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Percussion and Drum Lessons in Washington, DC

By Dan T. - DC Drums Teacher

Percussion has always fascinated me. During snack time as a child, I would trade rhythms with friends on table benches. When running laps for soccer practice, I would churn my body’s energy to the texture of wind through the trees; rhythms defined by awareness of immediate surroundings. This isn’t a specialized skill. As individuals, each person has a unique understanding of the world, and therefore, everyone has a personal background that can be brought to a collective foreground. That foreground is rhythm. The expression of that rhythm is percussion.

There isn’t a right or wrong way to express one’s rhythms; there is only expression. As a percussion instructor teaching drum lessons in Washington, DC, I find common ground on which I can communicate and exchange ideas with my students. The next time that you notice your own footsteps, scrape a pot on the stove, or turn on the shower, think of this concept. How do these sounds make you feel? How would you communicate these feelings? How would the communication of these feelings translate to rhythm? What instruments would you choose?

Regardless of your answers, the idea is that when you communicate, you are percussive. When you communicate, you are playing music. This is what I share with the world when I play and when I teach drum lessons in Washington, DC. Join the fun and let’s all share together – sign up for drum lessons in Washington, DC today!

About Keith J.

Falls Church, VA

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45 years in the Music Business Students learn -
Drum Set/Snare Drum Technique and Music Performance,
Music Recording Techniques,
The Music Business - The Music AND the Business of Music
Endorsed by Hal Blaine - The most recorded Musician in HISTORY
Endorsed by Alex Van Halen and many others

About Keith
Keith is a seasoned world class drummer, a 3 Time Grammy Award winner as well as an Emmy award winning media producer; with a high degree of artistic and technical experience. He has over forty four years on-stage experience performing, developing and managing international artists. He has performed on stage and worked with world famous groups such as Starland Vocal Band, Billy Idol, Bob Seger, John Mayall, The Ventures, Buffalo Springfield Revisited (including Steve Stills and Neil Young), and many more!! Go to Keith's picture area to see pics of Keith with famous friends such as Van Halen!!

*** Lesson Details ***
You will learn to read drum music and/or write and play drum parts. You will learn snare drum technique and drum set skills. I have experience in the MUSIC BUSINESS, so students will learn not only about the MUSIC, but also about the BUSINESS should they have professional career related questions.

I also teach Studio session recording drumming techniques should you wish to become a top session recording drummer !!!

I have been around the world working with MAJOR famous recording artists touring out of Washington, DC and Los Angeles.

I teach 1/2 hour lessons and/or 1 hour lessons.

During each lesson, I give you plenty of material to practice over a week€™s time. WE WILL HAVE FUN.

Not many teachers in this area have my experience nor credentials. I love the drums more than anything and my enthusiasm should be evident during our lessons. Several of my students have gone on to major music colleges such as Berklee. One of my students is currently touring and working with Linkin Park. Another student is currently touring with Fall Out Boy.

When you take lessons from me, you will develop the skills to play in your school band with confidence, start your own band, or play at an advanced professional level.

I am great with young children as well as students of all ages. Additionally, I have experience with students requiring special needs.

I have all the patience in the world, remember, I was in your shoes years ago when I had a dream of learning how to play the drums !!!!


*** Studio Equipment ***
Large, private studio with all the equipment you will need to absorb the "pearls of wisdom" I will give you during your private one-on-one private lesson. Comfortable waiting room outside studio. Drum set, practice pad set, PA for playing any song you wish to learn loud enough so you can hear it over the studio drums.

*** Specialties ***
Drum set technique, snare drum technique, reading studies. Rock, Country, Jazz, symphonic, marching band etc., Studio session recording drumming techniques.

I teach both the MUSIC and the BUSINESS, for the aspiring or current professional.
Kyle H. December 1, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Great teacher, great person.
Greg C. June 21, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Fun! Cool dude with great attitude.
Douglas W. June 21, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Keith is fantastic!
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Keith J.

Keith J.

Falls Church, VA 22043
starting at
$38 / 30-min

About Fabio T.

Springfield, VA
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Most genres of modern music can be taught; rock, metal, funk, blues, ect. There are several different books the student can choose to use to supplement the lessons.

For beginning drummers, I like to start with fundamentals and light theory, and certain physical exercises (which help make the limbs independent of each other). I also like to get the student to familiarize themselves with the instrument. I start of with easy rhythms on a drum pad (usually from a beginners percussion book), and slowly work up to working with a high-hat, snare, bass drum configuration. Once you're ready for the fun stuff, we can start incorporating easy songs you've always wanted to play, and then start moving the difficulty level up and up. All in all I try to combine the fun that comes with playing along to the songs you love, with a strong foundation of fundamentals and theory which will help you progress faster but with ease. For students that have already had some experience either percussive or ...

