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What works for you? Online lesson or local teacher? Either way, your drum lessons are live, interactive, and customized for you.
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Henri B.

36 Reviews
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Starting at $29
  • Speaks Portuguese
  • Teaching since 2004
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Henri B.

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Students who study with me can expect for their lessons to be top-quality, personalized, and above all, extremely fun sessions that will cater to the students musical backgrounds, interests, and needs. I create extremely organized and specifically focused lessons so that students feel comfortable, not pressured, while learning their craft. The lessons I teach are a combination of developmental sight reading music, learning student chosen songs (depending on ability), inspiring and encouraging creative abilities, warm-up and strengthening exercises, proper techniques, listening for internal hearing, composition dynamics, and rudiments.

After 3 months of lessons together, students will have started learning several key elements to becoming an outstanding drummer. They will have learned proper form and technique, warm-up/skill-building exercises, to read basic notation, and basic rhythms/rudiments. Students will be able to play at least one song. With proper, steady practice, most ...

About Henri

Henri is an experienced, focused teacher and musician who really enjoys seeing students achieve their goals and desires musically. Henri has studied privately with former Berklee Graduate Al Pahanish Jr (Powerman 5000), and former Capitol Records recording artist Morrison Moon. He is a goal-oriente

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Johnny R.

3 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $45
  • Teaches students 16 and up
  • Awarded WFD World's Fastest Drummer Extreme Sport Drumming from Extreme Sport Drumming
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Johnny R.

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WHAT YOU'LL GET WORKING WITH ME

Now accepting select drum students ages 10+ for live, one on one online lessons.

There's nothing more fulfilling than learning to play, and by studying with me, you'll get an incredible knowledge of the basics and advanced techniques of becoming a great drummer.

Whether your goal is to join your first band, lay down electronic beats for EDM, get better in your current band or church ministry, my goal is to help you excel quicker and better than you ever could by doing it alone.

I am a pretty serious drummer and accept students who are serious about their craft. You don't have to be incredible - but you do have to want to improve and have the dedication to study, practice, and perform. Oh, and we have a TON OF FUN along the way!

So, if this fits your idea of a teacher, please set up a no-risk intro pack of lessons. If you're not satisfied, or I'm not your cup of tea, TakeLessons offers a refund for your remaining lessons.

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About Johnny

Welcome! My name is Johnny and I appreciate you taking the time learn more about me and what I can offer you as your teacher. I am a devoted musician, educator and inventor. I'm also the drummer for platinum-selling rock band Collective Soul. I am an active live and in studio drummer touring and

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Rich S.
I have really enjoyed taking drum lessons with Johnny Rabb. He is not only a highly accomplished and talented musician, but a phenomenal teacher as well. As an older adult student who has studied with other teachers, I find Johnny's teaching style to be very engaging, creative and fun. His style allows him to challenge his students, but not overwhelm them as they progress with their lessons. I highly recommend Johnny for any student who is looking to take their playing to the next level!
Rich
I have really enjoyed taking drum lessons with Johnny. He is an exceptional player and teacher who is extremely knowledgeable in his craft. As an older adult who has studied previously with other teachers, I find his style to be very creative, engaging and fun! Highly Recommend!
Kathleen
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Eric C.

38 Reviews
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Starting at $35
  • Teaching since 2009
  • Teaches Beginner
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Eric C.

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Rhythm is one of the essential elements of music. A background in drumming can help you to better understand any instrument.

About Eric

Performing and recording musician with several groups for over 15 years. 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, St. Paul Public Schools as well as music therapy programs at

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Jackie L Micklewright
Eric has been very patient and accommodating of our 7 year old who is learning the ukulele. The instruction is age-appropriate and he provides a lot of positive reinforcement/feedback.
Mackenzie
Instructor was well prepared and very clear on what is expected.
River G.
Eric is very patient and personable.
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Ronen E.

6 Reviews
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Starting at $30
  • Speaks Hebrew, English
  • Teaching since 1998
  • Professional Music Degree, BM from Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA
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Ronen E.

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About Ronen

Hello to all, My name is Ronen and I am originally from Tel-Aviv, Israel. I came to the United States to pursue my academic career in music and graduated from Berklee College of Music in 2007, majoring in Professional Music. My coursework included Music Theory, Music Technology, and Music Busine

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Ami
Great class. Wonderful instructor.
Amir
Ronen is an inspiring, dedicated and highly professional teacher, as well as a very communicative and pleasant person to study with. His teaching methods combine thorough knowledge, vast professional experience and masterfully structured lesson program. In addition, his prominent career as a professional drummer brings a valuable factor to his guidance and approach.
Ronen's enthusiasm and love for music and teaching, makes him an outstanding teacher who would make any student enjoy playing and acquire excellent skills.
I highly recommend Ronen's drum lessons!!!
Jeanae’
Highly recommend Ronen as a drum instructor! I recently started to take lessons for the first time at the age of 52. Ronen has made this experience so much fun. He is so knowledgeable, extremely patient and understanding. He balances each lesson with not only teaching technical skill but also the history of various drum techniques which makes it so interesting. He is a great teacher and it is a privilege to take lessons from him!
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Casey C.

