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Drum Lessons in Nashville: Your Guide to Music City

Nashville is a fantastic place for aspiring musicians. If you’re taking drum lessons in Nashville, you have the wonderful opportunity to learn about music history, experience concerts and live music, and gain inspiration from local and well-established artists.

There are several well-qualified drum teachers in Nashville. Some teachers have their own studios, and others are willing to travel to your home to teach lessons. No matter your drumming goals, you can definitely find an awesome teacher to help you learn and improve.

When you’re taking drum lessons in Nashville, you have to check out the live music scene. You will get a chance to see some great drummers perform, and you may even meet some new friends and practice buddies! Did you know there are over 150 live music venues in your city? That means that no matter what type of music you’re into, you can hear live music any hour of the day, seven days a week. Here are just a few Nashville’s awesome music venues.

The Gulch

Jon Bon Jovi, Lady Antebellum, Keith Urban, and Kings of Leon are just a few of the famous artists who have graced the stage at The Gulch. Located in downtown Nashville at 12th and Porter, the newly-renovated club is a great spot to catch a show and grab a bite to eat.

3rd and Lindsley

From local, up-and-coming musicians to famous well-established artists, 3rd and Lindsley is one of the best places to check out live music in Nashville. The Fray, Zac Brown Band, Jason Mraz, Train, James Morrison, and Pete Yorn have all performed at 3rd and Lindsley.

Besides the local clubs, there are also several larger, more famous concert venues like the Grand Ole Opry, one of the most famous country music venues in the world, the Ryman Auditorium, Bridgestone Arena, and the Tennessee Performing Arts Center.

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

This is a must for all country music fans. Check out the museum exhibits to learn about the history of the genre and all your favorite country artists. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum also offers some fantastic music education programs, so it’s a great place for aspiring musicians!

Whether you have aspirations of being a professional drummer, or just playing to have fun, you’re going to need some gear in order to practice. There are several great places to buy new or used drum equipment in Nashville like Fork’s Drum Closet, Guitar Center, and Nashville Used Music. You can find friendly, knowledgeable staff at all of these places, so you can feel confident that you’re getting everything you need to pursue your passion.

Nashville is a great place to experience live music and learn to play drums. Now you know some of the best places to go to grab some gear and see a show. So what are you waiting for? Find a drum teacher and start your musical journey, but most importantly, don’t forget to have fun!

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Experienced drum teacher of 7 years! My lesson plan is simple : 1. we warm up with basic beats + rudiments + paradiddles, 2. we focus on rhythm + proper technique, and 3. we play a song that incorporates the techniques we're working on.

The time devoted to each portion of the lesson is totally adjustable. You will learn what you want to learn at your own pace.

About Ryan
Experienced cello, drum, piano, and guitar player of 20 years. Has a MFA degree in music composition + a BFA in music performance. Recorded professionally for tv shows such as "Glee," "Entertainment Tonight," and "Extra." Also records for "Sonoton Recordings." Currently resides in Los Angeles, California. Teaches locally, in-studio, and online. Occasionally travels to Japan to perform + teach.
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Akemi June 2, 2017
· Drum · In studio
I could not ask for more in a teacher. Ryan is amazing in every way. He has been teaching my 4 year old son the drums for nearly a year. When my son started lessons, he was actually below the minimum age for students, but he shared a passion for music that Ryan was willing to cultivate and be patient with.

Ryan is versatile in his teaching methods, creative, open, patient. Teaching a young student, Ryan adjusted to teaching music reading fundamentals with colors and shapes. He also figured out ways to correct, critique and build all the while building a young child's confidence.

Ryan provides a written evaluation of our son annually and has him prepare for two public recitals a year. Ryan integrates modern technology into the lessons to quickly provide feedback and create customized beats and tempos to practice to.

