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Find drum teachers in Santa Monica, CA

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Find drum teachers in Santa Monica, CA

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Top 10 drum lessons in Santa Monica, CA

Students agree: these Santa Monica drum teachers are highly rated for knowledge, experience, communication, and more.
Christian Poezach

Christian Poezach

4 hires on Lessons
30+ years in business
Serves Santa Monica, CA
Leah G. says, "i’ve absolutely loved my time taking drum lessons! christian is very patient and agrees to work on whatever i want to. he gave me lots of drills to practice at home and always wants to make me better. best teacher!!!" Read more
Kevin Katich Drum Lessons

Kevin Katich Drum Lessons

Offers online services
16+ years in business
Serves Santa Monica, CA
Susan T. says, "Kevin is a master musician and an awesome instructor. He has an easy-going, friendly, encouraging presence, while also being rigorous in making sure his students learn both skills and artistry. He's focused on the joy of making music and the importance of practice and muscle memory. Because he also works as an engineer, he can help drummers understand how their playing will fit into a band or an ensemble. He encourages his students to explore improvisation and other forms of percussion. Best of all, he's hilarious, and there's not much my 13-year-old son enjoys more than his drum lessons with Kevin. We couldn't recommend him more highly." Read more
Joshua Seth Eagan

Joshua Seth Eagan

42+ years in business
Serves Santa Monica, CA
Jesse V. says, "Very high quality professional and very creative musician from recording sessions to live concert performances !!! Its always a joy to work with and always have received 100% great quality work ethics, I'm a fan." Read more
West African Cultural Foundation

West African Cultural Foundation

5+ years in business
Serves Santa Monica, CA
Dan B. says, "Dear Ayo, August 11, 2020 In sacred circles from from the Passover Village in Joshua Tree to men’s groups since 1991 I have been blessed to contribute the sound of the mother spirit. THANKS TO YOU I have such a love for the drum and all the lessons it’s taught me. I’ve learned that if my hands hurt, I’m not doing it right! I’ve learned to use the drum to ground the energy as well as elevate the mood. I learned that the sound and vibration of the mother comes through the drum and it is irresistible. You cannot close your ears to the drum because it is speaking to your whole body and even your whole body cannot stop it. I learned that generosity and kindness are hallmarks of the masters and I have been honored and blessed to have learned these and more from you, my friend, my teacher, my Brother. I wish you much peace and continued blessings on the occasion of your birthday! I LOVE YOU! " 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 Santa Monica drum lessons

Recent success stories from people in the Santa Monica area.
Stephanie F.
I am learning a lot with Christian and feeling more confident behind the kit!
Christian Poezach
-Bruce B.
"Kevin Katich is fucking amazing!"
Kevin Katich drum lessons
David M.
I have been a student of Baba for 24 years. In addition to having been able to embrace the techniques of drumming, I have been led to understand learning rhythm as a way of life. I am greatly honored to hold Baba as a teacher, friend and brother.
West African Cultural Foundation
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