Picture of drum lessons in Royal Oak, MI

Top Drum Lessons for Kids in Royal Oak, MI

Affordable in-home or in-studio lessons for beginners. Expert teachers near you. Fun classes. Book now.

Featured On

Why TakeLessons?

Play-button

Our teachers have taught

2 , 8 4 5 , 3 7 0

lessons and counting!

Popular Drum Teachers near Royal Oak, MI

Check out some of our most popular teachers near Royal Oak, MI including Clarkston, Oak Park, New Baltimore, Belleville and Walled Lake.

Showing 10 of 173 results View More

About Mark S.

Close
Ypsilanti, MI
View Full Profile
About Mark
Mark is a versatile drummer. He is a graduate (B.M.) from the Berklee College of Music. Mark has performed live with many national acts such as: Howard Jones, Gordon Lightfoot, Mitch Ryder, Earl Klugh, Leo Sayer, KC & the sunshine band and Tony Orlando. He has recorded with David Foster, George Clinton, Brea Starr and What It IS and Justine Blazer.
He has also been an in demand drummer locally, both live and in studio..
He is also teaching a large roster of students, clinics and master classes at such institutions as the Power Chord Academy(Chicago), Avanti Music Academy (Toronto), Michigan's Interlochen Arts Camp, and DePaul University's school of music.. Oberlin and Indiana U summer jazz camps and Cleveland Institute of music. 

*** Lesson Details ***
I love to teach and do so according to the students needs. We'll have fun, but
we can get intense. I specialize in the Moellor technique, methods from Chaffee, Chapin, Kaspik and Uribe, Chart reading and interpretation, 4 limb independence, working w/ loops and foot technique. ALL STYLES OF MUSIC AND DRUMMING.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Separate room: carpeted flooring, Two drum sets, computer with recording gear video and audio.

*** Specialties ***
Drums: beg to adv

I specialize in Moellor technique. Pedagogy of Gary Chaffe, Ed Kaspik, Jim Chapin among others. I focus on independence, chart reading styles interpretation and phrasing, as well as rudimental training. 
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
YoussefA June 17, 2011
· ·
feedback

Great instructor. Lessons are very helpful, fun and interesting. He's also an extraordinary drummer, his skills and knowledge of the drums is just amazing.
View Details
View Profile

Mark S.

Ypsilanti, MI 48197
(1)
starting at
$28 / 30-min

About Carol B.

Close
Clinton Township, MI

View Full Profile

Drum Set, Snare Drum and Rudimental Technique

About Carol
I have had a passion for drums since the age of 4. Music has been an important part of my life as far back as I can remember!

I am currently accepting new drum students. I teach all my students rudimental technique with snare drum, reading skills through a number of drum books, ear technique with music and mixing in many of the techniques that I personally found useful to improving my own skills.

I have learned a great deal from playing for many years with my own bands. I have worked in a number of local recording studio with my own bands and with other musicians. I have worked with over 500 students through private lessons over the years.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
RutoojD July 13, 2011
· ·
Very nice teacher. Fun to learn from her
View Details
View Profile

Carol B.

Clinton Township, MI 48035
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

About Michael T.

Close
Sterling Heights, MI

View Full Profile

Learn to play the drums quickly!!!!

About Michael
***IMPORTANT NOTE, PLEASE READ: I am located in the metropolitan Detroit area. But, I am available for online (remote) lessons; with a very good online set up (tripods, cameras, etc). I am also available at my teaching space, and have two great drum sets, set up side by side; one for the student, and one for the instructor. I am also willing to commute to the student, within a certain radius, with a nominal fee (for gas and commute time). Thank you for your time and interest.

I have 25 years of experience as a working musician, combining: Private drum instruction, freelance studio work, and collaboration with musicians and bandmates in both a live and studio setting.

