Drum Lessons

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.

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The First 6 months of Drum Lessons (Beginners)

drum teachers and lessons for technique enhancementThe 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:

Art Thompson

My name is Art Thompson. I began studying drums at age 10. Academically trained through my school band program, and also born into a musical family, I was exposed to a variety of different kinds of music growing up. After high school I had the honor of serving as a member of the U.S. Army Band. I have had an educational article published in Modern Drummer magazine's Rock and Jazz Clinic column as well as having been featured in Modern Drummer's On The Move column and also New Blood in DRUM! magazine. In addition, I have self- published my own method book, The Beginner's Handbook for Drum Set. I base my teaching style on the needs and interests of each individual student. While I feel there are certain foundational things every drummer needs to know (rudiments, reading skills, technique, etc.) I try to find ways to apply those things in applicable ways to the material my students want to learn. - Read More About Art

Andrew Nittoli

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

Tom Cullen

I teach Drums and Piano. Music is my life. On any given day I am performing, teaching, recording, rehearsing or writing music. I began playing and studying drums at a young age and continued my music education all the way up to college. I have 2 music degrees from Bucks County Community College and Temple University. I've been teaching students of all ages for close to 10 years. Instead of a hard lined curriculum I approach each student individually and establish personal goals. I teach with an open mind, patience and care. Lessons are fun and informative. I am a versatile player with years of experience and knowledge. I can teach you any style or technique you wish to learn. - Read More About Tom

Collin Dennen

I teach bass, guitar, piano, drums, and voice. I grew up in a musical household taking piano lessons from my mother, jamming on drums with my father in the basement, and writing songs with my younger sister. At 13 I discovered my love for bass guitar and enrolled in the Uptown Music Collective in Williamsport, PA. I attended Berklee College of Music where I graduated with a BA in bass performance and music education in 2014. Currently, I play bass and sing backup vocals for Philly-based indie rock bands Ellen Siberian Tiger and Mother Moses and for Boston-based Bengali Pop singer Prithwiraj Choudhury. - Learn More About Collin