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Lesson Cancellation Policy
If a student needs to cancel or reschedule their lesson, notification by email or phone must be given by 6pm the day prior to their scheduled lesson time.
If notice is not given before that time, the student is responsible for paying for the lesson.
Lessons are available Monday thru Friday 3pm - 9pm and Saturday/Sunday 11am-6pm. Time availability is contingent on current enrollment.
Lesson rate depend on length and location (home or studio)
Please contact us for more information
In Home Lessons
In home lessons are offered in areas of Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens.
Studio is located at 270 Meserole St, 11206 in Bushwick/East Williamsburg
- 2 blocks from the Meserole L Train stop
- 5 minutes from the BQE
- Parking Available Close-By
What materials will I need to start, and what if I don't have a drum set?
All you need to start is a drum practice pad, a method book, and a good pair of sticks! Many students don't have access to a drum set, so we teach methods to practice material at home without using real drums.
As students get more serious they'll definitely want to consider investing in a drum set (which we help in choosing). In houses/apartments where noise is a concern, electronics drums are a great alternative. The sounds from the drums can be heard with headphones, while the pads themselves are silent to everyone but the drummer.
What styles do you teach, and what if I want to learn only one or two styles?
Most students start taking lessons excited about learning one style, for example rock music, or wanting to play music by their favorite bands. Arriving excited about a specific goal is great, however, goals and interests can change. With that in mind, it's important to learn a solid foundation in drumming fundamentals, music reading, coordination, and cultivating a love of the drums. A drummer who has mastered this foundation can play in any style they like.
How long will it take before I can play with my friends, or become a professional musician?
From the moment students step into their first lesson they are making music, so if they want, they can play with their friends from the beginning!
Becoming a professional musician is a long process that requires discipline, determination, and a willingness to work toward your dreams. Years of practice and study are required, however, that doesn't mean it won't be a fun, exciting, rewarding, and fulfilling journey.
Is playing the drums difficult?
A great drum teacher of mine compares learning the drums to learning how to tie your shoes as a child. At first it's very difficult, and may seem futile. However, with practice and experience, tying your shoes becomes second nature. Similarly, with disciplined practice, drums will become second nature and an extension of yourself. No one is born with the ability to play an instrument, and every great musician has put in many hours of practice to reach that level. So the good news is, any student who is willing to work hard can achieve any level of musicianship they want.
All my students deserve an experience tailored to their specific strengths and needs. We learn most effectively when the information is interactive, and speaks directly to our interests and experience.
However, I also teach a core curriculum in drumming fundamentals including: technique, coordination, improvising, playing songs and song structure, reading music, and study of drumming and musical history. These subjects encompass what is necessary to play drums in any style, or “outside” of any style. Essentially, we build a foundation of drumming ability and knowledge. While the amount of time spent focusing on each "fundamental" is different between students, this foundation helps to create a more complete drummer who understands the art form and can succeed in all styles of music.
Drumming is also an expressive art form, and I strive to help my students create an emotional connection to the drums. By encouraging improvisation and creativity, students learn to trust themselves, find their own voice on the instrument, and play with confidence and passion. These aspects are best explored in an environment where students are free to discover what sounds good to them, how they want to play the drums, and ultimately how they can express themselves.
Finally, it is my job to teach students how to grow and succeed on their own. This includes instruction in how to practice, learn new material, rehearse, succeed in an ensemble, as well as how to prepare for and thrive in middle school, high school, and college music programs.
In this section you'll find a list of recommended sticks, books, and materials, as well as a few downloads to use in your lessons and practicing.
As a beginning student, all you will need to start off at a good pair of sticks, a practice pad, and a method book for study.
- Sticks: Vic Firth 5A OR Vater 5A OR Zildjian 5A Google Search5A Drumsticks
- Practice Pad: Regal Tip 310P Reversible Pad Google SearchRegaltip Pad
- Method Book: "Progressive Steps to Syncopation" by Ted Reed AmazonSyncopation
- Manuscript Book: 10-12 Stave (line) book of staff paper AmazonManuscript Book
- Metronome: Korg MA30 Digital Metronome AmazonKorg Metronome
- Music Stand: Folding Wire Music Stand AmazonMusic Stand
- Method Book: "The Drum Set Musician" by Rod Morgenstein AmazonDrum Set Musician
Though students of all levels would benefit from these next items, a more advanced student will find them especially valuable.
- Brushes: Regal Tip 583R Wire Retractable Brushes AmazonBrushes
- Method Book: "The New Breed" by Gary Chester AmazonThe New Breed
- Method Book: "Modern Rudimental Swing Solos for the Advanced Drummer" by Charles Wilcoxon Google SearchWilcoxon
- Method Book: "The Art of Bop Drumming" by John Riley AmazonAdvanced Techniques
- Method Book: "Advanced Techniques for the Modern Drummer" by Jim Chapin AmazonAdvanced Techniques
- DVD: "Secret Weapons for the Modern Drummer" by Jojo Mayer AmazonSecret Weapons
- Headphones: Vic Firth Stereo Isolation Headphones (for drum set) AmazonHeadphones
THE RUDIMENTS - The Rudiments are basic sticking patterns that form the "vocabulary" of drumming. There are 40 standardized rudiments, known as the International Drum Rudiments, which all drummers should know and be able to execute.
Download a PDF of the 40 Standard Rudiments: PDFThe Rudiments
iPhone Apps for Drummers:
TEMPO METRONOME - My favorite metronome app. Features include multiple subdivisions, easy tempo selection, and editable setlists. I use it in my practicing and performing. AppleTempo Metronome
THE RUDIMENTS - A complete list of the rudiments categorized by type. Very handy as a reference or for practice. AppleThe Rudiments
SLOW NOTES - Give you the ability to slow down music for easier transcription or practice. AppleSlow Notes
DRUMMER WORLD - An amazing resource containing biographies, audio, video, interviews, and quotes from hundreds of the world's great drummers. Created and curated by Bernhard Castiglioni in Switzerland. LinkDrummer World
FEMALE DRUMMER MAGAZINE - TOM TOM - You'll also find this information in the FAQ section. Tom Tom Magazine was started in 2010 and seeks to "raise awareness about female percussionists from all over the world and hopes to inspire women and girls of all ages to drum" (quoted from their website). It's awesome! LinkTom Tom Magazine