Picture of drum lessons in Medford, NY

Top Drum Lessons for Kids in Medford, NY

Affordable in-home or in-studio lessons for beginners. Expert teachers near you. Fun classes. Book now.

Featured On

Why TakeLessons?

Play-button

Our teachers have taught

2 , 9 3 1 , 8 1 1

lessons and counting!

Popular Drum Teachers near Medford, NY

Check out some of our most popular teachers near Medford, NY including Centereach, Huntington Station, New Rochelle, Jericho and New Hyde Park.

Showing 10 of 183 results View More

About Jeff W.

Close
Montara, CA
View Full Profile

Primary focus: rudiments and chart reading, and hand development. Drum kit: Hip-hop grooves, Pop grooves, Funk grooves, Reggae, Rock, Dance, and country shuffles. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks!

About Jeff
Hello, My name is Jeff.

I have been playing drum set for 19 years, and teaching drum lessons privately for 6 years. I studied Music Performance at Berklee College of Music as well as Cal State, East Bay. I currently play and perform professionally throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. I work with multiple local acts in the genres of: pop, rock, funk, reggae, and hip-hop. I also perform in the high energy, award winning percussion ensemble known as Street Drum Corps.

My inspiration comes from all styles of music, people, performances, and the grooves of the Motown Record catalog. I am an extremely hard working, self motivated artist who is passionate about my craft. I am funny, friendly, outgoing and passionate about performing/touring and teaching drum set.

Example of our First Lesson:
-your choice of a fun song/groove
-
reading and rudiments
-other requests or areas you need help in
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Zeon L. October 25, 2018
· Drum · In home
Jeff is a very creative teacher. His play is wonderful. This motivate my son a lot from learning drum with him. My son has a great improve just a few lesson. We all like his hard work and patient be with kid. He is a gentle and polite drummer that impressing us his great play!
Silhouette-80
David January 24, 2018
· Drum · Online
Jeff totally knows how to let me go off in my own learning direction while keeping me grounded in the fundamentals. He's an excellent teacher.
Silhouette-80
David January 20, 2018
· Drum · Online
First lesson was great! Will continue learning from Jeff.
View Details
View Profile

Jeff W.

Online
(12)
starting at
$37 / 30-min

About Emerson W.

Close
Seattle, WA

View Full Profile

I want to make sure my students have a good time learning drums but I also want to make sure they learn a lot..! I always make sure to ask my students what they want to learn and what their favorite music is... after that, I figure out what type of lessons to plan out.

About Emerson
Thanks so much for your interest in starting music lessons with me. I’m so excited to share my passion for music with you! As Lao Tzu said: “Music in the soul can be heard by the universe."

Lesson details:
My main goal as a teacher is to help my students reach their goals. If my student wants to learn how to play rock, hip-hop, and jazz drums I believe that it's my job to teach them how to play those styles..! If my student wants to get accepted into a music school I will make sure that they are prepared for an audition whether it be for orchestral percussion, jazz drums, rock drums, etc.

What students should have:
All students should (but don't have to) have a 3-ring binder to organize handouts in...!

Things that drum students should have: A drum set, drum sticks, a drum pad, and a music stand.

Recommended
books for a beginning drum student:
Fundamentals for Snare Drum by Garwood Whaley
Elementary Snare Drum by Mitchell Peters
Encyclopedia for Reading Rhythms by Gary Hess

Things that guitar students should have: A guitar, a guitar tuner, and a music stand.

Recommended book: Hal Leonard Guitar Method (Complete Edition) by Schmid and Koch.

My specialties:

Drum specialties: Jazz, Latin (Brazilian, Cuban), African, Rock, Funk, Metal, Pop, Hip-hop, R&B, Blues, Country, Reggae, and Marching. I am proficient in drum reading, drum transcription, practice techniques, and drum rudiments and their application on the drum set.

Orchestral percussion specialties: keyboard percussion (marimba, xylophone, glockenspiel, vibraphone, chimes), snare drum, timpani, bass drum, cymbals, tambourine, triangle, orchestral excerpts, etudes, technique, important literature, and practice techniques.

Guitar specialties: reading music, tablature, chords, scales, improvisation, and technique.
...
Reviews
Thumb_162786_pi_IMG_3858
Rob S. March 2, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
Emerson is awesome! The first lesson was great and I look forward to working with him on improving my guitar technique.
Silhouette-80
Eoghan October 16, 2018
· Guitar · In home
Emerson is super patient and a great teacher!
Silhouette-80
Marla Robbins March 4, 2016
· Guitar · In home
I enjoyed the learning process; I just hope my short fingers will stretch & curve in order to play the strings properly!
View Details
View Profile

Emerson W.

