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No matter where you live, chances are we can introduce you to an amazing teacher in your neighborhood. You can take lessons in the privacy of your own home or at your teacher's location.

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What if your dream teacher is on the other side of the country? No problem. You can meet with your teacher online using a webcam on your computer.

Average Cost of Drum Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute drum lessons is $61. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and your location, you should expect to spend anywhere between $20 and $130 per hour.

30-min $15
$36 average
45-min $20
$48 average
60-min $20
$61 average

For the best experience, we typically recommend 60-minute drum lessons. However, students looking for a more affordable option may want to consider a shorter lesson length of 45 or 30 minutes. On average, 45-minute drum lessons are 22% less expensive at $48, and 30-minute lessons cost 41% less at $36.

Curious how much drum lessons cost in your area? Do a quick search to get local prices for the best drum teachers .

Drum Lesson Reviews from Students

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

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Popular Drum teachers

Andrew B.

Feasterville Trevose, PA
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Matthew N.

Naperville, IL
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John S.

Minneapolis, MN
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About Andrew B.

Feasterville Trevose, PA

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• Teaching professionally since 2001
• Uses customized curriculum geared for each student
• Top of the line professional equipment

annie February 20, 2019
· Drum · In studio
Andrew is teaching my daughter snare drum for marching band tryouts in the spring. The first lesson was excellent and she looks forward to working with Andrew in more lessons.
Bob C. December 18, 2018
· Drum · In studio
The lesson with Andrew was very straight forward and alot of positive came out of .
Andrew was very understandingvfor the type of lesson I am looking for.
We will see what happens during the rest of my 5 lesson series.
I liked Andrew right off the bat seems like a nice person also.
I am 71 years old I know when I meet someone after a few minutes what kind of person they are and he is one of those type.
Teresa December 15, 2018
· Drum · In studio
I worked with Andrew for over 2 years learning the drums. Fabulous teacher! Andrew taught me technique, timing, different genres of drumming but most importantly inspired me to keep stretching in my playing. His love of music shines through his teaching.

About Matthew N.

Naperville, IL
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Matthew has studied and taught drums for over 20 years. His specialty lies in drumset of all styles and rudimental snare drumming. You can expect a well rounded lesson covering all of the fundamentals to becoming a good drummer.

Kevin C. February 16, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
Matt taught me for a 3 month period and helped me drastically with learning how to improvise guitar solos. I can't thank Matt enough for his help in helping me with a rather unorthodox time to start getting lessons. Each week he told me to bring 3 songs with a guitar solo I would like to learn in different genres and each week we broke down the solos for me to practice and gather their techniques. Thank you so much Matt!
Tejas A. December 31, 2018
· Acoustic Guitar · In home
My 9 year old son had his first session yesterday, and he loved it. Matthew is great, responsive and especially patient! My son is looking forward to having more sessions!
Gabriel S. November 16, 2018
· Classical Piano · In home
Matt is an amazing instructor. I highly recommend him.

About John S.

Minneapolis, MN

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- 10 Years Teaching Experience
- Professional Musician
- Flexible teaching style (written notation, ear training, play-a-long songs)
- Patient & fun learning environment

Maddy August 7, 2018
· Percussion · In home
John is our perfect instructor: approachable, positive, encouraging, upbeat, makes my shy child comfortable and motivated. We love him!
Santiago July 24, 2018
· Drum · In home
John has been awesome. My 8 year old son is very excited with his drum classes. John sets a very inviting tone and great environment to learn. Would highly recommend.
Maddy July 10, 2018
· Percussion · In home
John is a perfect instructor for my daughter, who is shy & responds to positive yet structured instruction. She is already practicing for next week :)

Athan G.

North Hills, CA
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Danny S.

Springville, UT
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Khalil H.

Los Angeles, CA
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About Athan G.

North Hills, CA

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Athan G has taught drums for eight years, and strives to provide each student with exactly what they need to excel. He has extensive training, both from CSUN as a Jazz Performance major and performing around the world in various groups. From basic technique, to advanced technical and musical studies, his wealth of knowledge and experience will help you improve immensely. He teaches based on each individual student in order to provide you with the best and most fun learning experience.

Jennifer February 19, 2019
· Drum · Online
really nice
Vera February 18, 2019
· Drum · Online
Always a great experience to work with Athan. He immediately understands my drumming needs. Athan has tremendous focus and is extremely helpful. I come away from my lesson with my questions answered.
Jennifer February 12, 2019
· Drum · Online
super nice

About Danny S.

