- Teaches students:
- Ages 10 to 65
- Teaching since:
A Chicago area native, I received a BM in Jazz Studies from DePaul University in 1990.I have been teaching and playing professionally full time since 1994. I have performed, toured or recorded with Liz Phair, Poi Dog Pondering, and Liquid Soul.Currently I play with Tributosaurus and Under The Streetlamp. I tailor lessons to students’ individual wants and needs, balancing a regular syllabus with custom lesson plans and real world performance experience. Let’s play Drums!
Dan taught me to play dozens of genres over a decade of study, ranging from jazz and Latin standards to 9-min long progressive metal epics, and that one World Tour orchestral score with the tempo modulation. I've played at drop-in jazz jams and rock gigs thanks to Dan's training. Highly recommend.+ Read More
Dan knows the drums thoroughly and knows how get students to play quickly. Highest recommendation
We had a wonderful experience with Dan as my son's drum instructor. My son started at a fairly young age (6) and was interested in playing more what he heard on the radio, anywhere from Taylor Swift to Metallica. Dan was extremely patient in developing his lessons with my son by incorporating these types of songs in his lesson and keeping my son's interest up throughout the 30 minute lesson/"jam session." I'd highly recommend Dan to anyone interested in learning drum skills like those of Neil Peart, Buddy Rich, and other rock and roll legends.+ Read More
Dan is the best, seriously! He is an amazing teacher for beginners and professionals. I tried learning drums in the past, but the music theory and reading fundamentals usually bored me. Dan made learning the basics enjoyable, while also challenging me musically. He personally tailors his lesson plans to my individual needs, and helped me learn my favorite songs on drums. Dan taught me everything I need to know within the first few months of our lessons, but I will continue to take lessons because he's a genuine dude.+ Read More
Dan was my son's in-home instructor for 1 1/2 years before my son left for college. His vast knowledge of music genres (rock, jazz, latin .....) was truly beneficial to molding a developing drummer's technique and playing style.
Best drum instructor in Chicago (and suburbs)!
I have my degree in music from Northwestern University, have been teaching for 2 decades, and I can say with confidence that Dan Leali is one of the best music teachers I have ever come across. He is not only an amazing seasoned performer, he is also extremely knowledgeable about subject matter and curriculum. Many drum teachers are self-taught or do not hold degrees in music. Dan has his degree in music from a great university and has played with some of the top musicians in the business.
He is a great communicator and instills confidence in his students. I have taken lessons from him, sent students to him and witnessed him teaching my own family members.
He is the only teacher I refer anyone to! Hands-down, he’s the best.