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The drums are a very versatile instrument; they are used in every style of music, from hip hop to jazz to rock. No matter which style you’re interested in, taking Philadelphia drum lessons will help you hone your techniques and skills to take your playing to the next level. Learning the drums will also allow you to better appreciate all types of music and enjoy local festivals such as the West Oak Jazz Festival and the Philadelphia Folk Festival.

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Timothy K.

Philadelphia, PA

About Timothy

Education-
Currently a music performance major at Temple University
Associates in Applied Science
Major- Sound Recording and Music Technology
I can teach all styles from reggae, funk, jazz, rock or blues to heavy metal. I can also introduce students to recording and preparing for the studio. I am currently in TOOL tribute band and working on several recording projects.
Paul Green School of Rock Music, Music Director 2001-2009
Philadelphia/Southampton, PA
Produced and directed 25 concerts of varied genres of music
Responsible for teaching students reading techniques, song form, sound
production and drumming fundamentals.
Educated individuals and groups in an extensive variety of musical styles
Instructed students ages 6-18 yrs in drum set and snare studies

St. Martin’s Catholic Elementary, Drum Instructor Feb 2000-Jan 2011
Philadelphia, PA
Taught percussion ensemble
Tutored intensive individual instruction
Facilitated drum and snare studies
Prepared students for school concerts

Lansdale Catholic School, Drum Instructor Sept 1991-June 2000
Lansdale, PA
Taught marching band

*** Lesson Details ***
My lessons are laid back and fun. I set short and long term goals for my students. Beginners will learn song form, basic beats, sticking patterns and proper technique as well as a focus on playing the music that is most inspiring to them. As our lessons progress we'll work on reading more advanced music, drum set technique, soloing, playing more difficult songs, music theory and learning about all the great drummers in the world! After a few months you'll be booking yourself gigs!

*** Studio Equipment ***
recording gear, two drum sets, rehearsal space seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a studio with two drumsets set up

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in Rock, Funk, Prog, Reggae, Folk, and Jazz
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Claven October 16, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
He is a great teacher he helps you learn it so you can understand, he simplifies what your having a hard time on and then you'll get it
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Yixuan July 26, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Tim is a really nice and patient teacher. I did not have any drum experience before, but Tim arranges the first courses from basic rhythm practice, and also asked me to set up a long goal of playing drum cover of my favorite song. So the drum lesson is always interesting and compact, which makes me want to practice more in my spare time. I hope I could follow up the courses with more improvement and did better with his guidance.
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Lily July 4, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Great for the first lessons. .
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Timothy K.

Timothy K.

Philadelphia, PA 19123
(10)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Ed R.

Norristown, PA

In my lessons I strive to make the maximum progress possible, while also having as much fun as possible. This is accomplished by imparting the most valuable, useful, and beneficial information in a fun and relaxed, low pressure environment, always with the students goals and priorities first and foremost. I also like to keep the student challenged at their current ability level.

For beginning students I stress basic fundamentals, just as you would in sports. It makes progress come at a much faster clip and avoids making time consuming corrections later. The longer you play with bad habits, the harder they are to break.

For more advanced students, I assess their current abilities, determine if any problems need to be addressed, and with their goals in mind, come up with the proper plan of action.

Having been self taught till entering college I understand all ends of the spectrum. In my career I have come across three separate groups of musicians:

1) Those who have good ...

About Ed

Hi, My name is Ed and listed in the different sections of this page are: a very brief bio, an explanation of my approach, and a description of what I and my studio have to offer. I am extremely enthusiastic and passionate about what I do, and being able to pass that on is a joy. Please read on, and I hope to hear from you soon!

I have 16 years teaching experience as well as extensive playing and touring experience in all styles and genres, which gives me the insight to know what is most important for really playing the instrument.
I attended Bucks County Community College and West Chester
University. I also studied privately with
Ken Miller (Philly Pops Orchestra tympanist), John Alberti and Martin Bradfield.

I am currently a member of The Chuck Anderson Trio on the Dreambox Media Label. I am also a member of five other bands and freelance and record with many others...everyone from former members of Bon Jovi, to Marvin Hamlisch, and some completely unexpected names like Joe Frazier And The Knockouts. Yes, I know, that's pretty amusing, and Joe couldn't sing...but I wasn't going to tell him!

I have an extensive collection of books and videos that I draw from for my students, and to personally improve at my craft. This is not a sideline, or part-time job for me...this is my life, and my career!

*** Lesson Details ***
In my lessons I strive to make the maximum progress possible, while also having as much fun as possible. This is accomplished by imparting the most valuable, useful, and beneficial information in a fun and relaxed, low pressure environment, always with the students goals and priorities first and foremost. I also like to keep the student challenged at their current ability level.

