"Education isn't just about feeding the brain. Art and music feed the heart and soul" Julie Garwood
Learning the play the drums can help you feed your soul. Percussionists develop higher levels of creativity, coordination, and focus throughout their time with their drum kits.
If you would like to dedicate some of your time to feed your soul with the help of music, you might want to look into learning from an experienced drummer and teacher.
A few sessions with a drum tutor can help you develop fundamental skills for playing all the most difficult drum rudiments. But before you start learning how to pick up your drumsticks, you must first find an instructor.
Drum tutors ready to teach you music lessons are readily available wherever you are. The key is deciding on one that can help you achieve your musical goals at your own pace and with a personalized music program.
Keep reading to find out where to find drum teachers and how to narrow down your selections.
Where To Find Your Drum Teacher
Beginners taking on a new instrument need guidance while they learn to play the basics and set a solid foundation for future drum beats.
Here are the best places to look for music teachers specialized in working with percussion instruments.
1. Music Schools
An obvious place you might think to look for a drum teacher is a music school. Music schools usually offer a wide variety of classes for all sorts of instruments, everything from violin lessons to piano lessons, and of course drumming lessons.
Music schools offer programs for students who would like to be part of group lessons. Depending on the type of music school or conservatory that you would like to join, classes can range anywhere from 5 to 25 students.
Music schools offer ample opportunities for group lessons of beginner level. If you are a more experienced drummer and are looking for a private tutor, you might also be able to find them at a music school.
Conservatories offer private lessons for their students or might have a reliable reference that you can contact if you feel like you might benefit from some one-on-one education.
The learning and teaching experience is very different between group classes and individual sessions, consider your preferences when choosing instructors.
2. Online Listings
Now and days you can find everything online and drum tutors are no exception. Simply Google “Drum Tutors in my Area” and you will have hundreds of results in less than a second.
So many results might make it a little harder to filter through the drum teachers that work for you but with a little bit of research and time, you can find the right person to help you play the drums. Through the various sites, you are going to be able to read reviews and see what other students have said about these potential teachers.
Superprof is a great resource for those looking for private music lessons. On Superprof, you can look through hundreds of qualified drum tutors. You can search by area and see who is the closest to your zip code.
If you happen to be in a more remote location, many of the tutors on Superprof offer options for online lessons. These tutors are available to teach e-classes through Skype or Face Time classes.
These come in handy if you would like to have the comfort of working from your home and at your own schedule.
Most tutors on Superprof also offer a free online drum lesson so you can be sure that you are selecting just the right drum teacher for you.
4. References From Your Local Music Store
Music stores are not just a place to purchase your drum kit, they can be gathering place for the musicians of the area. If any of these musicians are looking to share their skills, they might take to posting a sign or flyer at the local music store.
Find a music store in your area and ask them if they know anyone that is looking teach some drum grooves.
While you're at the music store, you can look at cymbals, drum fills, snare drums and other equipment you might need for your upcoming music classes.
What Should You Look for in a Drum Teacher?
Drum lessons with an experienced teacher are not free; they are going to be an investment. You are not only going to be spending money but also a lot of your time, so you have to make sure that the music teacher you choose to work with is worth your investments.
Here are a couple of factors that you should consider when looking into a drum teacher.
It is important that you ask your prospective drum teacher about their experience, especially their performance experience. Experience in performances indicates a high skill set in a musician. It shows that not only were they able to create individual masterpieces but that they were also able to play cohesively with a group of people.
Teachers, who have seen the value in performance, will also be more likely to offer more opportunities to show off your skills. Many teachers ask their students to participate in recitals or concerts. This gives the students the push to practice and dedicates time to perfecting a song.
Style of Teaching
If you are going to be taking lessons from a drum teacher you are going you want to make sure that the person is able to adjust to how you learn best.
Private drum tutors are more capable of molding lessons to a student because they only have to focus on one person. On the other hand, a music teacher in a group setting has to adjust their teaching style to whatever works for most students. This is why so many people opt for private tuition or at least additional private lessons.
Drum tutors teach a range of skills to students and continually adapt to the changing pace and proficiency of the student.
Some students prefer the teacher to be very encouraging, while others like when teachers constructively criticize. The best advice is that you do your research and ask as many questions you can about teaching styles in order to make an informed decision about the teacher that you would like to learn from.
There is not one organization that certifies drum teachers; however, there are some certifications and education that make some drum teachers more qualified than others to teach.
You can ask a potential tutor about their music education. Some drum tutors and teachers may have gathered their musical knowledge from formal education at a university with a music degree. Other tutors might have completed certifications or skills tests at music schools or conservatories.
Qualifications are also a big factor in how much drum lessons can cost and what techniques your instructor teaches.
You will most likely be taking classes with your drum teacher for the foreseeable future, so it is crucial that you choose someone that suits you. They need to be in line with your learning style, commitment, and availability.
Take advantage of the free trial lessons that some tutors offer, this can help you come to a decision with more confidence because you will have had first-hand experience with the vibes of the teacher.
Preferred Music Style
Once you have gained some kind of experience as a drummer, you might want to start looking for an instructor that more specifically fits your preferred drumming and music style.
Drum instructors can all teach the basics, but if you are looking for someone to help you perfect a jazz beat or a rock piece, you might be looking for different teachers.
The most popular drumming styles include…
- Rock and Punk,
- Funk and R&B,
- and Latin.
If you are looking for a tutor on how to play any of the above drumming styles and music genres, you have to express those details to a prospective drumming teacher and keep it in mind during your search.
Once you have chosen your drumming teacher, read about what to expect when you begin to learn the drums.