Above all, Ryan smiles and laughs. He makes every lesson pleasant and we treasure him, truly.
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Matthew K. February 5, 2017
· Cello · In home
Awesome first lesson with Ryan, he teaches at whatever pace you learn best at.
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Dat T. August 27, 2016
· Guitar · In home
Ryan is very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. I had a great time learning guitar from him. Make sure you tell him what your goals are so he can help you achieve them.
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About Yulia B.

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I am a professional percussionist. I have been teaching private lessons since 2010 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home or in my home studio, and online.I have helped my students to learn how to read music, obtain good hand posture, develop their technique and musicality.
I received Bachelors of Music in Percussion performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University in 2015. Currently, I'm pursuing Masters Degree in Percussion Performance at the DePaul School of Music. I look forward to helping my new students achieve their goals.
Beginner students will learn how to read music, how to properly hold drum sticks, learn basic strokes, drumming techniques, beginning rudiments.
Intermediate and advanced students will learn how to improve their playing technique and virtuosity. They will also learn how to approach a specific piece of music; how to become expressive and creative with their skills.

About Yulia
I am a professional percussionist. I have been teaching private lessons since 2010 and is currently available to teach lessons at your home or in my home studio, and online.I have helped my students to learn how to read music, obtain good hand posture, develop their technique and musicality.
I received Bachelors of Music in Percussion performance from the Chicago College of Performing Arts, Roosevelt University in 2015 and Masters Degree in Percussion Performance at the DePaul School of Music in 2018. I look forward to helping my new students achieve their goals.
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Coleman M. May 24, 2018
· Russian · Online
Yulia is great! I was a little disorganized and Yulia proposed accommodations with ease.
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sara M. May 22, 2018
· Russian · Online
Wonderful , knowledgeable, enthusiastic and patient teacher
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Amelia A. October 10, 2017
· Drum · Online
Great experience - my daughter really liked her first lesson, and came away enthusiastic. You can’t ask for much better.
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Any genre, any song. Teaching for 20 years. I tailor each lesson to the needs/goals of every student.

For beginners, I can write easy versions of your favorite songs for you, while giving you a well balanced music education.

For more advanced players, I can show you how to play almost any drum part, and show you tips on how to figure out drum parts by ear and make your own.

Since I play other instruments, I can show you how to jam to anything and sound good while having a blast!

For children, I make lessons fun and varied with learning and musical games to keep them excited and engaged.

For everyone, I can teach you the most efficient ways to learn any musical skill based on experience and leading scientific books on learning, while keeping lessons fun!

About Mike
I've studied piano and other instruments for 30 years, have been teaching music for 20, and have been a full time professional musician and music teacher for 11 years.

As a musician who was raised on classical piano but has also spent his life playing in bands, jamming, and composing in several genres, I believe that a well-rounded musical education is not only practical, but that it brings out the most enjoyment in music.

I also believe in teaching students whatever they love whether it's classical, rock, pop, jazz, world music, or a mix of everything! The more they love it, the more they will practice, and in turn the more they will love how they have improved - a circle of awesomeness!

As a professional musician, I play over 130 shows a year throughout North America as lead singer-guitarist for Celtic Rock group The Whiskeydicks, a
s the touring pianist for classical crossover group Vivace, as a solo singer-guitarist-pianist, and as the lead singer-guitarist-pianist-composer for my own symphonic-rock-fusion group, The Living. I've also toured extensively in Europe as keyboardist and backing vocalist for singer-songwriter Melanie Dekker.

My compositions have been performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, The Plastic Acid Orchestra, Turning Point Ensemble, Ad Mare Wind Quintet, Vivace, The Living, The Whiskeydicks and cellist-singer-songwriter Cris Derksen.

I have a B.Mus in Piano and Music Composition from The University of British Columbia. I'm an IVA Certified Level I Voice Instructor and have studied Vocals with John Henny, Jeffrey Skouson, Guy Babusek, and Spencer Welch; piano with Terence Dawson, David Vandereyk, and Ross Taggart; composition with Dorothy Chang, Keith Hamel, and Armanini; drums with Jay Deachman and Morgan Childs; bass with David Spidel; and accordion with Jelena Milojevic.

