Liz Ficalora

Liz F.

Nashville, TN

Lesson Details



Liz delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
August 2003

Liz is an experienced teacher, clinician, author with Alfred Publishing, producer and engineer and has taught master classes based upon her book for drummers called “How to Write a Fast and Easy Drum Chart, teaching drummers how to write drum music. Currently she is the CEO and designer of a new Web App called Drum Chart Builder that builds one page drum charts for all mobile devices. She has taught clinics at Guitar Center, MTSU, The Percussion and Arts Society International Convention, The SAE Institute, The Musicians Union and TSU. She is a member of ASCAP as a Publisher and Writer, 257 Musicians Union, PAS, Club Cubase and is currently performing The Paint Sisters Band.
Liz is endorsed by REMO, Vic Firth Education Program, Louie Bellson, Gary Chaffee, Rich Redmond, Jeff Salem and Lalo Davila.
She has been featured in DRUM! Magazine, Tom Tom Magazine Berklee Today.

Liz has a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Boston’s Berklee College of Music. Under the tutelage of Berklee’s finest teachers such as Gary Chaffee, Fusion and Jazz artist, Keith Copeland; Jazz artist, and Fred Budda from the Boston Pops, Liz has grown into a hard working professional musician touring at age 16 and recording her first album at age 19 with the Calliopes Children Steel Band. She is an Award Winning Jingle Writer and a certified K-12 instrumental and vocal instructor.

She is an accomplished and experienced musician who has toured with Stella Parton and performed with Pam Tillis, Charlie Louvin, Walter Egan, The Carnival Cruise Lines and produced The Paint Sisters with John Carter Cash.
Today she is still performing and touring with Nashville artists, teaching private lessons and master classes and producing and engineering sessions in Tennessee. Liz has lived here in Nashville for 20 years.

*** Lesson Details ***
Expect to have a great experience from your first lesson to your last lesson. I live music every day and like to expose all my students to new and innovative songs and styles that are used in today’s music.
I design a practice work flow so my students know how to set up their practice space and the best way to practice what I have shown them. You will see a gradual progression that I create for students to advance their drumming techniques enabling them to play the songs they have always wanted to play.
I teach a step by step method to playing the drums and each lesson includes technique skills, reading music skills and learning drum patterns to playing songs.
Students will be able to play a simple drum pattern in their first lesson with a song. In 3 months you will see music reading skills greatly improve and a good start on coordination technique skills. In six months the student will be able to read music well and play basic patterns for songs. Coordination and technique skills will have greatly improved.
I like to have a music concert for my students once a year at the end of April or the beginning of May in a safe and quite venue which lasts only about an hour. This gives students a performance goal and it’s so much fun.

Liz has been extensively trained in developing music programs for drums and piano students to guide them to becoming successful musicians and accomplishing their musical goals.
Her teaching method includes progressive technique study, theory, notation and music reading skills. She teaches beginner to advanced levels in both drums and piano.

*** Studio Equipment ***
All drum equipment, CD player, headphones, practice pad, music stands.
Total recording capabilities to record your lesson or your drumming to a music track.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Books, headphones, ipod with students songs, sticks

*** Specialties ***
New technology using Drum Chat Builder and learning how to write out a drum chart of a song. Beginner and advanced Alfred Publishing Drum Books. I use Gary Chaffee methods for teaching beginner to advanced techniques for drumming. Styles Rock, Pop, Country, Jazz, Swing.
My specialty is teaching my students to chart out a song. It is a proven way for students to play a song with confidence. My students are very successful using this method. I teach this method using my book "How to Write a Fast and Easy Drum Chart" Alfred Publishing to all levels.
I teach reading music notation and how to read all drum music and charts when in a professional session.

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Nov 2015 - Present
Drum Chart Builder

Designer of the program Drum Chart Builder. An all in one program to create drum music and use new technology in the school room and professional work.

Oct 2012 - Present
Alfred Publishing

Alfred Publishing is the publisher of my book "How to Write a Fast and Easy Drum Chart." They are still selling this book

Drum Teacher
Aug 2011 - Present
Private Music Studio Nashville

I teach drums in this store and piano. Nice place to teach

Drum Teacher, Clinician
May 2003 - Present
Private Music Studio

My own teaching studio that I have been using after I left working for the school systems.


Bachelors Degree in Music Education
Sep 1974 - Jun 1978
Berklee College of Music
Percussion, Composition, Music Theory
Sep 1972 - Jun 1974
Hoff-Barthelson School of Music, Scarsdale, New York


Certified Music Teacher
Jun 1978
Berklee College of Music


First Place National and Regional Winner
May 1988
Maxwell House Coffee


Percussive Arts Society, The
May 2007

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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American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Apr 2000

The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

Photos & Videos

Take the tour of Drum Chart Builder and learn a new drum music program to create drum music
Percussion Arts Society International Conference Drumset Master Class. Demonstrating how to play and read  drum chart. Class size 650.
Demonstrating how to identify the drum pattern that is used in a song and writing on the drum chart.
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Photo by Liz F.

Photo by Liz F.

Photo by Liz F.

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