For beginning students I stress basic fundamentals, just as you would in sports. It makes progress come at a much faster clip and avoids making time consuming corrections later. The longer you play with bad habits, the harder they are to break.

For more advanced students, I assess their current abilities, determine if any problems need to be addressed, and with their goals in mind, come up with the proper plan of action.

Having been self taught till entering college I understand all ends of the spectrum. In my career I have come across three separate groups of musicians:

1) Those who have good ears, but can't read.
2) Those who read well, but can't play without music in front of them.
3) Those with great ears who also read well.

Number 3 is obviously the best of all possible worlds and what I strive to achieve with all my students. Being accomplished in both areas enables them to be prepared for anything they will come across, and gives them a distinct advantage over their peers.

*** Studio Equipment ***
I have a state of the art drum studio, beyond anything else I have ever seen, with everything from a top of the line V-Drum kit (electronic drums) and several acoustic sets that I rotate occasionally to keep interest level high. As opposed to many stores, schools and homes...there are no sax players in the next studio, no guitars blaring, no kids running around, no distractions! We only hear what we want to hear! It's so much easier to maintain focus on the task at hand.

One of the pluses of the electronic set is when a student is playing along with music, we can just plug an iPod, Kindle, whatever, into the system, dial in the perfect matching volume between music and drums...and not go deaf. No muss, no fuss, no headphones needed, unless the student wants them...I have plenty.

I am in my own building, so unlike many of the shoebox sized studios i have worked in, I have a lot of space (17'x22'), a waiting area for parents, and since it's one open area, if parents come in the building they are sitting in on the lesson. There is ample parking and I am conveniently located near a major intersection, and right next to a major shopping center (Wal-Mart, Staples. Weiss Supermarket, Pep Boys, etc.). In fact many parents go shopping while their children are taking their lessons. Some even walk! I'm that close.

I am also a Certified Plus drum dealer, so if students need some equipment, we can usually handle that too.

*** Specialties ***
I adapt my style to each student and usually hand write everything for quite awhile. There's a lot to cover and it enables me to break from standard procedure when beneficial. I play and teach all styles and genres, so I feel comfortable with pretty much everything.
I use numerous books for many different purposes well beyond the scope of what's listed below.
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Vince S. January 12, 2015
Drum · In studio
My son has been taking lessons with Ed since he was 5. Ed was very patient dealing with a high energy child who had a limited attention span. Eight years later, we are still seeing Ed weekly for lessons and my son has turned into a well-rounded musician. Ed tailors the lessons to my son's musical interests and takes an interest in what is going on in his life.

We have gone to see Ed perform in several venues and he always takes the time to talk to us during his break. I highly recommend Drum Lessons with Ed for those at any skill level.
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Ellen L. October 29, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Ed is an excellent and the best drum teacher .

My son loves taking drum lessons from Ed since he was 4 ! He is very knowledgeable and super patient . My family enjoyed Ed's performance very much and also very satisfied for the progress my son made from him class .He always pay highly attention to his student

I highly recommend Drum Lessons with Ed!
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Vincent M. May 10, 2013
Drum
Awesome Teacher- 5 Stars!

Ed is pretty cool and an awesome teacher! I've been taking lessons since 7th grade. I'm now in high school and still love playing drums, thanks to Ed. I give him 5 stars!
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Ed R.

Ed R.

Norristown, PA 19401
(6)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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David P.

Wynnewood, PA

I teach various styles of music including, jazz, fusion, funk, latin,and rock. I teach rudiments and classical drum technique utilizing various method books in order to facilitate proper technique, coordination,chart reading, and overall musicianship.

About David

I teach children, adolescents , and adults. I have also worked with special needs populations for many years in a variety of settings. I am very patient adept and compassionate. I am also very skilled at my instrument as I studied music at the University Level. My goals are to combine my experience teaching special education with my experience studying and teaching music performance. I am very enthusiastic about teaching students at advanced levels as well. I teach piano and drumset. I teach various styles of music and hope to engender my students' love for music and the arts. I consider mys
elf a mentor, a Music Therapist, and an educator.
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J M. June 16, 2015
Drum · In home
Awesome teacher! Not just a great drummer, but patient and articulate. He was really able to help me understand and execute in ways I never could before. Seems like he would also be great with kids...super patient and encouraging!
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Janna R. April 1, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
David is a very skilled drummer and a very enthusiastic teacher. In lessons, he seems to like to split time between practicing rudiments and learning to play different rhythms on the set. He is also exceptionally patient and supportive with my 9-year-old, highly distractible daughter. David is very positive, pointing out things that are going well and interesting rhythms that they discover. I am really glad we found David--he is an excellent teacher and I love watching my daughter learn so much about music!
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Peter F. March 19, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
teacher and i are still trying to find a strdigy of teaching so the jury is still out
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David P.

