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Drum Lessons in Phoenix, AZ

For music lovers in and around Phoenix, drum lessons are a great option for getting started learning an instrument! By learning drumming techniques from various styles such as jazz and rock, you can understand what you are playing and improve your particular technique in the style you wish to play.

Of course, the best way to really improve is to take private drum lessons with a qualified teacher - and that’s where TakeLessons can help! Our instructors teach in studio locations throughout the city, and several teachers are available to come to your home for lessons. We pre-screen and certify each teacher, to ensure your safety and the quality of your lessons. Moreover, your lesson plan will be customized to your individual goals, needs and experience level.

Drum lessons are great for anyone, from the beginner to the seasoned player. With our lessons, you will learn the important fundamentals, including terminology, posture, how to count beats, the proper way to hold your drum sticks and more. So get started today - search for an instructor in your area, or give us a call for extra assistance with the booking process!

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Henri B.

Phoenix, AZ

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-oriented individual with a versatile background and a relaxed, "let's have fun while we learn" attitude. Henri believes music should always be fun and inspiring for everyone, no matter what skill level. FUN is always the focus, because if you are not having fun, why are you doing it? 

Henri also has yea
rs of experience touring both nationally and internationally with several award-winning Arizona-based performing groups (Dry River Yacht Club, decker., and The SunPunchers are the current projects), performing shows in 39 of the US States, as well as festival performances in 2012 in Canada (NXNE w/Flaming Lips, Raekwon, Of Montreal, Bad Religion) and Norway (Slottsfjell Music Festival w/New Order, Janalle Monae, Wolfmother, A-Trak, etc.) His past teaching and performing experiences have really helped shaped the musician he is today.

Aside from working as private lessons/class instructor and performer, Henri can also be seen teaching for Mesa Community College as an Adjunct Faculty in the Music and Business program, where he currently teaches MUC109 - Merchandising and the Law, and MUC210 - Concert and Touring Promotions. A life-long learner, Henri is always finding new experiences and new ways to connect with his students, as learning comes just as much from the student as it does the teacher. You can always find him around "the music." 

*** Lesson Details ***
Students who study with me can expect for their guitar, drum kit, or percussion lessons to be top-quality, personalized, and above all, extremely fun sessions that will cater to the students musical backgrounds, interests, and needs. I create extremely organized and specifically focused lessons so that students feel comfortable, not pressured, while learning their craft. The lessons I teach are a combination of developmental sight reading music book work, learning student chosen songs (depending on ability), inspiring and encouraging creative abilities, warm-up and strengthening exercises, proper techniques, listening for internal hearing, composition dynamics, chords and finger-picking (guitar only) and rudiments (drum kit only).

After 3 months of lessons together, students will have started learning several key elements to becoming an outstanding guitarist/drummer/percussionist. They will have learned proper form and technique, warm-up/skill-building exercises, to read basic notation, basic rhythms/rudiments. Guitar students will be able to play at least one song utilizing both finger picking and chords. For drum kit/percussion, students should have no problem reading basic drum beats and being able to play through a simple song. With proper, steady practice, most students will achieve much more. I also focus on creative thinking, professionalism, and instrument tuning. Finally, the students will have started to develop a solid level of discipline that is required of any aspiring musician! Remember, "practice doesn't make perfect, practice makes permanent."

*** Studio Equipment ***
Ludwig Accent Drum Kit, Pearl Rhythm Traveller Kit, LP Assorted Percussions, Protools LE, Logic Pro, Korg Electribe, Reason 3.0, Harmony Guitar, Ion Electronic Drum Set, Chord Charts, Acoustic and Electric Guitars.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide drum sticks, guitar, all developmental material for students to retain and practice with, and a Pearl Traveler's Drum Kit if necessary. I can also provide percussion instruments.

I expect my students to be providing the necessary musical equipment as well (guitars, drum kits, percussion instruments) for their private lessons. If they do not have these in the home to practice with, the lessons are much less effective for your student.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in the following styles of playing:

Rock, Hip - Hop, All Latin, Jazz, Funk, Blues, R and B, Gospel, and Dance. I also have a very good feel for World Music as well. I have a very free-spirit for playing, so I often mesh the above stated styles into a more progressive style of playing. I believe that you must be feeling what you are playing.

For drum students, along with learning drum beats, students will also engage in drum tuning, reading drum notation, drum tab, warm-up/skill-building exercises, and internal hearing.

For guitar students, we will engage in guitar tuning, warm-up/skill building exercises, reading sheet music, reading TAB, notes on the guitar, chords, and student chosen songs, among other activities.

Aside from drums/percussion and guitar, I also specialize in beat programming/sequencing, recording, organizing song-writing/song-structure, musical score, live performance, and professional music marketing. I am able to show you how to use programs such as Reason, Logic Pro, Protools LE, and Adobe programs to take your creative abilities to the next level.

