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Chicago is one of the focal points for American music. Deeply rooted in the blues and soul, musicians from the area have made significant contributions to musical history, including Nat King Cole, Benny Goodman and Muddy Waters, as well as more recent artists such as The Smashing Pumpkins and Kanye West. Finding the talent to teach Chicago drum lessons is not the problem; connecting with them can be.

Mastering the drum kit can be a daunting task. Not only do you have to propel the rhythm of a song or even an entire band, but you have to do it with instruments that spread 180º in front of you. Playing them requires not only knowledge and technical know-how, but also a firm sense of physical fitness and superior technique. These skills don't just come to a new player through practice; they have to be taught by a skilled professional.

Although there are tons of talented drummers in the Chicago area, it can sometimes be difficult to connect with one who wants to teach their skills to others. TakeLessons is a way to find those talented musicians with no risk. Our instructors complete a rigorous interview process, including a background check, before they start working with us. Even better, your first lesson is backed with our 100% money back guarantee, making it risk-free!

Simply use our handy search tool and book online, or call 800-252-1508 to speak with a friendly customer service representative for extra assistance. Let us know what you’re looking for, and we’ll help you customize your schedule, lesson location and lesson plan according to your needs and interests.

Don't be left out of the loop on drum technique. The different rhythms and syncopations can be daunting, but in the hands of an expert teacher, you can master them and become the backbone of your own band! So don’t wait - get started today!

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*** ALL LESSONS RECORDED ON PROFESSIONAL DVD TO TAKE HOME *** Owner of Chicago's # 1 Drum Lessons. Teaching the drums since 1995. Been on CLTV news for take home DVD teaching method. Drumeo certified instructor, been on an episode of the Drum Channel, performed and interviewed by world renown drummer Terry Bozzio. 1997 Guitar Center Drum Off Regional finalist, endorsed artist for: Ludwig, Promark, Aquarian, Kickport,Zildjian, etc. just to name a few. 9 LOCATIONS

About Mike
Hi, there! My name is Mike, and I can't wait to meet you! I've been teaching private lessons since 1995 having taught thousands of some of todays top drummers. *** ALL LESSONS RECORDED ON PROFESSIONAL DVD TO TAKE HOME *** That's right, I am the only instructor in the world that has a pre recorded dvd lesson plan that helps any level drum student to go from point A to point B quickly, efficiently, and effectively in every weeks practice sessions. NO WRONG WAY OF LEARNING OR MONEY WASTED with this method. If you want the best for your child or self, I am the go to guy. I started playing the drums on Christmas day 1979. I'm a fun, energetic professional and all my students respect me as I respect them with coming across as their friend someone they can trust and talk to. I look forward to helping you reach your goals!
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Lynn Johansen July 6, 2015
· Drum · In studio
I've known Mike since he was a teenager. Drumming is, and always was, his passion. You can't find a better instructor. His knowledge, experience and patience with younger children is over the top! My 5 year old grandson is a student and absolutely loves his lessons and his teacher. My rating is 5+
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Jim July 6, 2015
· Drum · Online
My child and I both share a love of drums. Unfortunately I wasn't very good at it, well at least til Mike came along. Now my son is in a band and I get to jam with them during practice. All thanks to you Mike. The take home DVD's as well really enhanced. This way we could go over what he just learned. Rock on buddy!!
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Mike July 6, 2015
· Drum · Online
Mike is a BEAST! Just by watching his videos alone I have made huge improvements. I had been playing over 20 yrs at that point, I wish I had known about Mike at an earlier point in my playing, who knows where I would be now.
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Mike S.

Mike S.

Chicago, IL 60623
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$30 / 30-min

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Matthew has studied and taught drums for over 20 years. His specialty lies in drumset of all styles and rudimental snare drumming. You can expect a well rounded lesson covering all of the fundamentals to becoming a good drummer.

About Matthew
Matthew N. has been an educator and performer in the Chicago area and suburbs for over 10 years. Currently holding a studio of nearly 30 students he has become one of the area's many successful private instructors. Teaching piano, drums, and guitar Matthew can accommodate any student's needs and musical ambitions in those areas.

Matthew has studied at the collegiate level at the University of Iowa and holds a Bachelors in Percussion Performance. He has also been performing professionally at many of Chicago's finest venues for many years. Matthew is an audio engineer certified in Pro Tools and Logic Pro, which are industry standard programs. Students are able to record and learn the art of production as they learn their instrument if they so choose. This allows students to hear themselves and learn from their performance as well as shar
e their passion with family and friends as they create music.

Students are encouraged to pursue whatever moves them and are never restricted to any one type of practicing or playing. The main goal is to allow the student to find his or her own path in music and develop their own abilities in whatever way they see fit.