27 Reviews
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Starting at $40
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Bachelor of Arts from University of Mississippi
  • Teaching since 2000
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Casey C.

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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 34 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 decade I have toured internationally, recorded with countless regional, national and local artists, and have gained

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Casey is an awesome teacher! Our 10 year old daughter looks forward to her drum class, having fun while learning. Somehow He manages to handle the craziness of teaching a young child online and keeping the her attention with ease. We are really glad we found him.
Erin
Casey really teaches my 6YO daughter a lot of material while making it super fun! He somehow manages to handle the craziness of teaching a young child online with ease. We're continuing with more lessons and are really glad we found him.
Atianna
He is great!

Murray P.

87 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $30
  • Speaks English, English
  • Awarded Washington DC Percussion Award from Washington DC Orchestra
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Murray P.

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- Orchestra Percussion
- Proper sitting & standing posture
- Care & tuning of snare drum
- Proper hand placement
- Stone & Moeller technique
-Basic rudiments development single stroke, double stroke, open stroke rolls, single, double, triple paradiddles, flams, flam taps, flamadiddle, flam accent, ruff family
- Reading simple rhythms & notes, whole, half, quarters, 8ths, 16ths, 8ths note triplets and 16ths note triplets
- Develop time keeping skills, working with a metronome or click track

Drum Set
- Beginner, Intermediate & advance drumming
- Reading various time signatures
- Styles studies, reggae, latin, gospel, rock, jazz, blues, r&b etc...
- Enhance time keeping skills, metronome & click track
- Use of brushes, mallets and hot rods
- Double bass drumming concepts
- Tuning & maintenance
- Development creativity and endless ideas on the drum set for grooves, solos and drum fills

Hand Percussion
- Bongos, Cajon, Congas, Djembe and many more.
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About Murray

I received my B.S. & Music Degree with concentration in instrumentalists from Morgan State University. I’v been playing drums since the age of three and now been teaching for over 17 years. In 2016, I was accepted as a member of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM). I am very well ro

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Jason
Very knowledgeable and personable. He knows how to teach without you feeling taught. Rare skill.
Luke
Mr Murray goes the extra mile and is fantastic with my son. He works with my son on his level and is able to challenge him at the same time.
O
High energy kid + pandemic + this guy = yes. I am 100% grateful that we stumbled onto this teacher. He is awesome.

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Local Lessons

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.

Online Lessons

Is your dream drum teacher on the other side of the country? No problem. Now, you can meet your teacher online on your smartphone or using a webcam on your computer. The world is your classroom!

Average Cost of Drum Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute drum lessons is $67. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $40 and $160 per hour.
30 min
$41 average
45 min
$55 average
60 min
$67 average

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Find your perfect drum teacher in under 3 minutes. Need help finding the right teacher? Call our friendly student counselors at 877-231-8505877-231-8505.

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Your instructor will motivate, support, and inspire you. Meet up with your teacher in person or connect with them online anywhere around the world!

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Each drum lesson is customized to help you grow. Learn faster and easier than ever with personal attention from an expert instructor.

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Hear From TakeLessons Drum Students

Over the past 12 years, we've given over 3,000,000 lessons to happy customers around the world.

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"Theresa does a wonderful job guiding me along in my lessons. She carefully watches my technique, suggesting slight changes I can make in order to improve my style."
shiela marie summers
Took Drum lessons from Theresa D.
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"Great teacher with a lot of passion!!

I started taking lessons with Casey about 8 months ago. He is the third drum teacher I've had and I definitely won't be looking for another one! He has a lot of patience but is always striving to make me work harder and be a better musician. He is passionate about what he does and it shows! I've learned and grown as a musician significantly faster with Casey than any of my previous teachers. He makes the hard work fun! I would absolutely recommend him to beginners and intermediate players as well! He is a lot of fun and he's flexible! Try him out, you'll be rockin' in no time!"
Mercedes
Took Drum lessons from Casey C.
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"Great teacher. I learned a lot."
James
Took Drum lessons from Melissa M.
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"Rom was wonderful. He has a great way with a kid. My daughter had a great smile on her face and cannot wait for next lesson."
Sofia
Took Drum lessons from Rom G.
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"He gave me and my friend great energy at the start of class. He also introduced us to what we were going to learn. He is a supportive teacher and he wants to do our best.
Thursday Day 1, 7/23/20"
Mema (15)
Took Drum lessons from Murray P.
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"Danny is a great teacher - he's really patient and encouraging and my son adores his lessons and looks forward to them every week. Danny has a way of making him both take it seriously and also think he's having the most fun and is a natural. I high;y recommend him."
Meghan
Took Drum lessons from Danny B.
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"Bobby is amazing and accomplished. The kindness and encouragement he has shown my son is unparalleled. We will be continuing our lessons with him! Thanks man!"
Lucaus
Took Drum lessons from Bobby C.
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"Mr. Murray is very patient about teaching me all the cool and important techniques I need to play my grooves and he is very helpful on answering all the questions that I encountered during my out and in class practices. I strongly recommend Mr. Murray!"
Joe
Took Drum lessons from Murray P.
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"Ronen is an excellent and fun teacher. I have learned more in 4 months than I did in a year of watching YouTube videos. He paces the lessons so I am challenged, but not overwhelmed. Even through Skype, he notices small details, such as how I am holding my sticks."
Nichole
Took Drum lessons from Ronen E.
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"I am a singer/songwriter and I took drum lessons to help me with my songwriting and to lay down drum tracks while recording, and also work on my timing issues. The drum lessons were tailored to what I wanted and what I needed to learn. If you are a musician and don’t know how to play drums it essential
to know the different type styles and feels to create. In my opinion these lessons are priceless!"
Lionel
Took Drum lessons from Khalil H.
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Private Drum Lessons Near You

