Danny Smith

Danny S.

Springville, UT
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Danny delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+ and special needs

Teaching since:
March 1996

I've played drums about 30 years and taught lessons about 20 of those years. Each student is different and I've evolved my lessons to accommodate teaching each student. My background consists of all styles of Drumset, marching band, rock bands, soloing and Troopers drum corps. Also playing in jazz, concert and orchestra bands gave me opportunity to perform and compete many places including P.A.S., scoring a 1 @ state and G.C. drum off. I took private lessons for a few years before leaving to college in Hollywood, CA, attending M.I.(Musicians Institute) with one of my instructors becoming the current drummer for Korn, "Ray Luzier". I now teach mostly out of my own books on how to read music, coordination, grooves, soloing and playing with bands. If you are not local, I offer online lessons too. I have 1-2 recitals each year and make it possible for online students to participate. Accepting beginner to advanced drummers, come check it out.

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Drum Clinics
Jan 2001 - Present
DS Drum Lessons

Sometimes I'm asked to demonstrate a drum clinic at various school's and music stores. I always bring my gigantic drum kit of 20 drums and 28 cymbals with many accessories and 7 foot pedals. I usually stress coordination, reading and different styles at clinics. Unless I'm asked to demonstrate something else specific. Most clinics are inbetween 1-3 hours.

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Drumset Lessons
Apr 1996 - Present

Teaching private drumset lessons to students of all ages and skill levels. Each individual is different and needs to be taught in the best way for them to progress quickly. I wrote my own books to break down beats, patterns, rhythms, songs and solos for learning step by step material. I offer every genre of music with coordination and reading notes. I enjoy my job.

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Drumline Instruction
Oct 1999 - May 2003
S.F. band

Teaching a drumline of 8 - 16 drummers how to play snare, tenors, bass, and pit instruments. Marching style and formations were included. Every morning and most afternoons we had practice for about 4+ hours daily. The Drumlines took 1st place many years in a row during my instruction.

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2 Yr. Degree in Drums/Drumset
Aug 1997 - Aug 1999
M.I.(Musicians Institute)
Marching drums
May 1996 - Aug 1996
Troopers Drum and Bugle Corps


2 year in drums/music
Aug 1999
M.I.(Musicians Institute)

Learning from some of the best instructors in L.A., we examined music theory, ear training and keyboarding as well. Each class room had a drumset for music. Each student also had 24 hour access to their own practice room with a drumset inside the school.


scored 1 on snare drum
Mar 1996
Utah State
Drum Solo 3rd place
Feb 1996
Best Drumline
Jan 1993
various judges

Photos & Videos

My current set in 2019: 7 foot Pedals, 20 drums and 28 cymbals, I was able to create many various sounds.
Here is a solo I recorded in a Storage unit a while back. I teach basics on a 5 piece, 3 cymbal set first :)
After my students drum recital I played an inspiring Improv. solo on my drumset.
My Drumset set up at a Drum Recital.

The focus on this solo was the ostinato on the feet with hands soloing. With my new addition pedals(5 total, 7 different feet sounds).
Photo by Danny S.

Evans Blue Hydraulic heads with Onyx Black snare on my 18 piece, 23 cymbals, 6 pedals and many accessories.
My band Half Mean after a drum recital playing a PWM(Playing with Music) medley. Part of my lessons curriculum.
Sound proof room where my home lessons are offered.
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12 Reviews

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Skylar S. May 29, 2019
Drum · In studio

It was super fun. My son had a great time!

Scott Apr 30, 2019
Drum · Online

Danny is Freakin Awesome!!! SO so happy he is my motivator and mentor.

Jack N. Apr 27, 2019
Drum · Online

Scott Feb 23, 2019
Drum · Online

Luke Nov 2, 2018
Drum · Online

Totally awesome cool! Danny teaches kids drums from first time to having fun playing real songs in just a few lessons. Thank you for making learning fun for my son!

Jack N. Oct 12, 2018
Drum · Online

Professional, kind and patient. Luke enjoyed the lesson. Thank you!

Jill G. Sep 29, 2018
Percussion · Online

Joel G. Aug 11, 2018
Drum · Online

Joel really enjoyed Danny! He seems like he’s got a lot to offer! Looking forward to more

Scott Feb 19, 2018
Drum · Online

Danny is awesome, looking forward for continued lessons

Elizabeth Jan 6, 2017
Drum · In home

Patient, knowledgeable, motivating! Perfect for me!

David Nov 26, 2016
Drum · In studio

Danny is patient with kids, but if you want to be driven to perfect your talent, he has that within himself too. He has the education and passion to help you go as far as you decide to go.

George Jun 6, 2016
Drum · In studio

Danny is the best Drum teacher I have ever met. He is super patient and can get the kids playing really well. He did so good with one of my kids that I added another one and they both love playing the drums. Also his recitals are great and it gets the kids a chance to perform on a stage with an audience. I highly recommend Danny as a drum teacher.

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