John Odom

John O.

Orlando, FL

About John O.

John teaches: Ages 7 and up
Teaching since: September 2009
Last sign in: Within a month


I started playing the drums at the age of ten and have been playing for thirty-four years. I played snare drum and bass drum in symphonic band in junior high and high school. I played in the Drum and Bugle Corps while in the Air Force. We marched in parades and won several awards for excellence. I have played in three Christian bands and one rock band. I have also played drum kit and percussion in church for several years. I completed the Drum Set Fundamentals course with Berklee College of Music in 2012. I am currently playing for a Christian rock band and we play live at different venues in Central Florida.

This real world experience of playing with live musicians in different settings allows me to show students how to sound great and play skillfully when playing the drum kit.Whether you have dreams of playing in a touring rock band, playing in church, or just jam out with your favorite songs, I can help you reach your drumming goals.

*** Lesson Details ***
I am very passionate about teaching others how to play the drums. This is why my drum studio is called "Groove With Passion." I take teaching very seriously and I enjoy watching the transition of a beginner go from not knowing how to hold the drumsticks to playing along to music. I am very patient and am able to show students several different approaches to play grooves and fills. I am a very positive person and will get just as excited as my student when they learn what I am teaching them. I work with my students until they "get it." And that is a wonderful feeling. A good teacher inspires their students to learn and grow. That is exactly what I strive to do.

My teaching involves using several different resources that will allow the student to become a well rounded drummer. This involves learning how to read music, playing rudiments, coordination between the hands and feet, proper drumset setup and tuning, and learning to play along to music. All of this while learning proper technique. Some of the different books that might be used include: Drumsense Vol. 1 and 2, Stick Control by George Stone, The Rock Drumming System, and others. Along with these I also utilize DVD's by Jo Jo Mayer, Steve Smith, and Tommy Igoe, and other top drummers.

I am a Drumeo Instructor. Drumeo has a fantastic program for students with many different lessons for learning all aspects of drumming. I am able to connect students with these great resources. The ever growing database on Drumeo has lessons for all aspects of drumming.

I use the Drumsense teaching method. Drumsense is a structured learning program that teaches students how to start playing basic beats and then continue adding more coordination to advance these beats.

I am also a Hudson TIP (Teachers Integration Program) instructor. Hudson Music produces several teaching DVDs by some of the top drummers in the world. Utilizing this media allows for us to branch out and continue learning and growing as a drummer.
I am a Board member of the Professional Drum Teacher's Guild. The Guild is a network of some of the best and brightest drum teachers and educators currently teaching the drums.

I am also a member of the Sabian Education Network. Sabian has a great program with many resources for students and teachers to utilize for lessons.
Learning to play an instrument should be fun and at the same time requires practice by the student. Within just a few lessons one should see some progress and as you continue to learn more advanced beats and fills, playing becomes even more fun.

Playing the drums is something that one can do for a lifetime. Whether your are eight or eighty, jamming out on a drumset is healthy, it is a great way to relieve stress, and will do wonders for your self-esteem.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I bring drumsticks, a practice pad, a metronome, and applicable teaching materials to each lesson. The student should have a functional drumkit or snare drum, depending on what instrument they are learning. They should also have their own practice pad, drumsticks, and a music stand. It is recommended for students to purchase a metronome or at least have a computer or cell phone with headphones to utilize an online metronome. Various books and other materials will need to be purchased as the student progresses with the curriculum and their playing skills advance.

*** Specialties ***
I teach rock, funk, country, basic jazz, and Christian music.

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Drum Teacher

Sep 2009 - Present
Groove With Passion Drum Studio

I have been teaching drums for six years. I have taught students from many different age ranges and experience levels. I have been playing drums for thirty-four years. I currently play in a Christian rock band and I also play drums and percussion in church. I have played in one rock band and two other Christian bands.


