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The Minneapolis Drum Scene

By John S. - Minneapolis Drums Teacher

Minneapolis boasts a vibrant music scene featuring dozens of lively venues, from underground jazz clubs and hip music cafes to the legendary First Avenue nightclub. Yet for drummers, Minneapolis is even more reputable because of its growing community of skilled and passionate drummers. On any given night, many talented drummers and musicians can be heard all around the city. Whether it’s the energetic, old-school bop playing of jazz great Phil Hey or the genre-bending rhythmic experiments of Dave King, great local drummers are constantly putting forth awe-inspiring performances night after night. Aspiring musicians taking drum lessons in Minneapolis can watch these performances and find motivation for their continued growth and development as drummers.

Local drummers are an important influence not only in the realm of performing, but also as teachers and friends. Growing up in the Twin Cities, I’ve been able to hone my chops with truly inspirational drumming mentors (Steve Roehm, Phil Hey, Dave Hagedorn) while hearing awesome stories and making great friends along the way. And now that I teach drum lessons in Minneapolis, I have the opportunity to inspire students and share the knowledge that I have learned along the way.

In addition to all of the music venues in Minneapolis, the nearby Ellis Drum Shops offer another fantastic avenue for bringing together the local drumming community. The drum shops frequently host clinics from drumming legends and massive product giveaways, while also providing an environment for drummers to learn and share ideas with one another. If you are taking drum lessons in Minneapolis then you will no doubt benefit from the plethora of resources available here. No matter the time or place, Minneapolis continues to provide the perfect environment for countless local drummers to learn, grow, and find inspiration.

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John S.

Saint Paul, MN

- 9 Years Teaching Experience
- Professional Musician
- Flexible teaching style (written notation, ear training, play-a-long songs)
- Patient & fun learning environment

About John

I have spent over 10 years gigging, recording, and teaching drums in the Twin Cities. I am a full-time musician, splitting time between original indie-pop band Step Rockets and Minneapolis-based variety band Soul Tree. I teach from my music studio in St. Paul as well as traveling to students' homes.

I started drumming at the age of 10, honing my chops under the tutelage of drummer/vibraphonist Steve Roehm, member of the acclaimed Twin Cities jazz trio, The New Standards. I continued my musical education at St. Olaf College, where I played drums in the college's nationally accredited Jazz
One ensemble while studying percussion with highly regarded Twin Cities musicians Phil Hey and Dave Hagedorn. Since graduating, I've found a niche in the world of teaching. I spent three years teaching students in St. Paul Public Schools while developing a strong base of private drum students in and around the Twin Cities. I have a thorough understanding of drumming technique coupled with an in-depth knowledge of different styles and genres, which I've accumulated through playing with a vast variety of bands and ensembles. Check out my website (http://synhavsky.tumblr.com/) for more information about my musical endeavors.

I love sharing my passion for drums with people of all ages and musical backgrounds. I provide a fun and stimulating learning environment in which students can foster their drum skills and grow their love of music.

*** Lesson Details ***
John provides a laid back atmosphere, ensuring that lessons are equal parts fun and education. Based on his teaching experience with a wide range of ages and experience levels, John tailors his curriculum according to his students' input and the exercises that are most effective. John can teach any number of drum set skills, from basic mechanics and music reading to advanced technique and improvisation.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Sound-Proof Studio w/ Full Drum Kit

*** Travel Equipment ***
Given the short duration of each drum lesson, I expect the student to provide all of the drums, cymbals, and hardware for which he/she desires to learn the instrument.

*** Specialties ***
Genres: Funk, Rock, Jazz, Latin (Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Latin-Jazz), Pop, Country, Hip-Hop; Sight-Reading; Rudiments; Improvisation; Technique
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Lisa T. May 27, 2015
Drum · In studio
John quickly won over my son with his great personality and fun teaching style. I am impressed by how quickly Blake has improved in such a short amount of time. It's fun to see how much he looks forward to his weekly lessons. Thanks John!
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Joseph W. May 25, 2015
Drum · In studio
John has helped me take my drumming to the next level. When I started lessons I was fairly new to the drum set and did not know how to read music. Over the past two years he has completely transformed me from a beginner to a gigging musician. John is patient, laid back and very knowledgeable and I would highly recommend him to drummers of all skill levels.
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Ann W. May 23, 2015
Drum · In studio
I played drums in a school band and haven't played in a few years. I approached John about getting back into the art even though I was a little rusty. Previously I have taken lessons with people who were skilled gigging drummers but not the best educators. John is a great combination of professional musician and a skilled educator, as shown through his patience and ability to explain techniques and skills. I highly recommend John as a teacher for any level, because he has been so wonderful in getting me back on my musical feet!
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John S.