David P.

Wynnewood, PA 19096
(4)
starting at
$40 / 30-min
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Rob S.

Philadelphia, PA

I believe that learning music should be fun, so lessons should never lose sight of the student’s musical interests and goals. Working on music that the student likes is crucial because it gives the student specific practical goals, helps keep the student focused and motivated to practice, and it’s fun! Of course practicing technical exercises is also needed in order to become an accomplished musician, however, technical exercises should always be related to their practical application to making music. I'm flexible to my students interests, so whether you are looking to become a well-rounded professional drummer or just want to learn how to play your favorite song, I've got you covered.

If I could give one piece of advice to beginning and intermediate drummers it would be this: Learn to play everything clearly with solid time and a good feel – it takes more time to learn to do this well than you think. For the more advanced student, I can cover topics such as playing time in jazz, ...

About Rob

Rob Schwartz is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music with a degree in jazz studies. Rob has performed throughout the United States and in China with jazz and rock bands such as TV Mike and the Scarecrows, Jenna Mammina, Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums, San Francisco’s Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, Amos Payne, The Attachments, Otto Mobile and the Moaners, and the jazz trio Beep.

Rob is experienced playing many different styles on the drum set and has studied classical snare drum technique. At Oberlin, he had the privilege of studying with renowned jazz drummer Billy Hart and classi
cal percussionist Michael Rosen. From January 2007 to March 2008, Rob studied Brazilian percussion with Jorge Alabê while drumming for Jorge’s bateria, Samba Rio. He also immersed himself in Brazilian percussion during three months in Rio de Janeiro.

Given his diverse musical background informed by a decade of professional experience, Rob can teach many styles—rock, pop, jazz, samba, Afro-Cuban, reggae. He has 10 years of experience teaching students ranging from young children to adults. From July 2013 to March 2015, Rob taught at the Wilmington School of Rock, and currently he teaches at the Chestnut Hill Music Academy in addition to his work at South Philly Drum Lessons.

Music is one of Rob’s highest pleasures in life. It’s not only about enjoying the music itself, but also appreciating the process of learning and improving. Rob enjoys teaching what he’s learned and watching his students grow as musicians.
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Trish D. January 14, 2015
Drum · In studio
The perfect mix of teaching! Rob incorporates technical skill while capturing the students attention by teaching the music they love! My son has been taking lessons with rob for 8 months now and the improvement is obvious. My son came to Rob with 4 years of drum lesson experience and Rob was able to jump right in and get the best out of my son. Rob has also helped my son with percussion other than drum set to help him prepare for orchestra experiences. In addition, Rob is patient, organized and very experienced!!!!
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Rob S.

Rob S.

Philadelphia, PA 19148
(1)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
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Taylor C.

Philadelphia, PA

Students will learn timing, rhythm, and rudiments. I will help students develop music reading skills as well as expand their listening abilities through exploration of various genres of music. I want my students to walk out of every lesson interested, and loving their instrument.

About Taylor

I'm currently available for drum lessons in-home, at my studio, and online. I have been playing drums for almost 15 years.

I help students develop fundamental techniques and music literacy. Together we will build strong fundamental snare drum skills and learn how to apply those basic concepts onto the drum set. I will focus on developing each student's goals through personalized lessons.
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Mary February 7, 2017
Drum
Taylor and I have been in a band together for a few months and it has been a pleasure working with her! She is an excellent drummer, easily finding her stride playing any kind of style. Not only can I depend on her for her drumming skills, but also for her communication skills and her eagerness to help out and take on new challenges. I look forward to continuing to work with Taylor, and highly recommend her to anyone looking for a drum teacher!
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Grace January 30, 2017
Drum · In studio
I am in a band with Taylor and she has been a great addition! She is energetic, fun to work with and a great drummer. She has a breadth of knowledge about all different kinds of music. Taylor is very flexible and always eager to help out her fellow band mates!
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Mark January 28, 2017
Drum · In studio
I am a professional engineer, producer, and musician in Philadelphia. Taylor Cullen is a thoughtful, creative, and precise drummer. Having played over a year of shows and recording gigs with her, I can also speak to her professionalism. Her drumming lifts songs and changes styles, and her ability to play colorfully and tastefully to metronome in studio is unmatched in my experience. Her knowledge of drums also makes her an exceptional drum tech for recording and a great teacher. She is punctual, kind, honest, and always my first call when I need professional drums or drum help of any kind.
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Taylor C.

Taylor C.

Philadelphia, PA 19143
(3)
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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