I have been a member of solid Metropolitan Detroit bands, most notably including: Friends of the Family, Night Train, and The Mobius Loop. I have been blessed wit
h many great opportunities, most notably supporting national acts, such as: The Headhunters, Melvin Seals, Mofro and Strange Folk. And, I have recorded at excellent Metropolitan Detroit studios, including: Studio N Armada, Riff Lab Studios, Woodshed Studios, The Disc, and CVF Studios. More recently, I have participated in recording projects with a group called The Nova Junction, and with talented producers Dan Lesnick and Josh Ackerman. Along with teaching drum lessons, I am presently collaborating on original material, with a newly formed rock band, called Electric Temple.

I am looking to add dedicated students to my current roster. I am very experienced with teaching students in a wide age range; as I have students that are 5 years of age, and students that are 60 plus years of age. I took private instruction, studying under two EXCELLENT drummers from the Detroit Metro area: Darryl Pierce and Donny Gruendler. Mr. Pierce (among many other accomplishments) currently tours internationally and nationally with a well known artist by the name of Bettye LaVette. This group has made frequent television appearances, including: David Letterman and Austin City Limits. Mr. Gruendler, is currently the Vice President of Musicians Institute in Los Angeles, and he has been featured in several Modern Drummer publications.

I have learned a great deal through private instruction, and therefore teach from experience. I utilize and apply many of the techniques that I personally found useful; through my own personal instruction. The two full drum kits, set up in my teaching/rehearsal space, have proven to be an exceptional teaching tool. References from teachers, students, producers, and bandmates can be provided on request.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Celia January 28, 2019
· Drum · In home
Michael is a kind and patient drum teacher for my 13-year old son. He is always on time, he keeps the lessons fun, and my son always looks forward to his next lesson. I highly recommend Michael.
Silhouette-80
Gina December 21, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Michael does a great job working with our son on the drums. He is professional and flexible. He gives great, constructive feedback. We highly recommend him as an instructor!
Silhouette-80
Vasko K. September 20, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Great instructor, very knowledgeable and friendly.
View Details
View Profile

Michael T.

Sterling Heights, MI 48310
(34)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

About Benjamin M.

Close
Detroit, MI

View Full Profile

I can teach ROCK drumming and Percussion techniques. As a Composer and Professional Musician (guitar/saxophone) I also have a comprehensive understanding of poly-rhythmic studies and phrasing.

About Benjamin
Hello Future Students!

Whether you want to pursue a Musical Career or simply learn how to Play your Favorite Tunes for friends and family, I am here as your Teacher and Guide. I teach at my own home, at the Student's home or through the use of Skype.

I recently moved to Detroit. I am originally from Ann Arbor. I spent much of this century living in NYC and prior to that I lived in Chicago. Those experiences vastly helped me develop Networking, Performance and Teaching experience.

As a Father of four, I have had the joy in teaching my own children Guitar, Saxophone, Songwriting, Composition and Keyboard. As a parent I have found that Patience and Encouragement is sometimes the best form of support. It has been proven that learning Music helps develop intuition, self-awareness, and social skills as well as improve in other subje
cts not directly related to the arts such as Mathematics and Science.

One of the most important aspects of playing Music is being able to Play by Ear. This has been a priceless gift that I have developed throughout my life and I encourage all musicians, young and old, to do the same. The use of simple Rhythmic Dictation and Ear Training exercises can do wonders for "picking out" Beats and Harmonies no matter what Genre we are interested in.

I attended music courses at The Boston School of Contemporary Music, Thomas Jefferson College (MI), and have a BA double majoring in Music Composition and English at Columbia College Chicago.

I have toured internationally as a Guitarist and Saxophonist. I am also a Songwriter. THIRD BORDER's "Sun of Water; Sea of Light" was selected to be nominated for the Grammy's as The Best Alternative Album of the Year in 2006. On this record, I played Guitar, Saxophone, sang Lead Vocal and wrote all Songs on that CD. So, if you are a Songwriter, we can polish up your approach! As a Composer, I have done Sound Design for Film, Dance, Spoken Word and Multi-media Performance - most notably with renowned poet Anne Carson and former members of The Merce Cunningham Dance Co.