Online
(8)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

About Stephen D.

Close
Hayesville, NC
View Full Profile

I played Snare Drum in the drum line in the University of Alabama Million Dollar Band for four years. I am very experienced in rudimental snare drum and can help you learn the 26 basic rudiments as well as the advanced rudiments, and their application. If you're practicing for a drum line audition, I can help you set up a practice schedule, and we can work on your material together. Set yourself a goal and reach it!

About Stephen
Hi, thanks for visiting my profile! I love teaching. I hope you find this information useful. I have over 30 years of combined education and experience performing and teaching percussion and piano. I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Alabama,with Piano as my secondary instrument. I hold a Master's Degree in Percussion Performance from Indiana University, with a Cognate in Jazz Studies. I have taught private percussion, drum set, and piano lessons for over 30 years. I performed for 10 years as a contract percussionist with the Savannah Symphony Orchestra, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, the Macon Symphony Orchestra, and the Columbus Symphony Orchestra. I have performed in orchestras with accomplished musicians including The Moody Blues (Chastain Park), Judy Collins, and Henry Mancini.

*** Les
son Details ***
I like my students to have some fun while they learn. I ask that you practice 30 minutes a day, so that you can spend your lesson time learning and moving forward. For piano, I use the Alfred series, as well as the Real Book (jazz standards), and of course sheet music for classical pieces and popular tunes. After three months, you will have learned how to play the basic scales and chords, as well as some introductory classical and popular material. On drums after six months, you will know the first thirteen rudiments and some of the basic rock beats, and you will be playing with some rock ballads. After six months on piano, you will be playing all of the major scales and chords and the basic minor chords. You will be playing some Bach and Mozart, and you will start on some basic jazz standards. On drums, you will have learned most of the 26 basic rudiments, and you will be playing along with some medium tempo rock songs. You will have learned some coordinated independence to start playing jazz and swing styles (which by the way are the building blocks for playing R&B and hip-hop). And you'll enjoy the journey! I enjoy seeing my students grow as they learn. I have had students of mine go on to play in the Spirit of Atlanta Drum and Bugle Corps, get advanced music degrees, and become recording artists. The former Percussion Instructor at the University of Alabama was my percussion student. While I know that not everyone seeks to play professionally, you will learn the tools to play well. I look forward to teaching you!

Note: I will ask for an adult to be present during the lesson for any minor child (less than 18 years of age).

*** Studio Equipment ***
Front and side entrance upright piano in living room plus drum set, electronic keyboard, seating for parents.

*** Specialties ***
Drums --- Rock, Jazz
Percussion --- Rudimental, Symphonic
Piano --- Jazz, Jazz Theory, Popular
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Anh H. July 24, 2018
· Piano · In home
Stephen has been a great piano teacher. Both my boys take lessons from him and they enjoy it bery much. He is very clear about what they need to learn. His lessons are well planned and he’s flexible with the learning styles of each student. Sometime we even called him and asked questions after the lessons and he’s very generous and nice to have spent the time to explain things to the boys over the phone.
Thumb_109896_pi_tlnow_598de6e75accf
Elisha F. July 16, 2018
· Piano · In studio
I've been studying piano with Steve for about a year. I could not be happier with my progress. Steve not only tunes right in to my needs but makes the discipline fun. He is a talented musician, and it's obvious he enjoys teaching music. I feel very fortunate to have him as my teacher.
Thumb_5980f7c978782_review_image
Elisha August 1, 2017
· Piano · In home
I had my first lesson with Stephen today and he is an awesome teacher. I've been teaching myself for the last couple of years and was very nervous about playing in front of anyone. He made me feel very comfortable and picked up my needs quickly. He's very flexible and patient. I have full confidence that he will take me to the next level of reading, performing and theory. I'm exited to have found Stephen and look forward to my next lesson.
View Details
View Profile

Stephen D.

Online
(9)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

About Jonathan R.

Close
Forest Park, IL
View Full Profile
About Jonathan
TESTIMONIALS
"Jonathan's experience as a musician and teacher helped me advance tremendously in my ability to play guitar and understand music on a more advanced level. He's great at relating to his students and takes a genuine interest in their progress. " -Victoria L.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Elijah L. June 18, 2019
· Music Theory · In home
Jonathan is nice and easy for my son to feel comfortable with. He comes to our house and makes learning easy and fun.
Silhouette-80
laura January 25, 2019
· Ukulele · In home
Very helpful instructor, great at explaining information
Silhouette-80
laura December 1, 2018
· Ukulele · In home
Great custom lesson
View Details
View Profile

Jonathan R.

