Picture of drum lessons in Merrick, NY

Top Drum Lessons for Kids in Merrick, 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 0 2 , 6 4 2

lessons and counting!

Popular Drum Teachers near Merrick, NY

Check out some of our most popular teachers near Merrick, NY including Ridgewood, Great Neck, Sunnyside, Rego Park and Howard Beach.

Showing 10 of 195 results View More

About Rafael L.

Close
Jamaica, NY
View Full Profile

Depending of the student's level, I am able to give the appropriate tips and information and customize the lessons for each particular case.
My lessons are very dynamic and are oriented to keep the students very motivated.

About Rafael
I have been teaching by more than 30 years, and with this experience,and the knowledge accumulated in those years plus my playing experience, I am able to teach my students in a very good way.

My lessons will be very dynamic by the interaction with my students, giving them the tools they will need to play in real situations. "Playing, listening, reading, and writing".

Always looking forward, never looking back, music is passion and joy.

*** Lesson Details ***
Each lesson consists in six sections that can vary depending on the duration of the lesson.
1- Warming up
2- Review of homework
3- Rudiments
4- Rhythm
5- Reading and writing
6- Analyisis of different Video and audio recordings
6- New homework

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have one drum set fully equipped, plus cajon and some folkloric drums from Colombia.
I write
the examples using Finale.
I have a complete collection of books and videos to support the lessons.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my books, metronome, sticks, etc.
I expect the student provide the drum set

*** Specialties ***
Rock, Jazz, Pop, Latin, Brazilian, Caribbean, Andean, Latin American , Colombian, etc
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Brian N. June 28, 2016
· Drum · In studio
I loved my first lesson with Rafael. He is great.
Silhouette-80
Effua M. April 9, 2016
· Drum · In studio
My family loves Rafael. My son (who is five) takes drumming lessons and Rafael is very knowledgeable, gentle and patient. We love how encouraging he is and my son says for me to make sure I say that Rafael is an AWESOME drummer and we also think he's an awesome person :)
Silhouette-80
victor B. February 27, 2015
· Drum · In studio
im 23, been playing drums for 14 years,I had different teachers all growing up, but I realized that I had no real good knowledge of theory and '' why things works''.
iI've been taking classes with Rafael Leal for six months. During these six months there has been a lot of progress with the knowledge of music theory and my drums skills. There are a lot of music teachers out there, but Rafael's combination of knowledge and skills can not only craft you into a great drummer, but a great musician as well!I highly recommend you contact Rafael leal and pursue taking your music education to a new level.
View Details
View Profile

Rafael L.

Jamaica, NY 11435
(6)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

About Ben E.

Close
Brooklyn, NY
View Full Profile

My approach to teaching drums will have you playing within the first few weeks of lessons. I teach with the focus on getting students ready to play in any sort of ensemble. Jazz, rock, pop, funk and free styles will all be discussed.

About Ben
I am a drummer, mandolinist, guitarist and banjo player here in the New York music scene. As a drummer, I play in various bands throughout the area, with Cal Folger Day, Free Advice and No Lands. These genres range from pop opera to classic rock covers to folk rock. In addition, I teach percussion to elementary students in public schools. I also teach mandolin in group classes at the Irish Arts Center in Manhattan.

If you are interested in learning the drum-set, mandolin, guitar or banjo you've come to the right place. Any style, any genre, whatever you are looking for, I can help you on your way. Looking forward to hearing from you.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Danya March 31, 2019
· Mandolin · In studio
Ben is a fun mandolin teacher and very thoughtful! He brings great tunes and gives helpful feedback to improve how you play.
Silhouette-80
Henry February 6, 2019
· Banjo · In studio
đź‘Ť
Thumb_191447_pi_E05EEE14-BDC8-4CC6-9D3E-8617E6C55280
Concetta A. January 23, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Ben is a caring and thoughtful teacher. He helped me out at my studio teaching drum lessons for a 5 year old student and they had a great time working together! 5 Stars *****
View Details
View Profile

Ben E.

Brooklyn, NY 11222
(3)
starting at
$67 / 30-min

About Granville M.

Close
Mount Vernon, NY

View Full Profile

With private teaching experience and a degree in Jazz Composition & Professional Music from Berklee College of Music, Granville adopts the teaching methods of the accomplished performers and educators who instructed him, such as the late Joe Morello(Dave Brubeck), Terri Lyne Carrington (Grammy Award winning artist), Dave DiCenso(Hiromi, Josh Groban) among others.

