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Yulia B.

11 Reviews
Chicago, IL
Starting at $50
  • Speaks Russian, english
  • Master of Music, Percussion Performance from DePaul School of Music
  • Teaches students 6 and up
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Yulia B.

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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, active performer and enthusiastic educator. I have been teaching for 10 years and is currently available to teach private lessons. I teach a variety of disciplines : Percussion, Drum Set, Keyboard percussion (Marimba, xylophone, vibraphone), Music theory and Ear T

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Coleman M.
Yulia is great! I was a little disorganized and Yulia proposed accommodations with ease.
Sara M.
Wonderful , knowledgeable, enthusiastic and patient teacher
Amelia A.
Great experience - my daughter really liked her first lesson, and came away enthusiastic. You can’t ask for much better.
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Jeff F.

10 Reviews
Chicago, IL
Starting at $35
  • Teaches students 4 and up
  • Bachelor of Music Percussion Performance from University of Northern Colorado
  • Awarded Deans List of Academic Distinction from University of Northern Colorado
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Jeff F.

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Private Drum Teacher

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 de

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Dan Carmona
Jeff is very good and thorough. Works hard with you to do the excercises right. Definitely would recommend him
Matt
Jeff provided a great overview for my daughter. Wonderful first lesson.
RIo
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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John M.

2 Reviews
Broadview, IL
Starting at $30
  • Speaks English, Music
  • Awarded All-Around Jazz Band All Star DRums and Percussion from Illinois High Scool Jazz Band Festival
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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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, ins

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Brian L.
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.
Michael D.
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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Michelle V.

8 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $50
  • Speaks Spanish, Portuguese
  • Teaches Beginner
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Michelle V.

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Online Drum Teacher

I will help develop and strengthen your rhythm and snare technique.

About Michelle

I am a Certified Beginning Piano teacher as well as an intermediate level teacher. I studied piano at Cerritos College of Norwalk, CA where I completed my teaching piano certificate. I completed my Bachelor of Arts degree in Music with a focus in percussion from CSU Long Beach. I have consistent

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Patty
Michelle is a great teacher. She is patient, kind, and enthusiastic about music. My child loves going to class and hates missing a class (only when she's sick). She makes learning music fun but it also firm if the child doesn't meet the expectation. It's been a year since we started lessons and we couldn't be more happier.
Izabel M.
Michelle has been very good at keeping my 8 year old engaged and interested in learning to read music. We are looking forward to many more lessons.
Dan
So far so good

Colin T.

1 Review
Teaches Online
Starting at $30
  • Teaching since 2012
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Drumset Performance from The Drummer's Collective
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Colin T.

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Online Drum Teacher

In my teaching, I strive to give students exactly the information they need when they need it. When you take lessons with me, the lesson will not be bound by any one method or concept; I will use a specific combination of ideas and concepts to cater directly to what your playing needs now! Having played drums for the majority of my life, I have a seasoned insight on how to develop playing abilities on the drums as I've brought myself and my playing through the same process! :)

About Colin

Hi! My name is Colin, and to be brief, my life revolves around the drums. I've been playing for 15 years, and I can easily call it my life's passion. From 2013-2015 I studied drum set performance (on scholarships from the school and Zildjian Cymbals) at the world-renowned Drummers Collective School

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Matt
Colin is an incredible instructor. He pairs very detailed instruction with an easy-going attitude. Colin is a valuable instructor because he is Great at teaching very early beginners, as well as intermediate, and advanced students. Any age or level has something to learn from Colin. Hit him up! He even helped raise my son.

Stephen K.

4 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $30
  • Teaches students 8 and up
  • Bachelor of Music in Music Performance from Bowling Green State University
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Stephen K.

4 Reviews
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Online Drum Teacher

I use a variety of method books for drum set, mallet percussion, and snare drum, depending on the student's level and their area of interest. I also share exercises and approaches that I have picked up over the years from teachers and other sources, and I often create exercises on the spot to address the student's unique needs. A good practice method is a tool that the student can apply to anything they're interested in; it also encourages them and allows them to have more fun.