About Fabio
Fabio is an accomplished and experienced musician. Beginning with percussion at the age of 9, he has over 15 years rocking out behind the kit. He has played in many local bands and as well as some internationally. He is sought after for his wide variety of styles: Classic rock, Modern Rock, Alternative, Punk, Metal, Blues, Funk, and Latin. He is currently working on a Hard Rock project whom are finishing up some demos before they start gigging around the area.
Aside from drumming, Fabio has also been trained in classical and electric guitar, as well as Music theory, which he acquired whil
e obtaining a BS Mechanical Eng/ and Acoustics.

*** Lesson Details ***
I believe it is important for a student to feel he/she is in a comfortable environment, which is why I tailor each lesson based on the student. I take into account not only natural talent and level of experience, but also progression and devotion. Whether the student is an adult looking to start a new and fun hobby, or a child with major aspirations to be come one of the greats, I can make sure either one gets the necessary instruction at a comfortable pace. Se Habla Español!

For beginning drummers, I like to start with fundamentals and light theory, and certain physical exercises (which help make the limbs independent of each other). I also like to get the student to familiarize themselves with the instrument. I start of with easy rhythms on a drum pad (usually from a beginners percussion book), and slowly work up to working with a high-hat, snare, bass drum configuration. Once you're ready for the fun stuff, we can start incorporating easy songs you've always wanted to play, and then start moving the difficulty level up and up. All in all I try to combine the fun that comes with playing along to the songs you love, with a strong foundation of fundamentals and theory which will help you progress faster but with ease. For students that have already had some experience either percussive or behind the kit, we can assess your level of experience and move from there.

For beginning guitarist, I begin by familiarizing the student with the instrument, and some very basic theory and tuning. We then move on to simple patterns to get those calluses on those finger tips. Then we start with chord charts and strumming rhythms. Followed by the fun stuff, which is actually playing a song. I am very open to my student's tastes and encourage them to bring in songs they would like to learn, because I when someone is familiar with a particular song, it can be almost as if your fingers naturally know what to do. I can teach both electric, classical acoustic, and steel acoustic guitars. For students who are further along, I like to assess their particular level first, and go on from there.

*** Studio Equipment ***
Drums: I provide a full kit, with necessary extras to for accompaniment. A stereo for playback, some recording equipment if needed. Books and necessary copies, although I encourage students to purchase their own instruction books. practice pad and extra sticks, music stand
Guitar: Amps, pics, stereo for playback, recording equipment, mics for non electric/acoustics, music stand.

*** Specialties ***
modern rock, classic rock, blues, metal, punk, alternative
Kiersten N. April 10, 2017
· Drum · In studio
I cannot thank Fabio enough for what he has given our son. More than just the lessons, he was wonderful with communication and expectations. A great match. We are moving so we have to stop lessons but highly recommend him as an instructor. Thank you so much Fabio!
Brian October 25, 2016
· Guitar · In studio
My boy really liked the guitar class with Fabio.
Alden N. October 12, 2016
· Drum · In studio
Excellent first lesson with our son. Patient & great communication. Our son has Down Syndrome. Looking forward to next week!
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Fabio T.

Fabio T.

Springfield, VA 22153
starting at
$35 / 30-min

About Raycurt J.

Washington, DC
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Give me the beat. Basic three piece trap-set to eight piece wih cymbols. Have you the drive to make the Rhythm?
To achieve the motion necessary in the music and set the other instruments on the roll to Rock.
Counting the structure of time in musc. Learn the system .
This all applies to purcussion instrtuments alike. Just different techniques to clockwork timing.

About Raycurt
Raycurt J. aka "Fiddla", Violin-Viola-Voice-Piano-Rhythm-Dance and Event Productions.

Native of Washington, D.C. began at the age of seven on the piano. Singing in family church choirs and training with the D.C. Youth Chorale.
Began instruction on the Viola in the D.C. Youth Orchestra program.
Attended the Duke Ellington Performing Arts High School in it's inaugural year.
Awarded with a Full Scholarship at
Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester, New York

Music is the universal communicator, educator, healer, and conflict mediator.
We naturally expose our children to mu
sic to incite awareness and stimulate self-motivational learning practices within. Music, as a hobby or passion, you will discover the connection to other practical disciplines, such as, science and mathematics.

Mr, Ray's comprehensive 3 step courses.