Granville's curriculum centers on the building blocks; great technique to empower flexibility in his students. He uses methods perfected by Alan Dawson (The Rudimental Ritual), Gary Chaffee (Odd Time Stickings), Sanford A. Moeller (The Moeller Technique), and other great teachers while employing methods he has found successful through his years of teaching.When necessary, music theory elements are employed to teach song form, dynamics and overall musicianship.

Granville is also a composer, producer and touring artist which will aid in creating focused progress if and when the decision to grow in a career direction is ...

About Granville
I operate in the music arena as a touring musician; a Music Director for musicals, jazz ensembles and choirs; a composer & songwriter; a band teacher at my local elementary school, a private instructor and a producer with a degree in Jazz Composition and Professional Music from Berklee College of Music. I am currently performing and writing with Divinity Roxx (Beyonce, Victor Wooten, etc.), Elle Winston, Kate Vargas and others. Most of my writing and creating is done here in my private studio. I am proud to have produced tracks featured by the likes of Elton John on his Beats 1 Radio (Apple Music) station. That is to say, I'm really proud of the artists and having such an inspired space.

I have, and continue to be honored to perform all over the world with some of the most prolific players this planet has seen and those it will experi
ence in the coming years. I find playing music can be a great source of inspiration and release. But most importantly, everyone has a voice to be heard through music.

I have taught privately since I was in high school on my own. Over the years, I have also been affiliated with some amazing entities. Additionally, my work in arts administrative (Brooklyn Academy of Music -BAM, UVA Music) translates into my ability to show you skills that will garnish success when you aren't playing music.

My students can expect growth in knowledge of rhythm, understanding of music and song forms. Your timing will improve! Your feel for styles (blues, rock, jazz, hip hop, EDM, etc.) will improve! Your technique will be through the roof!! I empower my students to do whatever they can dream to do with music, whether it is for personal enrichment or personal ambition.

I will demystify anything you feel is outside of your reach and grow you into the musician you want to be. My private studio is a fully equipped playground for the musically-minded with all the tools and materials you need to grow as a musician, so all you need to bring is your imagination. I look forward to the journey.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Kashy June 11, 2019
· Drum · In studio
Granville is an excellent teacher ! He is a able to teach technique to my 3 year old in a way that he instantly gets it. The vast array of instruments he has available for my son to experience is a musical playground!
Silhouette-80
Raphael September 18, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Great lesson with Granville! Very insightful and patient teacher and the lesson was a great mix of technique and playing. Very much looking forward to the next lessons.
Silhouette-80
Elle April 17, 2018
· Audition Prep · In studio
Granville is extremely knowledgeable, patient, organized and invested. Recommend him to EVERYONE!
View Details
View Profile

Granville M.

Mount Vernon, NY 10552
(3)
starting at
$40 / 30-min

About Andres F.

Close
Brooklyn, NY

View Full Profile

I believe music is an art form that offers one of the greatest paths to intelligence a human can achieve. Learning and teaching music are key parts of how all culture was originally created and transmitted. Sharing the knowledge and expertise I have acquire over the years with students is very gratifying, but so is receiving their unique input on any matter. I believe that our classes are ways for us to connect to students and for them to play, be creative, explore and keep me also on the path of discovery. It's really a two way street.

About Andres
Andrés Fonseca

Drummer, Composer, Producer, Educator

Born in Bogotá, Colombia, Andrés Fonseca started playing piano at an early age, but soon after he discovered his true passion for percussion instruments. After completing his studies at the Universidad Sergio Arboleda in Bogotá, he won a scholarship to study music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated from Berklee with a dual degree, cum laude, in Contemporary Composition & Production as well as Jazz Drumset Performance.

Since coming to the Unites States, Andrés has performed in major venues such as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and the Apollo Theater in New York City; the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.; and the Detroit Jazz Festival, among others. He has released his own compositions with his band, Unlimited Perception, in addition to recording f
or and playing with many of his peers.

Andrés’ unique voice--in both drums and his own compositions--blends the sound and tonalities of modern jazz with traditional Latin music. His work interweaves traditional, ancestral, specifically Colombian music, with modern drumset and its evolution mainly through jazz and contemporary music.
...
View Details
View Profile

Andres F.

Brooklyn, NY 11226
starting at
$42 / 30-min

About Steve B.

Close
New Windsor, NY
View Full Profile

A combination of working on technique/theory such as proper sticking, paradiddles, and working with a metronome. I emphasize the metronome and think its important to be practicing with it consistently. I'm into a variety of different music and am open to teaching what the student wants to learn. We'll also incorporate reading, listening, and free play. A well rounded approach that will get you confident hold a proper groove with steady time.

