1/2 hr, 45 min, 1 hr Lessons
In-home in Philadelphia, Lower Merion, Main-Line
Fishtown/Kensington Studio Lessons
Rock, Jazz, Swing, Hip-hop, Electronic, and more
Beginners, Intermediate, Advanced Students
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Beginners will quickly learn the basic patterns and techniques to back up a band. Once students master the basics, studies move on to learn interdependence and the advanced techniques of the masters.
The First 6 months of Drum Lessons (Beginners)
The first thing you’ll learn is how to play rhythms between the right and left hand clearly. In order to do that, you will learn how to properly hold the drumsticks. How the drumsticks are held will effect a range of things from, speed, sound, comfort and even avoiding minor injuries (that’s right, you can hurt yourself!). To get a good feel for handling the sticks, you will need a consistent practice of 15-120 mins a day. Working on control of the sticks will also give you an introduction to reading music. Learning to read will begin to feed your imagination with a vocabulary of rhythms and stimulate creative ideas. Learning the language of rhythm helps us to understand and decipher the music we enjoy listening to.
After about 6 weeks, you will begin coordinating your feet with your hands. This is usually done by adding the bass drum, which is played by your foot using a pedal device. You’ll be doing 3 things at once. At this point you will also be learning the basic concepts of drumming, common in most of the music we hear.
The first concept is unison. Unison is when two parts of the drumset are played together at the same time. The next idea is “2 over 1” – when one drum plays two notes and the other drum plays one. The final concept is the single stroke. The most common use of the single stroke is during a drum fill, but single strokes happen more often than we notice. They usually occur between a cymbal and snare drum or a cymbal and bass drum during the song’s “groove”.
Advanced Drum Studies
Advanced drum students can expand upon their knowledge of rhythm patterns, or pursue a specific area of study such as jazz. Our drum teachers will guide students, providing technical expertise within a student’s area of interest. Instructors can also help students troubleshoot, avoid injuries, and prepare for performance or a higher education in music. Certain teachers can work with students in production methods, working with programs to create beats and helping students to explore electronic applications of drums.
Meet our drum teachers:
I teach Drums, Piano, and Mallets. I currently teach private lessons in Philadelphia and throughout the suburbs to students of all ages. I began playing drums when I was eight years old, which lead me to learn how to play piano and mallets. Growing up in Rochester, NY, I was fortunate to be able to take lessons through the Eastman Community Music School, eventually earning a Pre-College Diploma of Advanced Achievement in 2009. I graduated from the University of the Arts with a Masters degree in Jazz Studies in 2014. Since graduation, I continue to teach and perform at venues all around Philadelphia. - Read More About Andrew