Anna Amick

Anna A.

Denver, CO

Lesson Details



Anna delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Females 5+, males 5 to 16 and special needs

Teaching since:
June 1996

I am now accepting students at my home and via online. I have 20 years experience teaching and over 30 years playing and performing (visit my website for full bio & credentials I specialize in coaching and mentoring kids and women. Drums are more than hitting things with sticks. They build confidence, social skills, focus and self esteem. I also find that aspects of drumming is meditative, something we could all use in our fast-paced, anxiety-driven society. Drums are one of the best tools you can use for stress relief! I want to see more women and young girls playing and expressing themselves thru the art of drumming. I'd like to be a part of changing how our culture views the divine feminine in music. I have a basement dedicated to music and lessons are taught at my two drum kits side-by-side for optimal learning. I create customized and fun learning experiences while sharing my passion of the drums. My musical passion comes thru in my ability to really reach the student thru a variety of techniques so that they fully understand the lesson, while having fun. My teaching approach adapts and changes based on the student's behavioral feedback.

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May 2015 - Present

4 piece all-female jam band. Melodic make-me-dance music for your soul - influenced by Phish, Grateful Dead, Rush, Led Zepplin, Pink Floyd, Elton John, etc. Extended improvisational experiences that will take you on a journey.

Drum Instructor
Oct 2014 - Present
Guitar Center

Band Coach/Head Drum Instructor
Jul 2007 - Present
Girls Rock n Roll Retreat

Girls Rock n Roll Retreat is a non-profit summer rock camp in Minneapolis, MN, empowering girls thru the power of music, ages 8-16.

Jun 1992 - Sep 1999
The Castle Family

After high school, Anna landed a gig with a Minneapolis-based corporate show band called The Castle Family. This band led by three brothers traveled the world playing private corporate events, Las Vegas and State Fairs. They featured vocals, horns, choreography and played a variety of medleys of 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, Motown, Dixieland, Country and show tunes. The show was sequenced and Anna played an electronic Roland kit. Leader Jack Castle said “The thing about Anna that you have to recognize and I think the thing that most people recognize when they actually see her play..…is the astounding presence that she has.”

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Marching Band Drum Line
Aug 1989 - May 1992
Kennedy High School

Bass Drummer, Freshman year.
Snare drummer, Sophomore thru Senior years.


Audio Recording Specialist
Sep 1995 - May 1997
Hennepin Technical College
Associate in Arts Degree
Sep 1992 - May 1995
Normandale Community College


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Audio Recording Specialist
Jun 1997
Hennepin Technical College


Magazine Interview - Annamul: She's Wild and Sweet
Apr 2013
Tom Tom Magazine

Photos & Videos

Drum solo I wrote and recorded in Minneapolis, MN.
Drum solo overhead shot

Performing with original band, Reign Project at Herman's Hideaway in March of 2014.

Performing with cover band, Mr. J & The Smooth Expressions at Chatfield's in August of 2014.

Performing with The Moses Jones Jazz Quartet at The DADA Art Bar in July of 2014.

Side by side teaching at Girls Rock n Roll Retreat in Minneapolis, MN - July 2010

Teaching a rock beat at Girls Rock n Roll Retreat in Minneapolis, MN - July 2008

Demonstrating a hi-hat technique at Girls Rock n Roll Retreat in Minneapolis, MN - July 2011

Skadi covering Free by Phish. Performance at the Morrison Holiday Bar.
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6 Reviews

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Jeff Aug 24, 2016
Drum · In studio

As a musician for cover bands, I learned that all good ones start with the drums. I played with Anna in three bands. Rarely did I encounter as much talent, energy, precision and pure heart that she brings to rehearsal and live performance. On stage, through her talented and intuitive performance she sets perfect grooves and plays in the pocket, inspiring and coalescing her fellow musicians. I also observed her teach, and I interacted with some of her students. In lessons she quickly connects with her students, coaching them with perception and sensitivity. Many musicians who have mastered their art are not so good at imparting it to others. Anna is one of the rare ones who does both very well.

Jeff L,

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Candace Horgan Aug 24, 2016
Drum · In studio

Anna is a wonderful teacher, able to work with beginners and advanced students alike. While I am not her student, I worked with her at a music camp and watched her ability to take students with absolutely no experience and break down two-way, three-way, and four-way coordination on the kit so that they could confidently hold down a beat. With her more advanced students, she taught them a variety of beats and helped them progress confidently. Her attention to detail and her patience make her an outstanding instructor.

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Sam Aug 15, 2016
Drum · In studio

Anna worked for our summer camp this past year and she was INCREDIBLE! She was extremely positive with all of the kids and has great energy. Anna is able to teach many different skill levels. She is fantastic at meeting the students at their level to best meet their needs and help them grow as drummers. She was professional, a blast to be around and was always on time and ready to rock. And of course, she is an AMAZING drummer.

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Catherine Aug 8, 2016
Percussion · In home

Anna brings loving presence to her teaching! She wanted to know what I wanted to learn and then she broke the drumming down into easy, repeatable steps. She is patient--I never felt stupid or stressed. I felt relaxed and was playing along with her in the very first lesson!

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Alexandra Aug 7, 2016
Drum · In studio

Anna works with kids so they can find out how they can use the drums. It's really easy even if it's your first time playing the drums because she's really open minded. She knows it can be hard to play the drums and she makes it easier for you. By being happy and encouraging and slowing things down a bit and helping a lot to find your own beat. Each time I was going to see her I felt happy because I knew that if I messed up she would help me in a way that wasn't too much help but the amount that I could learn how to play the beat. She's been helpful to me in many ways. She rocks!

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Amy Aug 6, 2016
Drum · In studio

Anna is a talented and skilled musician. She exudes her passion for drumming and I look forward to my lessons with her. I really feel like I am securing a solid foundation with which to build upon for years to come.

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