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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!

About Jordan R.

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About Jordan
I received my education at the University of Wisconsin, majoring in Jazz Guitar. I've studied with some of the best guitarists in the Midwest, and have performed live and in recording studios all across the country in a variety of styles (Rock, Metal, Bluegrass, Jazz, Classical, Country). I've performed internationally, and my playing has been featured on several prime time television shows. I've always had a love of music, and it’s a passion that I try to instill in all of my students!

Through focus on note reading, chords, improvisation, and technique, I try to give my students tools that
they can take with them throughout their musical journey, whether playing music for fun or professionally!

*** Lesson Details ***
I like to be laid back and very individual with my approach. I always introduce a curriculum designed to teach basic chords, note reading, and basic theory, but I also understand that each student has a particular set of interests, and I want to inspire them to follow those interests. Whether it's Rock, Blues, Country, Folk, or Classical, I want to give my students the tools and understanding that they need to excel at the music that drives them.

*** Travel Equipment ***
I expect my students to have everything that they need to practice the materials that I give them, including an instrument, amplifier and tuner if necessary, and a music stand. I provide all lesson materials.

*** Specialties ***
I specialize in rock, country, metal, blues, and jazz with an emphasis on theory and technique.
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Josh E. April 25, 2017
· Country Guitar · Online
Jordan was very helpful right from the start. He listened to me on where I am at and where I want to be. He showed me a few things that we will work towards and then helped me understand my instrument much better. Gave me some fun new things to practice before the next lesson. If you're looking for a lesson that is interactive and fun I recommend Jordan and the online thing is supper easy and handy. I don't think it could have gone any better. The lesson was 45 minutes and it felt like 10.
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Dave February 1, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Jordan is excellent & very patient.
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Max January 13, 2017
· Guitar · In home
Jordan is a fantastic teacher! He expertly and patiently guided my young son from essentially 0 to reading notes and playing them on the guitar in about half an hour. He is clearly an experienced musician who loves to teach. We are looking forward to the next lesson.
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Jordan R.

Nashville, TN 37211
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About Jeff D.

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Engaging and positive coaching to help you on your journey as a musician and drummer.

About Jeff
Music, and drumming in particular, continues to be an exciting lifetime journey for me and I find the greatest rewards in teaching students how to achieve their own musical and lifetime goals. Currently, I'm available to travel to your location to teach you on the comfort of your own drum kit, snare drum, or percussion gear. Or, I can bring the essential gear required to help you have fun learning all about music and drumming, such as playing in certain styles or training your coordinated independence between hands, feet, and voice. As a teacher, I work with all ages of beginner to advanced
students, specializing in middle school and high school percussion studies in addition to music therapy for special needs children.
I have over 25 years experience in all areas of drum set and percussion education, recording, and performance. I was principal percussionist and drumline captain throughout my high school career participating in the concert, symphonic, jazz, and marching bands. I was selected for All-State Jazz Band during my senior year and went on to study music education at the University of Georgia while being selected for a slot in the Redcoat Marching Band and the University Steel Drum Band during my freshman year. I completed my music business degree from Georgia State University, while studying under world class teachers like Jack Bell, principal percussionist for Atlanta Symphony for over 30 years.
Throughout my career, I continue to be influenced, inspired, and taught through private lessons, master classes, videos, books, and recordings from David Garibaldi, Simon Phillips, Rod Morgenstein, Neil Peart, Gregg Bissonette, Jerry Fields, Jim White, John Lawless, Billy Degnats, Eric Darken, Gary Chaffee, Kim Plainfield, Chuck Silverman, Steve Houghton, Jeff Hamilton, Jeff Porcaro, Buddy Rich, Gene Krupa, Tito Puente, Steve Gadd, Dave Weckl, Steve Smith, Vinx, and Zorro.
As your drum teacher, I can help students excel in school music programs to pursue scholarships, transform the garage band into a gig-ready act, bring laughter and joy for special needs, encourage senior citizens trying something new with music in their golden years - all of these scenarios and more with the ultimate goal to coach you to becoming the creative musician you dream of becoming based on the musical artists that inspire you. Let's get started today.

*** Lesson Details ***
I'll have you playing and understanding rhythmic concepts right away. I love to start lessons off by learning from my students who their favorite drummer is or what music track inspires them. Then we turn "I wanna do that!" into "I can do that!"
I customize each lesson to each particular student's goals, although I have many solid foundation concepts and exercises that I employ at the appropriate times. I keep the lessons extremely positive and encouraging, but I will drive and challenge my students to help them find joy in pushing themselves through a difficult new concept or overcoming a physical hurdle.
I try to broaden my students' appreciation for multiple genres of music with a lot of historical or anecdotal stories which fit within the context of whatever contemporary methods we are actually studying. As much as possible, I incorporate technology into our lesson time with click track (metronome), play-along music, and other developmental tools.
Listening is a critical skill that I constantly emphasize, and yes, I do assign "homework" between lessons, but I make the assignments fun and they usually help to quickly unleash the creative spirit of each student!
My greatest joy is when a student has a band performance I can watch or a positive audition experience I can celebrate with them after having helped them prepare for the event.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Drum kit, multiple hand percussion instruments, PA system, practice pad kit, dry erase boards, and multi-media.

