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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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John M.

17 Reviews
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Starting at $38
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaching since 1993
  • Teaches students 6 to 80
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John M.

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Positive, patient and motivating, 40 years of playing drums & percussion and over 12 years of private instruction with a wealth of music knowledge to share. Lessons are always designed to be educational, engaging & fun, combining a balance of learning notation, playing by ear & performance with other live instruments! We will find out what interests you most and get you on the drum set right away for fast results!

About John

I have 40 years of Professional drums & percussion experience and 13 years of teaching beginning and intermediate drummers by ear, performance & notation. Preforming drums has brought so much enjoyment to my life and has expanded my cognitive and creative mind more than I would have ever realized w

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Ronald
John, Is a knowledgeable and friendly drum teacher that is eager to help you reach your drum performance goals. Being a guitar player first, my lessons with John have been at a sporadic beginner pace as I attempt to generate time for both worlds. That being said John has been very patient and accommodating, and I'm sure he will help me dial in my drum skills.
Juliette
Fantastic
Larry Y.
I really liked John's patient approach to me as a rank beginner. He jumped right into it which I liked so we could take good advantage of our hour together.

Johnny R.

1 Review
Teaches Online
Starting at $95
  • Teaches students 13 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Performance and Music Education from Berklee College of Music
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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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Steven C.
Johnny is an incredible drummer and an all-around awesome human being. I feel fortunate to have spent time with him. If you're looking to massively grow your drumming skills, Johnny is your answer!
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Danny S.

15 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $25
  • Teaching since 1996
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • 2 Yr. Degree in Drums/Drumset from M.I.(Musicians Institute)
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Danny S.

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Teaching students how to play with bands and read music are both important. I've played over 27 years and taught over 17 of those years. Grooves, coordination, reading and soloing are all aspects of what I teach from mostly my own books. I combine having fun with the commitment of practicing into a well rounded learning experience. I have recitals for students to show off their talents 1-2 times yearly. I'm versatile in teaching new drummers or advanced students. I look forward to our lessons.

About Danny

I've played drums about 30 years and taught lessons about 20 of those years. Each student is different and I've evolved my lessons to accommodate teaching each student. My background consists of all styles of Drumset, marching band, rock bands, soloing and Troopers drum corps. Also playing in jazz,

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Amna
Really helpful and comfortable to be around with you. Feels like you would learn drumming in fast
Austin
Awesome first lesson with my 16 year old! Looking forward to many more.
Scott
Danny is a true professional. He understands that in order to improve your skills, you need to drill and practice.
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Ben E.

4 Reviews
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Starting at $40
  • Teaching since 2000
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Ben E.

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My approach to teaching drums will have you playing within the first few weeks of lessons. I teach with the focus on getting students ready to play in any sort of ensemble. Jazz, rock, pop, funk and free styles will all be discussed.

About Ben

Benjamin is a percussionist and mandolin player from North Carolina. Coming out of a folk music tradition he has expanded his interest into the world of electronic music, free improvisation and world music. He most recently visited Dublin to work with composer Cal Folger Day on a historical Operett

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John Cardoza
Patient, highly knowledgeable. Works quickly and efficiently; making the most of our hour together. Looking forward to the next lesson!
Danya
Ben is a fun mandolin teacher and very thoughtful! He brings great tunes and gives helpful feedback to improve how you play.
Henry
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Zaid D.

9 Reviews
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Starting at $30
  • Speaks English, Spanish
  • Teaching since 2010
  • Awarded Best of Lessons.com 2019 from Lessons.com
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Zaid D.

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As a Beginners course, this is suitable for complete beginners who have never played drums before. Its also helpful for self-taught drummers who want to go through all the basics and fill in any gaps in their playing and improve their technique.

Course Objectives:
Develop a full range of beats, rhythms, fills and breaks
Execute Single strokes, double strokes and paradiddles
Establish Good posture, grip, sticking and hi hat technique
Learn to play with a click and develop a better sense of timing
Understand & execute Techniques for playing songs in a contemporary style
Percussion skills
How to choose and tune a drum kit

They will learn within the first 6 months how to:
Play Their first ever rhythm and break
How to play single and double strokes and paradiddles
How to understand drum notation
Correct posture, grip and sticking technique
Warm up exercises
A great range of 8th and 16th note rhythms
Learn the drum part to a slow song of their choice.
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About Zaid

Zaid is available for in-home, at school location , and online lessons worldwide in both English and Español!. Zaid has been playing piano for over 15 years and teaching music since 2010. Zaid teaches all experience levels from beginner to intermediate and advanced. Although trained in standard

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Jace O.
Absolutely amazing!! My son loved it.
Kaylee S.
Great teacher and very patient, he cared about what he was doing, Thanks Zaid!
Jeff
Zaid is knowledgeable and dedicated instructor. He has taught my daughter for at least two years who had no experience and I feel that she has progressed faster than I think she would have at any typical music place.
The organization, and structure of the lessons are well planned and easy to follow.
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Granville M.

