Surprise Drum Lessons

Looking for private in-home or in-studio Drum lessons? Our Surprise teachers are ready to get you started. Find your teacher today!

Use your current location
Featured On

Why TakeLessons?

Our teachers have taught
1 , 5 8 2 , 9 7 9
lessons and counting!

Popular Drum Teachers Near Surprise

Check out some of our most popular teachers near Surprise including Waddell, Sun City West, El Mirage, Sun City and Youngtown.

Showing 5 of 10 results View More
373694_8smb3kxn82wf64m4njqq

Henri B.

Phoenix, AZ

Learn basic skills such as sticking, proper technique, timing signatures, rudiments, drum beats, world grooves, sight reading, and just all around fun on drum kit. Find your groove :)

About Henri

Henri is an experienced, focused teacher and musician who really enjoys seeing students achieve their goals and desires musically. Henri has studied privately with former Berklee Graduate Al Pahanish Jr (Powerman 5000), and former Capitol Records recording artist Morrison Moon.  He is a goal-oriented individual with a versatile background and a relaxed, "let's have fun while we learn" attitude. Henri believes music should always be fun and inspiring for everyone, no matter what skill level. FUN is always the focus, because if you are not having fun, why are you doing it? 

Henri also has yea
rs of experience touring both nationally and internationally with several award-winning Arizona-based performing groups (Dry River Yacht Club, decker., and The SunPunchers are the current projects), performing shows in 39 of the US States, as well as festival performances in 2012 in Canada (NXNE w/Flaming Lips, Raekwon, Of Montreal, Bad Religion) and Norway (Slottsfjell Music Festival w/New Order, Janalle Monae, Wolfmother, A-Trak, etc.) His past teaching and performing experiences have really helped shaped the musician he is today.

Aside from working as private lessons/class instructor and performer, Henri can also be seen teaching for Mesa Community College as an Adjunct Faculty in the Music and Business program, where he currently teaches MUC109 - Merchandising and the Law, and MUC210 - Concert and Touring Promotions. A life-long learner, Henri is always finding new experiences and new ways to connect with his students, as learning comes just as much from the student as it does the teacher. You can always find him around "the music." 

*** Lesson Details ***
Students who study with me can expect for their guitar, drum kit, or percussion lessons to be top-quality, personalized, and above all, extremely fun sessions that will cater to the students musical backgrounds, interests, and needs. I create extremely organized and specifically focused lessons so that students feel comfortable, not pressured, while learning their craft. The lessons I teach are a combination of developmental sight reading music book work, learning student chosen songs (depending on ability), inspiring and encouraging creative abilities, warm-up and strengthening exercises, proper techniques, listening for internal hearing, composition dynamics, chords and finger-picking (guitar only) and rudiments (drum kit only).

After 3 months of lessons together, students will have started learning several key elements to becoming an outstanding guitarist/drummer/percussionist. They will have learned proper form and technique, warm-up/skill-building exercises, to read basic notation, basic rhythms/rudiments. Guitar students will be able to play at least one song utilizing both finger picking and chords. For drum kit/percussion, students should have no problem reading basic drum beats and being able to play through a simple song. With proper, steady practice, most students will achieve much more. I also focus on creative thinking, professionalism, and instrument tuning. Finally, the students will have started to develop a solid level of discipline that is required of any aspiring musician! Remember, "practice doesn't make perfect, practice makes permanent."

*** Studio Equipment ***
Ludwig Accent Drum Kit, Pearl Rhythm Traveller Kit, LP Assorted Percussions, Protools LE, Logic Pro, Korg Electribe, Reason 3.0, Harmony Guitar, Ion Electronic Drum Set, Chord Charts, Acoustic and Electric Guitars.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide drum sticks, guitar, all developmental material for students to retain and practice with, and a Pearl Traveler's Drum Kit if necessary. I can also provide percussion instruments.

I expect my students to be providing the necessary musical equipment as well (guitars, drum kits, percussion instruments) for their private lessons. If they do not have these in the home to practice with, the lessons are much less effective for your student.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in the following styles of playing:

Rock, Hip - Hop, All Latin, Jazz, Funk, Blues, R and B, Gospel, and Dance. I also have a very good feel for World Music as well. I have a very free-spirit for playing, so I often mesh the above stated styles into a more progressive style of playing. I believe that you must be feeling what you are playing.

For drum students, along with learning drum beats, students will also engage in drum tuning, reading drum notation, drum tab, warm-up/skill-building exercises, and internal hearing.

