Joel Denham

Joel D.

Zeeland, MI
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
Drummer with nearly 20 years experience playing in rock bands as well as in worship settings. Lessons begin with a focus on fundamentals of drumming (drum set) but can expand into what the student specifically wants to learn. We will also focus on the role of the drummer within a musical group and learn how to navigate those intricacies. Beginner and intermediate students preferred but all ages are welcome, its never too late to learn how to drum!

About Joel D.

I have been playing the drums for nearly 20 years, in which most of my experience is hands-on, playing in contemporary church worship teams and regional Christian rock bands with occasional teaching mixed in. Personally, my favorite style of music to play is rock/alternative but I also favor acoustic/folk styles, funky grooves, Latino rhythms, and the occasional metal, blues, or jazz beats.

No matter the musical style, playing with confidence, feeling the song, and having an awareness of other musicians can escalate you from a "good" drummer to a "great!" one; and this is what I teach my students. They will learn the fundamentals of stick position, rotary movements, basic drum hits and musical notation, as well as how to play on beat (with a "click"). These skills will enable the student to learn any style of music and increase their ability to play the role of the drummer in virtually any band or musical group.

For example, the bands I have played in over the years have opened for multiple National acts like Red, Disciple, Project 86, and Decyfer Down and have played festivals and tours like Cornerstone Festival, Unity Festival, and Winter Jam, opening for Mercy Me, Jars of Clay, and Hawk Nelson. I truly believe that if you know your craft and have confidence in yourself, the sky is the limit for what you can do.

Currently, I play regularly at my local church and do worship nights and events in my area. I would be honored and pleased to work with you and help you become a great drummer!


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7 Reviews
Noah B.
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Joel has been great so far! We’ve just started with him, but he is extremely friendly and kind. He’s very encouraging and positive about growing our son’s skills. Would definitely recommend him, especially for children. He’s really good with kids.

Posted Jun 12, 2019
Tracy S.
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I’ve not had lessons from Joel, but I have attended several events in which he was drumming. One of THE best drummers I have ever heard! Whether you’re just starting out or have been playing for a while I have no doubt Joel will help you improve your drumming skill.

Posted Jan 5, 2019
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Made the lesson fun and informative!

Posted May 3, 2018
Jaxon S.
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This was my 9yr son's 1st drum lesson with Joel. Joel did a fantastic job keeping the balance between theory, instrument use, & keeping it fun for him.

Posted Apr 18, 2018
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I’ve had the privilege of playing guitar, with Joel as the drummer, in various bands. Hands down the best drummer I’ve ever played with. Joel is extremely attentive to what the rest of the band is doing which is a skill that so many drummers are missing. And he’s always on with that click track! Joel could always create whatever sounding fills I asked for, and then some. But ALWAYS tasteful. A very gifted musician.

Joel is also a man of integrity and an all around fun guy! One of my best friends on this earth!

Posted Apr 4, 2018

I've been playing music in bands for 22 years. I've played with a lot of amazing drummers, but THIS guy is the best rock drummer I have EVER played with!! If you want to learn how to play the drums, Joel is your guy.

Beyond his years of experience and musical talent, Joel is also a very compassionate and patient teacher. He is truly interested in seeing his students succeed! I highly recommend this teacher to anyone who wants to improve their skill on the drums, whether beginner or advanced.

Posted Apr 4, 2018

Joel is the best drummer I've ever worked with. He is highly experienced, knowledgeable, professional, and extremely talented. He will not just teach your students how to play an instrument, he will teach them to feel the music. To anticipate the motives of the song. It's not just a mechanical process to him, it is an expression of art through sound, and no one I've ever met explains it better than him.

Posted Apr 4, 2018

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Apr 2005 - Sep 2011

Uncommon Road

Worship Team Drummer
Jul 2007 - Apr 2011

Valley Family Church

Worship and Programming Support Coordinator
Oct 2009 - Apr 2010

Valley Family Church

I assisted the Worship Director with music and worship related tasks from scheduling and running auditions to service planning. I also played full-time as the worship team's drummer.


BBA in E-Business Marketing
Jan 2014 - Dec 2015

Western Michigan University



Fluent / Native Proficiency

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