About Steve
I am a bass player, guitarist, piano player, drummer, vocalist, and I write my own music. I've been playing and studying music for 15 years. I started out on the bass guitar because it was what stood out to me most when I listened to music that I enjoyed. I had friends that were playing guitar and drums at the time, so we formed a band pretty much right when I started playing. It's great experience to just jump in and play with others!

The bass always resonated with me when I listened to music as a youngster and deciding which instrument to stick with. I was lucky to have some great teachers in school who inspired me and told me I picked the right instrument for my personality with the bass guitar. I had the benefit of playing in bands even when I was just starting out on my instrument. Learning my favorite tunes was a big part of what
kept me motivated as a musician and I strive to cater to each individual and work on the stuff they love so that they stay motivated and inspired. Music theory and the fundamentals are important, but I try to relate the theory to what the student is interested as best as possible.

I've been lucky to be able to study music in college and attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA and graduated from Naropa University in Boulder, CO. I had the benefit of studying with amazing teachers, attending master classes with some of the best players in the world, and playing in groups and with people that have pushed me to continue studying and excel at my instrument.

I currently teach at New Windsor Music Academy in New York and I have several private students that I work with outside of the school. I try to keep lessons fun and informative, so I plan each lesson with structure so that the student can get the most out of our time together. I get the most joy out of watching my students feel elated when they are able to play tunes that they love, understand the theory behind what they are playing, and progress as musicians.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Art March 27, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
Relaxed and easy but relevant and expert. I got the detailed guidance in technique I am looking for in a well structured lesson with what looks like a comprehensive plan to cover and develop the skills I want to learn.
Silhouette-80
Solomon July 1, 2018
· Guitar · In studio
No words can describe what a great teacher Steve is.
I’m just starting now. And I’m amazed how much you can push in. And learn in one lesson.
Of course It depends on your skills and practice.
Steve is definitely the right place for anyone who wants to learn fast and really easy. And most of all. Really enjoyable.
I’m looking forward to my next lesson
I feel like I’m in the right place.
Thanks Steve.
Solomon.
Silhouette-80
Cathy June 10, 2018
· Bass Guitar · Online
Steve offered great lessons for my child learn bass guitar. The online lessons were clear, effective, and he provided visual materials and things to practice with each lesson. My child really enjoys the lessons and is learning a lot working with Steve. Highly Recommend!
View Details
View Profile

Steve B.

Tarrytown, NY 10591
(6)
starting at
$45 / 30-min
View More
View Previous

About Ben Z.

Close
New York, NY
View Full Profile

10+ years of teaching. I teach all genres, especially Jazz, American folk / world music (Brazil, Trinidad, Cameroon), and Classical percussion. I'm primarily a jazz drummer and I bring all my performance, business, and practice experience to my students to help them achieve their musical goals. We focus on strengthening the fundamentals, (time, sound, AND the feeling of your groove). I'm honest and frank in lessons. I hope my genuine passion for teaching inspires that openness in my studio. My students have been selected for Jazz at Lincoln Center Middle and High School Jazz Academy, Manhattan School of Music pre-college and summer camp, and Columbia University’s jazz ensembles.

About Ben
I’m Ben of BZ Drum Studio. I’m a professional drummer and educator. I’ve performed around the world, in Japan, China, South America, Europe, Canada, and across the US having worked with some incredible jazz musicians (Randy Weston, Johnny O’Neal, Larry Ridley, David Williams, Roy Hargrove, Joel Press, Cecil Bridgewater, Deborah Davis, Joe Cohn, Jerry Dodgion, and Steve Nelson).

I specialize in jazz but play and teach many genres on both drum set and percussion. I’m fascinated by the many drumming traditions around the world, New Orleans, Brazil, West/Central Africa, European Classical, Klezmer, Cuba, American Jazz, Folk, and Rock and Roll.

I have a B.M. and M.M. from Manhattan School of Music and have 10+ years of private teaching experience. I’ve taught percussion classes at public, private, and charter schools and also have cond
ucted jazz masterclasses at various universities around the country. My students have been regularly chosen for prestigious ensembles such as Jazz at Lincoln Center’s student ensembles, Manhattan School of Music pre-college and summer camp, and Columbia University’s jazz ensembles.

