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Drum Lessons in San Jose: Your Guide to Music in the South Bay

Want to take drum lessons in San Jose? You're in a great city to pursue your passion. There are lots of awesome drum teachers in the city, and San Jose is a great place for aspiring drummers!

The first thing you will need for your drum lessons is the right gear. You can buy new and used gear at the San Jose Pro Drum shop, which is owned and operated by Paul Batres and Jimmy DeGrasso. Batres teaches drum lessons, and is very helpful and knowledgeable, and DeGrasso has played with famous musicians and bands like Ozzy Osbourne, Y&T, and Suicidal Tendencies. Stop by the store and thes
e guys will help you find everything you need to get started.

If you're not quite ready to shell out the cash to buy new drum gear, you can get rent-to-own equipment from Music Village. There are two locations in the San Jose area, so you can definitely find a store near you.

When you’re taking drum lessons in San Jose, you have to check out the live music scene. Watching other performers will not only give you inspiration to help you practice, you will be exposed to all different types of music. Plus, live shows are a lot of fun!

Hedley Club Lounge

The Hedley Club lounge is located inside the Hotel De Anza, and it’s one of the best places to see live jazz in the San Jose area. Grab some friends and head to the Hedley Club Jazz Jam. This event happens on the first and third Wednesday of each month, and features some of the South Bay’s best local artists.

The Quarter Note
You can see local bands perform live every Friday and Saturday at the Quarter Note in San Jose. There are also pro jams on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday, so once you progress in your drum lessons, you can jump on stage and jam out with other musicians.

JJ’s Blues

This is a smaller venue, but a good spot to see local talent. As the name implies, it’s most well-known for blues performances, but live bands also play rock, reggae, and Latin music.

If you’re interested in learning different types of drumming, which can make for a greater overall learning experience, look into some of the drum circle Meetup groups in your area. Meetup groups are a great way to meet other aspiring musicians, practice buddies, and new friends. The Bay Area Drum Circle ( and Global Drum Circles ( are two groups you may want to check out between drum lessons.

One of the best things about taking drum lessons in San Jose is the opportunity to explore everything your city has to offer. From drum shops to live music, there are countless ways to have fun and expand your knowledge while you learn your craft.

Happy drumming!


Jeff W.

San Mateo, CA

Please see details Below***


About Jeff

Hello Students/Parents: I have been drumming for 20 years and currently I am playing professionally in the Bay Area. I am funny, friendly, outgoing, great with kids, , and have been teaching music for 4 years and counting. I tend to work mainly as a "For hire" drummer on multiple acts. Styles include: Pop/Rock/Funk/Reggae and Hip-hop. I currently play with Street Drum Corps ("Percussion ensemble of the Year" from Drum Magazine! -2012) and Out of The Blue. (Hit band) *** Lesson Details *** During our first lesson we will discuss plans that cater to your needs, and customize them. I want to help you reach your goals and make you happy as a drummer, so I am open to teach you anything no matter where your strength or weaknesses may fall. Next, we will pick a fun area to ...


Adrien P. February 8, 2014
Verified Student
Great lessons, great teacher

It's only been 4 lessons but I really appreciate how the lessons are going. Jeff gives good explanations on how to read music and how to execute on the drums.Good pieces of advice too when some parts are hard to play !
Suparna V. November 11, 2013
Verified Student
Friendly and great teacher.

Jeff is a friendly teacher. He gives the right amount of homework to practice and is very understanding. Jeff gives feedback instantly in order to help me improve.
Blake W. January 29, 2013
Verified Student
I've gotten so much better!

So far, with just having three lessons with Jeff, I feel that the amount that I have progressed in three weeks is far greater than the amount I've improved in the two years I've been drumming! I highly recommend Jeff to anybody.

Matthew F.

San Jose, CA

About Matthew

I recently completed my Master of Arts in Jazz Studies from San Jose State with an emphasis in drum set performance and jazz composition. I also completed my Bachelor of Music in Music Education from San Jose State where I mainly studied snare drum, timpani, and mallet percussion, but also studied the fundamentals in brass, woodwinds, strings, and voice. Additionally, I took private jazz drum set lessons to focus on becoming a versatile musician and teacher. As an undergraduate student I had the opportunity to teach percussion courses at a music camp to students between the ages of 6 and 17 that had no prior music experience. I developed daily music lessons to help all the students understand musical concepts and performance techniques. This opportunity helped me understand the ...


