097
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$45 / 30-min

About Stephen D.

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I played Snare Drum in the drum line in the University of Alabama Million Dollar Band for four years. I am very experienced in rudimental snare drum and can help you learn the 26 basic rudiments as well as the advanced rudiments, and their application. If you're practicing for a drum line audition, I can help you set up a practice schedule, and we can work on your material together. Set yourself a goal and reach it!

About Stephen
I have over 30 years of combined education and experience performing and teaching percussion and piano. I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Alabama,with Piano as my secondary instrument. I hold a Master's Degree in Percussion Performance from Indiana University, with a Cognate in Jazz Studies. I have taught private percussion, drum set, and piano lessons for over 30 years. I performed for 10 years as a contract percussionist with the Savannah Symphony Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the Macon Symphony Orchestra, and the Columbus Symphony
Orchestra. I have performed in orchestras with accomplished musicians including The Moody Blues (Chastain Park), Judy Collins, and Henry Mancini.

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I like my students to have some fun while they learn. I ask that you practice 30 minutes a day, so that you can spend your lesson time learning and moving forward. For piano, I use the Alfred series, as well as the Real Book (jazz standards), and of course sheet music for classical pieces and popular tunes. After three months, you will have learned how to play the basic scales and chords, as well as some introductory classical and popular material. On drums after six months, you will know the first thirteen rudiments and some of the basic rock beats, and you will be playing with some rock ballads. After six months on piano, you will be playing all of the major scales and chords and the basic minor chords. You will be playing some Bach and Mozart, and you will start on some basic jazz standards. On drums, you will have learned most of the 26 basic rudiments, and you will be playing along with some medium tempo rock songs. You will have learned some coordinated independence to start playing jazz and swing styles (which by the way are the building blocks for playing R&B and hip-hop). And you'll enjoy the journey! I enjoy seeing my students grow as they learn. I have had students of mine go on to play in the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps, get advanced music degrees, and become recording artists. The current Percussion Instructor at the University of Alabama was my percussion student. While I know that not everyone seeks to play professionally, you will learn the tools to play well. I look forward to teaching you!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Front and side entrance upright piano in living room plus drum set, electronic keyboard, seating for parents.

*** Specialties ***
Drums --- Rock, Jazz
Percussion --- Rudimental, Symphonic
Piano --- Jazz, Jazz Theory, Popular
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Ervin C. March 9, 2017
· Piano · In studio
Excelente maestro. Mi hija de 8 anhos siempre esta entusiasmada de llegar a clase. Steve tiene una metodologia muy entretenida y practica para llegar al alumno. Es tan bueno en lo que hace, que estoy entusismado tambien yo en empezar mis clases de piano con el. Gracias Steve.

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Tina June 23, 2016
· Piano · In studio
I was excited about starting lessons. Stephen!s teaching exceeding my expectations and I am so looking forward to my next lesson.
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Eric S. July 6, 2015
· Percussion · In home
I have enjoyed a lot of time with him. It is very great to spend time preparing my auditions . he is very helpful for what I am struggling with.
If possible, I want to give him 100 stars.
Thank you so much!!
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Stephen D.

Stephen D.

Stone Mountain, GA 30087
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$30 / 30-min

About Steve S.

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Atlanta, GA
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Learn the basics of drumming from rock, funk, country and more. No need to read music. Just have a love for music and the sound of drums.

About Steve
Playing drums is fun and good for the soul! Learn the basics of playing the most popular drum beats in music. Also learn simple techniques to help you along your way to playing rudiments. Whether you're serious or just want to have fun, I can help!
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Steve S.

Steve S.

Atlanta, GA 30311
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$30 / 30-min

About Michael Z.

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Atlanta, GA
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I will focus on drum set and snare technique. I will cover snare drum rudiments, keeping good time, drum set hand-foot coordination as well as learning how to play along to songs while staying on beat.

About Michael
My name is Michael Zion, and I have been teaching drum and piano lessons since 2010! I have taught and still teach students from ages 4 to 65 years of age. I have a Bachelor of Arts in History from Kennesaw State University. While at KSU, I focused several of my upper level history papers on the History of Jazz Music. I have been playing drums and piano for over 20 years! I am very enthusiastic and passionate about music, and I am very outgoing with a lot of patience in general and more specifically for the learning process. I would be very excited for you to become my next student!
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Michael Z.

Michael Z.

Atlanta, GA 30329
starting at
$35 / 30-min

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