I hope to talk to you soon!
Benjamin

*** Lesson Details ***
My teaching style is relaxed with a forte on Patience and Encouragement. Though I have specific expectations on what needs to be learned, I gear each lesson towards the student's wishes and their personal direction in Creativity. Whether you are a beginner or an advanced student, I can guide you wherever you are headed!

For Guitar (acoustic or electric), you will learn the fundamentals of Music Theory, Chord Structure, varied Strumming and Picking Techniques, and Scale Positions to travel from one part of the neck to the other. Any song you wish to learn, I can teach!

For Saxophone, you will learn proper Embouchure technique, Notation, Music Theory, and Scale Patterns for improvisation. Whether you are interested in a Classical, Blues, Funk or Jazz approach, I can help you find your own sound that is both personal and professional.

I teach 2nd year Piano and Drums/Percussion directing you into Intermediate level.

For those leaning toward the experimental genres, I am well-versed in the use of Electronics. Much can be accomplished with my lessons on Sound-Scape Improvisation either as 1 on 1 or Group Workshops.

*** Studio Equipment ***
At Home Studio: music stands, metronome, guitar amps, electric and acoustic guitars, guitar tablature, staff music paper, a scanner for weekly homework. I can also record and send MP3s of our lessons to review at home if you wish.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students will need their own instrument, a mutually chosen music book to learn from, a metronome, and hopefully easy access to a keyboard (very helpful!)

*** Specialties ***
I am fluent in Rock genres, Blues, Beginning Jazz, Beginning Classical technique, Prepared Guitar, Electronics/Sound Art.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Bryan K. March 14, 2019
· Saxophone · In home
30 lessons for my high school son with Ben. Excellent teacher. Always on time. Very professional. Baritone Sax. Highly recomend. Will be getting more lessons with Ben.
Thumb_155791_pi_tlnow_5c39499cb5134
De'Ante H. January 5, 2019
· Saxophone · In studio
I am extremely excited about taking lessons! Even more so excited about my decision to have Benjamin as my Instructor. He has a natural teaching ability- making it easy for a student to grasp the lesson.
Silhouette-80
Hannah K. November 9, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Super patient teacher🙏
View Details
View Profile

Benjamin M.

Detroit, MI 48217
(31)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

About Jacob P.

Close
Yucaipa, CA

View Full Profile

I grew up playing and listening to jazz and rock music. That is my main focus in the beginning. We will start simple rudiments and beats for snare and drumset and grow from there. Technique, control and passion.

About Jacob
Biography
Jacob was born and raised in Palm Springs; California. Growing up with parents who had very different musical backgrounds, which led him to want to live in world full of music. At the age 10, he picked up his first guitar and began to take his first piano lessons and a year later then picking up the first pair of drumsticks. He developed a self-taught technique for drum set, while being mentored by his older brother, Sean, (endorsed by Aquarian Drumheads, and former student of LA Music Academy and University of Oregon) traditional jazz artist, Allen Goodman. (Goodman has performed with many famous jazz artists in his during his drumming career and was mentored by Buddy Rich. He wrote the intro to the George of the Jungle cartoon series, and is now playing with many jazz artists at Vickys of Santa Fe in Indian Wells, California
, with the Desert Cities Jazz Band) Gregory Whitmore, Band Director at Cathedral City High School, has also been a mentor to Jacob.

In 2009, he performed Ron Nelsons Danza Capriccio with the Cathedral City High School Symphonic Band and world renowned saxophonist Kenneth Tse at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. That event was followed by a performance tour of the United Kingdom with the Cathedral City High School Symphonic Band.

In 2011, he ventured off to France and Germany with the CCHS symphonic band for his second performance tour with the group. Playing at many venues including, Heidelberg Castle in Germany and Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte, outside of Paris, France. He has been on national television performing at the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl in 2007 and in the Hollywood Christmas parade in 2010 with the CCHS Marching Band. He has performed with various groups within the community throughout the years.