I believe that these days, it is imperative for musicians to have four major components in their professional arsenal: 1) Discipline and chops on your instruments; 2) Know how to successfully market yourself and your music; 3) Know how to properly develop a learning ear to record/produce your songs/tracks; and 4) Understand and effectively utilize music production programs.
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Chris S. March 18, 2016
Songwriting · In home
Verified Student
Henri understands my goal of wanting to learn to cover songs and eventually write my own. It's exactly what I'm looking for.
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Bradford M. November 16, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Great lesson, I look forward to next week!
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Amara J. July 20, 2015
Music Performance · In studio
Where can I start I don't Know but what I do Know for sure, this guy is very kind and patient. He's a great teacher who has lots of patient with me. I am so glad I have you as my instructor thank you Henri B.

Instruction is always individualized and positive. He always looks for what you do best and helps you develop your strengths. He works with you to overcome your weaknesses. Taking classes with him is a great pleasure.
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Henri B.

Henri B.

Phoenix, AZ 85006
(21)
starting at
$29 / 30-min
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Tim O.

Peoria, AZ

BEGINNERS can expect to understand reading basic rhythm, strokes & rudiments. I promise that beginners will also be playing variations of a rock beat within our first few lessons. INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED students can expect to see new applications of real life tools for the player looking to gig or improve their performance. I teach to read & write(extremely beneficial for a professional future in music and drumming, i.e., paid gigs, teaching), but also to IMPROVISE & put practicing to clever use.

About Tim

Hello, and thank you for visiting my page.

I'm Tim & I've been teaching professionally since 2007. I attended Purdue University, Paradise Valley Community College & ASU for undergraduate. I studied music and rhythm extensively in these years and ultimately graduated with a degree in anthropology, specializing in ethnomusiciology. During these years I marched with DCI/WGI groups, PIONEER, and studied under many notable teachers. My career in teaching came in 2007 at a family owned music store in Lowell, IN, teaching local youth, and I have undoubtedly taught ever since. I have been gigg
ing in bands consistently since age 14 & am currently releasing a solo album of my own, written as film score compositions.
My curriculum has to be successful time after time to myself and students; I am confident we will find a relationship that suites your goals!

Playing music is my talent - TEACHING is my PASSION.

* Specialties *
Drum Set - ANY style or genre. I can even prepare advanced students the tools to teach.

Rudimental marching percussion, i.e., Snare, Tenor, Bass drums, pit etc.

HAND DRUMS & WORLD PERCUSSION
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Kelsea April 5, 2016
Drum · In studio
He is on of the funniest guys I have ever met! He is very caring and wants his students to prevail. He makes me want to go higher then I have ever thought of going in the music career! He makes me feel like I can be one of the biggest drummers ever. He may be my instructor and I, the student, but he is my friend. One of my greatest friends! And if I make it to the big leagues. I'll be thinking of him and thanking him for everything he has given me! And I'll Remember where I started... in the small reaching room in Gutiar Center with two drum kits and a white board (plus some cool posters).
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Kelsea April 5, 2016
Drum · In studio
He is on of the funniest guys I have ever met! He is very caring and wants his students to prevail. He makes me want to go higher then I have ever thought of going in the music career! He makes me feel like I can be one of the biggest drummers ever. He may be my instructor and I, the student, but he is my friend. One of my greatest friends! And if I make it to the big leagues. I'll be thinking of him and thanking him for everything he has given me! And I'll Remember where I started... in the small reaching room in Gutiar Center with two drum kits and a white board (plus some cool posters).
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Bill L. April 5, 2016
Drum · In studio
I have been taking lessons from Tim for approximately 2 yrs. now, and hold his guidance and expertise in the highest of regards.... I have learn quite a bit in a short time i.e. Drum Rudiments, Reading Music, Application of Fills, His teaching and patience are second to none... I highly recommend him !!!!!
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Tim O.

Tim O.

Phoenix, AZ 85017
(9)
starting at
$34 / 30-min
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Aaron B.

Mesa, AZ

Lessons are customized for the students based on their interest and experience. I will always cover the basics and rudiments with new students but allow them to create and follow their own musical path using a variety of methods and lesson plans.

About Aaron

Teaching drums professionally since 1998, Aaron has influenced hundreds of budding musicians to get the most from their instrument. He has studied privately with Rob Laytham (Modern Drummer columnist), Joe Leroux (marching band guru), Gary Chaffe (legendary drummer) and many others throughout the years. He has taken the best techniques and teaching styles from his influences and molded them together to form what he considers to be the most effective and inspiring method available.

I teach drum set in nearly every style and hybrid imaginable, as well as percussion and drum circle facilita
tion.

Accomplishments include recording 7 albums with various groups, touring with national acts across the west coast, drumming for the Warner Brothers Television house band, and still actively playing live shows and recording.

*** Lesson Details ***
I put my focus on inspiring students to explore their own creativity with the tools and techniques that I give to them and nurture. I think it is very important to cover the basic skills that the school districts expect from their music students (sight reading, proper technique, note recognition, rudiments, timing, feel, etc.). I also feel it is important for a student to find his or her style and an ability to use the fundamentals to create music that they enjoy. He has written a method book based on the fundamentals of playing a rhythmic instrument with an emphasis on allowing the student to find their niche and lead a group through a piece of music or tastefully support it.