Mark D. February 25, 2013
Verified Student
Best instructor I could have ever hoped for!

Matt is professional and courteous, friendly and patient.
He will tailor his instruction to your needs and level. He is not just an instructor to me anymore; he is now also a friend!
Tera N. November 27, 2012
Verified Student
Great teacher!

Matt is very pacient with my son, and he has learned a lot in only 3 lessons. Having the lessons at SJSU has also got him talking about college. My son is loving learning from Matt.

Sheri L.

Palo Alto, CA

Over 15 years of Music teaching experience!
Drums, percussion, keyboards, woodwinds, singing, songwriting, music theory.

About Sheri

Playing music is so much fun! I have enjoyed music my whole life and being able teach music makes me very happy. Here is what one parent says about my teaching style... "Sheri, Is a lot of fun to work with. Her positive attitude on life flows from her which then helps others to have the same feelings. She is very encouraging and thoughtful of others needs. Her talents in music are un-measurable." May 31, 2011 Currently I am working on my Master's Degree in Music Education and I especially love to teach drums! I have many years of experience teaching music and I am extremely patient with those who may need a little extra encouragement or need a creative approach to learning. If you have a talent show, performance, contest, or just want to have fun playing the drums, ...


Susie B. October 29, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
My Daughter started taking lessons with Sheri in the Spring and is LOVING the drums! Sheri is SO enthusiastic and has a real connections with kids. She has sparked a passion in my daughter and I think she is Fantastic!
Divya S. September 27, 2013
Verified Student
Sheri is an awesome teacher!

Sheri is a natural and amazing teacher. She is so positive and encouraging and I always look forward to her lessons. It is evident that she gets a lot of joy out of teaching music and working with students and that enthusiasm transfer to you and makes you enjoy the lessons and motivates you to learn. She is patient and she understand your strengths and weaknesses and breaks down complex pieces such that you can pick it up easily. I was probably her last student for the day and yet she has always been bubbling with energy and enthusiasm every single time I walk in for my lessons.
luisa R. May 25, 2013
Verified Student
Best Drums Teacher

Sheri is the best teacher I have ever had. She makes everything easy to learn. I have been taking drums lesson with Sheri for more than one year and I have never been disappointed of any of her lessons. Thank you Sheri !

Brandon W.

San Jose, CA

Drum Set studies focus on learning stick technique, different musical styles, applying drum rudiments to the set, and being able to play from music notation. I can help students find an ergonomic way to play around the conventional drum kit while learning the art of musical expression.

About Brandon

I am an aspiring musician and drum set artist who has previously taught private and group lessons in Southern California. I have several years of live performance experience involving a myriad of musical styles and would love to spread my knowledge and love of drums and music to new students. Currently, I am about to complete a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies at San Jose State University, and have studied with several world class private instructors (including Trey O'Toole, Matthew Talmage, and Jason Lewis), lending to a unique approach to the instrument and teaching. Focus on the drum set involves the ability to get students counting, reading, and playing in a musical and dynamic way while having fun and working towards the student's individual goal. Interested students of any ...


Christine C. September 24, 2014
Drum · In studio
I've had a few lessons with Brandon and he is AWESOME! I teach voice and have wanted to learn drums for a while, and have had a very fun and educational time learning from Brandon. He is patient, nurturing, and extremely gifted at his craft! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!!!!

Khanh N.

Fremont, CA

I have played orchestral percussion for three years and have taken percussion methods classes at the Eastman School of Music.

About Khanh

As a student of the Eastman School of Music, I receive some of the best training in music education and saxophone performance in the world. I have performed as a soloist with youth orchestras and in many Eastman ensembles. I have taught privately and in classroom settings, and am comfortable with both. I teach beginning-advanced saxophone, beginning-intermediate clarinet, beginning voice, entry-level percussion, and entry-level trumpet. I also tutor music theory and ear training at a high school-college level. I am very energetic and enthusiastic, and I love nothing other than to help my students discover the gift of music: the gift that keeps giving. I almost never get frustrated with my students and will always do my best to help them succeed in whatever they need. IMPORTANT: ...


Steve M. June 23, 2014
Verified Student
Khanh is a good teacher, and is easy to work with, I am learning.
Laurie M. June 22, 2014
Verified Student
Kahn is an amazing teacher. My 5th grade son really enjoys him and his saxophone lessons....and my son is not the "student" type. Kahn is very professional and very pleasant to work with. My son is loving saxophone, and I think it's all because of Kahn!

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