For guitar students, we will engage in guitar tuning, warm-up/skill building exercises, reading sheet music, reading TAB, notes on the guitar, chords, and student chosen songs, among other activities.

Aside from drums/percussion and guitar, I also specialize in beat programming/sequencing, recording, organizing song-writing/song-structure, musical score, live performance, and professional music marketing. I am able to show you how to use programs such as Reason, Logic Pro, Protools LE, and Adobe programs to take your creative abilities to the next level.

I believe that these days, it is imperative for musicians to have four major components in their professional arsenal: 1) Discipline and chops on your instruments; 2) Know how to successfully market yourself and your music; 3) Know how to properly develop a learning ear to record/produce your songs/tracks; and 4) Understand and effectively utilize music production programs.
...

Reviews

Silhouette-80
David L. May 6, 2016
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
My son is comfortable and doesn't feel pressured, which speaks to Henri's ability to communicate with kids and make it fun. That is very important.
Silhouette-80
Chris S. March 18, 2016
Songwriting · In home
Verified Student
Henri understands my goal of wanting to learn to cover songs and eventually write my own. It's exactly what I'm looking for.
Silhouette-80
Bradford M. November 16, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Great lesson, I look forward to next week!
View More
View Profile
Henri B.

Henri B.

Phoenix, AZ 85006
(22)
starting at
$29 / 30-min
Profile_88590_pi_11885072_10206006992228064_6988630841649322861_n

Tim O.

Peoria, AZ

BEGINNERS can expect to understand reading basic rhythm, strokes & rudiments. I promise that beginners will also be playing variations of a rock beat within our first few lessons. INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED students can expect to see new applications of real life tools for the player looking to gig or improve their performance. I teach to read & write(extremely beneficial for a professional future in music and drumming, i.e., paid gigs, teaching), but also to IMPROVISE & put practicing to clever use.

About Tim

Hello, and thank you for visiting my page.

I'm Tim & I've been teaching professionally since 2007. I attended Purdue University, Paradise Valley Community College & ASU for undergraduate. I studied music and rhythm extensively in these years and ultimately graduated with a degree in anthropology, specializing in ethnomusiciology. During these years I marched with DCI/WGI groups, PIONEER, and studied under many notable teachers. My career in teaching came in 2007 at a family owned music store in Lowell, IN, teaching local youth, and I have undoubtedly taught ever since. I have been gigg
ing in bands consistently since age 14 & am currently releasing a solo album of my own, written as film score compositions.
My curriculum has to be successful time after time to myself and students; I am confident we will find a relationship that suites your goals!

Playing music is my talent - TEACHING is my PASSION.

* Specialties *
Drum Set - ANY style or genre. I can even prepare advanced students the tools to teach.

Rudimental marching percussion, i.e., Snare, Tenor, Bass drums, pit etc.

HAND DRUMS & WORLD PERCUSSION
...

Reviews

Silhouette-80
Kelsea April 5, 2016
Drum · In studio
He is on of the funniest guys I have ever met! He is very caring and wants his students to prevail. He makes me want to go higher then I have ever thought of going in the music career! He makes me feel like I can be one of the biggest drummers ever. He may be my instructor and I, the student, but he is my friend. One of my greatest friends! And if I make it to the big leagues. I'll be thinking of him and thanking him for everything he has given me! And I'll Remember where I started... in the small reaching room in Gutiar Center with two drum kits and a white board (plus some cool posters).
Silhouette-80
Kelsea April 5, 2016
Drum · In studio
He is on of the funniest guys I have ever met! He is very caring and wants his students to prevail. He makes me want to go higher then I have ever thought of going in the music career! He makes me feel like I can be one of the biggest drummers ever. He may be my instructor and I, the student, but he is my friend. One of my greatest friends! And if I make it to the big leagues. I'll be thinking of him and thanking him for everything he has given me! And I'll Remember where I started... in the small reaching room in Gutiar Center with two drum kits and a white board (plus some cool posters).
Silhouette-80
Bill L. April 5, 2016
Drum · In studio
I have been taking lessons from Tim for approximately 2 yrs. now, and hold his guidance and expertise in the highest of regards.... I have learn quite a bit in a short time i.e. Drum Rudiments, Reading Music, Application of Fills, His teaching and patience are second to none... I highly recommend him !!!!!
View More
View Profile
Tim O.

Tim O.

Peoria, AZ 85383
(9)
starting at
$34 / 30-min
Profile_53702_pi_lshead2

Lou S.

