Joe Alessandro

Joe A.

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

Teaching since:
June 1993

To help you get started, your first lesson with Joe will include a free instructional video along with a cymbal hand guide and a free rudiment chart... Joe A, award winning educator and author of “The True Basics of Drumming” attended Music Institute of Technology (MIT), Hollywood, California where he was introduced to music theory, reading, various drum set styles and playing techniques. 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 began playing at the age of 13 where he started out in the typical fashion of jamming with his buddies playing practically every night.
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; He has appeared at schools throughout California, Nevada, and Colorado, to name a few states.

In closing, Joe manages to teach at his Practical Rhythms Studio, and performs 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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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
Music Institute Technology


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Professional Proficiency


Joe Alessandro
Jun 1982
M. I. T


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.

Photos & Videos

Performing at NAMM, 2011.  Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA

Menage Hotel, NAMM, 2012. Anaheim, CA

Receiving award from Vic Firth, 2008.  Music Institute, Hollywood, CA

Student lessons - La Mirada Studio, La Mirada, CA

Private Lessons, fully furnished with two drum kits, practice mirror and state-of-the-art music system and video camera. Wifi access.

Orange County Fair, 2011.
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Natasha Jul 7, 2017
Drum · In studio

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! :)

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Chantelle Saad Jun 4, 2016
Drum · In studio

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!

Suzanne S. Sep 13, 2015
Drum · In studio

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!

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Zachary Ramirez Jun 26, 2015
Drum · In home

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.

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Cherie Lowery Jun 26, 2015
Drum · In home

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!

Suzanne Braun Jun 26, 2015
Drum · In home

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!

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Jean Flanagan Jun 26, 2015
Drum · In studio

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!

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