Eric Kummer

Eric K.

Chicago, IL

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

Teaching since:

I have been teaching professional drum lessons since 2006 to students of all ages and skill levels. Earlier on in my music career I found a strong passion for teaching and saw how enlightening it is to share the gift of music. I want to give aspiring drummers the right tools that will allow them to accomplish their goals as an overall musician. Whether they want to cover a specific style, develop a solo or just know the basics of the instrument, I am here to provide the stepping stones for success. In lessons we can cover anything that you want to learn and most importantly we are just going to have some fun playing the drums.


Percussion Director
Feb 2016 - Present
Lane Tech College Prep High School

At Lane Tech College Prep High School I work with a diverse amount of students from beginners who are just getting into drums/percussion for the first time and also advance students who want to pursue music at a college level. During each lesson I implement the school curriculum in relation to the goals of the individual student.

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Drum/Percussion Instructor
Jul 2013 - Jan 2016
Uncle Bob's Music Center

After college I worked at a music center for 3 years as the drum/percussion instructor and when I moved to Chicago I continued teaching some of those students through Skype. I taught all ages (children and adults) and all skill levels (beginners to advanced).

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Bachelor of Business Adminstration - Marketing
Aug 2009 - May 2013
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Percussion Performance
Sep 2008 - Jun 2009
Lawrence University


Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

"Narsty Funks" Jam with Jared Scharff from Saturday Night Live.
Unison Drum and Keyboard Solo with Jordan Rudess from Dream Theater
Photo by Eric K.
Photo by Eric K.

Any person in the world can come together and create something! Music is one of those outlets that can get you involved in new cultures.
Photo by Eric K.

There are many rhythms that are happening all around us.  Musicians can use those new, inspired rhythms in their music.
Photo by Eric K.

Photo by Eric K.
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5 Reviews

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Tracie Sheehan Feb 28, 2017

Eric is a great drum instructor. He he very thorough and takes his time during each lesson to make sure my son understands the instruction and masters it prior moving on. I highly recommend Eric as an instructor.

Bill Hobday Jan 6, 2017

I took weekly lessons from Eric for over 4 years. I had very little experience playing the drums, but a lot of desire to learn. I couldn't have chosen a better instructor than Eric.
He taught me how to read music, and always wrote out practice drills which really helped me in learning the overall lessons. Eric is extremely perceptive, and can immediately recognize what his students do well and wrong. By isolating specific parts of the lesson that causes difficulty, Eric creates drills that make learning the new part easier and more fun.
He will also play the part for you to give you an idea of how it should sound.
Because of Eric, I have learned numerous styles of drumming and the principles behind them.
Eric is a cool guy with an easy going personality, but he will always challenge you to do your best.
I strongly recommend him to anyone interested in learning how to play the drums.

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Maheboob Aalam Khatri Dec 6, 2016

I started off taking drum set lessons with Eric a little less than a year ago with almost no experience with percussion besides a basic understanding of music theory and little bit of practice with rudiments. When I started off, I could barely keep a beat and now I'm learning some really awesome Jazz patterns hoping to get into Lane Tech's Jazz band next year. The lessons usually go with review and/or a show-of-progress with the prior weeks material and then we know whether or not we should keep practicing the material or move on. If I've got it down then well move on to some new groves which he will write out for me and then show me how they sound and give me some tips for practicing the grooves for the week. I honestly have to say that Eric has been really motivating and encouraged me to keep practicing and I know I've made a lot of progress.

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Dean Kritikos Nov 29, 2016

I have quite a bit of experience with the drums and have took lessons before but I never really worked on reading music for the drums and learning different grooves using written music. I have just learned by listening to it. Eric has been writing me multiple different grooves and had me work on them and has tought me how to read music. We have played along with a couple songs and it really helps me. I have improved a lot on reading music and playing it because before I started taking lessons with Eric i had pretty much no knowledge on how to read drum music. Now I am getting better and have a good understanding on how to read the music. Eric has really helped me with that and he is very good at what he does and I enjoy taking lessons. He is a really cool guy and I think people should consider taking lessons with him.

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Taylor Harper Nov 22, 2016

I have experience playing music on a saxophone for a while now and I've only had 1 attempt aromatic the drums in middle school (to the dismay of my ears and everyone else on the class). I never understood the mixture of body movements or how to keep a beat before and it showed. When I had the chance presented to me to take lessons I decided why not and now I've been taking drum lessons continuously Mr. Kummer for less than half a year now and I've made a lot of progress. I'm a visual learner and someone who learns to play music by hearing how it goes as well and Mr. Kummer accommodates to that very well. He gives your really easy things to start off with and gradually builds upon the lessons. He even throws in a few rhythms that are recognizable too. He a very friendly person and he really enjoys the progress his students make. Whenever I nail a rhythm we've been working on he gets just as excited as I do and it just really boosts your confidence. I've been able to play over 5 rhythms some in 4/4 others in 2/4 and I'm currently working on a song. I've been working on the song with him once a week for about 2 months now and I've almost gotten the hang of the hole groove where I can play it with the real recording. I can't stress how happy I've been with having Mr. Kummer as my instructor. He's a totally awesome sauce guy and a whole lot of fun to jam with.

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