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Kevin F.

18 Reviews
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Starting at $30
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Percussion Performance, BMA Magna Cum Laude from Arizona State University
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Kevin F.

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I have played Pan for 26 years and love to help others learn how fantastic the instrument can be!

About Kevin

I have a Percussion Performance Degree from Arizona State University, have authored over 6 books on how to play better including: ART Approach to Keyboard Percussion Sightreading, ART Approach to Rhythm!, Turn It Up & Lay It Down, The Book (with Joe Bergamini and Spence Strand) I have over 26 years

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Roberto de Ocampo
I am very happy with Kevin. He taught me a lot on the first class. He's very kind and patient in teaching me. I felt very at ease with him. I'm glad I chose him as my steel drum teacher. I highly recommend him!
Jonah
I had my first lesson with Kevin this evening and thought he was excellent. He was clear, personable, knowledgeable and understood well what I was looking for.
Jan Arleth
Respectful, knowledgeable, on task. I recommend to anyone.
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Sterling S.

3 Reviews
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Starting at $45
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaching since 2000
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Sterling S.

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I am a professional steel pan player born in the islands of Trinidad & Tobago where the steel-pan was invented i have my own steel -pan entertainment company and has been playing for over 45 years i started at the age of eight.

I have thought countless of young and old people how to play the steel drum/steel pan my latest development for teaching is an app called steel pan tutor. my student will receive a free version of this app in their first class. i will not only teach you how to play but how to perform and move people with your performances .. I teach all steel drums from Tenor to Bass.

I have performed in places like Carnegie Hall .The Apollo. Ny London, Paris and various houses of Worship. If you are looking for experience Sterling is here! Thanks in advance and all the best with your choice.

About Sterling

Sterling is a professional steel pan player from the islands of Trinidad & Tobago was born in a family of musician and steel pan manufacturers, whom we call the tuners in our country. From the day his uncle Oscar Haynes took him to the pan yard at eight years old, he fell madly in love with the ins

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Wanda
I have been taking lessons with Sterling and it has been a great learning experience as well as a great learning atmosphere. I was skeptical at first trying to learn online, but after having some classes with him, my concerns have been erased and now I am actually learning to play the steel pan. Great teacher, patient and kind.
Sara D.
Sterling is great!! I am so glad I found this site as there is no one in my small Canadian city that plays steel drums or provides lessons. I love playing the steel drums!
Rueben
I feel honored to take lessons from someone who actually played for many years with one of the top steelbands in Trinidad, WITCO Desperadoes. Since I was a beginner, Sterling started with the fundamentals such as identifying the notes on the tenor pan, proper posture, and "sticking" techniques. I progressed to learning and practicing scales, to identifying the Key Signature of a song. He is a patient, gifted musician, who loves sharing his passion for this beautiful instrument.

Viola Rose E.

6 Reviews
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  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaching since 2015
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Viola Rose E.

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I teach the Handpan or hangdrum which is in the steal pan family

About Viola Rose

Hi there. my name is Viola. I am 50 years old. I have been playing Handpan (hangdrum) for 7 years. I have played hand drums and percussion instruments for 27 years. and am now offering handpan, hangdrum Ravdrum and hand drum lessons for beginning and intermediate players. for online lessons you w

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Douglas Cottel
Viola Rose is a serious, competent, compassionate teacher and a lovely woman.
Alireza Z.
I have had few lessons for Handpan online with her and my experience has been amazing. She has a good knowledge of the instrument. I would recommend her to others.
Elizabeth Wilcox
Viola Rose is a wonderful teacher. She has a lot of knowledge about hand pan drumming .
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Jessie O.

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Starting at $42
  • Speaks Spanish
  • Bachelor of Music from University of Central Florida
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
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Jessie O.

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I’ve been rocking out with DRUMS and PERCUSSION for 8 years! I teach DRUMSET, MARIMBA, MUSIC THEORY, RUDIMENTAL DRUMMING, and ORCHESTRAL PERCUSSION. I can help you learn anything from your favorite songs to fundamentals of every percussion instrument to concert band music! I can be as casual or as formal as you’d like. I will cater a curriculum specially for you based on your strengths/weaknesses and what your goals are. My goal is for you to surpass me! Let’s grow together!!

About Jessie

I am a professional drummer, percussionist, and teacher. I am currently a music major at the University of Central Florida. I teach privately and at two high schools in the area. I have taught students as young as 4 years old but I have a special place for middle school/ high school students and a

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Paolo
She is a great teacher! She has the patience necessary but can also provide curriculum structure when needed. She communicates her points very clearly. Highly recommend!
John
Jessie is a great teacher. I took some percussion lessons from her and she was fun and knowledgeable!! Highly recommended
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Lorenzo M.

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Starting at $34
  • Speaks Italian
  • Master from Conservatory
  • Teaches students 5 and up
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Lorenzo M.

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About Lorenzo

My music history begin when when I was three year old with the Flute nine with the Drums and twelve with the Saxophone I've a Master in Flute and Composition from a Italian Conservatory a Certificate in Drums from a Academy in Italy and the Musician Institute in Los Angeles A Certificate in Saxo

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Cabot P.

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  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaching since 1998
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Cabot P.

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I would like to present services as a steel drum and percussionist musician, although I have enjoyed tremendous success as a fulltime touring musician. I am happiest teaching It inspires me to see the talent develop and confidence build in my students. As your teacher I look forward to start this amazing life changing journey with you!

About Cabot

Music is my life's work and passion. I am a Results-driven Musical instuctor and steal pan maestro with 45 years of progressive experience and a proven record for teaching and developing award winning musicians. As a musician, my proven ability to interact with people of highly diverse cultures, ag

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No matter where you live, chances are we can introduce you to an amazing steel drums teacher in your neighborhood. You can take lessons in the privacy of your own home or at your teacher's location.