Surprise, AZ

I've taught countless students of all ages and levels. I teach in a curriculum based program unlike any other that I've seen in books, or DVD’s combining technique, music theory, groove essentials, fill study, and unique exercises, games, and patterns. All combining to create fundamentally sound musical drummers who can play any genre of music with groove & chops! I've played and been around drumming my entire life. I learned how to play and teach from one of the best. It is a gift that I am very passionate about and I never take lightly.

About Louis

My name is Lou S., and I come from a family of Drummers. My Father was a Master Drum Instructor and taught my Uncle, Brother, me and over 2800 other students in a teaching career that spanned more than 40 years.
As the youngest in the family I had the opportunity to learn from my Dad as well as my other family members. My structured lessons started at the age of 5 and by the time I reached high school I was booking my own band and performing weekly at local clubs and events.
There was a certain amount of pressure growing up in this environment. After all, if you’re the teacher’s kid, you’
re expected to be good, right? This is true, but the way my Father taught and how he inspired me was to be sure I had my own identity. He was not making clones, he was teaching the ART of drumming, and like any artist all of his students were encouraged to be themselves. This is a lesson that continues to mold my teaching style today.
My hard work paid off, and soon his students wanted to learn from me as well. Without even knowing it I was not only taught how to play, but given the gift of being able to teach!
Over the years I've played in many different musical situations from bands specializing in Classic Rock, Blues, Latin Rock, Jazz, and all the varied rhythms needed to play in everything from shows to weddings. With a solid foundation and the freedom to create my own style I have achieved many years of success and fulfillment as a drummer.
In 2007, I moved to Arizona from the East Coast and built my first studio. Since then I've taught countless students of all ages and levels. I teach in a curriculum based program unlike any other that I've seen in books, or DVD’s combining technique, music theory, groove essentials, fill study, and unique exercises, games, and patterns. All combining to create fundamentally sound musical drummers who can play any genre of music with chops!
I've played and been around drumming my entire life. I learned how to play and teach from one of the best. It is a gift that I am very passionate about and I never take lightly.
From being on stage with Buddy Rich when I was five years old, playing and booking my own band at the age of 13, performing with the great Louie Bellson, and teaching others what I have learned through a lifetime of study. Drums have been my passion and inspiration and I look forward to each lesson when I have the privilege of passing that knowledge and inspiration to my students!

*** Lesson Details ***
My pledge to students is to listen. I listen to what their goals are and do my best to insure they achieve them. I expect they work hard to achieve those goals and I match that effort with lesson plans incorporating unique and personalized exercises and demonstrations.
I offer encouragement as we progress from the beginning fundamentals through intermediate and advanced study of the ART of drumming.
Each student will go at a different pace, so my students can expect that I will patiently guide them as they advance.
My curriculum will teach them how to hold the sticks and move the fingers, wrists, and arms so they are fundamentally sound. We’ll learn stick control techniques that will allow them to play dynamically.
Drums are a physical instrument and must be played with proper technique to allow each of us to reach our maximum potential, but proper technique also insures that we are playing the instrument safely. Contrary to what some believe, drums are not just something you beat on! It is an instrument of varied pitch and dynamics and from the very start my students learn the techniques needed to play safe, play dynamically, and most of all… play musically!
I also incorporate play-along games for kids that are not only fun but teach the fundamentals of timing and groove. We use a multi-set configuration so they get to see how I approach a groove, fill, or song. My State-Of-The-Art studio allows for musical and video study, instant record/playback learning and a balanced blend of book study with musical demonstrations and exercises in all genres.
Intermediate and advanced students are evaluated and interviewed where together we identify goals and chart a course of study that will allow them to become the drummer they want to be.
Beginning students will find that my clear and concise instruction of the fundamentals of stick control and hand/foot independence can be sufficiently learned in the first handful of lessons and then we will begin our study of Classic Rock grooves.
From there more advanced grooves and “add-on” techniques are feathered in with additional music theory developing a well-rounded musician.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Private home studio with adjacent waiting area, semi sound proof, multiple drum kits, and seating for parents - SOUNDS GREAT, Video & Audio equipment to record and view lessons and show alternate angles students use to review technique.

*** Specialties ***
The method I teach is a curriculum that starts with the very foundation of drumming. How to hold the sticks, hand technique, reading. Students then progress to moving these techniques from the practice pad to the drum set with a series of books developed to progress through Rock, Jazz, and Latin styles.
I couple book exercises with personal lesson plans depending on the students interests. Demonstrations, Interactive games for the kids, and real world exercises are introduced along with multi-media recording of the student for playback study.
...