In lessons we focus on strengthening the fundamentals (time, sound, groove feeling) while also working on creativity and drum set language. I have a passion for teaching my students. Lessons are usually generously extended over the allotted time, and I take each student’s goals into account when tailoring the individual lesson curriculums.
...
Reviews
Silhouette-80
Luke April 21, 2019
· Drum · In studio
I owe Ben a lot. I spent about a month taking lessons with Ben to prep for an audition for a university jazz program (I had zero experience playing jazz before this). Ben was one of the best music teachers I have ever had: he managed to get me prepared for my audition in just a few short weeks (I got into the program and had an incredible experience), and, perhaps more importantly, he taught me basic principles about jazz and jazz drumming that I think about constantly - not only when I am playing, but when I’m listening to jazz (which is most of the day, thanks to all the great recommendations from Ben). Ben is also an awesome dude, and has been described to me by random jazz dudes at FatCat as one of the “best drummers in New York right now.” If you’re looking for a drum teacher, Ben is without a doubt the best choice out there.
Silhouette-80
William February 24, 2019
· Drum · In studio
Ben is a talented drummer and an excellent educator: he really helped me improve as a musician. I highly recommend studying with him.
Silhouette-80
Cole February 13, 2019
· Drum · In studio
Having been a student of Ben's for three years, I am proud to say that he is the best drum instructor I've ever had. Ben's approach is tailored directly to the student's needs, whether they be introductory or advanced. He is always supportive and encouraging of you to perform to your fullest potential and actively practice what you learn between lessons, for which he provides useful activities. Ben is also generous with his time each lesson, frequently spending a little extra time to ensure your understanding of the material. He is always prepared to start teaching at the appointed time, and he is easy to contact to set up lessons and flexible with his availability.

Outside of lessons, Ben has often invited me to see him play in clubs around New York City and sometimes perform myself if there's room. This has given me the opportunity to engage with the jazz community and see what I've been taught being applied in professional settings. Taking lessons from and spending time with Ben has been a fulfilling experience, and I would strongly recommend him to drumming students of all ages and backgrounds.
View Details
View Profile

Ben Z.

New York, NY 10027
(4)
starting at
$50 / 30-min

About Jay R.

Close
New York, NY

View Full Profile

For the past 40 years, I have had extensive experience touring and teaching around the world in Asia, Europe and the US. I have recorded 200+ CD's in Rock and Jazz. I am able to bring my vast experience to students enabling them to reach their potential and become the BEST players they can be!

About Jay
Hello-------My name is Jay and I'm a world class drummer/educator in NYC. For the past 35+ years, I have toured as well as taught in Europe, Asia and the US extensively. I have recorded on more than 200+ CD's both as a sideman and leader. As a student, you will have the opportunity to draw on and benefit from my wealth of Knowledge and experience in Jazz, Rock,Latin and world music(s). My teaching methods allow the student to progress as quickly as possible.
...
View Details
View Profile

Jay R.

New York, NY 10036
starting at
$100 / 60-min

About Steven C.

Close
Brooklyn, NY
View Full Profile

I have been teaching privately for over 9 years and playing since the age of 6. My studies have taken me through music performance programs at William Paterson University, Manhattan School of Music, and The Drummers Collective. I've performed at venues throughout the country in a wide variety of musical settings (jazz, rock, theater, marching band, etc). Lessons are focused on each individual student's musical interests and a strong foundation on the instrument. From beginners to professionals, lessons will be tailored to fit the student's needs and goals.

About Steven
My name is Steven Crammer and I am professional drummer and teacher based in New York City. I have a B.M (jazz performance) from William Paterson University, a certificate from Drummer's Collective, and am working towards my M.M. (jazz performance) from Manhattan School of Music. I have performed around the country in a wide variety of musical settings (jazz, rock, theater, marching band, etc.) and taught privately for 9 years, as well as given clinics/masterclasses.

Although my formal education is focused on jazz, I perform and teach many styles of music. I am as comfortable playing/teaching rock and metal as I am with jazz and world music. Beginners to advanced players are all welcome,

The lessons are flexible based on each student's specific needs and interests. I want the student to have a relationship with music and the instru
ment. We will work on building a strong foundation (technique, groove, time) as well as being creative and working towards the student's personal musical goals.
...
View Details
View Profile

Steven C.

Brooklyn, NY 11217
starting at
$40 / 30-min

About Ilan K.

Close
New York, NY
View Full Profile

For all beginners and intermediate players who want to improve their playing in any style: rock, jazz, funk or salsa. I have studied the drum set for 15 years as well as percussion in Cuba, and would be excited to work with students of any age who are interested in rhythm.

