Evan Woodle
Seattle, WA
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Evan Woodle

Evan W.

Seattle, WA
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Teaching Locations:
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Teaching Locations:
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Professional teacher since 2008. Started with a snare drum in fourth grade and never stopped! Alumnus of University of Washington (BM, cum laude, Jazz Studies) + Roosevelt High School. I make sure to teach students what they are most interested in while also providing them with a strong musical foundation they can apply to any path.

About Evan W.

Hello, my name is Evan, and I’d love to teach you to play some drums! As a graduate of the University of Washington's acclaimed jazz program as well the prestigious Roosevelt High School Jazz Band, I am a professional drummer and teacher with an extensive and varied set of experiences.

I began teaching in 2008, shortly after beginning my studies at the UW. My private students have ranged in skill level from those who have never touched an instrument before to very advanced players who frequently gig/record/tour/practice, each one presenting a unique set of interests and abilities to work with. I have also taught percussion and presented clinics and workshops at local schools including Garfield High School, Edmonds-Woodway High School, Ballard High School, Roosevelt High School, Seattle JazzED, Eckstein Middle School, Holy Names Academy, Northshore Junior High School, and Spotlight Studios.

In addition to teaching, I am a member of several active and diverse local bands (including Heatwarmer, Night Tapes, Rae, and Hunter Gather) that range in style from rock, pop, and folk to jazz, improvisation, experimental, and beyond. I also work with local jazz institutions Origin Arts and Earshot Jazz, and I am a co-founder of Table & Chairs — a Seattle-based community organization (formerly a record label) rooted in creative, avant-garde, and improvisational music — and the Racer Sessions — a weekly series and jam session dedicated to exploring composition and improvisation.

Since middle school, I have been lucky enough to perform and tour all over North America and Europe, playing everything from house shows to esteemed competitions and festivals. Some other amazing musicians I have been so fortunate to perform with include the Seattle Symphony; UW faculty members Bill Frisell, Cuong Vu, Luke Bergman, Ted Poor, and Marc Seales; several Cornish faculty members including Jim Knapp, Jovino Santos Neto, Wayne Horvitz, and Johnaye Kendrick; and NYC-based players Wynton Marsalis, Tim Berne, Ralph Alessi, Dave Douglas, and Andrew D'Angelo.

*** Lesson Details ***
My lesson plans depend largely on any specific path(s) the student may wish to pursue, though of course it is totally fine if the student doesn't immediately know what they would like to study beyond the basics! In any case, I do my best to construct a curriculum that I think will work well for the student, which may include books, other written or printed material including custom exercises developed specifically for the student, listening and viewing material, and more.

For beginning players, I usually like to start with the books "A Fresh Approach to the Snare Drum" and "A Fresh Approach to the Drum Set," both by Mark Wessels. These books do a great job of laying down the fundamentals that all drummers should learn at the outset of their education. Some of my favorite books I like to use with students for fundamentals and other more specific subjects include:

-"A Fresh Approach to the Snare Drum" (Mark Wessels)
-“A Fresh Approach to the Drum Set" (Mark Wessels)
-"Syncopation" (Ted Reed)
-“Stick Control" (G.L. Stone)
-“The Drummer's Complete Vocabulary As Taught By Alan Dawson" (John Ramsay)
-“Portraits in Rhythm" (Anthony Cirone)

I prefer lessons to be focused on a curriculum, however customized it may be, as I have found that approach to be the most efficient, especially with younger players. While I believe that it is very important to learn the fundamentals of drumming, I also believe that some of the most rewarding experiences a student can have may be achieved through realizing their own unique creative potential. Thus, I find it great to set the curriculum aside for part of the lesson, either to allow the student some time to show me what else they've been working on, listening to, watching, thinking about, or perhaps to just jam and have fun. I do expect students to make progress on their own between lessons, though I understand fully from my teaching experience that the amount of progress I can expect is different for each student.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Two full drum kits, plus a laptop, camera, and high-quality microphone for Online lessons

*** Travel Equipment ***
Sticks, practice pad, books, laptop

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, rock, folk, pop, many Latin and African styles, free improvisation


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19 Reviews
Jerker O.
Profile-location-online Online

Evan took extra time to check out some of my recordings before the lesson. Much appreciated, and it led to focusing on relevant stuff. Great first lesson!

Posted Mar 2, 2021
Mason S.
Profile-location-online Online

He is amazing!!! My shy kiddo is feeling very confident about drumming now!!!

Posted Jan 19, 2021
Drayden F.
Profile-location-online Online

Evan was very nice. This was the first lesson. More to come!

Posted Jan 6, 2021
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After many years of not playing drums, Evan has done a lot to help me remember how fun it is to have fun on the drums!

His teaching style is creative and interesting in terms of what material he brings and how he incorporates it into what you're working on, he communicates in a way that I find easy to understand, and scheduling and communication outside of the lesson has been a breeze. Our online lessons have been surprisingly easy (as someone new to this way of learning)--Evan's set up is easy to see and hear and feel like you're talking to a human being, and having the lesson recorded and sent over has been hugely helpful for reviewing the material.

Evan also happens to be in my opinion the most creative, interesting, and musical drummer in the city of Seattle, at least that I know of. Highly recommend!

Posted Nov 21, 2020
David M.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

A very accommodating, experienced, and easy going teacher. Would definitely recommend!