Online
(3)
starting at
$28 / 30-min

About Luther B.

Close
Bridgeport, CT

View Full Profile

The student will be instructed on the basics of proper playing techniques, music theory, and musicianship. They will learn to read music and also play by ear which will make them a well rounded player

About Luther A.
Luther unique talents as educator, instrumentalist, conductor, vocal coach, cinematographer, composer and arranger make him a sought-after teacher. Currently, Luther is working with the Bridgeport Board of Education at Roosevelt Elementary School for President Obama's Arts and Humanities Turn-Around Arts Initiative he is the Executive Director and Program Director of Blackwell's School of Music and Film and Minister of Music Director for New Hope Missionary Baptist Youth Singers.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
David N. August 12, 2019
· Saxophone · Online
Luther stays where I’m at and then helps me go the next step. That is useful for consistent gradual progress without the frustrations of moving either too slow or too fast (I am a beginning tenor saxophone player). Nice interpersonal style, patient and easy going, while methodical.
Thumb_173132_pi_tlnow_5cbb537ccc4e0
Geoff K. July 10, 2019
· Piano · In studio
I think Luther is great. He works with my 10-year old son on piano, singing and even trumpet and violin as needed. My son has to work hard to progress, and Luther customizes the lesson plan for him and seems to understand him well. I'm really excited about them working together.
Silhouette-80
David N. July 1, 2019
· Saxophone · Online
View Details
View Profile

Luther B.

Bridgeport, CT 06604
(40)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
View More
View Previous

About RasTaylor W.

Close
Phoenix, AZ

View Full Profile

Drum Lessons

About RasTaylor
20 years in Music. Taylor has created a proven method of practice guaranteed to keep the student on their finger tips!
All skill levels are welcome:
beginner
intermediate
advanced.

All Styles, Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Classical, Flamenco, Jazz, Blues, Heavy Metal, Rock, Reggae, Funk, Soul, Country

You will learn proven methods of technique, improvisation, warm-up routines, chord & scale memory improvement, music theory, and how to play your favorite songs/albums of any genre.
Instruments:
-Guitar Lessons
-Vocal Lessons
-Song Writing Lessons
-Drum Lessons
-Piano Lessons
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Allison May 19, 2019
· Guitar · In home
Taylor is a gifted musician and an excellent instructor. And very patient. I look forward to my lessons with him each week.
Silhouette-80
Adam T. January 10, 2019
· Flamenco Guitar · In studio
Ras is very patient and methodical which is perfect and necessary for learning flamenco guitar.
Silhouette-80
Jade July 1, 2018
· ·
Taylor is awesome, very dedicated and patient with helping his students understand what hes saying. I’m not a quick learner but wow I play guitar 100x better than I did before our lessons ! He’s very nice. Thanks Taylor (:
View Details
View Profile

RasTaylor W.

Online
(10)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

About Jason D.

Close
North Hollywood, CA
View Full Profile

Hey folks, Ive been slamming my drums for about 20 years, I have a fun exciting approach to teaching. Sometimes it can be boring to get bogged down with rudiments and classic drum lesson material, Im not that kind of teacher. I have a back round in psychology as well as music, and I understand the importance making any subject exciting to the audience. So heres my approach laid out below in a few easy steps.

1. Ask you what music you love, and what are some songs you want to learn how to play.
2. While helping you to rock out to your favorite songs, like a pro, I will be assessing certain chops you need to work on.
3. Slowly work in some basic drum rudiment work, to help you play the songs you love even better, and add in some of your own flare.
4. Eventually have you perform one of your songs live in front of friends and family, if you feel up to it.
5. Continue to build your skills in an organic, fun, engaging , performance goal focused teaching method that I truly believe in.

About Jason
Hey folks, Ive been slamming my drums for about 20 years, I have a fun exciting approach to teaching. Sometimes it can be boring to get bogged down with rudiments and classic drum lesson material, Im not that kind of teacher. I have a back round in psychology as well as music, and I understand the importance making any subject exciting to the audience. So heres my approach laid out below in a few easy steps.