I've just moved to LA from Vancouver where I had about 40 students, so this is the time to sign up as I have room for new students for the first time in years!
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Sarah May 11, 2018
· Accordion · Online
Mike is really fun!
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Joan C. March 8, 2018
· Ukulele · Online
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Luke February 23, 2018
· Accordion · Online
Very patient with our first time in online lessons and first real go at the accordion. Looking forward to more lessons!
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About Jeffery B.

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Students will receive personalized lesson plans based on their skill level and areas of interest. We will cover multiple styles and genres and focus on the main attributes of a professional percussionist.

Lessons take place at a secure and open rehearsal space with professional and well maintained equipment provided (students must bring their own sticks). We will be studying from various, standard texts as well as customized exercises developed for each student.

About Jeffery
With over 15 years of experience playing, performing and teaching percussion, I can offer valuable insight into many aspects of how to become a more well rounded and professional player. Having graduated from Millikin University in 2013 with a BA in Music Business and a Percussion Emphasis, I specialize in drum set and symphonic percussion styles, perfect for developing students looking to expand their percussive repertoire.

I have taught individual and group lessons for private students as well as school groups including classical and corps ensembles of all ages.

I take pride in my personable and professional demeanor and understand the challenges of developing talent at different skill levels. I work to provide individualized lesson plans for every student that suit their interests and ambitions.
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Mike B. April 27, 2018
· Drum · In studio
Jeffery brings an awesome approach to teaching drums and percussion that can apply to any level of player. He's great at developing the fundamentals you need to improve as a player while keeping things interesting and fun! He's a true professional but keeps things laid back and comfortable for his students. You can tell he has a passion for what he's teaching and it really shows in the results you get from working with him. I'd recommend him to anyone!
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Noah January 9, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Excellent instruction
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About Jack S.

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I am a patient, enthusiastic teacher. I help my students achieve their musical goals as they build vital skills like focus and persistence. I find teaching incredibly rewarding because I get to help my students grow as musicians and as people. If you want to join a band, play in your local church, or even just learn songs by your favorite artists, I’d love to help! I teach children ages four and up (or younger, if a parent is present) and adults. I welcome complete beginners, advanced players, and everyone in between. You don’t need a drum set to start lessons, and you don’t even need a pair of sticks for your first one! Any student with enthusiasm and commitment can learn.

About Jack
I am a human! Music plays a huge role in my life, but other activities, passions, and relationships are also very important to me. That being said, I’ve devoted a huge portion of my last 14 years to music, so I’d like to share that part of my story with you.
I started playing drums when I was nine. I began playing professionally when I was 16, and I taught my first students shortly after that. When I was in high school, I had the privilege of playing at the Peaks Jazz Festival with some amazing guest performers, including Grammy-winning artists like Eric Marienthal, Dave Weckl, Ed Calle, and Randy Brecker. I’ve studied drums formally nearly since I began playing, and have had several wonderful teachers. I’ve combined what I felt were the most positive aspects of my their teaching to form my own teaching approach. Teaching has given me
a valuable perspective on the drums and on myself. It’s an ever-changing challenge that I enjoy immensely.
I graduated cum laude from the University of Miami’s Frost School of Music after studying drum set performance, composition, and music production. While still in college, I formed a jazz trio and started writing original music for us to play. I still perform with this group on a regular basis. I also perform frequently as a sideman in other people’s groups in various genres. I’ve also been fortunate enough to perform at the Kennedy Center and at the Umbria Jazz Festival. In addition to drumming, I also play the piano, write commercial music, and produce electronic music.
Like I mentioned before, I’m a human first! Outside of music, I enjoy baking, biking, traveling, and improvisatory acting. I love cookies and puns. If you have any questions about me, feel free to email me at ask by clicking "Ask a Question." Now, enough about me, I’m looking forward to learning about you!
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Greta April 7, 2018
· Drum · Online
I get frustrated really easily, but Jack made it much easier for me to play and practice but still have fun. He's always in a good mood for our lessons and seems to really enjoy teaching. Great teacher!
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Marta March 8, 2018
· Drum · In studio
I just had my first lesson with Jack so much fun and he was very knowledgable and I got to play alot my old teacher talked too much. I learned alot but it was also fun and didn't seem hard.
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Derrick March 5, 2018
· Logic Pro Software · Online
What's really unique about the way Jack teaches as opposed to youtube videos for example, is that he shows you how to do things so you can do it your way, not just one way of doing it. Instead of just showing you how to do sidechain compression, he explains how it works so you can understand and use it however you want!
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Experienced teacher and musician, great with beginners and intermediate students and happy to teach all levels! I've been playing the drums for almost 20 years, and have been playing professionally for much of the last 10 years. I always aim to keep a healthy focus on both the technical element of learning the drums, and the all-important musical element of playing with other musicians in a group. I generally spend about half the lesson focusing on technique, and the other half on songs picked by the student for us to work on. Please feel free to send me a message if you'd like to start taking lessons!

