Drum Lessons

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I have been playing and performing since 1983. I have graduated from a local music school and have two masters degrees.

An example of hard work and where my lessons can take you.
Frank – a relatively new and ambitious student. He Learned this song in under 2 months after only 16 weeks of total training on the kit. He began knowing nothing.
He site-read this into memory.

The following information concerns Private drum lessons, not affiliated with any music store or separate organization.

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I am available for drum lessons for ages 8-up, generally, unless your child has already developed an exceptional aptitude at an early age.
I will insist that the student learn to read music (drum) if s/he has not already done so, as this is vital to growth on an instrument.

What will be taught?
That depends upon the level of the student. I insist upon teaching students to read music. It is essential to their growth and generally students who opt to NOT read don’t make it passed a certain point and tend to quit in their learning.

Although I’m an instructor, I like developing a working relationship with each student and the parent(s) to better assist in my understanding of his or her needs.

You will need to buy this curriculum: The Ultimate Drum Kit Learning Method
That is what you will use, and only this book.
To see more about the book, and the accompanying videos, please visit: UDKLM.com

Advanced drummers who can read well will require stylistic, technique and “how-to” sessions more often than book-related studies.
Beginners will require work in a variety of books that I will insist upon for the student to develop his or her stamina, technique, relaxation and approach to the drum set.
The student will learn a lot and enjoy it, and will reach whatever level of performance s/he is seeking, using my process.

I highly recommend taking lessons in my studio.

My teaching and gigging schedule will dictate my availability, but generally, working hours are available.

Lessons are provided in the comfort of an in-home studio, isolated from outside noise and interference with plenty of sunlight and access.
The studio has a full sound system for the students to practice to music, and two drum kits for interactive instruction.
It has two drumsets and a very high-quality sound system intended for working with students, plus a video and recording studio for recording students’ progress when necessary.

How much?
Payment is due in advance by the month. Arrangements can be made to accommodate a sporadic schedule, or for times when a lesson must be cancelled. The advance is non-refundable.

Because of nasty people who have no sense of what is right and wrong, who would injure me or my business from ads on Craigslist, I adhere to the following rules and expect you to also.

  1. You do not set the conditions of the lesson. I must do that.
  2. I only accept cash
  3. I do not run a daycare facility. If the student is a child, you MUST either wait inside or in your vehicle outside for your student. And you must be a legal guardian of the student.
  4. I only do business over the phone
  5. I must know who I’m teaching. I will ask for your ID to verify you are who you say you are.

Obviously, the more time I spend with the student per lesson, the less the cost. The reason for this is the amount of preparation or travel needed for teaching.

Most common is a 1-hr lesson in studio.

Less common is a 30 minute lesson.

I can also split up lessons. For instance, a 1 hour lesson every two weeks instead of 30 minutes a week, which will save you money and driving, and is usually a better quality of student-teacher time than 30 min. If I travel, I must teach a minimum of 45 minutes to make it worth my time and effort and gas.

Rates (as of January 2015)

2015 rates do *not* effect prior students rates (either up or down).
The longer your lesson, the more you’re saving:


  1. $25 for 30 min = ($0.83/min)
  2. $35 for 45 min = ($0.77/min)
  3. $45 for 60 min = ($0.75/min)
  4. $65 for 90 min = ($0.72/min)
  5. $85 for 120 min = ($0.70/min)

Travel (within 25 miles)

  1. $45 for 45 min = ($1/min)
  2. $55 for 60 min = ($0.91/min)
  3. $75 for 90 min = ($0.83/min)
  4. $95 for 120 min = ($0.79/min)