John S.

Saint Paul, MN 55114
(8)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Eric C.

Saint Paul, MN

About Eric

Performing and recording musician with several groups for over ten years. Current projects include, Hot Date and Batteryboy among others. I have been teaching private lessons and classes in community education to students of all ages since 2007. I have also taught music in early childhood education as well as music therapy programs at Minnesota Veterans Homes. I am always excited to witness my students joy as they reach and exceed their goals.

*** Lesson Details ***
Relaxed lessons geared toward the students goals. Various styles and techniques; Fun and efficient practice exercises; I
mprovisation; Patience and attention to progress; Wide Chord Vocabulary; Music Theory in a way that is easy to understand; Tone development and playing by ear.

Every student is an individual and responds better to different teaching styles as well as learn at their own pace. My goal as a teacher is to give you an enjoyable experience in learning a new instrument and to tailor the lessons based on your interests and goals. After the first few months a beginner student can expect to have learned basic techniques and useful skills to allow them to play simple songs and melodies with ease.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons are taught in a studio with amps, acoustic guitars and electric guitars, ukuleles, along with fretless and fretted bass guitars, drums, microphones, recording equipment and software, are available for a student to use during the lesson time.

*** Specialties ***
Simplifying concepts and process. Breaking down elements of how to play Pop, Jazz, Funk, Blues, Rock, Folk etc.
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Kyong L. June 12, 2015
Ukulele · In home
Verified Student
Very friendly, easy to understand and follow his direction
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Laura G. June 11, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Eric has done a wonderful job with my teenage son! By offering instruction that met him where he was at and building upon it, he has learned so much. Furthermore, Eric has inspired my son to play to guitar by choosing things to work on that excite him. With Eric, my son is not only developing his guitar skills and abilities, but Eric passion has increased my son's love of playing guitar.
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Heather B. June 10, 2015
Acoustic Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Eric is a super cool guy and a great teacher. I've learned a ton and would definitely recommend him to anyone wanting to learn guitar.
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Eric C.

Saint Paul, MN 55101
(15)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Colin M.

Saint Paul, MN

19 Years playing experience, 9 years of teaching, stage performance, technique, rudiments, drills, fills, all styles, specializes in rock, funk, hip-hop and R&B.

About Colin

*Lessons with Colin have moved to an exciting new location! A recently finished home music studio now features two full drum kits, a P.A and sound insulation for a quality learning experience!

I am a 29 year old drummer with 20 years of experience spanning all genre's and styles of music. Countless hours of stage performance with bands. A love, drive and passion for music and drumming you won't find in any other instructor! Multiple studio recordings both behind the mixing board and behind the drum set. 10 years of teaching experience, realizing the importance of setting a unique curriculum
for each student tailored to fit each individual's goals and interests. I have been involved in bands ever since middle school, starting with rock, and moving on to perform in country bands, hip-hop performances, indie rock bands, and progressive rock bands. A strong knowledge of jazz techniques and music theory as well as the ability to read drum sheet music make me a perfect instructor for any student.
I have had many beginner and intermediate level student's and have become proficient in determining what skills each individual student needs to work on as well as helping students progress in their interests, keeping the lessons fun and the student motivated. I can easily transcribe any song as well! So any song you might want to learn, even if there is no sheet music, is totally doable. I love working in odd time signatures and I prefer fancy hi-hat work over heavy double-bass drum use. Progressive / Indie rock is my favorite genre of music to play, but I have tons of fun playing hip-hop, punk, metal, I dabble in jazz, Latin rhythms, and pretty much anything else. I'm always excited to play drums, and I pass this excitement on in my teachings.

*** Lesson Details ***
Lessons and curriculum's are built around a students experience level, age, and goals. Students will learn the fundamentals of drumming, as well as the ability to add flair and pizzazz to their playing. Within the first 3 months, a beginning level student will have the ability to play basic beats found in many styles of music, as well as feeling comfortable playing to a metronome and keeping time. Lessons will include routines to be practiced by the student on their own time, as well as fun, exciting techniques to keep students interested and motivated to continue playing.
Each Lesson will hold its own highlights depending on the student. I believe getting to know the student and their goals for their drumming is one of the most important aspects of teaching lessons. Understanding whether the student is looking to drum as a hobby and for fun will change the lesson style dramatically compared to a student looking to make a living off drumming. The types of routines, styles and techniques taught should fit into helping the student reach their desired destination.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Lessons in the basement, full band rehearsal set up with 2 drum kits, one for the student, one for the teacher.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I would expect the student to have a drum set and drum sticks. I can provide a drum set for lessons but it is important for the student to have a drum set or practice pad to practice.

