Tracy Dishman
Edmond, OK
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Tracy Dishman

Tracy D.

Edmond, OK
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I can help those, who are new to the instrument, to become familiar with scales, progressions, technique, reading, and musical styles. I enjoy helping students find their voices and tastes by using videos and music that inspires them. If students already have some songs that they wish to learn, I can help them achieve those goals, as well.

About Tracy D.

I have been playing the drum set in various bands since 2001. I have also been playing with the OKC Community Orchestra since 2009. I have played in symphonic and jazz bands and a percussion ensemble. I have taught a percussion class, private lessons, and I have been a full time music teacher in the OKC district. I have recorded in the studio also, and I enjoy doing a bit of my own production. Rocking on stage is my favorite activity! I can teach you how to be an integral part of a band and play along to your favorites. I enjoy bringing out the best in a student and teaching to his/her strengths. Let's run!

*** Lesson Details ***
I am a very easygoing and patient teacher. I fully understand that the drum set requires a high level of coordination, and I am mindful of this while working with students. I will begin with proper grip and stroke technique as well as the use of a metronome. I will teach the student to read rhythms and drum set notation. I know how to isolate difficult patterns, break them down into understandable parts, and reintegrate them into a piece. I like to use the music that a student enjoys to relate to the written music. I have found YouTube to be an indispensable tool for this, and my students have responded very well. I will work on snare drum technique as well, because it is the primary voice on the set, and the touch and nuance required to play it well relate to the set as well. I will tailor my instruction to suit the student's learning style and preferences. I want to make the learning fun, so I will help the student quickly gain the basic skills to play along with their favorite bands. This promotes musicality as well as solid time. It will also aid in transcription, which will come with development and is a valuable tool. I will use this in tandem with technique-building exercises to form a well rounded musician. I believe that a student should have a familiarity with his/her instrument, so we will also go over the anatomy and tuning of the set. Above all, music should be fun!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music room w/ drum set, hand drums, and seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I have a practice pad, snare drum, and sticks. If a student wishes to have drum set lessons in his/her home, that instrument should be there.
**Please note** I do have a drum set in my home.

*** Specialties ***
For the drum set, I am the most experienced in rock, country, and bluegrass styles. I am comfortable with both Stevens and Burton grips for mallet instruments.

1. *** See my article on drum set tips! ***
2. ***See my article about the benefits of learning drums as an adult.***
3. *** See my article on Efficient Practice Methods. ***
4. *** See my article on Coordination Exercises. ***
5. *** See my article on Snare Drum Basics. ***
6. *** See my Gear Guide article on drum sticks. ***
7. *** See my Gear Guide article on Drum Sets. ***
8. *** See my Gear Guide article on cymbals. ***
9. ***See my article about different grips.***
10. **See my article about drum apps. ***
11. **See my article about drum thrones. ***
12. **See my article about nailing performances.**
13. ***See my article about rudiments.***
14. ***See my article about tuning your drums.***
15. ***See my article about reading drum charts/tabs.***
16. ***See my article about different types of sticks/effects.***
17. ***See my article about Bass Drum Technique.***
18. ***See my article on Snare Drum Technique.***
19. ***See my article on Fills.***
20.*** See my article on Different Drum Types.***

Recording Credits: "The Mary Rose" and "Normandie" from the album, Demos and Premiers, by Callen Clarke and Kyle Dillingham


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28 Reviews
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Tracy is a fun, gifted, patient teacher. She really shines in teaching even shy kids, encouraging them to enjoy the instrument as well as learn to read music. Her style is super friendly and approachable and we would highly recommend her to anyone wanting to learn to rock the drums.

Posted Apr 15, 2021
Cooper P.
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I really enjoy my first lesson. Tracy is so easy to talk with and very knowledgeable about the acoustic guitar. Cant wait for my next lesson to learn more.

Posted Jul 25, 2020
Ian W.
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Tracy made it so much fun to learn. Just a total jammer and clearly loves playing.

