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Drum Lessons in Seattle: Musical Inspiration in the Pacific Northwest

By Trent L. - Seattle Drum Teacher

Hello, thrill seekers! My name is Trent L., and I teach and play drums all over the greater Seattle area, and beyond! Seattle is a great place to be a musician. We have so many resources and opportunities to play around here; you will love taking drum lessons in Seattle.

One of my favorite places is the Donn Bennett Drum Studio (www.bennettdrums.com). First of all, Donn is a great guy and a fantastic drummer. He has built this incredible drum shop, and when you go there, it kind of feels like the pearly gates have blasted open and sucked you right in. Sure, it’s a drum shop with anything a drummer might need or want, but there are a few things that really make this place special.

If you visit the shop, you may even run into a famous drummer! This is where many professional drummers shop. Not to name drop, but I’ve seen Steve Smith, Michael Derosier, Alan White, and Michael Shrieve at the shop. I’m sure there have been many other famous drummers that I didn’t recognize.

Another fun thing about Donn’s Shop is that it’s also a drum museum. There are drums from some of the greatest drummers in history; you won’t believe your eyes! There are kits that were once owned by Gene Krupa, Buddy Rich, Ringo Starr (still a customer to this day), Dave Grohl, Alan White, and Keith Moon. Make sure you check out this one-of-a-kind place; everyone who works there is a drummer and—no matter your skill level—you will always feel right at home.

I mentioned Donn was a great guy, and one of the things that makes him so great is the annual event he puts on for drummers. It’s called Woodstick, and it’s an attempt to set the world record for the most drummers playing the same song at the same time. More than five hundred drummers participate in this awesome event, and it’s always a blast. There are celebrity drummers, clinics, and prizes. All of this fun and wackiness is an added bonus to the real purpose of the event; to raise money for charity.

Looking for even more drum fun in Seattle? There are also two major music festivals every year. The Northwest Folklife Festival is a three-day event on Memorial Day weekend. It’s a fun, unique celebration of the folk, cultural, and ethnic traditions of the Pacific Northwest. This is a hand drummer’s paradise. Drum circles break out everywhere, and you’re encouraged to join in. If you don’t know what you’re doing, someone will help you out.

Another event you don’t want to miss is Bumbershoot, Seattle’s largest music festival, on Labor Day weekend. There are performances from veteran musical acts, as well as young, up-and-coming bands who are trying to build their following.

I am really proud to be a musician from Seattle, not just because of the famous bands that everyone knows, but also for the lesser-known musicians who have come from the area like Bing Crosby, Jimi Hendrix, Quincy Jones, Kenny G., and Allen Stone. Then there are the people who have moved here like Dave Matthews, Steve Miller, and John Popper. As you can see, we live in a great place for aspiring musicians.

Thanks for letting me share a few of the things that make drumming in the greater Seattle area such a rewarding experience.

Best wishes to you, and practice with a purpose.

  • Trent L.
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Jeremy S.

Seattle, WA

I've been a drummer and percussionist for over 20 years. I've studied African rhythms with Ghanan drummers, and have taken many years of tabla lessons at the Ali Akbar College. As a drumset player, I've studied with many of the best teachers alive, and can teach any style from jazz to hip-hop to punk and onward.

About Jeremy

A Berklee College of Music graduate and a professional music instructor for over ten years, I can help you to reach your musical goals. I tailor lessons to suit your needs covering everything from skill development, music theory and musicianship, to expanding your repertoire and composing original work. I play and teach drums, piano, bass and guitar. I am new to Seattle, having just moved from San Francisco where I performed regularly at a wide array of venues such as Great American Music Hall, Freight and Salvage, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Bimbos, Bottom of the Hill, Savanna Jazz,
Amnesia, Ashkenaz, Mystic Theater and Cafe Du Nord. I play many styles of music. Jazz, rock, funk, punk, blue-grass... you name it. I can show you how to play what you want to play.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe in a strong musical foundation and that learning to play music should be fun!

*** Specialties ***
Whatever style the student is attempting, I stress proper technique and understanding of theory.
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Tony Wang September 3, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Knowledgable and friendly
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jessykca June 16, 2016
Piano · In studio
hi i would like to know if you can teach me how to play crime of centure from supertramp? can you ?
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Victor April 16, 2016
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
He is a great teacher and so friendly.
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Jeremy S.