As one of the oldest known instruments in the world, the drums have been used for music and spiritual purposes for thousands of years. However, the type of drums that most people seek lessons for are drum kits. Multi-piece drum kits began their evolution in the 1890s, when the bass, cymbals and drum started being incorporated into musical performances.

Essentially, drum kits can serve a number of sound functions in an ensemble and even in solo segments. This means that the drummer is, in essence, a predominant star in any show! Just ask 101 year-old Viola Smith, who happens to be the most famous female drummer in the world and is the longest running endorser of the Zildjian Company. 

Whether you’re into rock, country, blues, funk, jazz, R&B, orchestral or world music, taking private drum lessons near you will help you master the instrument as quickly as possible.

Reasons to Take Drum Classes Near You

Whether you’re looking for drum lessons for toddlers, kids, teens or adults, you’ll find there are many convincing reasons to invest in this instrument. When you learn to play drums, you’ll benefit from a fun and creative outlet that allows you to express yourself in a band or ensemble. 

Besides being incredibly fun to play, drumming is also recognized as a form of exercise. Keep reading to learn more about the benefits for both kids and adults. 

Benefits of Drum Lessons for Kids 

Studies show that children who learn to play at least one musical instrument have greater concentration, literacy skills, memorization and recall. Not to mention, they often perform stronger academically in school!

Drum lessons for kids and teens are based upon maturity and skill level to ensure that they learn at a pace aligned with their comfort level. What age should kids start? Usually seven is a good age for beginner drum lessons, but some toddlers as young as four turn out to be natural drummers.

Benefits of Drum Lessons for Adults

Regardless of your musical goals, there are a number of benefits for adults who learn the drums. Of course, the added exercise is a nice perk, but one of the top reasons adults seek music lessons is to find a new hobby to stay active and engaged. By becoming invested in drumming, adults can slow the onset of mental decline. 

Topics You’ll Learn in Private Drum Lessons

Many people wonder what they’d learn in a drum lesson, as well as how long it will take to become proficient. How long it takes to master the drums largely depends on how often you take lessons and practice on your own time. Want to know exactly what you’ll learn from a drum teacher? Here are some sample topics. 

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Drum Lessons

As a beginning drummer, there will be much more to learn than how to properly hit the drum heads. Your instructor will teach you an array of tips and tricks to boost your playing skills quickly, such as:

  • How to read drumming modern notations
  • The 4 basic drum strokes
  • Creative drum fills
  • Odd meter patterns
  • Proper sticking techniques

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Drummers

Intermediate students should be prepared to study methods of better execution and control to progress from their beginning studies. Your drum teacher is likely to show you the following skills:

  • Drum fills and solos
  • Intermediary grooves and rudiments
  • Playing odd time signature patterns
  • Intermediate music theory
  • Exercises to improve your speed, coordination, and rhythm
  • Visualization concepts of various music genres

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Drum Lessons

If you’re an experienced musician who has mastered intermediate drumming, you’re ready for advanced lessons. At this level, your private drum teacher will help you learn how to master the skills you’re most interested in utilizing in your musical endeavors. Some of these talents might include:

  • Advanced intermediary grooves
  • Shifts and meters
  • Sticking tricks
  • Advanced music theory or composition
  • Performance preparation

Finding Drum Teachers Near You

Here at TakeLessons, we’re a leader in helping people find online and in-person drum lessons. We make it simple to find experienced and background-checked teachers that can help you learn to play drums quickly. 

Simply browse through our vast selection of private drum teachers near you. Our easy-to-navigate directory allows you to search for the perfect teacher by location, reviews, online teaching options, and much more. From there, you can see each teacher’s availability, lesson rates, years of experience and credentials.

Once you’ve found the right teacher to help you meet your goals on the drums, you can go ahead and schedule drum classes near you. You can also contact one of our friendly Student Counselors for support in the booking process. So don’t wait another beat—start looking for your private drum instructor today!

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