5 Reviews
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Starting at $40
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 4 and up
  • Teaching since 1998
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Granville M.

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With private teaching experience and a degree in Jazz Composition & Professional Music from Berklee College of Music, Granville adopts the teaching methods of the accomplished performers and educators who instructed him, such as the late Joe Morello(Dave Brubeck), Terri Lyne Carrington (Grammy Award winning artist), Dave DiCenso(Hiromi, Josh Groban) among others.

Granville's curriculum centers on the building blocks; great technique to empower flexibility in his students. He uses methods perfected by Alan Dawson (The Rudimental Ritual), Gary Chaffee (Odd Time Stickings), Sanford A. Moeller (The Moeller Technique), and other great teachers while employing methods he has found successful through his years of teaching.When necessary, music theory elements are employed to teach song form, dynamics and overall musicianship.

Granville is also a composer, producer and touring artist which will aid in creating focused progress if and when the decision to grow in a career direction is ...

About Granville

I operate in the music arena as a touring musician; a Music Director for musicals, jazz ensembles and choirs; a composer & songwriter; a band teacher at my local elementary school, a private instructor and a producer with a degree in Jazz Composition and Professional Music from Berklee College of M

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Jeff N.
Very friendly and made me want to play more!
Jose G.
Absolutely phenomenal person!
Taught me some key things that immediately helped me out - highly recommend!
Kashy
Granville is an excellent teacher ! He is a able to teach technique to my 3 year old in a way that he instantly gets it. The vast array of instruments he has available for my son to experience is a musical playground!

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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 $66. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $30 and $130 per hour.
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$40 average
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$53 average
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$66 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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"Scott has been a GREAT teacher for my son, who started playing at age 7, and has progressed amazingly quickly. The lessons are well thought out and supportive, and the practice is effective and engaging.

And, Scott is super-nice!

HIGHLY recommend Scott for drummers of any age and level."
- Craig
Took Drum lessons from Scott K.
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"Will was amazing. My son had so much fun and can't wait for next week."
- Zane
Took Drum lessons from Will F.
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"He is very patient with our grandson who is 10 years old. And he knows how to really work well with children. We are very pleased."
- Jan for grandson
Took Drum lessons from Rom G.
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"Very knowledgeable and personable; makes the lessons fun; great in-depth experience. One one lesson in but better than could have imagined first impression."
- Chance
Took Drum lessons from Mike M.
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"Kerry has given private percussion lessons to my 12 year old daughter for 8 months. She enjoys lessons and I have seen improvements in her performance. Kerry has been communicative, professional, and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend his services.
Thank you.

Dena Krupa"
- Kerry
Took Drum lessons from Kerry K.
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"Ross is an awesome teacher. Patient, fun to interact with, knowledgeable. I had a great lesson and am looking forward to learning more from him! Definitely recommend!"
- Terra
Took Drum lessons from Ross H.
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"Allan,
Is very patient with our son who is a drum beginner and has a great attitude toward his passion. He is a wounderful instructor, and we would highly recommend him."
- Aiden
Took Drum lessons from Allan R.
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"Yulia is clear, patient and so understanding of the learning process. I am looking forward to working with her!"
- Masha
Took Drum lessons from Yulia B.
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"I don't know where to begin, Jim is fantastic, hands down the best music teaching experience I've ever had. He is very knowledgeable on percussion, so well-versed. Jim was really patient with me which I appreciate - since I haven't played the drums in 10 years. But I really picked it back up right away with him, really pleased with the results of our lessons. I highly recommend Jim Saint-Amour as a drum instructor."
- Gabi
Took Drum lessons from James S.
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"Kismat is a fantastic musician and instructor. I highly recommend him!"
- Brian
Took Drum lessons from Kismat S.
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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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