Posted Jun 2, 2020
Charlynne L.
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Enjoyed the lesson

Posted May 27, 2020
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Tracy was wonderful! Very knowledgeable, warm, patient, and we’re looking forward to the next lesson!

Posted May 24, 2020
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Sid, had fun!

Posted Mar 22, 2020
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Looking forward to learning more with Tracy!

Posted Mar 1, 2019
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My daughter has really been enjoying her lessons with Tracy! Many thanks!

Posted Sep 2, 2018
Journey L.
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Grand daughter was very impressed with Tracy; said she was very nice and is very excited to continue lessons with her.

Posted Jun 24, 2018
Payden O.
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Tracy was very good. She very quickly transitioned from one instument to another for both of my boys lessons.

Posted Jun 12, 2018
Cooper O.
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Tracy was great. Both my boys really enjoyed their lessons. She is well versed.

Posted Jun 11, 2018
Paul P.
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Tracy is great with my daughter and has really helped her learn the basics of guitar!

Posted Jun 7, 2018
Brooke A.
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Great start! Tracy has a calm way about her that works really well with our daughter. She left her with some fun and doable homework for the next lesson. We’re excited to keep going.

Posted Apr 10, 2018
Cooper M.
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My 11 year old son lost his drum teacher, and we found TakeLessons online. The hardest part is choosing a teacher because many are all top notch 5-Star rated. I picked Tracy D. seemingly at random!

What a lucky draw it turned out to be. Tracy is a real pro, with a great personality. It took my son less than a few minutes before he was comfortable, having fun, and learning new things (he has 1 year experience).

I’ve been a part time musician for over 40 years, and I can tell you when I meet someone that is a true professional musician and the right person to teach my son. That is this exceptional woman.

Posted Jan 26, 2018
Beau K.
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Posted Oct 9, 2017
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Tracy did a wonderful job with my 12 year old today. I highly recommend her.

Posted Sep 24, 2017
Ayla S.
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Tracy was good at engaging my 5 year old. She is very excited to learn more!

Posted Jun 11, 2017
Cab B.
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Tracy was very welcoming and patient! She asked music my son liked to increase interest and took the lesson from there!

Posted Nov 28, 2016
Gayla A.
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She is the best!

Posted Sep 12, 2016
Gayla A.
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She is the best!

Posted Sep 12, 2016
Alana R.
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Very patient with my daughter and excellent teacher we are so happy to have found her.

Posted Jul 6, 2016
Britni Liberton
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So much fun, very patient! Definitely looking forward to the rest of my lessons!

Posted Jun 28, 2016
Nigel W.
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had a great time, looking forward to more lessons!

Posted May 19, 2016
Heidi G.
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Off to a great start!

Posted Jan 29, 2016
Gage S.
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Very good with my son. He opened up more to her during the first lesson than in 3 months with his previous instructor.

Posted Jan 13, 2016
Dina G.
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She is thorough and patient! She was able to teach my son to actually read music, not just play it. Recommend!

Posted Aug 3, 2015
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My son is 7 years old and had his first drum lesson today. I have personally searched long and hard to look for a drum teacher that is great with children. While my son felt challenged by learning something new, Tracy made is extremely easy.

Posted Jul 12, 2015
Amy R.

Great teacher for my son!

Tracy has been an excellent fit for my young son. She is very patient and varies the lesson to hold a young child's attention. She gives lots of praise and encouragement. She seems to have appropriate expectations for a 5 1/2 yr old and is good about communicating with him on a level he can understand. These are concerns I had when looking for a drum teacher for a child who is so young.

Posted Feb 27, 2013

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Bachelor of Music Education
Jan 2009 - Dec 2011

Oklahoma Christian University

A.S. Business
Jan 2001 - May 2003

Murray State



Fluent / Native Proficiency


PK-12 Instrumental/General Music
Jun 2012

Oklahoma Department of Education


Alpha Beta Gamma
Jan 2003
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Phi Theta Kappa
Jan 2002
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