In 2012, began studies at the Art Institute of California Inland Empire studying Audio Engineering and received his Bachelor's of Science in the subject in December of 2015. During the time of his undergraduate studies, Jacob was working with various local artists at local venues around the Inland Empire and Los Angeles. Eventually joining the band, "Eva and the Vagabonds" in 2015 and worked on the recently released EP as a recording and mastering engineer. With the band he has played at Dreamworks, SOKA university, American Parlor Songbook, and DVAC. Now, Jacob attends Cal State San Bernardino studying for a teaching credential in Career and Technical Education. As well, Jacob now works on American Parlor Songbook on NPR as an audio engineer, working with various actors, comedians, and artists from LA and all of over the United States.

*** Lesson Details ***
Beginner to intermediate for Guitar and Drum Lessons

Professional Style Studio Recording

*** Studio Equipment ***
Fender Stratocastor HSS
Ovation Acoustic Guitars
Epiphone EJ-200 CE
DanElectro NOS '59

Grestch Custom Set 10", 12", 14",20"
Grestch Energy 10' 12', 16', 22'
Tama Snare Artwood All Maple 14"
Sabin SR2 Crash 16"
Sabian Hi-Hats 14"
Sabian Dry Bell Ride 21"
Paiste Rock Crash 14"
Paiste Thin Crash 12" and 14"
Vator Drumsticks

SoundGear:
Alesis Multimix8/iO4
PreSonus FireStudio
ART TPS II
ART VLA II
MXL 604 Pencil Condenser
Blue Spark SSL Condenser
SM 57's
MXL A-55 Kicker Dynamic
Audio Technica ATH-M45 Headphones
M-Audio BX5 Monitars
Alto Professional PA Speakers
M-Audio 49 Venom Synth VA/Midi
Arturia MicroBrute

‹Software:
Logic Pro 9, X
Main Stage 3
Protools 10
Max MSP
Macbook Pro
IMac

*** Travel Equipment ***
Epiphone EJ-200 CE
MacBook Pro

*** Specialties ***
Recording Services!
All genres of music!
...
Reviews
Thumb_119783_pi_tlnow_5a605b9e3b08d
Chen M. October 11, 2018
· Drum · Online
The best
Silhouette-80
DERICK April 17, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
Keeps his student motivated .Very good teacher.
Silhouette-80
Ryan September 25, 2017
· Drum · Online
great start!
View Details
View Profile

Jacob P.

Online
(9)
starting at
$15 / 30-min
View More
View Previous

About Athan G.

Close
North Hills, CA

View Full Profile

Athan G has taught drums for eight years, and strives to provide each student with exactly what they need to excel. He has extensive training, both from CSUN as a Jazz Performance major and performing around the world in various groups. From basic technique, to advanced technical and musical studies, his wealth of knowledge and experience will help you improve immensely. He teaches based on each individual student in order to provide you with the best and most fun learning experience.

About Athan
Hello potential students, my name is Athan G. and I would love to be your new teacher! I have been teaching for over eight years, and love it as much as I love music itself. I have extensive experience in helping students reach their goals, becoming the best drummers and musicians that they can be. As a musician, I have been fortunate to study and play with some of L.A.'s top musicians, participating in the country's top student groups and receiving honors at many music festivals and competitions. The lessons I've learned from these great experiences I hope to pass on to you, the student, in order to help you get the most out of our lessons and to turn you into the best musician that you can be. Whether beginner or advanced, and any genre from jazz to rock to hip hop, I feel I have the knowledge to take your drumming and music-making to t
he highest level (and of course, have a blast doing it!) I have a passion for teaching, and would love to have you as my student!
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Jennifer May 14, 2019
· Drum · Online
awesome
Silhouette-80
Daniel April 20, 2019
· Drum · Online
Silhouette-80
Kanai March 21, 2019
· Drum · Online
Athan is teaching my 10 year old son. So far we have only done one lesson but it was a great experience and we hope to do many more. He has a very easy to understand, clear way of instructing. He is also very upbeat, and seems to genuinely care about the progress of his students.
View Details
View Profile

Athan G.

