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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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Casey C.

32 Reviews
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Starting at $40
  • Awarded "Best of the Fest" from IndieWeek Ireland
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 4 and up
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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!
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Johnny R.

7 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $50
  • Awarded World's Fastest Drummer-Guinness World Records from Extreme Sport Drumming
  • Teaches students 16 and up
  • 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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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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Brent E.

17 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $70
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 2008
  • Teaches students 4 and up
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Brent E.

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I cater my lessons to fit the students needs. Whether you’re a complete beginner or an advanced drummer looking to refine your skills, I can help you along your musical journey. I play several different styles of music, and love to teach new concepts to aspiring students.

About Brent

I'm a professional pianist and drummer based in the bay area. I have been teaching for over a decade, and find great joy in helping students progress and develop a love for music. As a performer, I am active in several bands and enjoy playing a variety of musical styles. The lessons are personaliz

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Linda
Brent has been teaching my daughter drum for about 1 year now and it has been great!

I highly recommend him as a music teacher.
Gautam
My 7 year old loves music and has shown an affinity towards playing the drums! Brent has been an awesome teacher and has so much patience working with easily distracted kids. He is always encouraging my son and show him both the fun side and the more technical side of playing the drums. We look forward to continuing our lessons with Mr. Brent, and I highly recommend him to anyone looking to learn how to play the drums
Shalinee
Brent has created a wonderful learning environment for both of my kids. Although they are at very different stages of learning, Brent has been able to meet them individually where they are in their processes. Brent’s approach is calm, engaging and fun. Both kids look forward to learning more each week.
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Mark C.

12 Reviews
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Starting at $42
  • Awarded Best Short Film - "Grand Scheme" from Long Beach Indie International Film Festival
  • Teaching since 2006
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
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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.

About Mark

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 50 different students of all ages from 3 years old to 61 years old. While still living in Ohi

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Mark was great to work with and knew his stuff
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Jesse M.

103 Reviews
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Starting at $70
  • Speaks English, Japanese
  • Teaching since 2006
  • Bachelors of Music Education with Honors from New Mexico State University
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Jesse M.

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Beginner
I'm not currently taking beginner drum students. Please refer to my studio partner Melissa:
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Intermediate
Start to learn about polyrhythms as well as developing your ears and body to play songs more accurately. Start to spice up your playing with ways that are interesting, but not intrusive.

Advanced
Really push your polyrhythms and add asymmetrical meters to your repertoire to expand your grasp of complex rhythms. Also learn to use dynamics, cymbal work, and fills to effectively communicate and lead a band without words.

About Jesse

*Disclaimer* I'm currently not taking beginner students on bass, drums, piano, and ukulele or children under 10 years old. I highly recommend my studio partners Melissa though. Please check out her profile: https://takelessons.com/profile/melissa-m62 My Background I've been playing with

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Brenden R.
Liz S.
Talented teachers are rare. Like a great coach i sports... the coach doesn’t need to be the top athlete in his field to know how to teach each team member to hone their best abilities, he just has to know and see how to teach you how to get there. Being an outstanding teacher is a great talent all in itself... and that is Jesse. He has that quality and ability to lead, focus and take you where you want to go.
Romy R.
Jesse has given directions on how to successfully become a better musician. His approach and explanation on musical theories was much more understandable than what I was previously reading. Overall, I found the lessons to be very usefull.
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Yulia B.

25 Reviews
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Starting at $35
  • Speaks English, Russian
  • Master of Music, Percussion Performance from DePaul School of Music
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Yulia B.

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I am a professional percussionist and .educator I have been teaching private lessons since 2010 and is 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 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’s De

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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!
Kay L.
Excellent instructor
Casey
Yulia is really excellent at helping me with my rusty Russian

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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 $40 and $160 per hour.
30 min
$41 average
45 min
$54 average
60 min
$66 average

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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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"My first lesson with Garrett was great. I’ll definitely be back again!"
Marcus
Took Drum lessons from Garrett S.
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"Doug is a wonderful instructor. He has a lot of energy and he makes the lessons fun."
Lois
Took Drum lessons from Douglas O.
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"Wonderful teacher! Truly breaks down each aspect while keeping it interesting. Highly recommended!!!"
Aliza
Took Drum lessons from Dor H.
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"My Grandson has come so far with his Drum Lessons!

My 9 year old Grandson has been taking lessons with Matthew for over a year. This is his very first experience with any drum lessons and because of Matthew's excellent teaching style, he has come so far!

I might add that my Grandson has Down Syndrome but that never stopped Matthew from being the Great Drum Instructor that he is complete with a rather relaxed, easy going but very professional teaching skill.

When my Grandson was at a MLB Game when presented with the spur-of-the-moment opportunity to play drums with some professionals, he had the confidence to just jump right in because of his experience with Matthew's drum lessons.

Thank you Matthew, we appreciate all you have done!"
Lori
Took Drum lessons from Matthew G.
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"My 15 year old daughter is a beginning drummer. She is really enjoying her lessons with Joan and feels like she is really learning how to be a drummer."
Kelly
Took Drum lessons from Joan Q.
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"My son was very impressed, asked why we had been taking drum lessons from his local instructor for so long. He was reticent before the lesson saying that he wasn't sure that our internet connection would be good enough, saying that he wasn't sure we could really do a lesson online instead of face to face. He came out of his room after the lesson and said he loved it, and that it worked really well, that our connection was just fine, and that he could hear everything on both sides. He was very happy with the result. He is really happy to have a clear goal of playing snare on the drum line in marching band, and he's very happy about having an instructor who can really help him to get there. Great experience so far!"
Jules
Took Drum lessons from Murray P.
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"Taking drum lessons with Thomas online has been so rewarding. I finally dusted off my old drums and went on a search to find a great teacher and I found him. I'm not looking to become the next Neil Peart or anything. Just want to have fun and learn. He's very easy to talk to and helps me grasp musical concepts in a really digestible way. He has me working on exercises and my durability on the drum set has improved worlds beyond where I thought I could ever be. I really love his work with Minor Characters, a Chicago band he was in. I'm an older guy but I was motivated by Thomas to start jamming in the garage with some friends of mine who play guitar and bass We have about 10 songs we play each week and Thomas helps me work through each one and every week I get better. Take lessons with this guy. He'll change your life!"
Joseph P
Took Drum lessons from Thomas B.
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"I really like Mattia as an instructor because he’s very enthusiastic and fun while learning to play drums. He’s very knowledgeable and has a very strong emphasis on technique. I look forward to our sessions each time!"
Michael
Took Drum lessons from Mattia C.
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"Casey is professional and makes learing easy and fun.

Casey is an amazing teacher. I have ZERO musical talent and Casey had me playing songs within a week. He makes learning fun and very easy. He is very knowledgeable not to mention a pretty sick drummer.
I started taking drum lessons just to check it out... and I keep coming back to learn more.
If you want a very relaxed and good time while learning to play. Casey is your guy."
Joe
Took Drum lessons from Casey C.
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"He’s an excellent teacher
No additional explanation is needed, just superb👍"
Sonya Przysucha
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, 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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