About Stephen

I have been teaching privately since 2010, when I accepted a position as a graduate assistant at Bowling Green State University. My responsibilities included teaching private lessons to undergraduate percussion majors and coaching percussion ensembles. I began teaching students from middle school t

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Michelle
My daughter was shy at the beginning, but Stephen was able to warm her up and get her talk. Even she didn't learn a lot, she is excited about the new class coming next week.
Stephen is good at teaching her in different conversations.
He is a good teacher for kids. Highly recommend!
Yanhao
Stephen is a really good teacher. He is experienced, nice, and patient. Especially I am a Chinese, even my language is bad, he can also find the different way to let me know how to study drum. Every class I feel happy.
Yanhao
Stephen is a really good teacher. He is experienced, nice, and patient. Especially I am a Chinese, even my language is bad, he can also find the different way to let me know how to study. Every class I feel happy.

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No matter where you live, chances are we can introduce you to an amazing drum teacher in your neighborhood. You can take lessons in the privacy of your own home or at your teacher's location.

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Average Cost of Drum Lessons in Chicago, IL

The average cost of 60-minute drum lessons in Chicago is $68. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $30 and $160 per hour.
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$42 average
45 min
$55 average
60 min
$68 average

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"Danny is patient with kids, but if you want to be driven to perfect your talent, he has that within himself too. He has the education and passion to help you go as far as you decide to go."
- David
Took Drum lessons from Danny S.
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"Tracy was great. Both my boys really enjoyed their lessons. She is well versed."
- Cooper
Took Drum lessons from Tracy D.
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"Kevin is a very patient instructor. Makes you feel very welcome and comfortable right away especially for a person who has never had any lessons ever in the past."
- Kristine
Took Drum lessons from Kevin F.
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"A good musician is not necessarily a good teacher. Most musicians do not know how to teach, period.

A good music teacher not only knows how to perform on his/instrument well but knows the art and technique of imparting the knowledge. Those are two totally different skills.

Ray is one of those rare guys to come around who has both skill well developed: he is a great musician, a great pro drummer who knows how to put himself in the student's shoes and thus can impart to the student exactly what the student needs in order to make progress.

Add to that a great positive personality and passion to boot and you have a great teacher and mentor.

I took "Advanced Drum Chart Reading" lessons and "Group Performance Workshops" classes from Ray at Cornel School of Contemporary Music and I am continuing studying with him after my graduation. I highly recommend him."
- Felipe Oliveira
Took Drum lessons from Ray R.
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"it was awesome and really informative. Athan was really nice."
- Jennifer
Took Drum lessons from Athan G.
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"My son has taken a few lessons from Evan and is really enjoying it so far! Evan is very friendly and patient, and makes the lessons a lot of fun while providing a solid foundation of knowledge and skills."
- Jeremy
Took Drum lessons from Evan W.
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"Kevin is a phenominal instructor and person. His ability to connect with people and teach them at their personal level and rate is exceptional. I highly recommend him if your looking to learn and get into playing drums."
- Ryan
Took Drum lessons from Kevin J.
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"Fun and Effective!

I thought I had no rhythm. I never played drums. After a couple hours with Casey I can play rock beats and even at least play to some songs on my Ipod. Great teacher!!!"
- Casey
Took Drum lessons from Casey C.
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"Khalil is an excellent teacher who is patient, knowledgeable, and creative. His words of encouragement are not only uplifting but also a source of inspiration. Additionally, he’s a good mentor."
- Efrain
Took Drum lessons from Khalil H.
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"Ray is my favorite music teacher I have ever had! He is extremely patient and just wants his students to love the drums. He always makes the lessons interesting and caters to what the students want. He is very encouraging and knows how to teach in a supportive matter. I have learned so much from Ray and would recommend him to any student!"
- Carina
Took Drum lessons from Ray R.
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Drum Lessons in Chicago, IL

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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