Jeremy S.

Seattle, WA 98122
(8)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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Nicholas M.

Kenmore, WA

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About Nicholas

*** General Bio ***
Hi, my name is Nick and I am born-and-raised in the pacific northwest! Initially from the Olympia, WA area, I relocated to Seattle in the fall of 2002, and have called Seattle home ever since. I received my education from the renown University of Washington School of Music with a Bachelor's in Music Performance (jazz studies). My career in music since moving to Seattle has provided me many extraordinary experiences both as a performer and an educator that I am quite thankful for.

I am most known in the northwest music/percussion community from a recent 7-year stint inst
ructing and coordinating the University of Washington Husky Drumline. During my time with UW, I helped propel the UW drumline from regional to national prominence by consistently elevating the level of performance year-by-year while bolstering multiple social media platforms that led to greater recruiting outreach and subsequent response. I was also able to engage the group in similar publicity endeavors with our corporate sponsors such as Remo Drumheads, Pearl drums, and Vic Firth Drumsticks.

In the summer of 2013, I held the position of Percussion Caption Head for the World Class DCI Corps, The Seattle Cascades. We led the Cascades Drum & Bugle Corps to their highest percussion scoring in 6 years, and in any year since. Last but not least, I have also been involved with both the Seahawks Blue Thunder Drumline & Sounders Sound Wave spanning 4 seasons total.

Outside of marching percussion, I've spent significant time fine-tuning a wide array of musical genres behind the drumkit including Rock, Pop, Jazz, Big Band, Funk, Blues, R&B, Soul, Rock Opera, and Electronic, and I've even dabbled in Gospel, Folk, Roots, Country, Musical Theater, Classical, Metal, and Punk.

I currently tour with cinematic-electro-pop band HARPS (fb.com/thesoundofharps), and over the years have been lucky enough to be involved with Allen Stone, Megan Wilde, Headwaves, Tess Henley, Cracker Factory, and Discs of Fury along the way.

In addition, I've built a sizable following of drumming enthusiasts on YouTube gaining world-wide acclaim from a short series of note-for-note transcription performance videos. Perhaps most remarkable was a very accurate replication of a near 5-minute classic Aaron Spears solo from his performance at the 2006 Modern Drummer Festival Weekend of Usher’s hit “Caught Up”. Spears himself lauded the effort via Twitter within hours of the original upload.

I proudly endorse Pearl Drums, Remo Drumheads, and Vic Firth Drumsticks and mallets.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe that good teaching revolves around finding the right balance of three things: what the student wants, what the student needs, and what the student can handle.

As your teacher, I will do my very best in making you a more complete and well-rounded musician while helping guide you toward your goals. Whether you're just starting out, or an experienced pro wanting to brush up on a few new skills, I can help you. Over the past 13 years, I have successfully instructed folks from every age range and skill level, both in ensemble settings of various shapes and sizes, and one-on-one. I'd love to have the opportunity to help you, too!

I have a general core curriculum that I like to follow, but also understand when being overly regimented can take the fun out of the experience. I try my best to go at the student's pace while working to expose them to the necessary material that will ultimately allow them to achieve their goals.

My curriculum utilizes recordings, videos, demonstrations, transcriptions, books, play alongs, and the like. I focus a great deal on maintaining great posture with relaxed playing technique, as well as listening, reading, improvisation, and ear training.

Note for those with special needs: I have experience working with kids with the following conditions: Dyslexia, Partial Deafness, and Asperger Syndrome. In all cases, I was able to help each individual overcome these tremendous obstacles and become quite proficient performers within their ensembles. However, I do ask that any parents get in touch prior to booking lessons so that we may have a conversation about the details of each person's respective situation. That way, I believe I can make sure that I am the right person for the job as each situation is different and requires such special consideration.

Also: I do have experience teaching through a translator.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Two drum kits, sound equipment for listening/playalong purposes, metronome, practice pad station (w/mirror setup), video camera, sticks and mallets.

