Adam Carlson

Adam C.

Brooklyn, NY
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Lesson Details

Drum

Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor's in Jazz Studies, and have been teaching private drum lessons for over a decade. My lessons are tailored to achieve YOUR goals, and I design a unique lesson plan to fit your learning style. I have experience working with every age group, and have even coached school ensembles, and given clinics about a variety of music topics.

MY TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

I strongly believe that playing music should be nothing but pure joy. Learning to play the drums is simply the process of training your body and mind to better express yourself using rhythm and timbre. This process can vary greatly from person to person, and the end result is different for everyone. Although the process of learning anything can feel like a chore at times, I believe every moment of study should be designed to achieve your personal goals. The learning process should be fun, and easy to navigate. Playing music becomes more fun the better you get, and the path to improvement should be enjoyable too.
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About

Adam delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
and Ages 5+

Teaching since:
2006

Hey drummers! I love music, and the only thing I love better is sharing the art of making music with you! I feel that drums are the backbone of music and that rhythm is essential to synchronizing all the emotions we express through music. Let's embark on a journey together to explore how playing music becomes exponentially more fun the better you get!

Experience

Drum Instructor
Jan 2006 - Present
Drum Lessons with Adam Carlson

Adam has been teaching private drum lessons for over a decade!

Education

Bachelor's of Music: Jazz Studies
Sep 2011 - Jun 2014
University of Oregon

Awards

Most Outstanding Performer Award in the area of Jazz Studies
Jun 2014
University of Oregon School of Music
Outstanding Musician Award
Apr 2012
Reno Jazz Festival
Outstanding Musician Award
Apr 2011
Reno Jazz Festival
Outstanding Musician Award
Apr 2010
Reno Jazz Festival
Outstanding Musician Award
Apr 2009
Reno Jazz Festival

Photos & Videos

Photo by Adam C.
Reconciliation
Tribute to Coltrane's "A Love Supreme."

8 Reviews

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Alex D. Aug 26, 2017
Drum · In home

I hadn't had a music lesson in about 35 years, so I wasn't sure what I was getting into. I had bought a drum set for kicks and was screwing around a bit but hadn't really focused on much of anything and was pretty much treading water. Incremental improvement but nothing to write home about.

I've found that Adam is ready to meet you at your level and he has got me working on some basics (a reminder of just how sloppy my playing was/is) and I (think) I'm improving pretty rapidly and am starting to recognize things I hadn't noticed before. If there's an issue, it has been my erratic practice schedule. He has also been really flexible with respect to schedule, lesson length etc. - important for someone like myself who is works and has kids with their own busy schedules.

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Alex Aug 9, 2017
Drum · In studio

I'm completely new to the drums and decided to do a trial lesson with Adam several months ago. The lessons are fun and informative, and I have improved so much since I started lessons with Adam. He does a great job of starting good drumming habits, and building off of basics so that you can be a well-rounded drummer. He is a great teacher, combining his expertise with what you as a student want to learn so that it's fun and interesting. Highly recommended for both beginners and drummers with experience looking to improve!

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Suzie Aug 9, 2017
Drum · In studio

I'm completely new to the drums and decided to do a trial lesson with Adam several months ago. The lessons are fun and informative, and I have improved so much since I started lessons with Adam. He does a great job of starting good drumming habits, and building off of basics so that you can be a well-rounded drummer. He is a great teacher, combining his expertise with what you as a student want to learn so that it's fun and interesting. Highly recommended for both beginners and drummers with experience looking to improve!

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Sara Aug 9, 2017
Drum · In studio

My son, Max (13yrs.old) is taking drum lessons with Adam. His teaching style is a perfect match for my son and I appreciate his professionalism and passion for music. Max is always excited to go to his lesson and always learns something new. Adam explains and answers questions patielty and thourghouly. He uses positive reinforcement to guide Max to the next level, and is always very encouraging and patient when Max hits a stumbling block. Max has gained confidence as a musician, and his enthusiasm for the drums continues to grow. We really appreciate Adam's flexibilty with scheduling especially during the summer months. Thanks!

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Sam Aug 9, 2017
Drum · In studio

I've taken about six or seven lessons with Adam now, and I was amazed at how significantly my drumming improved. He really showed me the potential I had, and taught me how to utilize that. Adam explained all of the things we covered very well; I never once felt lost or confused in a lesson. I would recommend taking lessons from Adam regardless if you've been drumming for two days or two years. There's always more to learn, and Adam is an excellent teacher!

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Elizabeth Aug 9, 2017
Drum · In studio

Adam has been teaching intro to drums to my eight year old, and I highly recommend him! He is great at pacing the introduction of new information so that kids can learn effectively. He always has a positive attitude, is patient, and provides encouragement, while effectively giving input and correction. I would recommend him to any parent looking for drum lessons for their child (any age!).

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Diego Aug 9, 2017
Drum · In studio

I found Adam looking for a drum teacher online. I needed someone to help me take my beginner drummer skills to the next level and Adam did exactly that, after just a few classes I was learning so much. He definitely knows how to adapt to my needs, skills and most important, to my limitations. After a few lessons I was playing some of my favorite ACDC songs and having fun while also working on the things I was doing wrong that Adam started pointing out from the first day. I recommend Adam for those who want to learn to play drums.

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Katrina Aug 9, 2017
Drum · In studio

Adam is an excellent teacher. A music educator myself, I am consistently impressed with Adam's ability to offer a multitude of solutions and ways to approach a particular challenge. He appropriately and effortlessly gauges the appropriate time within the lesson to shift gears, is gracious when a student feels frustrated, and always keeps the student engaged and feeling successful by allowing the perfect balance of elements that are fun, elements the student can be successful with, and elements that will continue to challenge and help the student grow. 5 stars without a doubt!

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