Springville, UT

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Teaching students how to play with bands and read music are both important. I've played over 27 years and taught over 17 of those years. Grooves, coordination, reading and soloing are all aspects of what I teach from mostly my own books. I combine having fun with the commitment of practicing into a well rounded learning experience. I have recitals for students to show off their talents 1-2 times yearly. I'm versatile in teaching new drummers or advanced students. I look forward to our lessons.

Scott February 23, 2019
· Drum · Online
Luke November 2, 2018
· Drum · Online
Totally awesome cool! Danny teaches kids drums from first time to having fun playing real songs in just a few lessons. Thank you for making learning fun for my son!
Jack N. October 12, 2018
· Drum · Online
Professional, kind and patient. Luke enjoyed the lesson. Thank you!

About Khalil H.

Los Angeles, CA

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I am a professional drummer, music educator, producer & audio engineer. Who has been playing & teaching drums professionally for over 20 years, and currently offering lessons to beginning, intermediate & advanced students.

The beginner will learn to read drum modern notation / the four basic drum strokes (natural, down, tap & up) / proper sticking techniques for various applications / all standard rudiments, as recognized by the Percussive Society of America / playing to a click track / creative drum fills / odd meter patterns and many styles including; jazz, funk, fusion, blues, rock, R&B, hip hop, drum n bass, world music and orchestral.

The intermediate to advanced student will learn better control & execution of rudiments & grooves he or she may already be familiar with. Introduction to playing patterns in odd time signatures such as 5/4, 7/8 and 9/16. Visual concepts applied to various genres of music. To be used in an effort to capture a particular mood, as it relates ...

Lionel January 31, 2019
· Drum · In studio
I am a singer/songwriter and I took drum lessons to help me with my songwriting and to lay down drum tracks while recording, and also work on my timing issues. The drum lessons were tailored to what I wanted and what I needed to learn. If you are a musician and don’t know how to play drums it essential
to know the different type styles and feels to create. In my opinion these lessons are priceless!
Dane January 16, 2019
· Drum · In studio
Khalil is an incredible teacher. He’s always very accommodating to anything I ask of him, and he’s great at identifying points where I could improve and explaining them in a clear way. I would highly recommend him if you’re looking for a drum teacher in the LA area.
Reyna January 3, 2019
· Drum · In studio
Was good

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Drum Lessons

Do you want to learn how to play the drum? If yes, then you’ve come to the right place. Private drum lessons and classes with a TakeLessons Certified™ teacher accelerates progress, increases enjoyment, and improves every beginner's chances of becoming an expert player.

Drums are one of the most common instruments for beginner musicians. It’s fun to play, and with practice and dedication, most students can learn to play several easy songs within 1-2 months!

It shouldn’t be a surprise that students learn faster when taking private drumming lessons or classes, compared to watching video tutorials or YouTube videos. Finding a specialized teacher - whether in-home, studio, or online classes - for one-on-one drums tutoring will give you the feedback and personal attention you need to become the best drummer you can be!

Beginner vs Intermediate vs Expert Drums Lessons

Private drums lessons with a certified TakeLessons teacher are customized to each and every student based on their current skill level, and goals. Beginner students get to learn the fundamentals, and practice basic beats, basic exercises, and basic techniques. From there, the difficulty increases in order to properly challenge and motivate intermediate and advanced level drummers to develop greater skills, to break through their preconceived limitations, and to ultimately get more satisfaction, meaning, and even paid opportunities from the becoming a skilled drummer.

We understand advancing drummers might have professional goals, so our teachers can guide you how to increase chances of getting more and higher paying gigs. Who knows, someday, you might even become a TakeLessons drums instructor and get paid to teach other aspiring drummers like you.

Drums Lessons for Babies, Toddlers, and Preschoolers

If you’re the type of parent who believes music can improve early childhood development, science has good news for you. A recent study suggests that drums practice can help children better and faster process music and verbal language. Hearing different pitches and tones can help one better parse spoken words. So while every parent should remain careful not to forcefully involve their little ones in music, sports, and other interests, parents can still take a gentler approach that stimulates joy and curiosity, and plant a seed for lifelong learning.

Drums Lessons for Kindergartners and Grade Schoolers

Science also has good news for kids older than preschool age. Research suggests music lessons improve academic performance, as well as cognitive skills in children. drums lessons and practice can help improve motor skills, cognitive performance, and listening skills at a young age.