*** Travel Equipment ***
Sticks and mallets, practice pads, metronome, video camera.

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, Rudimental, Drum Corps, R&B, Rock, Funk, Pop
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Carlos September 4, 2016
Drum · Online
Verified Student
Just had my first lesson, great help so far
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Jarrett L. March 10, 2016
Drum · In studio
Nicholas is the best instructor for developing great technique, groove, & practice habits. I still use his methods when I'm learning a new skill or maintaining my chops. I always look forward to a lesson with Nicholas because he inspires and challenges you to be the best you can, both inside and outside of the practice room.
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Jarrett L. March 10, 2016
Drum · In studio
Nicholas is the best instructor for developing great technique, groove, & practice habits. I still use his methods when I'm learning a new skill or maintaining my chops. I always look forward to a lesson with Nicholas because he inspires and challenges you to be the best you can, both inside and outside of the practice room.
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Nicholas M.

Nicholas M.

Kenmore, WA 98028
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$40 / 30-min
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Evan W.

Seattle, WA

Professional teacher since 2008. Started with a snare drum in fourth grade and never stopped! Alumnus of University of Washington (BM, cum laude, Jazz Studies) + Roosevelt High School. I make sure to teach students what they are most interested in while also providing them with a strong musical foundation they can apply to any path.

About Evan

I love playing drums, and I love teaching others how to play drums. As a recent graduate from the University of Washington's acclaimed jazz program as well as an alumnus of the prestigious Roosevelt High School Jazz Band, I am a professional drummer and teacher with an extensive and unique set of experiences. Since middle school, I have been lucky enough to perform and tour all over the US and Europe, playing everything from house shows to esteemed competitions and festivals. In addition to being a member of several active local projects, I have performed with the Seattle Symphony; UW faculty
members Bill Frisell, Cuong Vu, Luke Bergman, Ted Poor, and Marc Seales; several Cornish faculty members including Jim Knapp, Jovino Santos Neto, and Wayne Horvitz; and celebrated NYC-based players Wynton Marsalis, Tim Berne, Ralph Alessi, and Andrew D'Angelo. Aside from that, I am a co-founder of Table & Chairs, a new Seattle-based record label, as well as a co-founder of the Racer Sessions, a weekly forum and performance outlet for new and improvised music.

I began teaching in 2008, shortly after beginning my studies at the University of Washington. My private students have ranged from total beginners to advanced, each one presenting a unique set of interests and abilities to work with. In addition to teaching my own students, I have much experience as a substitute percussion teacher at Northshore Junior High School (Kingsgate, WA) and Spotlight Studios (Woodinville, WA). I have also presented many clinics and workshops at local schools including Garfield High School, Edmonds-Woodway High School, Ballard High School, Eckstein Middle School, and Holy Names Academy, as well as for Seattle JazzED. For these, the topics covered have ranged from free improvisation to straight-ahead and big band jazz.

*** Lesson Details ***
For beginning players, I like to start with the books "A Fresh Approach to the Snare Drum" and "A Fresh Approach to the Drum Set," both by Mark Wessels. These books do a great job of laying down the fundamentals that all drummers should learn at the outset of their education. Beyond that, what I teach depends largely on any specific path(s) the student may wish to pursue, though of course it is totally fine if the student doesn't immediately know what they would like to study beyond the basics. In that case, I would do my best to construct a rough curriculum that I think would work well for the student. The following books are all ones I have worked with and have found to be excellent at improving unique things: "Syncopation" (Ted Reed), "Stick Control" (G.L. Stone), "The Drummer's Complete Vocabulary As Taught By Alan Dawson" (John Ramsay), "Patterns" (Gary Chaffee), and "Portraits in Rhythm" (Anthony Cirone).

I prefer lessons to be focused on a curriculum, however customized it may be, as I have found that approach to be the most efficient, especially with younger players. While I believe that it is very important to learn the fundamentals of drumming, I also believe that some of the most rewarding experiences a student can have may be achieved through realizing their own unique creative potential. Thus, I find it great to set the curriculum aside for part of the lesson, either to allow the student some time to show me what else they've been working on, listening to, watching, thinking about, or perhaps to just jam and have fun. I also expect students to make progress on their own between lessons, though I understand fully from my teaching experience that the amount of progress I can expect is different for each student.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Two full drum kits