Reviews

Silhouette-80
Carole April 15, 2016
Drum · In home
Verified Student
He was very patient and provided a good understanding of learning the drums. He provided information I never knew and know it will help me better understand the learning process. Look for to my next lesson.
Silhouette-80
Ted B. June 6, 2014
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Alek really Likes Lou and wants to continue with lessons and will get better and wants to learn
Silhouette-80
Justin F. April 10, 2013
Drum
Verified Student
Passionate about drums; reflected in his teaching

Lou took me by surprise after the first few lessons. His preference is to teach the foundation and basically build up from there. This sort of put me off at first because I wanted to learn a specific genre without all the extras that I thought I didn't need. Fortunately, he was able to help me understand that by learning all of the simple rudiments, I can play anything I want. Now, I haven't reached that stage yet, but I have no doubt that I can get there with Lou's help.
View More
View Profile
Lou S.

Lou S.

Surprise, AZ 85379
(3)
starting at
$25 / 30-min
Profile_83537_pi_AAEAAQAAAAAAAAJfAAAAJGI3OTYyMjk2LTNhZDctNDlkNi04OTEwLTFmZDljNTg4MTU4Mw

Al P.

Phoenix, AZ

Through my work with the M Gray Music Academy (Macy Gray) and my tenure at the Hollywood School of Rock as teacher and Show Director, I have developed successful programs for students ranging in age from 5 years old and beyond. I have mentored numerous young musical groups in beneficial rehearsal techniques, live performance and basically all the things you need to know about being in a band that wants to be great!

As we explore the exciting world of music, guitars, drums and percussion, we will cover all aspects of music theory, music history and ear training through video, audio and text examples.

Students will be provided with all the necessary tools to fully understand musical concepts and have the ability to play for recreation or at a professional level.

You won't need any books to start but I do suggest a small 3 ring binder for notes, literature, weekly hand outs and homework .

For drum students: we will start by evaluating your current level of ability and ...

About Al

Updated: 11-23-2015

Al P. (Powerman 5000-Martin Sexton-Cypress Hill-Everlast-Lance Lopez-DYS) is a multi instrumentalist, educator, composer, producer, drummer, music director. Widely known as co founder-drummer for DreamWorks recording artist and multi platinum selling rock group Powerman 5000 (1990-01). His rock solid beats are deeply rooted in the long history of the art of drumming.

Bio:
Hailing from Pittsburgh, Pa. and educated by the prestigious Trinity College of Music, London Program (Pgh. center), Al served as external examiner teaching music theory and drums in private and en
semble settings at the U.S. center in Pittsburgh, Pa. from 1984-86 and further studies at Boston's Berklee College of Music, receiving a BM in Percussion Performance in 1992. Al is also a graduate of The Recording Workshop, Chillicothe, Ohio (music production & engineering program) Protools, Cubase, Reason, analog/digital recording techniques, editing, mixing, programming and sound design.

I have just completed five years at the School of Rock in North Hollywood/Burbank teaching drums, percussion, bass, guitar and show direction for ensembles.

Prior to SOR I was Dean of Curriculum and drum teacher for the percussion department at The M. Gray Music Academy, a state of the art facility founded by Grammy Award winning artist Macy Gray located in North Hollywood Ca.

On the tour front you will find me performing live with Boston hardcore legends DYS.

Al has performed or recorded with John Zorn, Cypress Hill, Soul Assassins, Martin Sexton, Zora Young, Everlast, MC RAI, Screaming Headless Torsos, the Warm Gunns, Zayra Alvarez (Rockstar: Supernova), Avenged Sevenfold, Lance Lopez, Cycle of pain...

As a performer/ writer/ actor, Al has appeared in numerous films, soundtracks and TV shows (B.H. 90210, Zoolander, Girl, Titan A.E., Bride of Chucky, Excess Baggage, Squeeze, Sex and the City, VIP, Daria, Late Nite w/ Conan O'Brien, Pepsi Musica, MTV's 120 minutes (co host), MuchMusic Live, Little Nicky, LATV Live, Loveline (co host).

As a touring musician, Al has shared the stage with Kiss, Ozzy Osbourne/ Black Sabbath, Anthrax, Metallica, Pantera, Cypress Hill, Kid Rock, Pharcyde, Korn, G Love/ Special Sauce, Marilyn Manson, Method Man, Slipknot, Henry Rollins, Snoop Dogg, N.W.A., Limp Bizkit, Primus, Everclear, Slayer, Filter, Static-X, Ozomatli, Juanes, Julieta Venegas, Charo, Los Lonely Boys, Rob Zombie, Incubus, Stone Temple Pilots and tours of North America, Canada, Europe and Japan with Powerman 5000.