1. Ask you what music you love, and what are some songs you want to learn how to play.
2. While helping you to rock out to your favorite songs, like a pro, I will be assessing certain chops you need to work on.
3. Slowly work in some basic drum rudiment work, to help you play the songs you love even better, and add in some of your own flare.
4. Eventually have you perform one of your songs live in front of friends and family, if yo
u feel up to it.
5. Continue to build your skills in an organic, fun, engaging , performance goal focused teaching method that I truly believe in.

Heres some of my credentials:
1. Trained at the Drummers Collective in NYC in 2002, specifically with Memo Acevedo, and Sandy Gennaro.
2. Was signed to Universal Music/ Gotham Records in 2006 with the band Chiba Ken.
3. Toured the country , released original music that was licensed to Television, and Movies.
4. Continued on to do sessions work for various artists, mostly in the heavy metal genre.

Drumming has been my life for a long time, and Im very passionate about the process of development that occurs when taking on a challenge like learning drums. I will make this lots of fun, we will laugh a lot, we will rock out to your favorite music, while also developing important skills for music and for life. Thanks for reading this far, you are already showing your commitment.
...
View Details
View Profile

Jason D.

Online
starting at
$42 / 30-min

About Patrick H.

Close
Brooklyn, NY

View Full Profile

I have been playing drums for over 10 years and have a bachelor's of music from NYU. I am experienced in many styles of music including Rock, Jazz, Pop, Classical, Dance and more. My goal as a teacher is to help you reach your drumming goals, whatever they are. My lessons will offer the best of both worlds: the foundational and advanced knowledge I gained from music school, set in a relaxed and friendly environment where the main goal is to have fun! This is, in my view, the best and fastest way to improve.

About Patrick
I am a professional drummer and composer with a bachelor's of music from New York University. I have been playing drums for over 10 years and have a ton of experience playing and writing all kinds of music from Rock, Jazz, Pop, Classical, Electronic and more.

I also studied music theory and composition in college and would love to help with any general or specific music theory questions you might have!

I am here to help you reach your musical goals, whatever they are! I am a friendly, casual guy who will make sure that you will improve and have as much fun as possible.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Boruch S. February 5, 2019
· Drum · In home
Very good and awesome teacher
Silhouette-80
Logan June 3, 2018
· Music Theory · In home
Thanks to Patrick, I finally have a basic understanding of the II-V-I progression. He managed to explain it patiently and effectively. I cant recommend him highly enough. A rare combination of technical mastery and effective communication...
Silhouette-80
Cécile Michelle June 3, 2018
· Drum · In home
Great teacher with a lot of patience and a very creative way of communicating. The best part was that as a french person, I was to take the lesson in French! Patrick is bilingual.
View Details
View Profile

Patrick H.

Online
(7)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

About Jean Pierre V.

Close

A quick introduction to learning to play the drums/ drum kit. Whether you are new to music or switching from another instrument, the drum kit is an easy instrument to get going on!

About Jean Pierre
Hello! I am a 25-Year-old percussionist. I am currently working with the Malta Philharmonic Orchestra in Europe.

I have been casually teaching private lessons on the side since 2016 and I am currently available to teach lessons at online. I have helped my students with learning to read music, developing a good technical basis for future development, audition preparation and performance tips.

Jean Pierre V received his training at the University of Malta in 2016 where he received a degree in Music Performance. As an expert in his field, Jean Pierre looks forward to helping new students achieve their goals. Jean's teaching style is engaging and progress-oriented, yet still ensuring good technical basis.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Chris August 1, 2019
· Drum ·
An outstanding teacher with hands-on experience in what it means to be working in the music industry. Jean Pierre has delightedly helped me read some very hard music in a past concert we had together and also prepped me up for an audition with a foreign orchestra. Highly suggest!!!
Silhouette-80
Ivan Todorov August 1, 2019
· Marimba · Online
Jean Pierre was very kind and patient with me, helping me get going on the Marimba. He helped me improve my technique by finding exercises that were fun and also playing simple pieces and songs
Thumb_158583_pi_IMG_6791
Mary V. August 1, 2019
· Drum · Online
Jean thank you for that awesome lesson. My daughter was very pleased and is continuing to make lots of noise in the house :) At least it's practice! See you next time!
View Details
View Profile

Jean Pierre V.

Online
(7)
starting at
$15 / 30-min

About Colin R.

Close
Alhambra, CA
View Full Profile

Hey my name's Colin! I can get you on the fasttrack when it comes to learning drums. Been teaching for 6+ years. I've taught thousands of students all ages and skill levels. My curriculum will help you become well-rounded on the drums. We'll cover fundamentals, rudiments, reading music, learning to play songs, technique, coordination, etc. I guarantee that you will have an incredible experience as my student. I can cater to your schedule and your specific interests so that you progress rapidly, practice with good habits, and develop a lifelong passion for drumming!

