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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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Johnny R.

8 Reviews
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  • Speaks English
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Awarded World's Fastest Drummer-Guinness World Records from Extreme Sport Drumming
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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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Ben K.
Really good. Exactly what I need.
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!
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Casey C.

35 Reviews
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Starting at $40
  • Speaks
  • Awarded "Best of the Fest" from IndieWeek Ireland
  • Bachelor of Arts from University of Mississippi
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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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Avery F.
A great teacher, so patient and really has made all my son's lessons so much fun. He looks forward to Casey's lessons every week
Lynn C.
Pavel
Fantastic lesson and inspiring teacher
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Yulia B.

28 Reviews
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Starting at $40
  • Speaks English, Russian
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 6 and up
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Yulia B.

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I am a professional percussionist with over 10 years of teaching experience.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 and Masters Degree in Percussion Performance at the DePaul School of Music in 2018. 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

Yulia Block has joined the TakeLessons teacher's team in 2015. She is an active performer and an enthusiastic educator. Born in Chelyabinsk, Russia, Ms. Block received a Bachelor of Music performance degree from the Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts in 2015 and a Master’

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Rikka T.
Initially I was hesitant to do on-line, but Yulia had the materials and the expertise to get our daughter started learning mallets for band class in middle school. Our daughter really looked forward to her lessons. Yulia engaged with our daughter in a very fun and still professional way. Lessons were well-planned and they included a plan of practice for our daughter leading up to her next lesson. We are thankful that we found such a great teacher through TakeLessons!
Leslie H.
First lesson was informational. Looking foward to next lesson
Annika
Yulia is energetic and so welcoming! I had a ton of fun in our first lesson and I can’t wait for the rest of our lessons!
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Michael C.

57 Reviews
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Starting at $35
  • Speaks English
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 2002
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Michael C.

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I've been teaching contemporary drum set in Orange County for over a decade, and many of my students have gone on to not only play and read notated drum set music with ease, but have continued their studies at arts high-schools and music colleges, with several of them continuing on to the professional world. I use an award winning curriculum used at many music academies and conservatories, and have received accolades for my ability to retain many students for many years. Within the first few lessons, a new student will be able to understand the basics of rhythm and snare drum notation, play a plethora of relatable and cool sounding grooves, and build a foundation that will serve the student for a life time.

About Michael

Hi! My name is Michael and I am excited at the prospect of teaching you or your child... I absolutely love to teach, but not just because of my love for the drums or my life-long appreciation of music, but because of my enjoyment of people and the learning process itself. I feel that this is im

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Ryder
Michael is a great drum teacher and very personable. Anyone starting out would be lucky to have him as a teacher.
Emmy
Throughout every lesson I had, I improved a lot. I learned many new techniques and different music pieces. He gave me challenging work but explained it in such a way I was able to play the pieces really well.
James
Mike is great - connects really well with our son and has him very excited to join the lesson every week.
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Evan W.

19 Reviews
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  • Speaks English
  • Bachelor of Music, cum laude, Jazz Studies from University of Washington
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Evan W.

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Professional teacher since 2008. Started with a snare drum in fourth grade and never stopped! Alumnus of University of Washington (BM, cum laude, Jazz Studies) + Roosevelt High School. I make sure to teach students what they are most interested in while also providing them with a strong musical foundation they can apply to any path.

About Evan

Hello, my name is Evan, and I’d love to teach you to play some drums! As a graduate of the University of Washington's acclaimed jazz program as well the prestigious Roosevelt High School Jazz Band, I am a professional drummer and teacher with an extensive and varied set of experiences. I began

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Jerker O.
Evan took extra time to check out some of my recordings before the lesson. Much appreciated, and it led to focusing on relevant stuff. Great first lesson!
Mason S.
He is amazing!!! My shy kiddo is feeling very confident about drumming now!!!
Drayden F.
Evan was very nice. This was the first lesson. More to come!
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Mark C.

18 Reviews
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  • Speaks English
  • High School Diploma from Boardman High School, Boardman, Ohio
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Mark C.

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Drums were my first real hobby, and a great confidence-builder when I was growing up. I've spent many hours playing drums, and it's become a very rewarding part of my life. I specialize in teaching the techniques of playing the drum set, and I'd love to show you how to do it. So, sign up! I promise it'll be fun. You won't regret it.

Mark is an American composer, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and music producer.