BM in Percussion Performance
University of Iowa

Studied with:
Dr. Dan Moore, Vern Spevak, Chic Evans, Ron Spaeth, Jim Dreier

Received Music Scholarship to attend U of Iowa

Conservatory of Recording Arts & Sciences
-Received Many Certifications and Degree
-Certified in Pro Tools Recording Software

*** Lesson Details ***
Students will have full access during lesson time to recording equipment. The best way to learn how to improve is to listen to yourself play. The student will be able to take home recordings of themselves and study what they can work on, helping them to make the decision on what they would like to improve on.

Students are encouraged to use Alfreds Method Books for Snare and Drum Set, Riley Books, and the Chester book for independence. Also, I teach the Faber Piano Adventures Series. Alfred's and Hal Leonard for guitar.

A cancellation 24hrs in advance is always appreciated.
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Mitch W. June 15, 2017
· Piano · In home
Great first lesson Thanks!
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Patrick C. March 1, 2017
· Piano · In home
Matt was very knowledgeable and gave me a good starting point. I have never played before so this was a whole new experience. He arrived on time and was very efficient.
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Jim R. February 15, 2017
· Guitar · In studio
He knows his stuff. He is giving me instructions that will take me to the next level.
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Matthew N.

Matthew N.

Naperville, IL 60565
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About Jeff F.

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I have been teaching beginner to professional of all ages for eighteen years. My students all have positive experiences and have given me great feedback!

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.
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RIo July 14, 2016
· Drum · In studio
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!
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Kevin A. January 2, 2016
· Drum · In studio
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.
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Debbie L. December 30, 2015
· Drum · In home
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!
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Jeff F.

Jeff F.

Chicago, IL 60651
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$35 / 30-min

About Voytek F.

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Learn how to play the drums in the style of your choice. We will explore drum rudiments, unique drum fills, song structures and form. Everything you need to play in a band or just rattle those drums for fun!

About Voytek
Hi, my name is Voytek and I love music! I currently do over 200 shows a year and in addition to performing as a soloist, I play in 2 gigging ensembles. Thanks to music, I've been able to meet many incredible people and travel all over the world to Germany, New York, Switzerland, Washington DC and the Dominican Republic. My goal is to inspire my students and share with them my passion for music so they can also experience how wonderful and rewarding it really is. Let's rock some jams!

*** Lesson Details ***
While teaching lessons, I like to keep the atmosphere relaxed but productive. I utilize many proven traditional teaching techniques (for example: scales, theory, exercises, drills and prepared pieces) however, I also try to keep things fresh with fun backing tracks and music theory games to keep students engaged. I am also ver
y flexible and open to suggestions, so I encourage students to ask questions and let me know if they want to learn a specific song or musical concept.

*** Studio Equipment ***
The studio is equipped with a 76-key keyboard, drum set, music stands, recording equipment and a PA system. Plenty of parking available, either in the driveway or on the street.

*** Travel Equipment ***
In order to teach at a student's home I will need a quiet room/area where we can concentrate on our studies. If the student is taking drum or piano lessons, they will need a drum kit or piano/keyboard.

*** Specialties ***
Trumpet - Jazz & Classical

Drums - Everything from Jazz to Rock, Waltz, Cha-Cha, Metal etc.

Singing - All Pop music, old (Frank Sinatra era) and new (The Temptations) and newest (artists of today).

Audio Recording & Production - All styles, such as Rock, Pop,
Cinematic, Hip-Hop, Country etc.

Piano - Beginning piano, building a solid foundation.

Music Theory - I can answer questions and teach the concepts.

Having trouble with your band/choir part? Preparing for an audition and want to get first chair? I can help!
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Samir June 16, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Very cordial. Allows you to improvise. Great first lesson.
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Alex W. June 12, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Alex likes Voytek very much!
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Teresa Price April 10, 2017
· Piano · In studio
I am an adult student. He is a great teacher and very willing to be flexible in his teaching method.
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Voytek F.

Voytek F.

Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
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About john M.

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No matter what age, or skill level, i will give the student what he/she needs to have a solid foundation. I develop a great rapport with all of my students. Drum(s) include; snare drum work (if you can't wail on one drum more drums won't matter!), this includes reading, rudiments, you know, the good stuff. Drum set work, from beginner to advanced, goes along with snare work, all styles. Mallet percussion, bells, xylophone, marimba. hand percussion, bongos, congas, hand held small percussion.

