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James S.

6 Reviews
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  • Teaching since 1990
  • Bachelor or Arts in Music and Anthropology from State University of New York at Oswego
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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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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John M.

27 Reviews
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  • Studied Music Theroy & Music History from Palomar College
  • Awarded Triple A Album of the Year from Los Angeles Music Awards
  • Teaching since 1993
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John M.

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43 years of Professional experience, over 1200 lessons in 6 yrs w/ TakeLessons.com alone! Private Instruction for 15 yrs teaching by ear, performance & notation. Positive, patient and motivating, 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

43 years of Professional experience, over 1200 lessons in 6 yrs with TakeLessons.com alone! Total Private Instruction over15 yrs teaching 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 e

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Alex
John is a great teacher and helped me really get into the drums! Highly recommended!
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!
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Casey C.

41 Reviews
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  • Awarded "Best of the Fest" from IndieWeek Ireland
  • Bachelor of Arts from University of Mississippi
  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
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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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Josh West
Casey’s a fantastic teacher. He makes it so fun for our daughter, and always has creative ways of keeping her engaged. She already progressed so much with his help in a short period of time. Can’t imagine a better teacher!
Kristy
My daughter received drums for Christmas so I signed her up for lessons and selected Casey. Best selection made! He is a great instructor. My daughter has had several sessions and he definitely makes it fun while learning and her drumming sounds great!
Todd C.
I've had several months of weekly lessons with Casey. He is absolutely the real deal when it comes to tailoring education and shines in an online tutoring environment. His gear and camera angles are set up perfectly for a video-based experience, and he's incredibly prompt on follow-up.

In my case, I don't have major aspirations for drumming as I play other instruments. But in a very short amount of time, the drums have grown to become a crutch instrument for me in whimsical recordings that I produce for limited, personal audiences. I can honestly say that I approach my own musical production efforts with a lot more confidence. I never loop with software or use production tricks - for all instruments, I always rely on being able to play a song all the way through. I'm confident that Casey has observed this personality trait and weaved that into our lessons.

While Casey has a prescribed curriculum, I've enjoyed just jamming or asking geeky equipment questions as much as I've enjoyed going through the actual exercises. In my case, I have a wide background of musical tastes and Casey has been able to quickly contextualize things he's teaching into songs, artists, or eras that I'd instantly recognize.
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Athan G.

84 Reviews
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  • Speaks English, German
  • Awarded Reno Jazz Festival Outstanding Musician Award from Peter Epstein
  • Teaches students 6 and up
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Athan G.

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I have taught drums for ten years, and strive to provide each student with exactly what they need to excel. I have 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, my wealth of knowledge and experience will help you improve immensely. I teach based on each individual student in order to provide you with the best and most fun learning experience.

About Athan

Hello potential students! I have been teaching music for over eight years, and love teaching as much as music itself. As someone who started late (began drumming at age 16), and quickly progressed from complete (i.e. terrible) beginner to studying at nationally ranked CSU Northridge's jazz program,

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Tracy D.

29 Reviews
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  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate
  • Teaches students 5 and up
  • Teaching since 2010
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Tracy D.

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I have been teaching drums since 2003, and I start my students using The Drumset Musician, by Rick Mattingly and Rod Morgenstein. I also choose materials, from my extensive library, to address the needs of each individual. I am familiar with rock, country, blues, jazz, and world grooves, as well as marching band and orchestra. I teach the components of and purposes of voices within the set, proper grip, reading music, coordination, and feel. I also teach students how to analyze and map songs, so they can excel in a band setting. If a student is wanting to be in marching and symphonic bands, I can prepare them for those pursuits, as well. I have two sets in my studio, as well as abundant hand and auxiliary percussion instruments.

About Tracy

I have been playing the drum set in various bands since 2001. I have also been playing with the OKC Community Orchestra since 2009. I have played in symphonic and jazz bands and a percussion ensemble. I have taught a percussion class, private lessons, and I have been a full time music teacher in t

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Tristyn
Tracy is easy to talk with and really cares about your personal learning. Great teacher!
Katie
Tracy is a fun, gifted, patient teacher. She really shines in teaching even shy kids, encouraging them to enjoy the instrument as well as learn to read music. Her style is super friendly and approachable and we would highly recommend her to anyone wanting to learn to rock the drums.
Cooper P.
I really enjoy my first lesson. Tracy is so easy to talk with and very knowledgeable about the acoustic guitar. Cant wait for my next lesson to learn more.
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Ross H.

17 Reviews
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  • Teaches Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • B.A. Professional Music (Performance & Music Production) from Berklee College of Music
  • Teaches students 4 and up
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Ross H.

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My teaching style is very flexible & hands on. My goal is to make beautiful music and I do this by taking technical exercises and giving them musical meaning. This means I focus on the ideas of time, vocabulary & dynamic playings, but within this still teaching essential technical exercises in order to create a well-rounded musician.

After each lesson I will email detailed notes, as well as any supplemental documents and/or music.

About Ross

Using my experience I am able to cater my lessons to students of all abilities, be it brand new or a seasoned player. I shape my curriculum to fit the needs of each and every student I meet & my end goal is always with the goal of maximizing their creativity potential to its fullest.

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Macaidyn G.
Fun and learned something - good lesson
Colin Third
Ross is a BOSS teacher. I've been taking online lessons with him for a few months now & couldn't recommend more!
Terra
Ross is an awesome teacher. Patient, fun to interact with, knowledgeable. I had a great lesson and am looking forward to learning more from him! Definitely recommend!