Lessons with me are a balance of fundamental technique and working with students interests, whether learning to play their favorite songs or attempting challenging grooves.

About Ilan
For all beginners and intermediate players who want to improve their playing in any style: rock, jazz, funk or salsa. I have studied the drum set for 15 years as well as percussion in Cuba, and would be excited to work with students of any age who are interested in rhythm.
...
View Details
View Profile

Ilan K.

New York, NY 10003
starting at
$49 / 30-min

About Bryce C.

Close
New York, NY

View Full Profile

In general, I work with my students on technique, their ability to play grooves, drum theory, sight reading, developing their sound/style on the kit, and establishing a deeper connection with the drums and music through various exercises and discussions. How I go about teaching these things is relative to where the student is at in their ability to play and understand music.

About Bryce
Hi I’m Bryce Collins and I’m looking forward to working with you as your private drum lesson instructor. I’ve been playing music for a total of 13 years and 8 of those years the drums have been my primary instrument. While in high school, I played for the school jazz band and in the pit orchestra for numerous musicals. I play a wide range of music such as Hip Hop, Funk, Jazz, Gospel, Rock, Soul, Afro Cuban, Brazilian, R&B, Blues, Fusion, Reggae, and many more. I just completed a 37 city tour with the indie alternative band “‪‪From Indian Lakes‬‬". I’ve recorded albums and singles for various artist. I attended the New School of Jazz and Contemporary Music for a few years before leaving to work on my career as a professional drummer. I am currently performing in various venues around NYC and teaching private drum lessons. I’m looking forwa
rd to helping you develop your skills as a drummer.
...
View Details
View Profile

Bryce C.

New York, NY 10030
starting at
$60 / 60-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 Merrick, 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 Questions to Ask Before Buying an Electronic Drum Set

5 Questions to Ask Before Buying an Electronic Drum Set

Finding the best electronic drum set for you may take some research and savvy shopping. Here are some helpful tips from Rosedale, MD teacher Theresa D...   Are you a beginning drummer, a drummer that is looking for something different, or a composer looking to add some beats tracks to a song? Well, buying an electronic drum set may be the answer that you are looking for -- but there are many different drums to choose from. Here are some tips for buying the best electronic drum set for you …

5 Questions to Ask Before Buying an Electronic Drum Set
Finding the best electronic drum set for you may take some research and savvy shopping. Here are some helpful tips from Rosedale, MD teacher Theresa D...   Are you a beginning drummer, a drummer that is looking for something different, or a composer looking to add some beats tracks to a song? Well, buying an electronic drum set may be the answer that you are looking for -- but there are many different drums to choose from. Here are some tips for buying the best electronic drum set for you
Maintenance 101: Caring For Your Drum Set Cymbals
Taking special precautions and caring for your instrument is important for all musicians - just taking a few minutes to clean your guitar, for example, can ensure a longer life of strumming and jamming. Similarly, taking good care of your drum set is an important habit to keep up.  Too many drummers forget the importance of keeping their drum set clean, and tend to pack up their equipment carelessly.  Cymbals, especially, are easily forgotten during this process.  Taking a few minutes to c
8 Ways to Be a Better Drummer
So you're taking drum lessons and learning some new skills, but now you're wondering how you can progress and take your drumming to the next level. Here, music teacher James W. shares his tips to help you sharpen your technique and improve your skills... As a drummer, you have the most important job in the band, besides songwriting. You show the guitar player and the bass player where the groove should be, hold the band together, and drive the band forward. You have to keep time in your
Don't Miss a Beat: The 10 Best Websites for Drum News
If you're serious about learning drums, you want to stay up to date with all the latest drum news. These 10 sites are great sources for gear reviews, industry news, artist interviews, and anything else experienced and aspiring drummers need to know. 1. Drummer Cafe A leading resource for percussion and drum news, Drummer Cafe  connects a community of players from novice to professional. Read the latest industry stories, check out product reviews, and find out about upcoming events
A Beginner's Guide to Playing Drums: Where Should I Start?
Ready to start playing drums? Learning how to play can be exciting and rewarding - but there are a few things that you should do before you dive in headfirst - you'll be glad later on that you've taken a few steps to prepare for playing drums down the road. Here are four steps to take that will keep your drumming skills strong for years to come: Find a Qualified Drum Teacher This is one of the most important steps, and just so happens to be the first one you'll need to do! The key is to find

Are You a Teacher?

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

Learn More