Online
(55)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

About Ani K.

Close
Fort Lauderdale, FL
View Full Profile

Learn the basics. Work on coordination of hands and feet.

About Ani
Lessons are tailored to the students' level and goal. Caring and compassionate instructor. Your dream is my dream and I will diligently work with you to help you on your path. If you have the will to learn and practice, you will see improvements and achievements. ​
I've been teaching music to children and adults for about 20 years both privately and at teaching studios.
I have played as a substitute church pianist, ballet accompanist, and have spent the last four years playing for a variety of private and corporate events and weddings.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Teresa November 19, 2018
· Violin · Online
Silhouette-80
Robert N. July 10, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Amazing teacher, fantastic personality, excellent with my two kids! Very flexible with schedule, we are super happy with Ani!
Silhouette-80
Angella W. May 3, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
Today is my first day with Ani, not too much to say yet, but I gave her a four because of her knowledge and patience
View Details
View Profile

Ani K.

Online
(9)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

About Aaron N.

Close
Sterling Heights, MI
View Full Profile

Christian music worship artist teaching drums and how to properly manage rhythms and time measurements including being aware and sensitive to the feel and flow of the music

About Aaron
I am a musician of 20+ years that passionately enjoys teaching and helping students new to music in discovering and developing their skills and aptitude for music. I have performed live on many occasions in contemporary and religious settings. I come from a musical family: My father made an album in 1969 with Bob Seger and wrote nearly half of the music on the album. My brother was a part of a musical group that produced songs that made it to a Hollywood movie. I play multiple musical instruments and can help students learn some of their favorite songs based on their level of skill. I teach out of my home in Sterling Heights, Michigan. My goal is to help students develop an interest in music and an appreciation for the history and development of music. It is also my goal to help students develop their skill in music to a place where they
can become independent in their growth and exploration of music, music writing, and music performance.

You will also notice additional subject areas I am available to teach. These subjects are my passion and joy. Should you have questions, message me and I’ll be happy to answer them.
...
View Details
View Profile

Aaron N.

Sterling Heights, MI 48310
starting at
$25 / 30-min

About Nicholas M.

Close
Rochester, MI

View Full Profile

My students have fun and learn quickly! I teach all skill levels and all styles of percussion, specializing in drum set, orchestra percussion, and four mallet marimba. Every beginner that takes a lesson with me with be able to play a drum beat and a snare drum piece on day one. After a few more lessons, they will be learning songs and creating their own drum beats! All ages welcome. Lessons are customized and catered to the needs/goals of each student.

About Nicholas
I am a professional drummer and percussionist. Currently playing with Meadow Brook Theatre's musical productions, in a four piece hard rock band- Rezination, and with the Adrian and Rochester Symphonies. I graduated from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelors of Music Education.

My students can expect to improve every week in their drumming technique and musicality. Every drummer has a unique voice; I teach students foundational techniques in order to unlock their own individual sound. I encourage students to drum with freedom, confidence, and expression.

I teach students of all different ages and experience levels. Students can learn to play contemporary music by ear, by using lead sheets, and how to read music and pursue classical excellence. I also teach rudimental snare drum, marching tenors (quads), four mallet mari
mba, timpani, and hand drums.

I look forward to meeting you and helping you to become a better musician!
...
View Details
View Profile

Nicholas M.

Rochester, MI 48307
starting at
$30 / 30-min

About Kyle R.

Close
Boulder, CO

View Full Profile

My drum lessons are rooted in a foundation of technique and then applied to all styles and genres of music. Music should have personality and exploring this with each individual allows for a rich learning experience and connection. I also find that learning the history and culture behind different styles of music helps one connect directly to what is being played. Listening is a huge part of my lessons, we will listen to lots and lots of music! Through my lessons, we will explore why rhythm is so important and the role that the drummer plays in different ensemble settings. The environment in which we study will be easy going and light hearted with lots of opportunities for student engagement and direction. At the end of the day, playing music should be fun and something that you want to do.

