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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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Starting at $50
  • Teaching since 1985
  • Awarded World's Fastest Drummer-Guinness World Records from Extreme Sport Drumming
  • 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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Casey C.

36 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $40
  • Bachelor of Arts from University of Mississippi
  • Teaching since 2000
  • Awarded "Best of the Fest" from IndieWeek Ireland
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Casey C.

36 Reviews
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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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James S.

6 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $50
  • Bachelor or Arts in Music and Anthropology from State University of New York at Oswego
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 1990
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James S.

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As an educator, I strive to provide my students with the tools that they will need to explore the direction that they want to take with their instrument. This can include from enjoying drumming as a hobby, performing in small jazz ensembles, recording electronic and acoustic drums in major recording studios, to performing with a full orchestra! There is literally no limit to what you can do.

My focus is to get hobbyists to enjoy performing drums in the comfort of their own home or with friends, and to have my professionally-minded students go out into the world of performing and recording music. All of these environments are where the ultimate joy of playing an instrument can be expressed.

As a gigging and studio musicians, I understand what it takes to get to the stage or studio, apply oneself in that environment, and come away with a satisfying experience that you can then build upon for the rest of your life.

About James

Hi! I have been a drumset educator for over 3 decades. I benefited from formal education on the drumset, and I want to pass that along to you so you can experience the full joy that this wonderful instrument can bring you! I understand that each student's journey is specific to them as an individua

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Annie
He was awesome. Looking forward to next week
Ramya M.
Jim has been a fantastic teacher to our son. He explains everything patiently and approaches his lessons very systematically. He selects songs that incorporate essential drumming skills (e.g. songs that include doubles, paradiddles, accented notes, etc.). This way, the the student is able to develop an understanding of how theory fits practice.
Ramin
Jim is an absolute gem. he has a great personality and my son absolutely loves him. oh yes, he is a great instructor as well. can't say enough about James. a class act
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Alexander A.

26 Reviews
Teaches Online
Starting at $35
  • Speaks Sign Language
  • Bachelor's of Music in Film Scoring from Berklee College of Music, Boston, MA
  • Teaching since 2005
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Alexander A.

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As a pro-level bass player, I understand the importance and the roll of the drum set in a band. I can help you coordinate your limbs, perfect your beats, improve your timing, and read rhythms...one step at a time.

About Alexander

My name is Alex, and my passion is teaching music. I offer clients a unique learning experience with customized lesson plans and personalized attention to fit your exact goals and needs. These aren’t just words to me…they are a commitment I make to everyone that I have the pleasure of working wit

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Sheila T.
Great with beginners. Makes learning bass fun
Goudjor
Good afternoon sir, my name is Goudjor messanvi Chris& I just read about you but I'm just starting my guitar lesson & I think your explanation is far better & please can we chart so I can be your student? Thank.
Andrew
Great instructor ! He knows to shift focus towards what you need to work on. As soon as the instructions are given or the questions he asks you feel relief because the energy is going towards what you already feel you need to work on and not just moving on to the next lesson. The tailored lessons make for a low pressure learning environment to fit your needs. As long as your consistant with receiving his lessons you will get where you want to be with your talents and be jammin out soon.
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Brent E.

17 Reviews
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Starting at $70
  • Teaches students 4 and up
  • Bachelor's in Music from Cal State East Bay
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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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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Jordan M.

116 Reviews
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  • Teaching since 2003
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaches students 8 and up
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Jordan M.

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Learn drums in a relaxed, encouraging environment with a friendly expert :) Experienced teacher for over 15 years and more than 11,000 lessons taught. Posture, hand position, rudiments, music reading, ear training, and most importantly - Rock out with your favorite songs and beats!

About Jordan

1. All my students feel like rock stars! Each lesson is fun and enriching. 2. I provide a clear lesson plan complete with goals, achievement levels, and performances. *Experienced teacher and professional musician. *Has performed with: The Brian Setzer Orchestra, Bobby Kimball former lead s

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Thaddeus
JJordan was patient and instructive. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience for a novice like me.
Rick
My first lesson with Jordan was very cool. Extremely knowledgeable, great patience, great communication and very supportive.
I can’t wait for my next lesson. I’m going to practice now. Everyone should be awake. 👊🏻
Jim Catalano
Jordan is a genuinely kind man with a very positive & encouraging approach to teaching music. he is knowledgeable, meets you where you are in terms of skill level and makes the whole experience motivating and fun. Can't wait for my next lesson.

