Professional Drum Lessons

Endorsed by HingeStix
Endorsed by HingeStix

Professional drum lessons from an experienced instructor and player is an essential ingredient to an aspiring drummer’s success. We’ll explore and explain the reasons why professional drum lessons are important along with some concepts and ideas that you can use to improve your knowledge on music theory, and your playing on and off the drum kit.

If you’ve read this far, then I believe you are ready to take the next step and advance your playing. This website is created and maintained to provide insight into drumming, instructional guidance, and inspiration for all students on best-practices for becoming a good drummer, as well as to help aspiring drummers (students young and old) to achieve their goals to become a drummer.

With that underlying mission, my goal is to impart my knowledge to beginners, intermediates, and advanced drummers through private one-on-one and remote drum lessons at an affordable price so that no one misses out on the joy of music education.

I offer drum lessons in my Westchester, New York studio starting at $60 and most lessons are one-hour. Shorter lessons are available for children and are priced based on the location and duration of the lesson.

I know that no lesson ever lasts the pre-determined time, because everyone learns at a different pace. It’s hard to say to a student that we have to stop now, especially if they haven’t firmly grasped the concepts of the lesson. So, my personal and professional guarantee is that no lesson is complete until each and every student has a firm grasp of the concepts discussed and the assignments provided for home practice.

So, if you sign up for professional drum lessons with me, what will you learn?

Whether you’re a beginner or advance student or somewhere in between, we will cover beginner and advanced stick control, snare drum methods, rudiments, bounce and rebound, how to read drum music notation, drum set technique, 4-way independence on the drum set, play-alongs, all genres of music, recording techniques, mixing, producing, and so much more.

No lesson is complete until the drum student has a thorough understanding of the concepts discussed. Lessons are done in-person in my Westchester, New York studio (socially distanced of course) or virtually using Skype, Zoom, or Facetime.

Contact me here to discuss your goals and schedule your next lesson.

Whether you’re 9 or 90 years old, it’s never too early or late to learn new skills or to improve upon them.  I incorporate proven learning principles, combined with the latest drum methods and teaching technology, to ensure rapid development and success as a drum student.

Everybody Loves The Drummer – Not Raymond

Everybody loves the drummer in the band, right? And every drummer worships other drummers. Can I get a “Wha, Wha”?

For me, I idolize Dave Weckl. Dave is a technical genius and a great drum player. So, too, are Dr. Steve Gadd, Bernard Purdie, Antonio Sanchez and Paul Wertico, the latter two from the Pat Metheny Group. Obviously, there are hundreds of great, influential drummers I can mention, and I do throughout this blog.

These drummers didn’t just wake up one day and – poof – were suddenly great drummers. It took them years and probably 10,000 hours or more of hard work and dedication to become a great drummer.

One of the time-proven methods to become a great drummer is to take private lessons from great drum instructors who can work with you one-on-one, to help you grow, identify and correct problem areas to keep you growing and progressing week after week.

Peter Ronick at the Beanrunner

I am proud to be professionally endorsed by HingeStix by Sam Ruttenberg, a drum stick manufacturer with an award-winning practice drum stick that provide drum students with the immediate feel of the loose grip, while building finger control, and mastering the bounce and rebound. Member of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation’s “Support Music Coalition, a network of non-profit organizations, schools, businesses, and individuals working hard to keep music education strong. I am also a member of the Sabian Education Network, an organization of international educators, and the D’Addario Education Collective.

Endorsed by HingeStix
Endorsed by HingeStix