Joe Alessandro
La Mirada, CA
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Joe Alessandro

Joe A.

La Mirada, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
As a teacher, I believe that learning to play music is one of life’s most rewarding experiences. My goal is to help you take your musical aspirations as far as you can! As one of Southern California’s most renowned teachers, I have been teaching for over 20 years and am known as a specialist in using state-of-the-art methods in developing vocabulary, command, and control of the complete drum set. You will learn the masterful stick, finger and foot techniques used by the professionals.
What sets me apart from other teachers is my performance experience as an instructor/clinician. I have performed educational clinics at several universities, colleges, schools and music stores throughout the country. My knowledge and experience, unlimited 24/7 student support, follow-up and passion for music education is unparalleled.
I am the author of the education instructional video series titled, “The True Basics of Drumming”. My video series outlines some of my teaching and playing methods. My ideas about the drums and drumming are always expanding with the main focus always being on how to have more fun playing drums.
I have received credits from Chuck Silverman in his compilation book titled “The Funk Masters” published by Warner Bros Music. Joe is also an award winning teacher and has been acknowledged by Vic Firth for his contribution to education.

By Joe A.

Joe A.’s “Drum set” course is a fun method that allows you to play songs on the drum set right away. REAL drums REAL teaching REAL FUN!
The course provides:

Four Way Limb Coordination
Drum Fill Exercise
Performance Tips
Drum Model’s
Double Bass
Motion Concept


The attitude and technique of “Rock Drumming.” Listening examples and transcriptions expose students to drummers who have made important contribution to the style. Techniques include grip, motion exercises, single and double bass drum studies relevant to the necessary performance skills and music learned and performed.


The course explores and demonstrates the historical stylistic and technical evolution of Jazz from Swing to Bebop and beyond. Techniques includes; ride patterns and left hand comping basic independence, coordination and various song form.


This covers Classic to Modern Funk drumming, through listening and analysis of each groove supported by transcriptions starting with James Brown into the early 1980’s. This course also covers special technique and sticking patterns with over 20 songs learned and performed.


This covers the concepts of creating and developing a vocabulary of Fills on the drums by applying Rudiments. Class includes writing and audio examples of Top Rock, Jazz, and Funk drummers.


Class covers use of Double Bass as a means of furthering skills and independence. Demonstrations and exercises will emphasize speed, technique, and control.


Class covers variations of textures and series of drum heads from (1) ply to coated; demonstrations of tuning and sealing heads properly; and specifies in different types of music.


Drum Grooves and Fills
Course explores the innovated beats and fills of Ringo Star, in the context of Beatles repertoire through analysis and performance. Student will learn and perform songs.

Drum Grooves and Fills
Course explores John Bonham drum beats and fills in the context of Led Zeppelin repertoire through extensive and detailed listening and transcription, analysis and performance. Student will learn and perform songs.

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About Joe A.

Joe Alessandro, Award winning educator and author of “The True Basics of Drumming” attended Music Institute (MI), Hollywood, California. Joe continued his music education studying with several name musicians such as Paul Cush, formerly of CBS Studios; Terry Bozzio and Chuck Silverman. Joe has studied, work with and received credit from Chuck Silverman’s compilation “The Funk Masters” published by Warner Bros.

A veteran drummer of more than 25 years,
Joe has been teaching students of all ages for more than 20 years and has been awarded by highly acclaimed Vic Firth, for his contributions in education and recognized for musical integrity, dedication, professionalism and outstanding contributions to teaching.

Joe has performed and been an instructor/clinician at several universities, colleges, schools, churches, and music stores throughout the nation.

In closing, Joe manages to teach at his Practical Rhythms Studio, perform master classes, clinics, concerts and tours throughout the year and still finds time to write and produce his instructional videos, The True Basics of Drumming.


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8 Reviews
Robert A.
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My first lesson with Joe was Awesome and eye opening!
Joe has plenty of patience when it comes to rookies like me! I felt very comfortable at his location!
I'm working on the techniques and homework he gave me and now it's making sense as I'm practicing at home what we went over on my first lesson. I feel like I made a great choice from the get go and I'm excited and looking forward my next 14 lessons!

Posted Feb 14, 2020
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I would highly recommend joe to anyone that's looking to learn from a great music instructor!
To be the best, you have to learn from the best! :)
I've been taking lessons w/ joe for a couple of months and Not only is he affordable, but he's patient w/ you, he's passionate about what he does, he's good at communicating & Makes sure you understand what's going on. Joe also values the importance of drum concepts and techniques, & he's always there to help! :)

Posted Jul 7, 2017
Chantelle Saad
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Joe is an awesome teacher! He is super helpful and patient. He offers practical but essential instruction on the basics of drumming. Can't wait to continue classes with him!

Posted Jun 4, 2016
Suzanne S.
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Joe is a wonderful teacher. He is very knowledgeable and experienced and generous in sharing what he knows with the student. He takes the time to patiently explain each step of the lesson for the day and is happy to answer any questions I may have. I also appreciate that he’s thoughtful and just a really good human being. I’m grateful to be able to take lessons from him. With Joe’s help, I’m looking forward to becoming the best drummer I can be!

Posted Sep 13, 2015
Zachary Ramirez
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Joe is a great instructor. I took lessons with him when I was 19 and then stopped. I hit a wall in my progress and was feeling uninspired for months. I was split in so many directions, I was not making any significant progress. I tried online for a while and then it hit me. Go see Joe again. I did and within the first week I was back on track.

If you are a new drummer, go see Joe! I remember when I was first learning from Joe. His teaching style makes it easy to learn.

If you are a drummer who is stuck in a rut and can't progress. Go see Joe. He'll get you back on track.

I won't stop now. I will continue to train with Joe until the student has out-mastered the master.

Posted Jun 26, 2015
Cherie Lowery
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Thanks Joe for being an inspiration and role model to my boy. He is enjoying his lessons and has learned more than you know! You are so patient with him!

Posted Jun 26, 2015
Suzanne Braun
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Joe is a great drum teacher! My little boy is just beginning to play drums and Joe is very patient with him! I can't say enough great things about Joe. My little boy loves him! Thanks Joe for being a role model for discipline and ambition. My little guy is learning more than drums from you!

Posted Jun 26, 2015
Jean Flanagan
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My son has been taking lessons from Joe for over a year now. Wonderful instructor! He really knows how to talk to his students and teach them in a way they understand. My son has not only enhanced his skills, but has gained knowledge about the music industry and what is behind the music itself. Highly recommend this instructor!

Posted Jun 26, 2015

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Senior Director of Drums and Percussion
Aug 2012 - Present

Link to Learn

Online education service

Jun 1992 - Present

Practical Rhythms Drum Studio's

Director of Drums and Percussion
May 2008 - May 2010

University of Recording Arts and Music


Associates in Music
Jun 1980 - Jun 1981

Musicans Institute



Professional Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Joe Alessandro
Jun 1982

M. I.


Certificate of Appreciation
Jan 2008

Vic Firth Drumsticks

Contributions to Education
Jan 2006

Vic Firth Drumsticks


National Association of Music Merchants
Jan 1986
NAMM is the not-for-profit association that promotes the pleasures and benefits of making music and strengthens the $17 billion global music products industry. NAMM's activities and programs are designed to promote music making to people of all ages.

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