I started teaching private music lessons my senior year of high school, in 2006. Since then I've taught over 100 different students of all ages from 3 years old to 78 years old. While still living in Ohio, I was the one and only official guitar teacher for Guitar Center Youngstown through the duration of 2008-2009. In late 2009, after moving to Los Angeles, I continued to teach privately and with several music schools all around the city. I currently live in the Sherman Oaks neighborhood of LA with my wife and two little kids.

About Mark

Hi! I'm Mark. I'm an American music teacher, composer, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and music producer. I started teaching private music lessons my senior year of high school, in 2006. Since then I've taught over 100 different students of all ages from 3 years old to 78 years old.

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Maryann
My 14 y/o son took lessons for bass guitar with Mark. Mark was very patient in helping my son learn things that interested him.
Zach G.
My son very much enjoyed his first lesson with Mark
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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.

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 $65. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $40 and $177 per hour.
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Over the past 12 years, we've given over 3,000,000 lessons to happy customers around the world.

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"If You Want Beyond a Great Teacher, Then Go With Matt

I have been taking lessons with Matt for over a year. I can honestly say, if you want drum lessons, then he's your guy! He is professional, personable, highly knowledgeable, patient, explains things very well, and very reliable. I have had 3 guitar teachers, 1 voice teacher, and 1 drum teacher before Matt and out of all those teachers, he was by far the best. There is a big difference between someone who does it for a hobby or just a little extra income and some one who has a passion and Matt has the passion and he really cares about his students. I can be really bad about practicing but he hasn't given up on me and is always encouraging. From my past experiences with teachers, a teacher that believes in you is a very important element in teaching, Matt has that element. If you want the best, I mean really the best you can find, then go with Matt. You will NOT regret it and nor will your child."
Vasilisa
Took Drum lessons from Matthew G.
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"Mike is good at teaching, always plays with you and guides you to play right and comfortable for you. Best teacher I’ve ever had. If they had more stars he deserves them!!!!!!!!"
Sloan
Took Drum lessons from Michael E.
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"Evan is an amazing teacher and made the process really fun!"
Drew
Took Drum lessons from Evan C.
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"Really amazing teacher."
Christopher
Took Drum lessons from Murray P.
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"Murray is a great teacher who is quick to identify areas for improvement, helpful exercises to make it happen, and keep it fun the whole time. He's also obviously very dedicated and passionate, as any professional musician must be."
Jared
Took Drum lessons from Murray P.
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"Very professional, organize materials according to your level and needs. best teacher."
Bojun
Took Drum lessons from David S.
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"Ed is an excellent teacher and a super talented drummer!!!

My teenage son loves taking drum lessons from Ed! He is a true professional, very knowledgeable and an amazing drummer. His lessons are fun and he is very inspirational. His studio is super cool, and he offers a beautiful collection of drums and accessories. I highly recommend Drum Lessons with Ed!"
Catherine
Took Drum lessons from Ed R.
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"John was my drum teacher a few years ago, always on time and ready to go with fun and cool new stuff to learn - he's your man if looking to be a solid drummer."
Garret
Took Drum lessons from John M.
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"I was a little skeptical with my son, who is six years old,to start taking drum lessons because I thought he was too young. Well, it turns out that he is not and I am thankful that David is his teacher because he is awesome with him. He is very kind and patient. My son is learning a lot! I am very happy."
John
Took Drum lessons from David E.
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"Murray is a dedicated and a serious teacher. Very enthusiastic and really good with children. He is extremely professional. I highly recommend him as a teacher!"
Ilan
Took Drum lessons from Murray P.
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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,

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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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How long does it take to learn drums? Find out the reality in this guest post by Seattle, WA drum teacher Mason L... Many of my new drum students ask me this question a few weeks into their lessons: “How long does it take to learn the drums?” The answer to that question depends on what you’re trying to get out of drumming. If you want to master a few songs and beats, it might take a couple months; if you want to be reliable and confident enough to be in a band, it might take a year …

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If you missed Austin drum teacher Matt D. article last week about how to overcome drummer stereotypes, check it out here. Now, read on for part two of the article...         4) READING MUSICAL NOTATION Q: “How can you make a drummer stop playing?” A: “Put a sheet of music in front of him!” One of the most popular myths in the musical community is that learning to read music somehow takes the feeling out of your playing, and that it can impair your ability to impr …

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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 …

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