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What works for you? Online lesson or local teacher? Either way, your drum lessons are live, interactive, and customized for you.
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Casey C.

37 Reviews
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Starting at $40
  • Awarded "Best of the Fest" from IndieWeek Ireland
  • Bachelor of Arts from University of Mississippi
  • Teaches students 7 and up
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Casey C.

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I have developed a natural teaching method that focuses on learning and understanding the building blocks of drum set playing, familiarizing and connecting these building blocks, and applying them to individual expression. I have the ability to take nearly anyone without prior drum set or rhythmic experience, and, within days, turn them into beat playing drummers! My approach focuses on:
-building an understanding and relationship with each drum
-the basic rudimentary foundation of drumming
-how to approach the drums, hold the sticks, set up the drums, and tune the drums
-basic mechanical techniques
-development of each limb
-learning how to read basic drum charts and play to them
-learning and playing the most significant beats and patterns in the history of drum set
-gaining the ability to effectively teach oneself how to improve as a drummer
-learning your favorite songs on drums
-how to play in a band

About Casey

Hi I'm a 35 year old professional musician that has worked hard to become a first call drummer for performance, instruction, and studio session work in the Atlanta area. Over the past decade I have toured internationally, recorded with countless regional, national and local artists, and have gained

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Karen
Casey is the real deal. He was so helpful and willing to listen to exactly what I needed and build lessons to help me reach my goals. I highly recommend him.
Avery F.
A great teacher, so patient and really has made all my son's lessons so much fun. He looks forward to Casey's lessons every week
Lynn C.
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Jordan M.

118 Reviews
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Starting at $60
  • Music Education, Jazz Emphasis from University of Miami, Coral Gables
  • Teaches students 8 and up
  • Teaching since 2003
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Jordan M.

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Learn drums in a relaxed, encouraging environment with a friendly expert :) Experienced teacher for over 15 years and more than 11,000 lessons taught. Posture, hand position, rudiments, music reading, ear training, and most importantly - Rock out with your favorite songs and beats!

About Jordan

1. All my students feel like rock stars! Each lesson is fun and enriching. 2. I provide a clear lesson plan complete with goals, achievement levels, and performances. *Experienced teacher and professional musician. *Has performed with: The Brian Setzer Orchestra, Bobby Kimball lead singer of

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Ethan A.
Thank you so much for a great first lesson!
Jeff C.
Jordan is a professional, first class person and instructor
Thaddeus
JJordan was patient and instructive. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience for a novice like me.
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John M.

25 Reviews
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Starting at $40
  • Teaches students 6 to 80
  • Teaching since 1993
  • Awarded Triple A Album of the Year from Los Angeles Music Awards
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John M.

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Positive, patient and motivating, over 43 years of playing drums & percussion and over 12 years of private instruction with a wealth of music knowledge to share. Lessons are always designed to be educational, engaging & fun, combining a balance of learning notation, playing by ear & performance with other live instruments! We will find out what interests you most and get you on the drum set right away for fast results!

About John

I have 43 years of Professional drums & percussion experience and 12 years of teaching beginning to advanced drummers by ear, performance & notation. Preforming drums has brought so much enjoyment to my life and has expanded my cognitive and creative mind more than I would have ever realized when I

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Colette & Eli
Mr. John is the best! My kids love him and he’s so great at teaching them and patient with my kids as they are learning and young. I recommend him to everyone!
Lucas N.
John personalized the lesson to focus on the songs my son was interested in while he also covered the important fundamentals to start off right!
Jacob
Just had my first drums lesson with John. He is great at breaking the instrument down into manageable pieces and building confidence quickly. I am very excited for future lessons!
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James S.

6 Reviews
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  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaching since 1990
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James S.

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As an educator, I strive to provide my students with the tools that they will need to explore the direction that they want to take with their instrument. This can include from enjoying drumming as a hobby, performing in small jazz ensembles, recording electronic and acoustic drums in major recording studios, to performing with a full orchestra! There is literally no limit to what you can do.

My focus is to get hobbyists to enjoy performing drums in the comfort of their own home or with friends, and to have my professionally-minded students go out into the world of performing and recording music. All of these environments are where the ultimate joy of playing an instrument can be expressed.

As a gigging and studio musicians, I understand what it takes to get to the stage or studio, apply oneself in that environment, and come away with a satisfying experience that you can then build upon for the rest of your life.

