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Find drum teachers in Oakland, CA

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Top 10 drum lessons in Oakland, CA

Students agree: these Oakland drum teachers are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Dillon Vado's School Of Music

Dillon Vado's School Of Music

5.0Exceptional(13)
Top Pro
Offers online services
8 hires on Lessons
13+ years in business
Serves Oakland, CA
Arav B. says, "My favorite part of being Dillon's student was his willingness to tailor his lessons to my particular needs, and his ability to teach me not just as a musician but also as a fellow human. Dillon was versatile, teaching me how to play many different percussion instruments. He helped me see through many of my goals and was the first music teacher who challenged and empowered me to feel like a true musician. My time with Dillon have profoundly impacted not only my relationship with playing music, but his mentorship during and beyond lessons has also shaped how I approach life as a whole." Read more
Ali Soliman Drum Lessons

Ali Soliman Drum Lessons

5.0(1)
1 hire on Lessons
12+ years in business
Serves Oakland, CA
Allegra O. says, "Ali is a passionate and patient instructor! When I started drum kit lessons, I had some experience with hand drumming and Ali was able to leverage my background in a way that helped me transfer my existing skills to drum kit. He is a very methodical instructor and his curriculum offers a strong foundation in technique while offering lots of opportunity to have fun playing beats and enjoy the learning process. As a student, I was very conscious of the way he scaffolded skills and techniques, helping me move from basic rhythms to layering on fills and licks as I became more proficient.  He offered great recommendations for listening music so I could recognize playing styles I like in order to develop my own sound. I recommended him to a friend whose 5 year-old daughter expressed an interest in playing, and had the pleasure of seeing him teach her. Ali was adept at building trust with her, and adjusting his teaching style to help her build beginning skills while creating a fun atmosphere and cultivating a love for music. I would definitely recommend him for kids too!" Read more
Oakland Drum Lessons

Oakland Drum Lessons

5.0(4)
11+ years in business
Serves Oakland, CA
Andrea D. says, "Mike is an amazing teacher! He was able to connect with our 11 year old daughter like no other music teacher and keeps things fun and engaging. She has made impressive progress on her drums and she doesn't even mind practicing! I would definitely recommend him to anyone who has a kid that is interested in learning to play the drums." Read more

Your Drum Lessons questions, answered

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Lessons.

How much do drum lessons cost near me?

Drum lessons cost $50 to $75 hourly for private lessons in a studio. A monthly package of 4 to 5 lessons booked in advance costs $190 to $340 total. The cheapest drum lessons are group classes that cost $20 to $40 per session.

More teachers are available through online drum lessons with a price range of $40 to $60 per hour.

Are drum lessons worth it?

Drum lessons are worth if for those who want to play professionally or who want to learn faster. Private classes help students sharpen their techniques more quickly and build better playing habits. Expert tutors offer tailored feedback to nourishing the latent talents within their pupils.

At what age do you start drum lessons?

Children can start drum lessons between 6 to 9 years old. Initial instruction begins with a single drum. Kids can't play on a full drum kit until they can reach the foot pedals and focus for extended periods of time. For adults, any age is suitable to learn drumming.

How many drum lessons do you need?

You will need drum lessons every week for about half a year to a whole year in order to learn to play simple songs. If you want to audition for a band or play drums like a pro, it usually takes 2 to 5 years of lessons.

How fast you learn depends on how good you are now and how much you practice.

How long is a drum lesson?

A drum lesson is 30 to 60 minutes long on average. The lesson length depends on how experienced the student is and their age. Shorter lessons are better for beginners to help slowly increase their focus. This way, they can build up their strength for longer practice sessions later.

How do I find a good drum teacher near me?

Find a good drum teacher near you by searching for private drum tutors on here on Lessons. Another option you have is asking for the availability of teachers at music stores or community colleges.

Before you choose a drum teacher close to you, remember to:

  • Check the prices from at least 3 drum teachers to compare them.
  • Look at what people say about them on Lessons and Google.
  • Ask for a references list of students they are teaching or have taught.
  • If they will teach your child, ask other parents if their kids liked the teacher.
  • Make sure you get a written plan and a schedule before you start your first lesson.
  • Try a few classes and see if you like the teacher before you pay for a whole month of lessons.

What questions should you ask a drum teacher?

Before hiring a drum teacher, ask them:

  • How long have you been a drum teacher?
  • What music school did you go to?
  • What ages do you like to teach?
  • Can I try a lesson for free?
  • What kind of drum should I get if I don't have one at home?
  • How much should I practice between our lessons?
  • Can you tell me where to get cheap books for learning?
  • Will I get homework like drum patterns to remember?
  • Can you teach me in a way that helps me learn best?
  • How long is a lesson?
  • What should I bring to our lessons?
  • How many types of drum music can you teach me?
  • Can I get a copy of our lesson plan, rules, and how much I have to pay?
  • What if I can't come to a lesson because something important came up?
  • Can I learn to play my favorite songs on the drums?

Reviews for Oakland drum lessons

Recent success stories from people in the Oakland area.
Tina C.
Dillon is not only a talented professional but also a fantastic teacher. My 4th grader has developed a passion for music and blossomed thanks to Dillon.
Dillon Vado's School of Music
Dayan
Mike is excellent with kids, he is patient and talented. My son has learned a lot in the last year. He makes the classes fun for him since he is learning to play songs from his favorite bands Queen, Nirvana, etc. Highly recommended.
Oakland Drum Lessons
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