Practical Rhythms Drums Lessons

Practical Rhythms Drums Lessons

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About this pro

Joe Alessandro, award winning educator and the author of The True Basic of Drumming, attended Music Instituten of Technology (MIT), Hollywood, California. A vetrean drummer for more than 25 years, Joe has been teaching students of all ages for more than 20 years and has been awarded by acclaimed Vic Firth, for his contribution to education, dedication and outstanding contributions to teaching. You will find Joe's drum set course is a fun method that allows you to play songs on the drum set right away, Rock, Jazz, Funk, Blues and everything in between. REAL drums REAL teaching REAL FUN!

I love to give my knowledge to the next generation, it is very rewarding to me to see them learn and go out and perform!

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La Mirada, CA 90638
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2 Reviews


  • Wendy Wang

    Joe is perfect! He is very easy going and very good teacher.

  • Tracy Nieto

    Joe is an excellent instructor. Very patient, accommodating and knowledgeable. My child gets more than just drum lessons, he also gets life lessons. I highly recommend Joe!


What is your typical process for working with a new student?

My lesson program, if you are a beginner, is to play a song on the drums in your first four lessons. For intermediate to advanced students, we start with a drum analysis tool to help identify your #1 progress killer, these moves, once corrected can short cut months and somrtimes even years of drum practice and give a huge jump in your drum playing skills overnight.  Some of my private one on one calsses include the following: Rudiments, reading and chart reading, hand and feet coordination, how to practice, the four primary styles. Rock, Jazz, Blues and Funk. Developing hand and foot speed, learning songs, customize individual lesson program at the students request, specializing in auditions for middle school & high school band & jazz ensembal

What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

Attended Music Institute of Technology in Hollywood (MIT) Studied with Chuck Silverman, Terry Bozzio and Paul Cush to name a few.

Do you have a standard pricing system for your lessons? If so, please share the details here.

One 30 minute private lesson class starts at $27.50. 45 minute at $31.25. 60 minute at $36.25.  I also offer Marco Polo classes and face time.

**Special discount for senior citizens and students**

Four lesson per month one lesson per week:

4-30 minutes=$105

4-45munutes= $125

4-60 minutes= $145

How did you get started teaching?

I'm endorsed by Pearl drums, Paiste cymbals and Vic Firth drumstick and was asked if I was interested in being an educator for their company. I started performing drum clinics and was typically asked by drummers of all ages, do I teach drums privately.

What types of students have you worked with?

All kinds of students from 5 years to 80 years old, I currently have student who just want to play their favorite song on the drums.

Join a band or jam with friends

Improve your beats and fills

Learn new styles of music on the drums

Make money as a drummer

Play drums at school

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Watching one of my students who is 6 years old perform a Jimi Hendrix song at his school.

What advice would you give a student looking to hire a teacher in your area of expertise?

Ask someone who has taken lesson with that teacher and see what they liked about the teacher. Is the teacher sincere and personal about their lesson and is the teacher available 24/7 with their time for the student. How long have they been teaching and what kind of classes does the teacher offer, is the teacher very knowledgeable in most aspects of drumming. How long has teacher been teaching/ playing, what kind of education if any and who have they studied with?

What questions should students think through before talking to teachers about their needs?

Make sure the student knows what they want to learn, write down three things they would like to improve on and or learn.