*** Travel Equipment ***
Sticks, practice pad, books

*** Specialties ***
Jazz, rock, pop, many Latin and African styles, free improvisation
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Phoenix M. February 1, 2016
Drum · In home
Verified Student
Evan has knowledge, is friendly and my son has been enjoying his lessons.
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Tino H. January 24, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
I gave these lessons to my husband as a gift and he really enjoyed meeting Evan and is looking forward to learning more from him.
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Hunter A. January 20, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Hunter loves his teacher, we are very happy with him. He is good at teaching the fundamentals of music theory, like notation and scales but also keeps it relevant and fun. He asks Hunter what type of music he's into so that it isn't a chore to practice- it is pretty cool that a 10 year old is playing The White Stripes!
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Evan W.

Evan W.

Seattle, WA 98125
(9)
starting at
$30 / 30-min
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David L.

Seattle, WA

My teaching technique is learner-centered. I work with students to help them build a strong vocabulary of drum rudiments and have them apply their newly acquired drumming knowledge to the songs and genres that interest them most. I have found this to be ideal for those at the beginning and intermediate levels. For the advanced drummers out there, I may be able to assist with some minor application of technique or perhaps deviate from standard drumming practices to acquire a fuller awareness of the body's interaction with not only the drumsticks and drum set, but how to maintain total postural awareness.

About David

Many years of drum instruction with students who have learned best with alternative learner-centered approaches including: extreme patience, slow to fast repetition of patterns and exercises, focused breathing, as well as sight-reading, rhythm and ear training. Students with: Asperger's, Autism, Dyslexia and related states have benefited greatly.
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Jacob February 26, 2016
Drum · In home
Verified Student
David is a great instructor. My son is 9 and a beginner and David is very good with him.
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Eric September 21, 2015
Drum · In home
David is a good and patient teacher. He really helped me with honing the fundamentals.
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Steven July 8, 2015
Drum · In home
Great teacher! David is a talented drummer, teacher, & he is great with kids! My 10 year old loves David and has been steadily improving since beginning. I have also noticed a big improvement in my son's confidence. Priceless!
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David L.

David L.

Seattle, WA 98105
(5)
starting at
$42.50 / 30-min
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Aaron C.

Seattle, WA

We will work on everything from basics such as hand technique and understanding music notation, to more complex rhythms and beats as you advance. With my background in rudimental marching, I firmly believe that knowing and understanding rudiments is crucial to becoming more comfortable around the drumset.

Our first lesson will be a check up to see where you are with reading music, knowing the parts of a drumset, and any previous experience you've had with drumming. This will give me a good understanding of what we need to do to get you where you want to be as a musician and drummer.

About Aaron

Hello! My name is Aaron and I have been playing drums for right around 14 years. I started in my garage beating pots and pans, so my parents decided to rent a drumset and I was immediately hooked. Shortly after, I began taking lessons and was fortunate to have an excellent instructor, which has been a big motivator for me to provide the same joy and knowledge I had given to me when I was young. Besides drumset, I also played tenors while at Washington State University, and am currently on the Seahawks Blue Thunder drumline. I also had the opportunity to march several years of drum corps, march
ing the 2009 season with the Seattle Cascades, and aging out with Arizona Academy in 2010. While at WSU, I was the section leader of the tenor line for three years, and that has been the majority of my teaching experience thus far. I've helped many people who don't have any musical background learn basic drumset concepts, and I hope to expand my professional teaching to drumset as well.
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Erin December 6, 2015
Drum · In studio
Aaron is a fantastic instructor. An experienced tenor player, he is extremely knowledgeable in marching technique. I’m learning a great deal goes into technique, and Aaron breaks it down in a way that’s easily understood. He’s very attentive to my technique when I’m playing, and can easily identify what I’m doing well and what areas need more work.

The lessons are structured, but Aaron is able to adapt them to my needs and interests on the fly. Each week I leave with something new to work on. He’s been flexible with scheduling and has been a huge help in making sure I have the equipment needed to practice at home. Also, he’s just really interesting to talk to as he knows a lot about different marching bands and drumlines . His passion for music is expressed through his instructing, and makes for a very positive learning environment.

I’ve had five lessons so far and plan to continue working with Aaron to hone in on my snare technique. I highly recommend him as an instructor!
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Aaron C.

Seattle, WA 98115
(1)
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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