Drumset Fundamentals

May 2012 - Aug 2012
Berklee College of Music

Languages Spoken


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Hudson T.I.P. (Teachers Integration Program) Instructor

Mar 2010
Hudson Music

I have been trained to use multimedia, including DVD's, MP3s, and online resources to enhance the learning experience for students. This allows for a well rounded curriculum and makes the lessons fun and interesting.


Professional Drum Teachers Guild

Jun 2011

Professional Drum Teachers Guild’s Mission Statement: To provide a resource for serious drum educators to share, nurture, and be held accountable to a higher standard while also educating the public on what qualities to look for when choosing a drum educator.

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10 Reviews on John O.

Steve R. May 25, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
John has been teaching my 12 year old son Cole who is completely new and just starting out playing drums. John took the time to set up Cole's kit and adjust it for him. He has focuses on music that Cole likes and has been extremely patient in teaching him and making the lessons fun. I would highly recommend John as a teach - especially for children.
Steve R. Apr 27, 2015
Drum · In home
Verified Student
John was great and my son Cole really like the way he approached teaching the drums. Looking forward to the next lesson.
luisa V. May 29, 2014
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Mr. John is a great teacher. He has been teaching our son Elias with great passion and commitment. We can truly see he loves music and teaching. Elias is so happy to be learning drums. He looks forward to every class.
John O. May 22, 2014
Drum · In home
From R.J.

"I like my drum lessons. I think John is a good teacher. I love to play drums and I have learned a lot from John."

RJ Vivian, Winter Springs, FL, Age 8
John O. May 21, 2014
Drum · In studio
From Danielle

"I have learned many new techniques and continue learning about proper sticking, rudiments, playing fills and utilizing the different voices on the drumset, and so much more. Mr. Odom's experience and relaxed and fun attitude has me looking forward to coming back every week to learn more and to have more fun."

Danielle Mekwinsi, Winter Springs, Age 13
John O. May 21, 2014
Drum · In home
From Karen

"John has made learning the drums such an enjoyable experience. His passion for percussion shows through in all that he does. The thing that sets John apart from other instructors is that he is not interested in just giving lessons but developing drummers. This means custom tailoring lessons to fit the students' needs as well as providing support materials throughout the week to reinforce concepts. I highly recommend John as a drum instructor."

Karen Dodzweit-Professional Realtor, Orlando
John O. May 21, 2014
Drum · In home
From Jason

"I would recommend John Odom to anyone interested in learning drums. John's comfortable, practical, and paced instruction is perfect for anyone that requires organization and instructor patience while learning something new. The coordination and tenacity required to learn any musical instrument is mountainous. John is the perfect instructor to walk you through important beginning foundation steps while not being so rigid in his approach that a student would get discouraged. He is patient, forgiving, and most importantly loves what he does. It is what makes him a great drum instructor.

I have really come to enjoy learning drums as much as getting to know him. I look forward to building on both my skill sets and the relationship with him as a drum instructor. If anyone would prefer a verbal recommendation, John is free to provide my contact information as I would be happy to elaborate on his quality and caliber."


Jason McCormick-Business Professional, Lake Mary
ChadH Jul 7, 2011
Walker's Dad

John is doing a great job teaching my son, Walker. He is instilling a love for drums into Walker that I believe he will keep for a lifetime.Thank you John!
DannyR Apr 4, 2011
Highly Recommend!

John is extremely passionate and knowledgable about drumming and it shows in his enthusiasm to teach. I always wanted to play the drums, but didn't know anything about it, after my very first day with John, I felt confident about my ability to learn how to play the drums. He is thorough with his instruction and is very understanding of one's learning pace. Whether you're interested in learning how play the drums for the first time or just improving your skills, John can help you reach your ambitions.
GariettaF Mar 3, 2011
Super for beginners

I am a true beginner who decided out of the blue one day that I wanted to laarn how to play the drums. John has been an excellent teacher. He is affable, patient, and never seems to run out of ways to explain difficult or challenging concepts.I think he's great for true beginners like me!!!!