Jackalope Studios Drum Lessons

Jackalope Studios Drum Lessons

5.0 (15)
1 hire on Lessons.com
1 employee
17 years in business

About this pro

I teach out of my recording studio in Altadena. This allows me to record the students if needed and also allows the students to be able to play along to musical tracks. I have been teaching for 35 years and draw upon my vast teaching and professional playing experience with the world's greatest musicians to give the students the materials they need to achieve their goals. I have toured and recorded with such artists as Michael Bublé, Josh Groban, Rick Springfield, David Foster, Peter Wolf, Allan Holdsworth, Joe Sample, Robby Krieger, etc. I am also a studio musician and have recorded on dozens of movie, TV and video game soundtracks, including guitar hero, rock band, grand Torino, anchorman, witches of Waverly place, etc.

I enjoy teaching all levels of students and am a very patient tutor, as long as the student practices. I love seeing each student progress according to his or her unique abilities and talents. I like the fact that I can teach at home and make my own hours. I also have extensive experience teaching online courses and I'm willing to drive to the student's residence for an extra fee as long as it's not too far away from Altadena. 

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Altadena, CA 91001
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15 Reviews


  • Xinxing Zhang

    Joel is a great teacher, of course, a fantastic drummer!! He is versatile in music styles. You could build solid fundamental sticking skills and explore a wide range of music repertoire from his lesson. Highly recommend!

  • Skyler Cain

    Joel has been instrumental in my development as a drummer and as a musician in general. Under his instruction, I was able to shift my approach to the drum set from simply making beats, to attempting to fill the air with the most vivid percussive musicality I can properly muster on the spot. His use of technique books, such as those written by Gary Chaffee, work to ensure that you have a solid foundation while also fostering creativity.

  • Sheryl

    My daughter has been taking lessons from Joel for over a year, and it has been great to see how much she’s grown as a drummer in that time. He sets the bar high but is also very encouraging. He doesn’t just assign exercises but gives her context for those exercises, helping her to see how important a solid technical foundation is for whatever type of music she wants to play.

  • Juliana

    Joel is a great teacher. He has a good understanding of a lot of different style of music, which helps me work on all aspects of my drumming. He is an encouraging teacher but he also challenges me and expects me to be serious about practicing. I think it’s inspiring that he’s drummed with a lot of big names and has cool stories to tell about famous drummers.

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

 I ask them to demonstrate what they understand about technique, groove and musical styles on their instrument.  I also ask them what books and teachers they have studied with in the past and I will progress from there. If they are a beginning student, I start them off on very basic techniques and skills.

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

I have a BM from Berklee College of music in Boston. I have been on staff at Musicians Institute in Hollywood (1990-95) and I'm currently the drum set professor at the University of Redlands and Cal Poly Pomona. 

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

I charge $75 per hour or $40 per half hour. If I have to travel to the student I charge an extra amount to be determined for my travel.

How did you get started teaching?

After graduating from Berkeley College of music in Boston, I moved to New York City and started teaching privately in the area.

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with beginners, intermediate, advanced and professional level students. Many of my students have become professional drummers.

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

Every year for the past 18 years, I have been the house drummer for the international jazz festival Jazz Province based in Russia. I also have been traveling and performing at the Java Jazz Festival in Indonesia for the past four years. 

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

Make sure the teacher is also a professional musician and has many years of experience teaching his instrument.