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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
  • B.A. Religious Studies from Arizona State University
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Henri B.

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Learn basic skills such as sticking, proper technique, timing signatures, rudiments, drum beats, world grooves, sight reading, and just all around fun on drum kit. Find your groove :)

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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Nick W.
He really knows some good exercises and can break them down to make them easy to understand.
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Johnny R.

3 Reviews
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Starting at $45
  • Awarded WFD World's Fastest Drummer Extreme Sport Drumming from Extreme Sport Drumming
  • 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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Jackson
Great experience with Johnny - he’s clearly one of the best In the world and a super nice guy!
Seamus
Johnny is over the top talented, and is the best teacher ever! He has the patience of a Saint, and is able to teach correct technique to young drummers. Highly recommend!!!
Wally
As a new drummer I struggle with basics. I can sit at the drums and bang a sound for the most part. Johnny is so wonderful. He takes the time to explain the music in notes, beats and segments. I am learning the art of music, not just banging the drums. Kudos Johnny...you rock!
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Eric C.

38 Reviews
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Starting at $35
  • Teaches Beginner
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaching since 2009
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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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Mackenzie
Instructor was well prepared and very clear on what is expected.
River G.
Eric is very patient and personable.
Burnam
Always great!
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Ronen E.

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

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Drum Set

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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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!
Kuma L.
Ronen is the best drum teacher I have so far. He is knowledgeable, able to tailor to student's need and very patient with students in all age. I am 35 years old and trying to learn drums. He is able to adjust his teaching to the way I used to learned. best teacher ever, pick him.
Carrie
He is very good at explaining what I need to be doing.
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Casey C.

27 Reviews
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Starting at $40
  • Teaches students 4 and up
  • Teaching since 2000
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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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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Lincoln
Good first session for my 4 year old. Simple and informative.
Rowan
So fun and encouraging!
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Murray P.

87 Reviews
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Starting at $30
  • Speaks English, English
  • BS from Morgan State University
  • Teaching since 1999
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Murray P.

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Snare Drum
- 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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Kenneth
Murray P is my new Dude! He was a pleasure to talk with, and learn from just on our first lesson! I look forward to working with him to develop my drumming skills in the near future.
Angela C.
I've had several drum teachers in the past, but Mr. Murray is my favorite. He is fun, funny and friendly and also a MASTER of drums!!!
-Alexander C.
Natalie
Very enthusiastic! Only 3 lessons in and can’t wait for the forth!

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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 $64. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $30 and $134 per hour.
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$52 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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Over the past 12 years, we've given over 3,000,000 lessons to happy customers around the world.

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"Working with Michael was so awesome. He really took time with Teagan making sure she was understanding everything he was going over. He was so easy to get along with and had very similar music interests. We look forward to more lessons with him."
Teagan
Took Drum lessons from Michael T.
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"Ed is the BEST drum teacher in the area!

Our son has been taking drum lessons with Ed for many years. He really enjoys his weekly lessons and listening to Ed perform at various venues. Ed is very inspirational! Not only is he a fabulous teacher but also a true mentor! He encourages our son to always do his best not only at playing drums but in all aspects of life. Ed performs with many bands and is versed in all types of music. Based on his experience, awesome talent and wonderful teaching skills, he is truly the best drum teacher in the area!! We highly recommend him!"
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Took Drum lessons from Ed R.
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"A fabulous introduction to music for our 9 year old! Thank you Henri for making the lesson such a positive and inspiring experience, we could t be happier. See you next week!"
Clayton
Took Drum lessons from Henri B.
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"David is a good and patient teacher. He really helped me with honing the fundamentals."
Eric
Took Drum lessons from David L.
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"So fun and encouraging!"
Rowan
Took Drum lessons from Casey C.
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"Murray did a great job with my 6 yr old son's first drum lesson. He was able to teach the fundalmentals while making it a fun experience. My son was very excited and enjoyed his first lesson with Murray."
Tiffany
Took Drum lessons from Murray P.
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"Totally awesome cool! Danny teaches kids drums from first time to having fun playing real songs in just a few lessons. Thank you for making learning fun for my son!"
Luke
Took Drum lessons from Danny S.
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"Garrett is a great drum teacher. I have been taking drum lessons with him for a month now as a total beginner. I can tell Garrett is very knowledgeable and well educated. He really makes me motivated to learn and play the drums. As a beginner student, he's been incredibly patient with me and has taught me even the smallest details on how to improve playing. He really makes it fun for me to learn."
Ariel
Took Drum lessons from Garrett S.
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"Great instructor, very knowledgeable and friendly."
Vasko
Took Drum lessons from Michael T.
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"Joel really enjoyed Danny! He seems like he’s got a lot to offer! Looking forward to more"
Joel
Took Drum lessons from Danny 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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