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Ryan delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
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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!


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

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


BM - Percussion Performance
Aug 2007 - Apr 2012
Western Michigan University
High School Diploma
Aug 2003 - Jun 2007
Parchment High Shool


Fluent / Native Proficiency


First Division Ratings
Jan 2016
Solo and Ensemble


The Sabian Education Network
Mar 2016

Education is a priority at Sabian. Not only do we support hundreds of clinics around the globe each year, we also support education in schools, provide funding for scholarships and are actively involved as sponsors with collegiate ensembles and drum corps.

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

Introduction video - thanks for your interest!
I'm looking forward to teaching you!

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

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

Some of my gear

Performing on live TV for Memorial Day 2017
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6 Reviews

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Becca Mar 31, 2018
Drum · In studio

We just haven’t found anyone like Ryan after he left for lessons. Hopefully if he comes back to Michigan both my kids can do lessons with him again!

Allen Sep 2, 2017
Drum · In studio

Ryan was an amazing teacher for drums and percussion! He personally taught me on Tenors and was my Drum Tech for 3 years. He has been the best Tech that i have ever had. I highly recommend Ryan. You will be very happy with the results! He definitely knows how to teach anyone drums.

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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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