About Peter
Hello! I'm a drummer with nearly two decades of experience playing in a wide variety of bands, from straight ahead rock, to jazz, to minimalist singer-songwriter music, to swampy New Orleans-style funk, and everything in between. Since graduating college in 2011, I've been a working musician, and I combine the technical foundation of years spent studying the instrument with the musicality of a seasoned drummer.

This is exactly what I bring to my drum lessons: a strong footing in the technical side of playing, and an unwavering devotion to developing musicianship that always serves the music and the song. I will help you develop life-long habits of playing and practicing that will help you grow with your experience (and prevent injury!), and simultaneously develop an ear for music while learning to play songs. I always encourage my stud
ents to bring songs they love to lessons for us to focus on, and for beginners, to start playing with other people as soon as possible. This keeps lessons dynamic and engaging—playing drums should be fun!

For intermediate and advanced students, I bring my experience as a working studio and live drummer to lessons. We focus on musicianship in the context of a band, listening, timbre, groove, timekeeping, confidence, and the intangibles of what it takes to be an effective band member (and an employable drummer!).

In addition to countless hours spent in middle and high school banging away on the drums in my parents' basement, I studied jazz in college, and since then have taken lessons with Scott Amendola to supplement my experience playing.

Please feel free to send me a message if you'd like to start lessons! I'm available to teach in students' homes in Los Angeles, or teach lessons online.
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Caitlin December 2, 2017
· Drum · In home
Peter is a skilled and talented drummer with the pedagogy to go with it. He is on time, communicative, and able to connect with students easily. His combination of commitment to technique as well as ability to stoke a young drummer's intrinsic motivation make him a wonderful instructor.
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About Rob B.

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I'm a full time touring musician, I studied music in school for 8 years, but I can honestly say I've learned more about music through my years as a touring musician. I find great joy in sharing all the things I've learned over the years.

I like getting to know my students; their expectations and goals as an aspiring drummer, and I build my curriculum around their needs.

In my lessons you can expect to learn, and have fun!

About Rob
I am a full time touring, recording musician who lives in Nashville TN. I graduated with a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance from Roberts Wesleyan College.
During my studies at Roberts I taught percussion and music theory at U-Prep High school for 1 year, and when I wasn't at studying or teaching, I put all my focus on recording.

In 2016 I moved to Nashville to tour with a few artists, after 4 months of traveling I decided to find a band I that I could call my own. Leading me to this moment, where I am currently on tour with my band, The Foxies, and perform with and MD for two other artist based out of Nashville.

Over the years I have traveled with many different acts; performing at Warped Tour, Sundance, SXSW, Bonaroo.