About James

Hi! I have been a drumset educator for over 3 decades. I benefited from formal education on the drumset, and I want to pass that along to you so you can experience the full joy that this wonderful instrument can bring you! I understand that each student's journey is specific to them as an individual

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Annie
He was awesome. Looking forward to next week
Ramya M.
Jim has been a fantastic teacher to our son. He explains everything patiently and approaches his lessons very systematically. He selects songs that incorporate essential drumming skills (e.g. songs that include doubles, paradiddles, accented notes, etc.). This way, the the student is able to develop an understanding of how theory fits practice.
Ramin
Jim is an absolute gem. he has a great personality and my son absolutely loves him. oh yes, he is a great instructor as well. can't say enough about James. a class act
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Carol B.

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  • Teaching since 1990
  • Associates Degree - General Business from MaComb Community College
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Carol B.

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Hello Students,
I have been playing most of my life. I started playing professionally at 17, playing with a number of professional bands playing all over Michigan. I have been teaching drum students since the age of 19, teaching well over 500 students to date.

Teaching students has been one of my passions with music. I hope to motivate my students to learn to play and love the drums as much as I do.

I work with each student on an individual basis to help them learn and understand drumming technique using books and techniques that will help to develop instinctive skills and ear technique.

I work with snare drum / rudimental technique with all my students and drum set technique, as most students want to learn how to play a drum set. Many of my students are in school band learning snare drum and percussion technique. Basic snare drum technique is important for any student to master and understand to learn to apply to snare drum and drum set technique.

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About Carol

I work with students of all experience levels and ages. With all the years playing with a number of band and worked with over 500 plus students, I have developed strong technical skills. I have also studied with several of the top notch teachers in the Metro Detroit area. Patience and motivating

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RutoojD
Very nice teacher. Fun to learn from her
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Kevin S.

7 Reviews
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  • Teaching since 2015
  • Teaches students 8 and up
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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Kevin S.

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My music lessons are fun and educational. Students are busy and dealing with life. Music should not be another thing you "get through". Whether you're young and dealing with multiple subjects in school or you're an adult with a job and responsibilities, music should be the place to escape all of that. I want to teach you whatever you would like to learn and develop a curriculum based on your own wants.

Want to learn songs from your favorite bands? Great! Let's do that!

Want to prepare for college auditions to become a music major? I can help you with that!

Want to play music with your friends and be a part of a cool band? I've been there and done that, and can help you with that too.

Whatever your reason for playing music, whether its for fun or scholarships or auditions or whatever, music should be FUN! I want to help you with that.

There are materials like "Stick Control" and "Survival Guide for the Modern Drummer" but at the end of the day, I want to help you play music, ...

About Kevin

Hi there! I've been drumming for 14 years and teaching for 6 years! I've taught elementary students through college age and beyond. I love seeing my students grow and learn and pursue music from a place of interest, passion, and enjoyment! Music has given me so many opportunities like traveling

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Kevin is all you want in an instructor. He is enthusiastic about music and about me learning and getting better. He knows his stuff and knows how to break it down, so I can understand it. And he keeps the vibe nice and fun.

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

Online Lessons

Is your dream drum teacher on the other side of the country? No problem. Now, you can meet your teacher online on your smartphone or using a webcam on your computer. The world is your classroom!

Average Cost of Drum Lessons

The average cost of 60-minute drum lessons is $63. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $40 and $130 per hour.
30 min
$39 average
45 min
$51 average
60 min
$63 average

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Each drum lesson is customized to help you grow. Learn faster and easier than ever with personal attention from an expert instructor.

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Hear From TakeLessons Drum Students

Over the past 12 years, we've given over 3,000,000 lessons to happy customers around the world.

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"John is terrific. I'm an adult learner, and John does a great job tailoring my lessons for the kind of instruction and music I'm most interested."
Jay
Took Drum lessons from John M.
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"Eli was great. He was very patient with my son during his very first music lesson. Eli made the lesson fun and enjoyable. My son enjoyed the lesson very much and is looking forward to his next one."
Jimmy
Took Drum lessons from Eli K.
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"5/5 Highly recommended! Mike taught me years ago and he gave me the confidence I couldn't manage to find on my own! I'm no spring chicken, but I really wanted to groove on the drums and I found the best instructor out there!"
Penny
Took Drum lessons from Mike M.
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"Rom has been very patient and gentle with our son with special needs. He understands our goals, which could, at times, be different from those of the general population and works systematically towards them. On top of it all, he's a genuine professional, always on time and always friendly and courteous."
Beti A.
Took Drum lessons from Rom G.
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"Bobby is a fantastic instructor. He spent several years himself studying drums from different people well versed in different techniques, so his approach is very broad and versatile; he is very knowledgeable and familiar with all kinds of different styles of music and drumming. As a teacher, he is very enthusiastic and energetic, his passion for his craft definitely guides the lesson along. He is very patient and takes the time to explain himself thoroughly and to help with problems or questions. He is very dedicated and professional, he always keeps his appointments, on time, and is considerate of your time, and he makes the most of the lesson time. He is very easy to reach and communicate with for rescheduling and such. I would highly recommend him to anyone."
Michael
Took Drum lessons from Bobby C.
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"Awesome teacher. Great personality & emphasizes progress. Son enjoying class!"
Deven
Took Drum lessons from Michael C.
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"great guy, great lessons"
Cameron
Took Drum lessons from Rob B.
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"Will is a great instructor. Highly recommend."
Reese
Took Drum lessons from Will F.
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"If You Want Beyond a Great Teacher, Then Go With Matt