*** Specialties ***
I have touched on almost every genre of music. I am currently studying Latin jazz, I specialize in progressive rock.
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Ryan H. April 14, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Colin has been an awesome drum teacher for my son! He is very supportive and flexible with my sons abilities. Colin makes the lessons fun and really boosts his confidence. It is easy to tell that Colin has a lot of teaching experience and that he loves to share his musical talents.
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Linda C. July 30, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
I am very happy to have selected Colin as my drum teacher. He is patient and explains concepts clearly. I find that he provides helpful feedback identifying both what I am doing correctly and where I need to adjust. He adjusts the lessons to my progress, so I feel that I am receiving individualized instruction. I am a long time educator and know good instruction when I see it, and I see it in him!
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Josh R. July 5, 2014
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Colin has been a great inspiration in my son's playing. It has brought a level of creativity and improvisation that he just wasn't learning from other teachers. He truly cares about his students and has a positive energy that helps motivate my son to be a better player. Colin has the chops and spectacular sense of timing and song memory. I would recommend Colin to students of all age and ability levels.
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Colin M.

Saint Paul, MN 55106
(13)
starting at
$29 / 30-min
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William B.

Minneapolis, MN

I recently graduated with a Drum Set Performance and Music Education dual degree at Berklee College of Music (in August 2014), and I am extremely capable of taking on students at all levels. I am a very patient teacher, and easy to work with. If the student is willing to take the time to practice, we can go a long way in not very much time at all. I am learned in drumming styles ranging from classical percussion to corps-style rudiment-based drumming to jazz/rock/Latin drum set.

About William

I'm a recent graduate from Berklee College of Music where I studied Music Performance (for Drum Set) and Music Education. I've studied under great teachers including Rod Morgenstein, Bob Gripp, Henrique De Almeida, Eric LeVan, Jackie Santos, Steve Wilkes, and the list goes on. I also have experience performing in a wide variety of contexts and genres. In your lessons with me I will help you to achieve any musical goals you have as well as to take your current skills up to the next level and beyond. I have a wealth of knowledge about music theory and teaching methodology, as well as experie
nce in execution of these skills. Your lessons with me will be fun as well as informative, and if you are willing to put in the work I can guarantee you will make progress as my student.

*** Lesson Details ***
I'm an easy-going guy, so I won't push you very hard unless you want me too. My lessons will focus on achieving your goals. If you want to master your instrument in general, we will focus on theoretical concepts and technique. If you are looking for a fun time and just trying to learn a few songs, I will help you to do that as well. Regardless of your learning goals, I will strive to make my lessons entertaining as well as informative, and together we will make rapid progress if you're willing to put in some work!

Excepting students of all ages and all levels in and around the greater Twin Cities area.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Students must provide their own instruments and have something available to take notes with, but I will provide materials and anything else that is needed.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Drum Set, all genres, but my strongest ones are Rock, Jazz, and Latin styles. I can teach lessons through advanced levels on drums of all sorts and percussion. I can teach or tutor Music Theory to a very high level as well. I am also proficient enough to teach beginner-intermediate piano.
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Lynette K. May 5, 2014
Drum
Verified Student
An excited learning experience

I have had lessons for a month with Billy, and will continue to study with him in future. He is an excellent teacher. Nothing to neat pick, everything is just amazing. He taught every single details of what I should know about drumming, recommended a really helpful textbook to me, and even helped to make my practice a great fun other than a dull work for a beginner. I really appreciate those. If someone is expecting to have an effective and pleasing learning experience, just go ahead try to work with Billy. It is absolutely worth the time and effort. Hope that'd be helpful.
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William B.

William B.

Minneapolis, MN 55417
(1)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Aaron T.

Saint Paul, MN

I have been playing the drum set since 2002 and specialize in beginner lessons.

About Aaron

I am extremely passionate about music, and even more so passionate about helping others. To combine the two through providing musical instruction is something I have always enjoyed doing.

I have been playing guitar and drums for over a decade and teaching for about half of that time. I have a Bachelor of Music in Contemporary, Urban, and Pop Music with guitar as my primary instrument and drums as my secondary. I obtained my degree from Columbia College Chicago. While in school, I also spent much of my time studying songwriting and music production. I have played and toured with many differe
nt bands with music from a variety of styles and genres, and have spent vast amounts of time in the studio recording and producing myself and various other artists.

In terms of teaching lessons, I realize that all students have individual ways of learning and have their own goals in mind in relation to their musical ability. I desire to provide lessons that allow students to reach those goals in the most enjoyable and effective way possible. 
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andy B. November 24, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Aaron has been an excellent teacher for my 9 year old son.
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Aaron T.

Saint Paul, MN 55112
(1)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

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