My studios are fully equipped with sound systems, the latest recording gear, acoustic and electric sets, hand drums and dozens of other percussion instruments. I believe that the more resources a person can draw from, be it intellectual or physical, the more fulfilling the learning experience will be.

Each lesson, my students will take at least a page of music that represents the concept that they are focusing on, and a goal set to accomplish by the end of the week so that they can build upon what they already know in an effort to put the big picture together. Ultimately the student will learn when and how to utilize the concepts that they are practicing.

*** Studio Equipment ***
A Yamaha electronic drum set in my Mesa Studio allows me to control volume and dial up any sound imaginable. I have full acoustic drum sets in other studios that I use for recording and private lessons. Often I will integrate guitar, keyboard, or other instruments in to the lessons if needed.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Sticks, Practice Pad, tuning kit, binder and books with teaching supplements.

*** Specialties ***
Music, Drums, Percussion, Theory, Composition, Piano and Guitar.
Drummers should be well versed in all genres of music. Rock, Jazz, Latin, Swing, etc.
Most of my students begin with concert and marching styles on a practice pad, then advance to the drum set.
I teach note recognition and placement, rudiments, linear playing, moeller method, rhythm theory, sub-division of notes and time, and the sight-reading to support these techniques.
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dave August 24, 2015
Music Theory · In home
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Michelle M. August 18, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Aaron is a great instructor! I've been taking drum lessons with Aaron for over 2 years. He brings enthusiasm and positive energy into each lesson. He is very talented, and his passion for drumming is evident in the way he teaches. Lessons are always fun. Aaron is patient and encouraging. I have a very random work schedule, and Aaron is always willing to accommodate me when scheduling a lesson.
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ScottB2 July 1, 2011
Good Job! Listens to my feedback and then challenges me with it.
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Aaron B.

Aaron B.

Mesa, AZ 85202
(5)
starting at
$29 / 30-min
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Dee F.

Scottsdale, AZ

I was a percussionist for a symphony in Montana for 5 years and have taught percussion, Middle and High School Band, for over 10 years.

About Dee

*** Travel Equipment ***
Books. Students must have their own instrument (keyboards are acceptable for taking piano lessons). I always council students on brand, quality of instrument they are purchasing before they buy it.

*** Specialties *** I have been a public school music educator for over 20 years, and have taught band, orchestra, and choir which enables me to teach many instruments and voice. I also have been a language and reading tutor for over 6 years and have worked with students with special needs for over 10 years.
I studied classical guitar with master guitarist, Christo
pher Parkening, at Montana State University where I graduated with a B.M.E. I also did graduate work at MSU in composition. I teach Suzuki piano and violin. I am an accomplished composer/songwriter with many published and recorded songs and instrumental works through ASCAP. I endeavor to make learning fun, and enjoy teaching students of all ages!
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Stephen Barnett March 10, 2016
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I have learned a huge amount from Dee. She teaches very well and I see improvement with every lesson. I definitely recommend her.
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Jolanta Rode March 1, 2016
Singing · In studio
Dee gets the student to work hard and practice. She is flexible and willing to adjust hours and days when things come up.
Overall, I have been happy with my lessons progress and motivation.
Thanks Dee
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Ken C. March 1, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Great teacher! Dee adapts to my progress and makes learning fun.
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Dee F.

Dee F.

Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(23)
starting at
$35 / 30-min
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Patrick M.

Tempe, AZ

I like to design a curriculum for each student based on their ability level, direction and commitment using tried and true methods.

Expectations I have:
Students will learn how to read music
Purchase recommended items (sticks, books, hearing protection, ect.)
Come prepared for lessons

For younger students or beginners, I always suggest 30 minute lessons weekly, while Intermediate and advanced students may benefit more from 45 minute or 60 minute lessons, weekly or biweekly.

About Patrick

Welcome to my takelessons.com page! My name is Patrick McGinty, and I'm originally from Charlotte, North Carolina. I've been a percussionist and a music educator since 2002 and can't wait to help you meet your goals! I am currently taking new students at my recently redesigned home studio in the following areas:

Drum Set (Rock, Jazz, Blues, Latin)
Concert Percussion (Snare, Mallets)
Marching Percussion (Snare, Tenors, Bass)
Latin and Brazilian Percussion

A bit about me: I have worked with school band programs all of my life (my first job being the month after I graduated high school)
, being a marching and concert percussion instructor, and an arranger/composer. After receiving my Bachelors of Music in Music Education, I have worked in 4 different schools of varying age levels (K-12). As a performer, I've worked with many groups including but not limited to orchestras, major country music artists, salsa bands and others.

I hope to see you soon!
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Michael March 9, 2016
Percussion · In studio
Mr. McGinty is a fantastic instructor who not only helps provide individual attention to students, but makes learning and performing truly fun. He is extremely talented and you will not be disappointed with him as a teacher for any instrument.
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Patrick M.

Tempe, AZ 85281
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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