*** Travel Equipment ***
The students should have a new three-ring binder or a spiral notebook to track weekly lessons and assignments. Ideally, students should have sticks/mallets, a snare drum, drum set, hand percussion (bongos, conga, djembe, cajon), or perhaps a school-supplied instrument. If none of those items are owned or available, that's not a problem. I can provide practice pad(s) and or small drum and percussion supplies to help us get started until students/parents can invest in their own gear later on based on their specific interests.

*** Specialties ***
Drum Set - Musicality & playing drum beats from day 1. Also, reading music & rhythmic training.

Percussion - School band and concert percussion (such as bells, xylophone, marimba, and vibraphone). Prep for auditions. Drum maintenance, tuning, and various hand percussion (conga, bongos, cajon, djembe, tambourine, etc.).
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Jack August 14, 2016
· Drum · In home
Our son loves Jeff. He's very patient with him and challenges him with new techniques by encouraging him to listen to other genres of music.
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Charlie January 3, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Jeff did a great job with my son's first drum lesson. His passion for teaching was evident. Jeff was encouraging, patient and positive. My son is looking forward to the next lesson!
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Jack D. November 22, 2015
· Drum · In home
My son was so excited about starting his lesson with Jeff and he didn't let him down. Jack has AD/HD so can be a bit chellenging at times but Jeff was very patient with him. I would highly recommend Jeff as an instructor.
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Jeff D.

Franklin, TN 37067
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$25 / 30-min

About Jordan M.

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I focus on making the music learning process fun by encouraging creativity and keeping my students on their toes. I take the student's interests and turn them into teachable moments. Expect the unexpected! I have been teaching drum set for 10 years and would love to help my all students reach their musical goals! I cover multiple styles, history, maintenance, grooves, fills, and much more.

About Jordan
Hey, my name is Jordan M. and I can't wait to play music with you! I've been teaching music since 2005 and have loved helping my students learn to read music, tackle auditions, play at a higher level, and appreciate all sorts of music. I went to The University of Akron and earned a Masters Degree in Percussion Performance and I also have a Bachelors Degree in Music Education. I'm a determined and open minded person and my teaching style is always catered to your learning needs I look forward to meeting you and helping you reach your goals!
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Greg Hasselblad August 24, 2015
· Drum · In studio
This is our first time using take lessons and we've had a great experience. Jordan has been easy to work with and has quickly built a rapport with our son. Thomas is excited about his lessons and is learning each time. Highly recommend Jordan.
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Jordan M.

Goodlettsville, TN 37072
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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 pe
rsonable 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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Noah January 9, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Excellent instruction
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Jeffery B.

Jeffery B.

Nashville, TN 37209
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About Hunter S.

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Drumset, Marching Snare/Tenor/Bass Drum, Marimba, Vibraphone, Xylophone, Glockenspiel (Bells), Hand Drums, and just about anything else you would like to learn in the vast area of percussion I can help you with. I have experience teaching beginning students all the way to more advanced students and even professionals. I am a band director by day and would love to teach privately in the afternoons and weekends. I am happy to furnish a more extensive resume upon request. Thank you!

About Hunter
Hello! My name is Hunter Stricklin and I have been teaching in the Nashville area since 2000. I started off teaching private percussion lessons as well as music composition lessons while teaching at several high schools in the Nashville area, including: Hendersonville H.S., Wilson Central H.S., Centennial H.S., John Overton H.S., Smyrna H.S., and Columbia Central H.S.

I attended MTSU and earned a BM in Music Theory & Composition as well as a BM in Music Education. I have been teaching middle school band and general music at Poplar Grove Middle School in Franklin, TN since 2011.

I have e
xtensive performance experience as well having performed, taught, and wrote for the World Champion WGI PIW ensemble Music City Mystique from 1998-99, and from 2001-2007.

I am published through Tapspace Publications and Warner Brothers.

A more extensive list of performance, teaching, and composition experience can be provided upon request.
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Tim D April 19, 2017
· Percussion ·
Hunter is hands down one of the best teachers I've had the chance to perform and work with over my 20+ years in the drumcorps/marching band realm. The knowledge he possesses is impressive in itself but the way he imparts stands out above all. He has a very special ability to read a situation as well as a student and cater the lesson to ensure the student will get the most of the time allowed. If you want to learn, excel, and achieve a higher understanding of your art then Hunter is the one you want teaching you!
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Evan April 19, 2017
· Music Performance · In studio
I had the privilege of performing under the direction of Hunter on several occasions. His ensemble work is always rigorous, challenging, exacting, and enough fun to create a good team spirit. He is a great teacher in a one on one setting, and his ability to both diagnose errors and prescribe the right fix is uncanny. He's the perfect combination of serious, knowledgeable, professional, and fun. If I still lived in Nashville, I would be thrilled to study with Hunter.
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Chris April 19, 2017
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I have worked and performed with Hunter over the past 10 years, and I can say that he is hands-down one of the absolute best in his field! His extensive knowledge of percussion, music theory, and music pedagogy only supplement his ability to take any student at any level and make them discover a level of potential and success higher than already imagined. He has a tremendous ability to pinpoint the strengths and weaknesses of any student he teaches, thus offering very thorough instruction.

In short, Mr. Stricklin is a master in music performance, education, composition, and arranging! I highly recommend Hunter Stricklin. He will take your knowledge and abilities to the next level and beyond!
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Hunter S.

Hunter S.

Nashville, TN 37221
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