Want to play along to your favorite bands and learn new drum patterns? We can do that.

Want to learn the nuances of playing swing and the influential jazz figures that pioneered the genre? We ...

About Kyle
Hello,

My name is Kyle Richardson and I have been playing and studying the drums for 14 years. I have a Bachelors degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Colorado Boulder. I have an emphasis is Jazz, Latin, and World Music and also have a solid background in all types of music. I have played in all types of musical settings (Orchestra, Chamber ensemble, percussion ensemble, Jazz combo, Latin combo, Rock band, duets). My diverse background in percussion allows me to cater to what each individual wants to learn.

I am also a professional mountain running athlete and spend lots of time outside exploring the landscape. Also like the outdoor?

The space where rhythm and nature collide is fascinating and exploring this duo is very exciting!
...
View Details
View Profile

Kyle R.

Online
starting at
$42 / 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.

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 Royal Oak, MI?

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.

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

Get Started with Free Resources

Recent Drum Articles from the Blog

Whether you're just starting out or a seasoned pro, check out the Drum articles on our blog.

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Learning the Drums

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Learning the Drums

Thinking about signing up for beginner drumming lessons? Read on as teacher Lauren P. guides you through five helpful questions to help you prepare...   Maybe you are obsessed with your local rock and roll band or maybe you are mandated to join the school band. Whatever your reason, consider asking yourself these five questions before taking beginner drumming lessons. What is my end goal? Before deciding to learn the drums, ask yourself honestly what your end goal is. Do you have to joi …

5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Learning the Drums
Thinking about signing up for beginner drumming lessons? Read on as teacher Lauren P. guides you through five helpful questions to help you prepare...   Maybe you are obsessed with your local rock and roll band or maybe you are mandated to join the school band. Whatever your reason, consider asking yourself these five questions before taking beginner drumming lessons. What is my end goal? Before deciding to learn the drums, ask yourself honestly what your end goal is. Do you have to joi
6 Drum Techniques to Take You to the Next Level
A typical goal for any musician, whatever your proficiency level, is to make it to the next level with your instrument.  Drums and percussion are the foundation of most bands and ensembles, so the skills you possess can benefit the whole group.  Keeping the rhythm and adding a unique element is the goal for drummers.  So how do you do it?  What habits do you need to add to your practice time?  Most importantly, what drum techniques will help you get there?  Here are six techniques that can
Want to Learn Drums? Here's The One Thing You Shouldn't Ignore
Today, the Internet abounds with tons of free online tutorials on how to play drums. So why would you be interested in private, one-on-one lessons? If you choose private drum lessons, you not only have to pay a teacher, but also to attend every single lesson. Although these two things may determine you to opt for a free online drum course, taking private lessons is actually the one thing you can't ignore if you’re serious about playing drums. Why? Well, simply because learning how to play dru
Don't Miss a Beat: The 10 Best Websites for Drum News
If you're serious about learning drums, you want to stay up to date with all the latest drum news. These 10 sites are great sources for gear reviews, industry news, artist interviews, and anything else experienced and aspiring drummers need to know. 1. Drummer Cafe A leading resource for percussion and drum news, Drummer Cafe  connects a community of players from novice to professional. Read the latest industry stories, check out product reviews, and find out about upcoming events
You Know You're a Drummer When... 10 Things Only Drummers Understand
Besides your sweet beats, grooves, and head-turning solos, there are certain things that set drummers apart from other musicians. You know, those quirky things that only drummers understand. While your friends may get annoyed by these personality traits, we thought we should celebrate these quirks. Here, drummer and blogger Jyn Yates counts down the top 10 things only drummers understand. Hello there, my name is Jyn Yates (@Jynyates) and I’m a professional percussionista. I have been

Are You a Teacher?

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

Learn More