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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 $68. 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.
30 min
$42 average
45 min
$55 average
60 min
$68 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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"Charles Stewart is a very personable instructor. This first lesson was very well - paced. He explained everything in detail and he gave me enough practise in the lesson so that I know what to do, on my own, during the week."
Donna
Took Drum lessons from Charles S.
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"He is amazing!!! My shy kiddo is feeling very confident about drumming now!!!"
Mason
Took Drum lessons from Evan W.
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"Lessons with Michael are fun, challenging and rewarding! He motivates me to do better and is flexible with my changing schedule. I look forward to continued lessons with Michael. Thank you all concerned."
Richard
Took Drum lessons from Michael J.
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"Developing passion for music

Richard is doing a wonderful job at developing a passion for musical instruments with my 6 year old son!"
Brett
Took Drum lessons from Richard C.
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"Drew is amazing. His lessons are very comprehensive. He keeps it fun and light and you learn a ton!"
Tanner Hall
Took Drum lessons from Drew S.
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"First lesson was tonight, with my 3yr old son. His attention span was 20 minutes max, but Daniel was very patient with him!"
Damien
Took Drum lessons from Daniel R.
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"Learning from Adam was an amazing experience! He is extremely professional, welcoming and knowledgeable. His mentorship made me feel capable and confident as a musician. I’d recommend Adam to anyone."
Katherine
Took Drum lessons from Adam S.
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"This is only my 4th week and I have already decided to continue taking lessons from Murray. His skill, knowledge, teaching style, and enthusiasm has inspired me to practice for SEVERAL hours a week. Murray has not just simply gone through the lesson plan, but has given me some very good suggestions on how to practice more efficiently and gain comfort with new material. I see progress and I look forward to more in the upcoming months."
Alvin
Took Drum lessons from Murray P.
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"Always has something to challenge you

Lessons have always been fun, exciting, and challenging."
Cheryl
Took Drum lessons from Jeff F.
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"I seriously cannot thank Andrew enough for what he has taught me! He is so patient, knowledgeable, and kind. He is a natural drummer through and through and his skills are truly inspiring. He’s a great guy to learn from and just be around. I feel like a total rockstar now!"
Kandace
Took Drum lessons from Andrew W.
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Private Drum Lessons Near You

Are you ready to find a drum teacher near you? Then you’ve come to the right place. Here at TakeLessons, we offer many different kinds of drum lessons for students of all levels and ages. Whether you are just picking up drumsticks for the very first time or you are looking to take your skills to the professional level, sign up for drum classes with us today. With a little time and practice, you will be playing drums like a pro in no time!

When you know how to play the drums, you open up the doors to so many musical opportunities. You could perform in your local band ensemble, start a rock band with your best friends, take on a solo gig, or even pursue a musical career.

Reasons to Take Drum Classes

Most people want to learn to play the drums so they can rock out t

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o their favorite songs or master a challenging drum solo, but did you know that learning a new instrument can improve your brain function, too? Studies show that it can enhance your memory, boost your happiness, reduce stress, and even improve your motor skills. What’s more, learning the drums can help increase your self confidence and develop your individual strengths. Regardless of your age, taking drum lessons can provide you or your child with a wide range of benefits.

Benefits of Private Drum Lessons

If you really want to take your drum skills to the next level, then it might be time to find private drum classes near you. When you sign up for private lessons, you will receive the one-on-one attention you need to improve your musicality. Your teacher will determine at what level you are currently performing, inquire about your goals, and then create a lesson plan to help you work your way to achieving your dreams.

The beauty of taking private drum classes is that you can practice whatever it is that will most benefit you and your progress. Maybe you want to focus on a specific style or perhaps you want to master a certain rhythm. Whatever it is, your music teacher will provide you with the tools to encourage you to reach your drum goals.

Topics You’ll Learn in Private Drum Lessons

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

Finding Drum Teachers Near You

Here at TakeLessons, we make it easier than ever to find drum lessons near you. For starters, we offer a wide selection of experienced and certified drum teachers in your area. To find your perfect match, browse through each music teacher’s profile. You can read about their background and experience and check out reviews from their past students. You can even contact them in advance and explore their availability to ensure their schedule best suits yours.

Once you have picked the ideal drum teacher, you’re all set to begin your musical journey. Sign up for drum lessons with us today, and don’t miss out on our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee on your first session. What’s more, we also offer online drum lessons that let you learn from the comfort of your own home.

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