I have been taking lessons with Matt for over a year. I can honestly say, if you want drum lessons, then he's your guy! He is professional, personable, highly knowledgeable, patient, explains things very well, and very reliable. I have had 3 guitar teachers, 1 voice teacher, and 1 drum teacher before Matt and out of all those teachers, he was by far the best. There is a big difference between someone who does it for a hobby or just a little extra income and some one who has a passion and Matt has the passion and he really cares about his students. I can be really bad about practicing but he hasn't given up on me and is always encouraging. From my past experiences with teachers, a teacher that believes in you is a very important element in teaching, Matt has that element. If you want the best, I mean really the best you can find, then go with Matt. You will NOT regret it and nor will your child."
Vasilisa
Took Drum lessons from Matthew G.
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"Ryan is awesome!! I love his teaching style. Very laid back, fun and educational. My 5 year old with enough energy for 100 of me was engaged the entire time. We look forward to lots more lessons with Ryan!"
Elijah
Took Drum lessons from Ryan B.
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Private Drum Lessons Near You

Are you ready to find a drum teacher near you? Then you’ve come to the right place. Here at TakeLessons, we offer many different kinds of drum lessons for students of all levels and ages. Whether you are just picking up drumsticks for the very first time or you are looking to take your skills to the professional level, sign up for drum classes with us today. With a little time and practice, you will be playing drums like a pro in no time!

When you know how to play the drums, you open up the doors to so many musical opportunities. You could perform in your local band ensemble, start a rock band with your best friends, take on a solo gig, or even pursue a musical career.

Reasons to Take Drum Classes

Most people want to learn to play the drums so they can rock out t

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o their favorite songs or master a challenging drum solo, but did you know that learning a new instrument can improve your brain function, too? Studies show that it can enhance your memory, boost your happiness, reduce stress, and even improve your motor skills. What’s more, learning the drums can help increase your self confidence and develop your individual strengths. Regardless of your age, taking drum lessons can provide you or your child with a wide range of benefits.

Benefits of Private Drum Lessons

If you really want to take your drum skills to the next level, then it might be time to find private drum classes near you. When you sign up for private lessons, you will receive the one-on-one attention you need to improve your musicality. Your teacher will determine at what level you are currently performing, inquire about your goals, and then create a lesson plan to help you work your way to achieving your dreams.

The beauty of taking private drum classes is that you can practice whatever it is that will most benefit you and your progress. Maybe you want to focus on a specific style or perhaps you want to master a certain rhythm. Whatever it is, your music teacher will provide you with the tools to encourage you to reach your drum goals.

Topics You’ll Learn in Private Drum Lessons

Want to know exactly what you’ll learn from a drum teacher? Here are some sample topics.

Sample Curriculum for Beginner Drum Lessons

As a beginning drummer, there will be much more to learn than how to properly hit the drum heads.

  • How to read drumming modern notations
  • The 4 basic drum strokes
  • Creative drum fills
  • Odd meter patterns
  • Proper sticking techniques

Sample Curriculum for Intermediate Drummers

Intermediate students should be prepared to study methods of better execution and control to progress from their beginning studies.

  • Drum fills and solos
  • Intermediary grooves and rudiments
  • Playing odd time signature patterns
  • Intermediate music theory
  • Exercises to improve your speed, coordination, and rhythm
  • Visualization concepts of various music genres

Sample Curriculum for Advanced Drum Lessons

If you’re an experienced musician who has mastered intermediate drumming, you’re ready for advanced lessons.

  • Advanced intermediary grooves
  • Shifts and meters
  • Sticking tricks
  • Advanced music theory or composition
  • Performance preparation

Finding Drum Teachers Near You

Here at TakeLessons, we make it easier than ever to find drum lessons near you. For starters, we offer a wide selection of experienced and certified drum teachers in your area. To find your perfect match, browse through each music teacher’s profile. You can read about their background and experience and check out reviews from their past students. You can even contact them in advance and explore their availability to ensure their schedule best suits yours.

Once you have picked the ideal drum teacher, you’re all set to begin your musical journey. Sign up for drum lessons with us today, and don’t miss out on our 100% Satisfaction Guarantee on your first session. What’s more, we also offer online drum lessons that let you learn from the comfort of your own home.

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