1. Learn the basics of the music language and the idioms of Jazz. 

2. COUNTING. Learn how to keep time, the ruler of motion in music. 

3. Learn how to create a beautiful melodies and the syntax of songs to discover your creativity within the structure of musical thoughts.

Also. effective personal practice techniques and the basics of Improvisation and Composition. 

It is well documented that exposing children to music and the creative arts is a prerequisite to fundamental logical thought processes and schematic reasoning.

Music is organic FUN for kids of all the ages! 4 years to 104. Lol
Recordings with artists and celebrities throughout the U.S. and Europe. Presentations of jazz and classical ensembles with rotating artists for hire of various genres of music.
You may consider me a Triple threat as they say, Singer, Dancer and Entertainer.

He has performed with notables such as Stevie Wonder,
Natalie Cole, Bette Midler, and Carmen Mac Cray.
Akademisches Festival Orchestra, Leipzig,
Kammerorchester de St. Laurentius, in Dessau, Germany.
National Gallery of Art Orchestra, and the
American University Symphony.
Howard University Community Orchestra
La Fete Musique, World-wide Busking Society.
MTA-Music Under New York
resently D.C. Concert Orchestra and DC Strings workshop
Shirley C. February 5, 2017
· Singing · In studio
Raycurt is patient, kind, and most of all experience. Look forward to the future and where I am going with this experience.
J July 10, 2016
· Violin · In studio
Raycurt is an amazing teacher. He's a musical genius but he's still patient with me even though I have little musical talent.
Paul M. June 24, 2015
· Piano · In studio
Mr. Raycurt is encouraging and patient. He has made learning piano exciting for me!
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Raycurt J.

Raycurt J.

Washington, DC 20001
starting at
$40 / 30-min

About Alex W.

Arlington, VA

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My goal is for you to learn and have fun!

About Alex
Hi, my name is Alex and I've been playing the drums for over 15 years. I started in school when I was very young and have played more casually in my later years. Recently my schedule has opened up so that I can do what I enjoy most: pass on my knowledge to others while doing what I love.

For beginner drummers, I have a set of rudiments and exercises that build wrist strength and muscle memory. I like to start out on a drum pad and learn basics before moving on. From there we can move to the drum set, starting with basic beats and move on the more difficult songs and rhythms. I can offer som
e skills that are not taught in a book. If you are looking to learn how to play improvisation, "jam" or play with a band, I can guide you through that learning curve. I also have a lot of music to share that will train your ears to play the genres you most enjoy.

My goal is for you to improve your skills on the drums but also have fun. I certainly will be!
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Alex W.

Alex W.

Arlington, VA 22203
starting at
$35 / 30-min

About Mark M.

Takoma Park, MD

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I have been teaching drums and percussion for over twenty years and have students that have majored in music at the college level and also play professionally. I like to provide a solid foundation in reading, snare drum technique and all styles of drum set playing. Students can choose what style they would like to focus on but I also like to introduce them to other styles to expand they're vocabulary and enhance they're main interests. Lessons on Latin Percussion also available.

About Mark
I am a versatile drummer/percussionist that performs and teaches many styles of music. I graduated from Musicians Institute of Los Angeles in 1984 and have worked with many artists in the Jazz and Latin fields including Randy Brecker, Steve Turre, Hilton Ruiz, Paul Carr, Steve Berrios, Eva Cassidy and many others. On the R&B circuit I've worked with The Flamingos, Bo Diddley, Jr. Cline and the Recliners and Mary Wilson of The Supremes. As a freelance musician I've worked at many embassies, The Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, The White House and many other venues. As part of Duende Quartet I wa
s part of Jazz At Lincoln Center's "Rhythm Road" project and played concerts and performed workshops world wide.

As an educator I can provide a solid foundation for reading, snare drum technique and all styles for drum set. I'm also very knowledgeable about Latin music and provide lessons for congas and timbales and how to apply these rhythms to the drum set. From beginner to advanced I can provide a lesson plan that best fits your needs.
Jeremy March 4, 2017
· Drum · In studio
Mark is an excellent drum instructor! I have been taking lessons with him at Music and Arts (Rockville, MD) for over two years now, I am consistently amazed at how much I have progressed in that time period. He is highly proficient in jazz, latin, and funk/rock drumming, and has a large vocabulary of all three. Therefore, he is well equipped to teach many different styles, as well as being able to take requests to teach many different styles of songs.

I also should mention that he is an incredibly cool and nice person.

I could not recommend Mark highly enough!
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Mark M.

Mark M.

Takoma Park, MD 20912
starting at
$30 / 30-min

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