Drum/Percussion Lessons By Joe Santoro

Drum/Percussion Lessons By Joe Santoro

5.0 (14)
1 employee
38 years in business

About this pro

I teach a technique and style that will serve young students through adults. It is a method whereby kids can play in their school bands, marching bands, concert bands and drum set without radically changing the fundamental technical skills that can cause confusion in their school bands. I have two drum set in my studio for drum set lessons as well as 3 iPads as teaching tools, plus a computer. I also teach percussion at Cupertino Middle School. Before that I taught at Miller Middle School for  6 years and previous to that, 20 years at Milpitas High School. I want my students to have 'fun' while working hard to improve their skills. Drumming has also been proven to be effective on the part of the brain used for developing math skills. This is true for music in general. I would be glad to offer you a trial lesson at our mutual convenience.

I have been teaching for decades, literally. I love it and I teach 7 days a week. I went to San Jose State and studied Percussion with Hall of Fame percussionist, Anthony Cirone. I have been voted Best Teacher, Best Music Teacher, Person of the Year for Marching, Commendations from the City where I teach, as well as other awards.

My students are stand outs in their band programs. Currently I feed students to Homestead and Fremont High School. My younger students particiate in Honor Ensembles. My drum set players are always being asked to perform at their School's Talent shows and musical productions.

But, these lessons are about YOU or your child and what I can do to help them achieve their goals and drumming dreams

I love working with kids. Their enthusiasm for learning our instrument inspires me to be a better teacher. Seeing my kids progress while having fun is a joy. Helping them to become better players, especially in their school programs, always makes me proud. To me teaching is not what I do but it is who I am.

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Milpitas, CA 95035
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14 Reviews


  • Hung Ho

    Teaching experience! Joe, as a long time educator, knows how to explain and demo the drum lessons to my two kids. Not just technical issues, Joe also motivates them into learning drum. Highly recommend!

  • HG

    My son has been taking drum lessons with Joe Santoro for the last six years. Over the months and years we have seen tremendous improvement in his drumming abilities. Joe is an excellent teacher. He has been such a positive influence in our son's life. He genuinely cares about his students and wants to see them succeed.

  • Peimin Chi

    My son has been taking drum lessons with Joe for the last 2+ years. Joe is very patient with kids and he applies his good sense of humor whenever he interacts with kids. He praises my son for job well done as well as points out areas when more effort and practices are needed. Joe is very easy to work with and accommodating whenever we have to move a lesson time due to our scheduling conflict. I recommend Joe wholeheartedly to any parent who has a child interested in Drum/Percussion lessons.

  • Neil Fangonilo

    Joe Santoro has been teaching my son, Andre, Drums and Percussion lessons for more than 3 years now and it has helped him with his school band from his Middle School years, and now continuing into High School. He has been performing with confidence and excellence, thanks to the lessons, performance coaching, and life lessons that Joe has instilled in him. Joe is very passionate in his music instructions and this reflects so much on my son's ability to play drums and perform with so much fun and confidence. Five stars are not enough to rate Joe because he gives more than 100 percent to his minions.

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

First, I want to student to get comfortable with me and my sense of humor. If they are a beginner we start on fundamentals using a metronome. If they have experience then I ask them to play for me and then we will proceed from there.

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

Lots and lots and lots of experience and the ability to 'listen' to students when they talk and respect their opinions. I want to get to know my students and to be of value to them in areas other than music, if they need or want that. I have received awards for my teaching. I currently teach at Miller Middle School and Cupertino Middle School. Before that I had spent many years at Milpitas High. I have been able to build solid percussion sections at all of those Schools.

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

There is a $15 registration fee. My tuition is $150 per month for one private lesson per week or 4 per month. Each lesson is 30 minutes.

How did you get started teaching?

I was recommended to tutor a young drummer and then it took off from there. I started when I was 17.

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