About john
I enjoy sharing my love and passion for music with others! I have instructed privately for over 27 years. I have instructed in music store studios, my home studio, and in-home lessons. I have instructed in public, private and charter school systems; class room and privately. Besides performing, instruction (passing it on) is my passion.
I have been performing professionally for over 35 years. I have toured nationally and internationally. I have been a full time self employed musician since 1987.
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Brian Lenart February 22, 2016
· Drum · In studio
John is fantastic teacher and very knowledgeable about music. He has a great rapport with his students. My daughter is very enthusiastic about her drum lessons with John every week and always looks forward to it. I would highly recommend John to anyone interested in music lessons.
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Michael D. July 7, 2015
· Drum · In home
Not only is John an off-the-charts professional drummer, he's a fantastic human being as well! He loves music and it comes through in the lessons! In 35 years of playing and hanging around wannabees, John is the genuine musician! Anyone really wanting to learn correctly needs John. I recommend him 100%.
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john M.

Broadview, IL 60155
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Oak Park, IL
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On drumset, I emphasize, Rock,
Jazz, and Latin music while including stick
control, soloing, and reading. I love starting
beginners because that is a critical
time in a musician's development. I enjoy
introducing advanced students to new
instruments and preparing kids for college,
and I find it rewarding to work with
other professionals who are trying to
broaden their skills.

About Donald
Don Skoog is an independent musician, teacher, and writer who lives in Oak Park, Illinois. He performs on drumset, Latin percussion, marimba, and Flamenco cajón. His teachers include James Dutton,Vida Chenoweth, Gordon Stout, Karl Husa, Roberto Vizcaino, José Eladio, Rich Gajate Garcia, and Alejandro Carvajal. He has taught percussion at The American Conservatory of Music, Sherwood Music School, and The Contemporary Music Project, which he founded in 1984.
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Ronald N. August 6, 2016
· Hand Drums · In home
Patient,knowledgable,and funny.
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Ronald N. August 6, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Patient,knowledgeable and funny.
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Ethan K. January 22, 2016
· Drum · In studio
The lesson was excellent. Im sure my son is going to learn alot and further develop his love of music.
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Donald S.

Oak Park, IL 60304
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$25 / 30-min

About Jamie G.

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Students can expect to focus heavily on fundamental drumming techniques, successful practice methods, as well as listening exercises that are all included in the lesson experience. Jamie highly encourages drummers to explore the music they appreciate the most - favorite songs, artists, styles, drummers, or musical repertoire that is to be performed by the student in the future. Learning HOW to practice on the instrument is the main goal that's continually reinforced in Jamie's lesson room.

About Jamie
Jamie's main focus as a teaching artist is to equip his students with essential tools that enable beginners and continuing learners to enjoy exploring the music they appreciate with a strong base in the fundamentals of drumming, practicing, and listening.

He's been a recording and nationally touring musician for almost two decades, and holds a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies from North Central College. Aside from being an educator for the last 18 years, he currently enjoys freelancing professionally with various groups, songwriters, and producers in and around Chicago and abroad.

Students can expect to focus heavily on fundamental drumming techniques, successful practice methods, as well as listening exercises that are all included in the lesson experience. Above all, learning HOW to practice on the instrument is the main goal th
at's continually reinforced in Jamie's lesson room.
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Jamie G.

Jamie G.

Chicago, IL 60607
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$35 / 30-min

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As a certified music teacher my lessons help students quickly gain confidence in all types of percussion instruments. With my guidance, students become well-rounded musicians able to play their favorite songs, explore new possibilities, make their own music, and take on new challenges!

About Jeff
My Lessons are customized in a number of ways to create the ideal experience for each student and family.

• Curriculum adheres to student and parent generated long-term goals
• Musical arrangements and accompaniments are created to accommodate individual interests
• Students can learn a variety of skills such as improvisation, effective practice habits, music composition, and many others
• Students have the option to explore multiple instruments.
• Instruction accommodates different learning styles and strengths.

Much of today’s music is created or altered through digital means. For this reason students of all ages should consider exploring different ways to interact with digital music in their lessons such as:

• layering multiple audio tracks,
• creating digital accompaniments to play along to
• looping, editing, and
adding effects to recorded audio

These aspects of a lesson not only better prepare students for the likely future of music but it also makes lessons more exciting, creative, and fun!
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Michael July 3, 2017
· Arrangement and Composition · In studio
I worked with Jeff at a Chicago high school where his dedication and passion for music was witnessed by many people!

He is down-to-earth, easy to talk to and very friendly!
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Ana June 1, 2017
· Clarinet · In home
Jeff Johnson is a phenomenal instructor. He is patient, enjoyable, and informative. Jeff has a brilliant sense of teaching technique and theory. I look forward to each lesson, and continuing to build and improve every time. He is very supportive and motivates me to do my absolute best!
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Julie May 31, 2017
· Saxophone · In studio
Jeff Johnson is a wonderful private lesson teacher! He is an outstanding musician and is very knowledgeable about the saxophone, literature, and what it takes to help students improve. I highly recommend him as a private instructor.
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Jeff J.

Glenview, IL 60025
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$30 / 30-min

About Eric K.

