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Ryan delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Females 0 and males 5+

Teaching since:
2004

Ryan is a percussion teacher and a performing member of "The Commandant's Own" United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps. He has been teaching drum lessons to ages 5-adult since 2004. Ryan specializes in rudimental percussion and has worked with beginning, intermediate, and advanced students. Ryan holds a Bachelors Degree in Percussion Performance from Western Michigan University. Whether you need help with snare drum, mallets, drumset, or any other percussion instrument, Ryan is excited to teach you everything he knows!

Experience

Percussionist
Feb 2017 - Present
"The Commandant's Own" United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps

I am a performing member with this unit. That's my full time job, but I am also looking forward to teaching you!

Drum lesson teacher
Jan 2004 - Present
Self-employed

I've been teaching drum lessons for a very long time to a wide variety of students, both young and old, beginner and advanced.

Education

BM - Percussion Performance
Aug 2007 - Apr 2012
Western Michigan University

Languages

English
Fluent / Native Proficiency

Affiliations

Percussive Arts Society, The
Sep 2010

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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Photos & Videos

I'm looking forward to teaching you!

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Performing with "The Commandant's Own" United States Marine Drum and Bugle Corps in 2017

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Part of my setup from when I performed "Threads," a percussion quartet by Paul Lansky in 2016

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Some of my gear

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Performing on live TV for Memorial Day 2017

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Performing with Legends Drum and Bugle Corps in 2010

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4 Reviews

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Adam Jun 4, 2017
Percussion · In studio

Ryan was my private instructor for 4 years, and I would not be the same musician I am today without him. Through his guidance I went from an average member of the high school band, to the drum captain of the drum line, to eventually entering Belmont University's School of Music as a percussionist. Anyone can learn something from Ryan. His teaching style is versatile and malleable, as he has a very good understanding of what a student needs. I highly recommend considering Ryan Jonker as your private instructor.

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Adriana Jun 4, 2017
Drum · Online

I came to Ryan in 7th grade not knowing anything about marching snare drum. Over a year later I have learned so much. My goal was to be on drum line my freshman year and he help make that happen with his lessons.

Owen Jun 3, 2017
Drum · In studio

I may not have taken lessons from Ryan for a very long time but in those few months, it wasn't hard to tell how organized and skillful he is in teaching his specialty. He taught me snare drum and helped me figure out everything from the basics to the actual show beats. Also, when I switched to lessons with Ryan, I was suprised to find how organized a lesson teacher can get. He created a google doc and updated it with what I need to work on so I knew what to practice every lesson.

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Jacob Jun 3, 2017
Drum · In studio

Great teacher! Really helped me get into drumming and drumming well!

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