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Average Cost of Steel Drums Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute steel drums lessons is $62. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $45 and $75 per hour.
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"I am very happy with Kevin. He taught me a lot on the first class. He's very kind and patient in teaching me. I felt very at ease with him. I'm glad I chose him as my steel drum teacher. I highly recommend him!"
- Roberto de Ocampo
Took Steel Drums lessons from Kevin F.
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"Kevin is a great instructor! I am an adult learning steel drum for the first time with no music bacground."
- Tara
Took Steel Drums lessons from Kevin F.
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"Sterling is great!! I am so glad I found this site as there is no one in my small Canadian city that plays steel drums or provides lessons. I love playing the steel drums!"
- Sara
Took Steel Drums lessons from Sterling S.
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"I have been taking lessons with Sterling and it has been a great learning experience as well as a great learning atmosphere. I was skeptical at first trying to learn online, but after having some classes with him, my concerns have been erased and now I am actually learning to play the steel pan. Great teacher, patient and kind."
- Wanda
Took Steel Drums lessons from Sterling S.
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"I feel honored to take lessons from someone who actually played for many years with one of the top steelbands in Trinidad, WITCO Desperadoes. Since I was a beginner, Sterling started with the fundamentals such as identifying the notes on the tenor pan, proper posture, and "sticking" techniques. I progressed to learning and practicing scales, to identifying the Key Signature of a song. He is a patient, gifted musician, who loves sharing his passion for this beautiful instrument."
- Rueben
Took Steel Drums lessons from Sterling S.

Private Steel Drum Lessons Near You

The steel drums, also more formally referred to as steelpans, originated in the Caribbean island nation of Trinidad and Tobago. The instrument's origins are deeply rooted in the island's history and culture. The original steel bands (mostly comprised of pannists playing frying pans, oil drums, and trash can lids) emerged in response to restrictions the French placed on slaves during the late 18th century. 

Steelpan playing became a traditional part of the nation's Canboulay celebration. In 1941, the U.S. navy arrived on the island and steel drum music became popular with soldiers. Eventually, calypso music became popularized in the United States thanks to musicians like Harry Belafonte and Calypso Rose. Today, steel drums' bouncy, light sounds are strongly associated with the Caribbean region, island culture, and calypso music. 

Why Learn to Play Steel Drums?

The Steel drums are often associated with the light-hearted, airy sounds of calypso music. However breezy and playful this genre of music might seem, with a closer listen it often communicates deeper, more serious themes in its lyrics. As a result, learning steel drums isn't a light pursuit. You'll be able to play happy-sounding music, but will also become a part of a long and meaningful tradition of pannists.

Learning to play steel drums, you'll also have the opportunity to make friends while playing alongside other steelpan players in a steel band. Since it's the most commonly played single steelpan, you'll likely begin learning on a tenor steel drum. Once you get comfortable, however, you can master a wider range of steel drums to fill out any opening in a steel band. 

The Best Way to Learn Steel Drums and What'll You'll Study in Classes

It's easy to find free steel drums classes online, but if you want to learn to play steel drums fast, then you should sign up for private steel drums lessons. With a private steel drums tutor, you'll receive immediate feedback, overcome challenges quickly, and avoid developing any detrimental bad habits early on. Plus, private teachers completely customize lessons to keep students motivated, interested, and learning at a comfortable pace.

With your own tutor, no two private lessons are exactly alike. Your tutor will customize course content to your interests and provide teaching materials that are appropriate for your skill level. For example, steel drums lessons for children differ in terms of content and teaching methods from adult steel drums classes. 

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Steel Drums Classes

If you have little or no previous experience playing steel drums, then beginner lessons are right for you. You'll be introduced to your instrument, mallets, and all the techniques you need to start learning how to play steel drums. In beginner courses, your tutor might choose to cover the following topics:

  • Proper stance, drum height, and elbow position
  • Learn how to grip your mallets
  • Identifying notes on your steel drums
  • Learn how to care for your steel drums
  • Introduction to reading musical notation and beginner music theory

Sample Curriculum for Learning Intermediate Steel Drums

If you already have some familiarity with steel drums, music theory, and reading musical notation, then you'll feel at-home in intermediate lessons. You continue to develop your skills and improve your techniques, as you challenge yourself to learn increasingly complex music. Your steel drums teacher might choose to cover the following topics:

  • Learn the piston (down-up) stroke and flick
  • Learn to roll and create smooth rolls
  • Play through scales
  • Understanding the cycle of fourths and fifths

Sample Curriculum for Studying Advanced Steel Drums

Advanced lessons are intended for students who've already achieved a high level of proficiency playing steel drums and a thorough understanding of music theory. In advanced lessons, you'll have the opportunity to work with a professional to further hone your skills and expand your range of technical abilities. Topics studied in advanced lessons depend greatly on the individual student's interests and goals for playing steel drums, but your teacher might choose to cover the following topics:

  • Practice and improve sight-reading
  • Improvisation
  • Tuning your steel drums
  • Playing in a steel band
  • Audition coaching and performance preparation

How to Find a Steel Drums Teacher Near You

Finding a steel drum teacher is easy on TakeLessons. A quick search will direct you to a long list of educated, experience, and highly qualified teachers who offer lessons both online and in-person. We recommend reading several teacher profiles and reviews left by other steel drums students before choosing the teacher who's right for you. 

The price of steel drums lessons varies, but most tutors base rates on the length and frequency of lessons. Even if you're concerned about the cost, you should be able to find a steel drums tutor who offers lessons at a rate that'll fit into your budget. Plus, investing in private lessons will pay off right away, as you pick up new concepts quickly and start playing real music on the steel drums after your very first lesson!