Kerry Kennard

Kerry K.

Fairborn, OH
Teaching Locations:
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Teaching Locations:
Profile-location-online Online
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
I've been teaching Drums since 2004 and recently started back January 2013. Within the first few lessons, you'll be able to play all rudiments and as time goes on you'll be able to play in bands and in JH and HS bands. I typically use the Haskell Harr, and now include Alfred's Drum Method book for Snare; Tommy Igo for drum-set. His posters from Vic Firth are great resources (which I send out to new students). I love working with students of all ages and experience levels; I can't wait to meet you!

About Kerry K.

Online Masters Jazz program from University of Arkansas at Monticello, (2018-2019) these studies will help students understand various Jazz, Brazilian, and Afro-Cuban drum patterns.

I attended Wright State University for two (2) years studying Music , and then transferred to Belmont University to receive a Bachelors of Music in Percussion Performance.
A Masters of Music from Eastern Kentucky University will help overall General music and creative studies when learning music and drumming styles during lessons.

Studying at Eastman School of Music, learning Creative Music Making and African drum studies, these genres will help students learn many genres of percussion and implemented to drum studies.

I attended University of Dayton for Percussion, Music Technology, & World music, and different Samba schools in Salvador/Rio, Brazil learning Samba studies.

I have been performing since 1981 for theatre shows, Pop/Rock, jazz, R & B, Circus’ (Great Wallendas), swing bands, American Entertainment Productions show band (One year), and performed with Holland America Cruise Line for three (3) years. Recently, I've been performing Musicals in Columbus, OH (Tarzan), Sinclair College and Dare2Defy Productions - not necessarily all in order. Played in different jazz bands, Pop/Rock groups, and Churches (Contemporary & Traditional) in the area.

I have been teaching since 2004, both privately and for local studios, offering most drum styles, except metal drumming.


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7 Reviews
Profile-location-online Online

Kerry has an incredible knowledge and experience with drumming. He encouraged me and challenged me. I highly recommend Kerry to anyone looking to be a skilled and educated drummer.

Posted Dec 19, 2019
Theresa Lauterbach
Profile-location-home Student's Home

I saw improvement each week from my lessons with Kerry. He offered great resources and gave me advise for purchasing my drums. After just 5 months, I could read and play music on my own!

Posted Oct 29, 2016
King Koeller

Fantastic jazz drummer!
Professional and knowledgeable about many diverse drumming styles.
Super swingin'!

Posted Dec 1, 2015
James M.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Kerry introduced the basics to my daughter. I could see improvement every
week. She loved going to lessons with Kerry.

Posted May 26, 2015
Samantha C.

Kerry certainly has the experience, both in teaching and performing. When someone like Kerry teaches, he brings both his knowledge from his degrees, and his experience from performing. Working with Kerry, I know for a fact that not only is he talented, but he is professional all the way, and takes his work very seriously. You will not be disappointed if you choose to hire Kerry!

Posted Apr 23, 2015
Kerry K.
Profile-location-studio Teacher's Studio

Kerry has given private percussion lessons to my 12 year old daughter for 8 months. She enjoys lessons and I have seen improvements in her performance. Kerry has been communicative, professional, and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend his services.
Thank you.

Dena Krupa

Posted Dec 10, 2014

Kerry K. is an experienced percussionist with many valuable insights to share with beginning or intermediate level students. He has played for my Music Directing very successfully for the last 10 years.

Posted Nov 26, 2014

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Online Lessons
Jun 2020 - Present


Teach drum set to students via Skype, or Zoom, depending on the student's preference. Select material usually from Tommy Igo and Buddy Rich's snare drum book and Vic Firth educational material also. Work with students what they want to learn. 30 and 60 minute lessons available .

Jazz gigs
Jan 2015 - Mar 2018

(with Samantha Carlson)

Jazz gigs within the region, playing drums with Samantha Carlson and other local artists (Kelsey Mira).

Drum teacher
Jan 2013 - Apr 2016

Pastime Junction

Teach drum lessons to JH, HS, and adults, creating content around their needs.

Jun 2008 - Nov 2011

Holland America Line

Playing percussion instruments, i.e. Congas, Timpani, timbales, tambourine, shakers, etc. for various guest entertainer’s show, Production Shows, dance music, and events around the ship. Fill in Drum set for HALCats band and other Jazz band on ship.

Drum teacher
Aug 2006 - Aug 2007

Brd House / Dayton Band

Taught 10-12 students a week using books and music technology, iPod, listening to music and watching famous drummers during lesson time. Tommy Igo - book used for drum-set learning, as well as other books.

Jan 1984 - Dec 1984

American Entertainment Productions

On the road work in schools, conventions, and State Fairs. During school season, Two school occurances a day made for tight schedule.


Master of Music (M. M.) - Jazz Studies/Performance
Jul 2018 - Aug 2019

University of Arkansas @ Monticello

Master of Music
Aug 2007 - May 2008

Eastern Kentucky University

Music Tech. and Drum/Music performance
Jun 2005 - Dec 2007

University of Dayton

Music / Summer School
Jun 2007 - Jun 2007

Eastman School of Music

Bachelor of Music (B. M.)
Sep 1988 - May 1991

Belmont University


$5,000 / Semester
Aug 2007

Eastern Kentucky University

Mar 2003

Wright State University


National Association of Music Merchants
Jan 2021
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.
Jazz Education Network
Jan 2012
JEN was formed in 2008 to help bring together the jazz arts community. It hosts an annual conference with concerts presented by students and professionals, a student jazz festival, workshops, research presentations and an exhibition area with manufacturers, retailers, schools and other jazz related organizations. JEN also offers many educational programs, from an outreach program, to mentoring and scholarships.
Broadcast Music Inc.
May 1994
One of three United States performing rights organizations, along with ASCAP and SESAC. It collects license fees on behalf of songwriters, composers, and music publishers and distributes them as royalties to those members whose works have been performed. In FY 2013, BMI collected more than $944 million in licensing fees and distributed $814 million in royalties.
Percussive Arts Society, The
Nov 1990
We offer students and professionals opportunities to grow artistically and professionally. Students can learn have a music industry experience through the PAS Internship program or apply to receive a PAS scholarship or grant. Professionals can create new percussion programs or gain recognition through PAS grants and contests. Many individuals have significantly impacted the world of percussion through the Percussive Arts Society and they are recognized in our Hall of Fame and Awards pages.

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