Posted Aug 5, 2020
Profile-location-online Online

Evan is an experienced musician who translates his expertise really well to aspiring drummers. He's super calm and patient which makes lessons fun. He supports students at whatever level they're at vs. excessively pushing. Highly recommend!

Posted Jul 28, 2020
Profile-location-online Online

Evan is an amazing drum teacher. As an adult learner taking drum lessons for the first time, I had no idea what to expect, especially using an online format. I am happy to report that Evan has exceeded all of my expectations! He makes the lessons fun and engaging. He goes at my pace and flexes with my interests. He is incredibly patient and answers all of my questions. I highly and enthusiastically recommend Evan as a drum teacher.

Posted Jun 27, 2020
Carter M
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Very cheerful, helpful and good drum teacher. He taught me everything I know with drumming while making it fun and exiting.

Posted Jun 21, 2020
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Friendly and helpful teacher! Lessons suitable for a wide range of skill levels.

Posted Jun 21, 2020
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Super prepared and ontime. Awesome!

Posted Apr 19, 2018
Phoenix M.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Evan has knowledge, is friendly and my son has been enjoying his lessons.

Posted Feb 1, 2016
Tino H.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

I gave these lessons to my husband as a gift and he really enjoyed meeting Evan and is looking forward to learning more from him.

Posted Jan 24, 2016
Hunter A.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Hunter loves his teacher, we are very happy with him. He is good at teaching the fundamentals of music theory, like notation and scales but also keeps it relevant and fun. He asks Hunter what type of music he's into so that it isn't a chore to practice- it is pretty cool that a 10 year old is playing The White Stripes!

Posted Jan 20, 2016
Jeremy S.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

My son has taken a few lessons from Evan and is really enjoying it so far! Evan is very friendly and patient, and makes the lessons a lot of fun while providing a solid foundation of knowledge and skills.

Posted Nov 4, 2015
Anne-Marie A.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Evan is a terrific drum teacher for our two sons. My youngest is a beginner; Evan has structured lessons for him but definitely encourages creativity. My oldest is in a band at school and Evan is great at reinforcing the style of music that he plays at school (mostly jazz) and teaching other styles that my son enjoys playing (mostly rock). He is organized, dependable, and easy going. He is flexible when we have conflicts. Most importantly, not only does he have great skill but he has a great demeanor for teaching: he is kind, encouraging, and has a good sense of humor. Highly recommend him!

Posted Apr 23, 2015
Rachelle M.
Profile-location-home Student's Home

Evan has been an outstanding drum teacher for our son! His skill and enthusiasm for the instrument come through in his instruction. He sets a positive example, has excellent technical knowledge and theory, provides clear, easy to understand lessons, and allows our son to express his own interests and develop his own style of drumming. Our son is excited to see Evan each week, and looks forward to sharing his new skills with the family. Evan provides lessons at our house, is organized, and timely, as well as flexible with the his schedule to allow for changes in our family schedule from time to time.

Posted Jan 15, 2015
Jinhoon L.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Evan is a talented musician and a great teacher!
What I like about him is that he gave a great experience in music, in addition to the theories and techniques of drumming

He's talent gave me a great inspiration to get more interested in drumming and
especially the jazz. I am satisfied of the learning that I got so far, and I am excited for more experience that will come in the future.

Posted Dec 29, 2014
Katie H.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Evan's lessons are structured and creative -- a combo that's hard to find and essential to learning. Evan plays close attention to my style and tailors lessons to meet my needs. I leave each lesson with new techniques that are helping me become able to play the music I want to play. I've noticed a huge difference in what I can do since I started working with him! Evan is an advanced drummer who hasn't forgotten what it's like to still be learning the fundamentals and is genuinely interested in helping you get to the next level.

Posted Dec 29, 2014
Michelle H.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Evan is one of the most high quality drum instructors in the area. When I take a lesson from Evan, I know I am getting university level instruction.

Evan's experience, knowledge and enthusiasm along with his personable, patient and easygoing personality creates an effective approach in equipping students to become the best they can be on the drum set.

Posted Nov 29, 2014

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Co-Founder and Board Member
Mar 2011 - Present

Table & Chairs Music

A Seattle-based community organization rooted in creative, avant-garde, and improvisational music. We create and support opportunities for artists and patrons of all backgrounds and levels to gather, participate, and collaborate.

Co-Founder and Principal Archivist
Jan 2010 - Present

Racer Sessions

A jam session, forum, and performance outlet for new and improvised music that meets every Sunday night at Café Racer.

Drum Set and Percussion Teacher
Sep 2008 - Present

(Various, Self)

Extensive experience giving private lessons as well as clinics and workshops at various schools and organizations.

Working Drummer
Jan 2004 - Present

(Various, Self)

Currently involved in several active Seattle bands of a diverse range of styles and approaches. Former recording artist at Paul Allen's Midnight Lamp Studios. Frequent calls from peers and local professionals to play various one-off engagements in the Seattle area.

Managing Director
Sep 2011 - Jun 2012

Improvised Music Project (IMP)

A UW Registered Student Organization I co-founded in 2008 that works to present great improvised music and promote its appreciation. Also served as an IMP officer from 2008-2011.


Bachelor of Music, cum laude, Jazz Studies
Sep 2008 - May 2013

University of Washington



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Brechemin Scholarship
Sep 2011

University of Washington

Beech Scholarship
Sep 2010

University of Washington

Golden Ear Awards
Feb 2010

Earshot Jazz

Finalist, GRAMMY Jazz Band
Dec 2007

GRAMMY Foundation

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