About Colin
Hey my names Colin! I'm a professional drummer and educator living in the LA area. I've toured nationally and internationally, taught clinics, master classes, group percussion classes, and thousands of private lessons since I graduated from New England Conservatory. I've made over 1600 YouTube videos on drums, my music has millions of streams on all platforms, and I've founded music programs for autistic adults and taught hundreds of students on the spectrum. I'll put you on the fasttrack when it comes to learning drums. I guarantee that my proven teaching methods will help you progress rapidly and achieve your goals on drums!
...
View Details
View Profile

Colin R.

Online
starting at
$34 / 30-min

How it Works

From finding the perfect teacher to managing payments, scheduling and tracking your progress, we take care of all the details, so you can focus on learning. Learn More

Search for a teacher

Compare hundreds of teachers based on the criteria that matter to you, including background checks, age and experience.

Schedule your lessons

When you've found the perfect match, schedule your lessons online using the teacher's real-time availability.

Connect with your teacher

Your teacher will welcome you with a personalized curriculum to meet your specific goals and you'll be able to manage your entire schedule through our free online account.

Can't find a teacher in Medford, NY?

No problem. Our online lesson platform connects you with any teacher, anywhere. All you need is a reliable Internet connection, a webcam and a microphone.

Convenient

Zero travel time is great for a busy schedule.

Affordable

Typically priced lower than local lessons.

Effective

Online students stick with lessons as long as local students.

Learn More

Get Started with Free Resources

Recent Drum Articles from the Blog

Whether you're just starting out or a seasoned pro, check out the Drum articles on our blog.

5 More Easy Drum Beats for Beginners

5 More Easy Drum Beats for Beginners

Looking for some easy drum beats to get you started? We've got you covered! Believe it or not, simple drum beats are often the most effective. Basic drum beats don’t distract the listener from the music, so they're not only crowd favorites but band favorites as well! Before you can learn these 5 drum patterns, you'll need to check out the drum key below. Top line x = hi-hat or ride cymbal Middle line x = snare Bottom line o = bass drum Are you ready to start jamming? L …

5 More Easy Drum Beats for Beginners
Looking for some easy drum beats to get you started? We've got you covered! Believe it or not, simple drum beats are often the most effective. Basic drum beats don’t distract the listener from the music, so they're not only crowd favorites but band favorites as well! Before you can learn these 5 drum patterns, you'll need to check out the drum key below. Top line x = hi-hat or ride cymbal Middle line x = snare Bottom line o = bass drum Are you ready to start jamming? L
The Surprising Health Benefits of Drumming
Music is a universal language capable of transcending age, race, and nationality regardless of any existing language barriers that exist between them. At the heart of many types of music is a steadily beating drum, which maintains an even meter and allows the melodies and harmonies to soar. Some form of drumming tradition exists in nearly every culture around the world, meaning just about everyone has the chance to enjoy some of the surprising health benefits of drumming. Take a look at the bene
5 Awesome Drum Websites to Help You Practice at Home
While working one-on-one with lessons are the best way to learn drums, there are also some great online resources you can use to help you practice your skills. Here are six drum websites we recommend so you don't miss a beat between lessons. Vic Firth Education Resource Center The Vic Firth Education Resource Center offers an array of learning tools including videos on basic percussion skills, snare drum specific lessons, concert/keyboard percussion skills, marching/world percussion funda
Top 4 Easy Drum Songs for Beginners
It's well-known that learning a musical instrument can enhance creativity, coordination, and overall happiness. The drums are a popular choice for their rhythmic sound and the tempo they give to group music. But while it might be nice to be able to play like Keith Moon from "The Who" right away, you're going to need to practice first in order to learn how to play the drums that well! If you're just beginning, one of the best ways to establish a foundation is to learn songs that are good for
15 Fun Drum Fills
It's time for drum practice with Tracy D! Whether you're a beginner or an intermediate drummer, grab your sticks and get ready to learn these 15 drum fills... As you continue your drum lessons  and refine your grooves, you will also want to work on your fills. Drum fills are are the glue and the flash that signal the transitions of sections in a tune (and they’re a departure from the groove). As their name implies, they fill the space in the music between transitions. They can also se

Are You a Teacher?

Find out how TakeLessons can help you grow and manage your business

Learn More