My lessons are not the same for everyone. I like to get to know my students; their personal music goals and
the ways they learn best, and I build my curriculum around that information.
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Antioch, TN 37013
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Who doesn’t want to learn how to play drums?! Do you want to actually “feel” your favorite song? I can help! I’ve been teaching drums for 5 years and I am looking for beginner/intermediate students. I’m a drummer of 20 years and have had music classes my entire life. I’ve also been in multiple groups and have played countless gigs. I start with basic grooves and rudiments. I teach based on how well you can internalize the basics. We will also learn your favorite songs. I’ve found learning drums to your music is a key factor in staying interested. I move at your pace and always keep a positive environment. You will be playing drums in no time! I want all my students to reach their full potential. All of my students will have a better understanding of rhythm after each and every lesson. I will push you, you will progress quickly, all while having fun! Please feel free to contact me, I’m waiting for you!

About Ryan
I have recently relocated to Nashville TN to pursue my music career. I am an active drummer/drum instructor and looking to fill up my schedule with students.

Back home in California, I managed to be in 4 bands and teach 15 students at two different music schools. I have been playing drums my entire life. I come from a family of musicians and drummers. My father and two brothers also play drums. My father is one who first showed me around the kit when I was just a kid. I have 20 years of experience now. 5 years of teaching experience. I love sharing my knowledge with others and it excites me to do so. I have built my own lesson plans on learning the basics and have proven it works. Working with me, you will become a well rounded drummer. My goal is to have you be able to sit down with any group, any style, and know exactly what to play.
As well as rudiments applied to the drum set, learning how to read sheet music, playing all genres, improvising, and understanding how to "read" other musicians. We will also learn your favorite songs!

Keep it positive. Keep it fun. Keep it challenging. Progress with be made and you will see results quickly if you stay up on your daily practicing, just like me!
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Ryan B.

Nashville, TN 37216
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Looking to learn a variety of drum and percussion grooves? I teach a variety of drum set and snare drum etudes, beats, and grooves of various difficulty levels and styles. My lessons are customized for the individual student. I have been playing for 11 years and have my bachelor's degree in commercial music performance. I strive for excellence and love to see my students grow and excel in what they love to do!

About Abraham
I am from St. Louis, Missouri, but moved here to the Nashville are a few years ago from school. I graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University with a BA in Music (Commercial) and a minor in Audio Technology. I have been playing drums and percussion for 11 years, playing all through school in classical, marching, and commercial settings. I am the drummer for two bands, The Monocles and Low Sol, playing shows with them periodically in the St. Louis and Nashville areas. I also play drums for several artists around town, ranging in genre and style. I love to play drums and make it a point to play as much as I can!
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Goodlettsville, TN 37072
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Want to play your favorite songs and succeed with other musicians? My lessons are geared towards helping drummers of all skill levels become not just better at their instrument, but a better overall musician. We will develop drumming skills such as technique, coordination, timing, phrasing, and more. In addition, we will learn to play in many styles of music such as rock, funk, and jazz. Let’s get started today!

About Ben
Hey! My name is Ben Reiff and I am a professional drummer living in Nashville, TN. I have taught a wide variety of students from children to adults and complete beginners to advanced.

Students can expect to see weekly progress in their drumming in many areas such as coordination, technique, timing, phrasing, and overall musicianship. We will cover playing in many different styles as well including, pop, rock, jazz, funk, hip hop, and many different styles of world music.

As I am also a songwriter, my teachings often keep a focus on playing drums to best support the song. We will learn about different song forms and how they relate to creating appropriate drum parts. We will also develop strategies to learn many songs at a rapid pace.

My credentials include 10+ years of drum experience, playing, touring, and recording with bands/artists
including Plevyak, Christian Lopez, and Blake Ruby, 1st Chair All State Drums for MD jazz band, and studying at The Berklee College of music (where I received a scholarship to attend).

If you are looking to take your drumming to the next level, I'd love to assist you in your journey! Good Luck!
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Ben is the man! A incredible drummer who’s enthusiastic and passionate about the instrument, music, and seeing his students learn and progress. Highly reccomend!
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