TakeLessons instructors are background-checked, and highly qualified to give your kids the lessons they need to stay engaged, enjoy the learning process, and to gradually and continually improve one key, one note at a time. After all, learning at a younger age yields the greatest and most long-lasting benefits.

The last thing you want to do is force a kid into playing and practicing so much that they begin to flame out and reject something as powerful and life-changing as the drums.

Drums Lessons for Students with Autism or Special Needs

Some TakeLessons instructors specialize in teaching students with special needs. We believe that not every student learns the same way, and that every student, regardless of their special needs, is capable of becoming a great drums player and musician.

If you can’t find a special needs teacher near you, try searching for online teachers, to find the perfect teacher that can meet your or your child’s needs.

Drums Lessons for Teenagers and High Schoolers

The teen and tween years are the make or break years for most people, in deciding whether they’re going to stick with a childhood hobby or interest, for life. As you go through puberty, and begin preparing for life as an adult, and responsibilities pile on your plate, the first things to go tend to be the personal interests you’re passionate about, because they don’t pay the bills. Also, because they’re not an official part of your school curriculum. In other words, what was once a must-have becomes a nice-to-have.

This is why it’s important to have someone that holds you accountable for prolonging your learning and practicing, regardless of whether it’s a musical instrument, or a sport, or any other after-school matter. Someone to keep you motivated. And if you decide to make your passion a profession, someone to guide you along the way on how to find the right opportunities for paid gigs, or even a full-time career in playing the drums.

Drums Lessons for College Students

Let’s be honest, private lessons aren’t the best idea for college students who are generally tight on budget, time, and commitments. However, that doesn’t mean you should stop learning and practicing. You can still work on the drums by taking classes or participating in music programs at your college. These tend to be more affordable, more social, and less stressful than trying to fit private lessons into your routine.

Drums Lessons for Working Adults & Parents

By now, you’ve already decided whether to stick with the drums or to drop it. If you’re one of the lucky few that stuck with it, in spite of having an extremely busy schedule with work and family obligations, congratulations. Contrary to popular belief, taking the time out for routine drums practice has tremendous benefits, even for the busiest of people.

We believe that drums practice as an adult is more productive than it seems because it clears your head, it builds patience, discipline and concentration skills which you can transfer over to other parts of life, and it keeps your hand-eye coordination sharp. It also keeps you committed to learning and improvement, which again, are transferable traits to professional life. As role models, parents taking active classes shows kids the importance of pursuing personal interests for life.

A new study on the long-term benefits of music lessons reports that older adults who took lessons at a young age process the sounds of speech faster than those who did not, regardless of whether it was a guitar, or a saxophone, or an accordion, or any instrument for that matter.

The study found that participants who had four to 14 years of musical training had faster responses to speech sounds than participants without any training — even though no one in the first group had played an instrument for about 40 years.

What to Learn from Private Drumming Lessons

Learn about different types of drums in the percussion family of instruments, such as the tabla, the djembe, and percussion. About steel drums, snare drums, bass drums, bongo drums, side drums, talking drums, and more.

Learn how to establish rhythm, rhyme, and meter with different drum beats and patterns, or how to establish drum cadence (street beat) in a marching band.

Learn about playing a single drum or a set of drums, and about the sounds variations produced by hitting drums with hands or by different types of sticks. About the different pieces of a drum set, and the right price to pay for them.

Learn about how drums are played are different cultures, countries, and even at church. About playing drum solo, in a band, or in a drum circle.

Learn about the different genres of music you can play with drums, such as rock, metal, jazz, and pop music.

Learn how to play drums without an actual drum set, about productive practice to improve, and how to develop your own style. Find exercises to improve your speed, coordination, and rhythm. Learn about proper posture, and breathing exercises to stay relaxed and in control.

Other Benefits of Drums Lessons

• Lessons are fully customized for your age, experience level and interests.
• Extensive roster of certified, friendly teachers.
• Access to an online lesson journal to keep you on track and motivated.
• 100% Money Back Guarantee.

Our drums instructors work with students of all ages: kids, teenagers, adults, and even seniors. We guarantee a customized experience that will exceed your expectations. In fact, we are so committed to your happiness that we offer all new customers a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee on your first lesson.

We have local teachers available near you and in thousands of cities across the United States, with online drums lessons as an option as well. Sign up today!

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