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The average cost of 60-minute online drum lessons is $62. While the exact cost will vary depending on the teacher, type of lesson, and location, you should expect to spend between $32 and $120 per hour.
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"My daughter loved her first lesson...she had fun and learned a LOT. I've never seen her this enthusiastic about practicing before. Thank you Rufus!"
Belle
Took Drum lessons from Rufus S.
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"WE LOVE OUR DRUM INSTRUCTOR! My son was an extremely high energy very distracted five year old when we started lessons with Mr. Al. Let's just say that my son is not an easy student, but our son had already developed an obsessive attachment to music, most intensely to drums. We expected someone would be able to teach him drums, but we also got someone who is patient, flexible, understanding, and always respectful and kind to our son. We see Mr. Al in his home studio, and at now at seven years old, Joey's skill has definitely progressed. In fact, his learning has a momentum that our entire family can see. But Mr. Al has given Joey so much more than just that. Joey's love of music has flourished beyond measure. Joey now tells Mr. Al that he loves him after every lesson, WOW! We have been so pleased that my seventeen year old daughter now also takes lessons with Mr. Al too. Mr. Al is the perfect instructor for us. My kids think he's cool, and we think he's just fantastic all the way around!"
Debbie
Took Drum lessons from Al P.
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"We had our first lesson this week and it was great!"
Michelle
Took Drum lessons from Murray P.
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"Awesome teacher

Having no previous experience with drums and playing along with my favorite songs in few weeks is pretty amazing. Casey is easygoing and has a great ability to teach in a fun way. I definitely enjoy learning from this skilled musician!"
Sabina
Took Drum lessons from Casey C.
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"We Love Love Love Ray. My son is 8 years old. He is a beginner at drums and had his first lesson today at Rays (wonderful!) little studio with two drum sets in it. Ray started with a simple rhythm that my son had to copy and they practiced it together a couple of times. Then Ray showed him what that rhythm looked like, written down on paper and how you can read the notes so you can play it (anything) again. Then they both put headphones on and played the same rhythm along with a song of (in this case) Michael Jackson, picking up the tempo. This made it all the more fun, because my son felt like he was already actually making some real music!
My son loved his first class with Ray and I am very happy too. Ray is structured, has loads and loads of enthusiasm and is very skilled. On top of that he knows how to teach! We can’t wait untill his next class."
Max
Took Drum lessons from Ray R.
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"My son has taken a few lessons from Evan and is really enjoying it so far! Evan is very friendly and patient, and makes the lessons a lot of fun while providing a solid foundation of knowledge and skills."
Jeremy
Took Drum lessons from Evan W.
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"My son recently decided to play the drums and started lessons with Kevin. He does the online format which works great for him He looks forward to his lesson and enjoys it immensely. So far Kevin seems to be a great teacher who is quite knowledgeable in his craft and patient enough to teach it, especially to a wiggly, middle-school boy."
Leah
Took Drum lessons from Kevin J.
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"Evan has been really helpful for me as I get back into drum lessons after taking a break from formal learning. He helps me focus on the things that I want to learn, and breaks down challenges I face into parts that are easy to understand and practice. I value Evan’s humbleness, openness, knowledge, and general joy when it comes to drums and lessons. We are doing online lessons and I don’t think they miss a beat compared to in-person - in fact, it works better for my schedule. Thank you, Evan!"
Brian
Took Drum lessons from Evan W.
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"Kevin is a very patient instructor. Makes you feel very welcome and comfortable right away especially for a person who has never had any lessons ever in the past."
Kristine
Took Drum lessons from Kevin F.
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"He is great with my son. He's very friendly and able to teach my son who is autistic. Very pleasant!"
Mioshey
Took Drum lessons from Casey C.
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Ready to take your drum skills to the next level? Look no further than a TakeLessons teacher! From the comfort of your own drum set or practice pad, you can learn from some of the best drummers in the world and get personalized guidance on your musical journey.

The Best Online Drum Lessons

Whether you’re new to the drums or you’re a seasoned player, online drum lessons help you reach your full rhythmic potential. Unlike books and lesson videos, private lessons provide you with a step-by-step path toward drum mastery, tailored to your unique needs and interests. On top of that, your teacher can answer your questions and provide you with useful tips and tricks along the way.

Small technique changes can have a big impact on your groove. That makes it critical to get

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feedback from an expert drummer as you build up your fundamental skills. From jazz to rock to classical percussion, online drum lessons make it possible to find the exact type of teacher you need for any style. Right from your very first lesson, you’ll start to discover the true power of rhythm.

The Best Online Drum Lessons for Beginners

If you’re just getting started on the drums, it’s important to lay down a strong technical foundation. It’s even more important to keep your motivation levels high so that you’re enthusiastic about picking up the sticks and playing. A private drum instructor provides you with achievable goals that help keep your motivation high and can help you avoid mistakes as you work on the basics.

With TakeLessons, finding the best online drum lessons is easy. Simply browse our wide selection of drum instructors around the globe and find one that fits your musical interests. You can check out the teacher bio and read reviews left by other students before booking your first lesson. Feel free to send an introductory message to any prospective teachers, so you can be confident that they’re the right fit for you!

Ready to find your groove? Book your online drum lesson today!

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