Tracy Dishman

Tracy D.

Edmond, OK
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Levels Taught:
Beginner, Intermediate
I have been teaching drums since 2003, and I start my students using The Drumset Musician, by Rick Mattingly and Rod Morgenstein. I also choose materials, from my extensive library, to address the needs of each individual. I am familiar with rock, country, blues, jazz, and world grooves, as well as marching band and orchestra. I teach the components of and purposes of voices within the set, proper grip, reading music, coordination, and feel. I also teach students how to analyze and map songs, so they can excel in a band setting. If a student is wanting to be in marching and symphonic bands, I can prepare them for those pursuits, as well. I have two sets in my studio, as well as abundant hand and auxiliary percussion instruments.
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Tracy delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
December 2010

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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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

Alpha Beta Gamma is an International Business Honor Society established by business professors in 1970 to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year business and professional college students. The society is a member of The Association of College Honor Societies and has initiated 65,500 members.

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Phi Theta Kappa
Jan 2002

The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa shall be to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa shall provide opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.

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22 Reviews

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Logan Mar 1, 2019
Drum · In studio

Looking forward to learning more with Tracy!

Leah Sep 2, 2018
Percussion · Online

My daughter has really been enjoying her lessons with Tracy! Many thanks!

Journey L. Jun 24, 2018
Piano · In studio

Grand daughter was very impressed with Tracy; said she was very nice and is very excited to continue lessons with her.

Payden O. Jun 12, 2018
Piano · Online

Tracy was very good. She very quickly transitioned from one instument to another for both of my boys lessons.

Cooper O. Jun 11, 2018
Drum · Online

Tracy was great. Both my boys really enjoyed their lessons. She is well versed.

Paul P. Jun 7, 2018
Acoustic Guitar · Online

Tracy is great with my daughter and has really helped her learn the basics of guitar!

Brooke A. Apr 10, 2018
Drum · Online

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.

Cooper M. Jan 26, 2018
Percussion · Online

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.

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Beau K. Oct 9, 2017
Piano · Online


Ava Sep 24, 2017
Acoustic Guitar · Online

Tracy did a wonderful job with my 12 year old today. I highly recommend her.

Ayla S. Jun 11, 2017
Piano · In studio

Tracy was good at engaging my 5 year old. She is very excited to learn more!

Cab B. Nov 28, 2016
Piano · In studio

Tracy was very welcoming and patient! She asked music my son liked to increase interest and took the lesson from there!

Gayla A. Sep 12, 2016
Drum · In studio

She is the best!

Gayla A. Sep 12, 2016
Drum · In studio

She is the best!

Alana R. Jul 6, 2016
Drum · Online

Very patient with my daughter and excellent teacher we are so happy to have found her.

Britni Liberton Jun 28, 2016
Drum · In home

So much fun, very patient! Definitely looking forward to the rest of my lessons!

Nigel W. May 19, 2016
Drum · In home

had a great time, looking forward to more lessons!

Heidi G. Jan 29, 2016
Percussion · Online

Off to a great start!

Gage S. Jan 13, 2016
Drum · In home

Very good with my son. He opened up more to her during the first lesson than in 3 months with his previous instructor.

Dina G. Aug 3, 2015
Drum · In home

She is thorough and patient! She was able to teach my son to actually read music, not just play it. Recommend!

Aidan Jul 12, 2015
Drum · In studio

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.

Amy R. Feb 27, 2013
Drum ·

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.

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