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I have been teaching professional drum lessons since 2006 to students of all ages and skill levels. Earlier on in my music career I found a strong passion for teaching and saw how enlightening it is to share the gift of music. I want to give aspiring drummers the right tools that will allow them to accomplish their goals as an overall musician. Whether they want to cover a specific style, develop a solo or just know the basics of the instrument, I am here to provide the stepping stones for success. In lessons we can cover anything that you want to learn and most importantly we are just going to have some fun playing the drums.

About Eric
I have been teaching professional drum lessons since 2006 to students of all ages and skill levels. Earlier on in my music career I found a strong passion for teaching and saw how enlightening it is to share the gift of music. I want to give aspiring drummers the right tools that will allow them to accomplish their goals as an overall musician. Whether they want to cover a specific style, develop a solo or just know the basics of the instrument, I am here to provide the stepping stones for success. In lessons we can cover anything that you want to learn and most importantly we are just going to have some fun playing the drums.
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Tracie Sheehan February 28, 2017
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Eric is a great drum instructor. He he very thorough and takes his time during each lesson to make sure my son understands the instruction and masters it prior moving on. I highly recommend Eric as an instructor.
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Bill Hobday January 6, 2017
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I took weekly lessons from Eric for over 4 years. I had very little experience playing the drums, but a lot of desire to learn. I couldn't have chosen a better instructor than Eric.
He taught me how to read music, and always wrote out practice drills which really helped me in learning the overall lessons. Eric is extremely perceptive, and can immediately recognize what his students do well and wrong. By isolating specific parts of the lesson that causes difficulty, Eric creates drills that make learning the new part easier and more fun.
He will also play the part for you to give you an idea of how it should sound.
Because of Eric, I have learned numerous styles of drumming and the principles behind them.
Eric is a cool guy with an easy going personality, but he will always challenge you to do your best.
I strongly recommend him to anyone interested in learning how to play the drums.
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Maheboob Aalam Khatri December 6, 2016
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I started off taking drum set lessons with Eric a little less than a year ago with almost no experience with percussion besides a basic understanding of music theory and little bit of practice with rudiments. When I started off, I could barely keep a beat and now I'm learning some really awesome Jazz patterns hoping to get into Lane Tech's Jazz band next year. The lessons usually go with review and/or a show-of-progress with the prior weeks material and then we know whether or not we should keep practicing the material or move on. If I've got it down then well move on to some new groves which he will write out for me and then show me how they sound and give me some tips for practicing the grooves for the week. I honestly have to say that Eric has been really motivating and encouraged me to keep practicing and I know I've made a lot of progress.
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Eric K.

Chicago, IL 60612
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About Igor S.

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First approach would be checking and working on technique," back to basics".
Technique presents an important element in process of learning and adjusting body itself to the instrument, in natural way.
The main thing through my work ethic with students is to make student capable to become adjustable drummer/musician and percussionist in various styles of music.
In my opinion, instructor's role is to help the student find his/her own way of getting through music and creativity. Also to show the beauty of playing this instrument.
I have been performing various styles on drumset,(some of them: Jazz, Funk, Rock, Latin, MiddleEastern) with different combos and ensembles and at the same time I have been performing as professional percussionist in orchestra setting and in Big Band setting.

About Igor
Hello,
My name is Igor, and I am a recent graduate of Northern Illinois University’s School of Music, where I graduated with a Master of Music (Jazz Studies, Drumset) in May 2017. Also, I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Benedict College in South Carolina. This education is anchored in a number of solid teaching and performance experiences.

I won two national prizes, 1. prize( 2007) and 2. (2009) at the National Percussion Competition of Serbia. I performed in various group settings, jazz, funk, rock, Classical Orchestra and Big Band setting. I played with Belgrade Philharmonic Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Serbia, played for 3 years in South Carolina with outstanding jazz and funk musicians, I performed at Chicago Jazz festival with Big Band etc..

As one of my idols, Steve Gadd says:'' Adjustments never stop"
I have been trying to stay adjustable for various styles and along performing and teaching I am still learning myself. I believe that the best learning occurs when a student reaches on that level that he/she start finding new things in music that are also new for us/educators as well. At this moment in music creativity, both, students and educators, start teaching one each other while they are enjoying the beauty of music.

The uncertainty becomes the essential focus in music sense, since neither professor nor student know what type of certain element will show up during next class of performing some tune, or some piece of music or during practicing simple exercise.
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Igor S.

Chicago, IL 60618
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$25 / 30-min

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Average Cost of Drum Lessons in Chicago, IL

The average cost of 60-minute drum lessons in Chicago is $58. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $42 and $79 per hour.

30-min $25
 
$33 average
$49
45-min $33
 
$46 average
$64
60-min $42
 
$58 average
$79

For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute drum 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 drum lessons are 21% less expensive at $46, and 30-minute lessons cost 44% less at $33.

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