"The primary goal is to educate students in the art of music, have a general understanding and be able to create your own grooves, songs and develop your musical voice"

Product Endorsements:
TAMA drums/hardware,
Zildjian cymbals,
Vater Percussion(sticks/tape)
Remo drum heads
E-Pad practice pads /accessories
Rhythmtec percussion.
...

Reviews

Silhouette-80
Mali Singh August 24, 2015
Bass Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
We are so happy we found Al. My son really enjoys his lessons (bass, beginner), he is totally engaged & learning. Al is knowledgeable & easy to work with, very highly recommend!
Silhouette-80
Matty N. July 27, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Al is knowledgeable, flexible
Silhouette-80
Debbie R. April 17, 2015
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
WE LOVE OUR DRUM INSTRUCTOR! My son was an extremely high energy very distracted five year old when we started lessons with Mr. Al. Let's just say that my son is not an easy student, but our son had already developed an obsessive attachment to music, most intensely to drums. We expected someone would be able to teach him drums, but we also got someone who is patient, flexible, understanding, and always respectful and kind to our son. We see Mr. Al in his home studio, and at now at seven years old, Joey's skill has definitely progressed. In fact, his learning has a momentum that our entire family can see. But Mr. Al has given Joey so much more than just that. Joey's love of music has flourished beyond measure. Joey now tells Mr. Al that he loves him after every lesson, WOW! We have been so pleased that my seventeen year old daughter now also takes lessons with Mr. Al too. Mr. Al is the perfect instructor for us. My kids think he's cool, and we think he's just fantastic all the way around!
View More
View Profile
Al P.

Al P.

Phoenix, AZ 85023
(15)
starting at
$29.99 / 30-min
Profile_43934_pi_BILL%20%282%29%20%2876x98%29

William C.

Goodyear, AZ

All of my percussionists in my bands had to play all of the percussion instruments available to me, not just beating on a drum. A good and talented percussionist is hard to find. All my students learn many complicated rhythms as well as techniques.

About William

*** Travel Equipment ***
...

Reviews

Silhouette-80
Sasha Z. March 25, 2016
Guitar · In studio
I am very impressed with Williams teaching methods and I believe he genuinely cares about my musical success. He goes above and beyond to help me out and is very knowledgeable in his craft. Also, he is very patient as well. I am very pleased with William as my guitar teacher.
Silhouette-80
Kristi B. October 30, 2014
Trumpet · In studio
Verified Student
Our son is taking trumpet lessons with William & is learning rhythm, etc. Those things he didn't get in Kansas; the elementary school students learned just the basics. We know the kids have to start somewhere, but we're so glad our son is learning things he won't find in school. William has an impressive teaching background; it blows my mind that he can play all of these instruments!
Silhouette-80
Jerry D. July 7, 2014
Clarinet · In studio
Verified Student
I've had 3 lessons with Bill. He is very knowledgeable and believes in teaching the basics of music so that you have a better understanding of how it all goes together. It is a great pleasure to work with him and I expect to do so for a long time. By the way I am nearly 78 years old and have played the clarinet off and on since I was in 5th grade. And now I am being taught the foundation of music for the first time which I have always needed. It is going to make my appreciation of playing so much greater in the future.
View More
View Profile
William C.

William C.

Goodyear, AZ 85338
(3)
starting at
$25 / 30-min

How it Works

From finding the perfect teacher to managing payments, scheduling and tracking your progress,
we take care of all the details, so you can focus on learning. Learn More

Search for a teacher

Compare hundreds of teachers based on the criteria that matter to you, including background checks, age and experience.

Schedule your lessons

When you've found the perfect match, schedule your lessons online using the teacher's real-time availability.

GetStarted
BrowseListings

Connect with your teacher

Your teacher will welcome you with a personalized curriculum to meet your specific goals and you'll be able to manage your entire schedule through our free online account.

Can't find a teacher in Surprise?

No problem. Our online lesson platform connects you with any teacher, anywhere. All you
need is a reliable Internet connection, a webcam and a microphone.

 
Online

Convenient

Zero travel time is great for a busy schedule.

Affordable

Typically priced lower than local lessons.

Effective

Online students stick with lessons as long as local students.

Learn More

Drum Lesson Reviews from Students

Students are raving about their Drum instructors on TakeLessons. Check out some of these recent reviews.

1,011 5-Star Student Reviews in Surprise through TakeLessons!

Get Started With Free Resources

Are You a Teacher?

Find out how TakeLessons can help you grow and manage your business

Learn More