Chicago's # 1 Drum Lessons

Chicago's # 1 Drum Lessons

4 employees
27 years in business

About this pro

Simple.  CDL (Chicago's # 1 Drum Lessons) is the only in person one on one drum instruction that offers an extremely original lesson plan on DVD to take home where you can not learn from another teacher, book, etc.  Our custom curriculum has been thought out to get a student from point A to point B in their drumming extremely fast, and efficiently.  We can also help with a students school band pieces.  Just watch some of our sample videos of actual current students.  That's our proof!

The gratification of helping a student go from not knowing how to hold drumsticks, to playing in a band or recording a CD, or getting a record deal and going on tour just within a few months/years.

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Bolingbrook, IL 60440
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What is your typical process for working with a new student?

Getting to know them.  Asking what kind of things they like (video games/tv shows/movies) etc.  If student has some drumming experience, assessing them accordingly to find their strong and weak points and starting in my curriculum there.  

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

Went to college to be a social worker if music didn't work out.  In school I learned social skills and techniques that I use with my teaching.  By doing this I know how to communicate with all different types of individuals of all types of learning abilities.  Over 20yrs teaching drums experience, and over 35yrs playing experience.  I am fluent in all styles of drumming.  Capable of teaching beginners-advanced.  

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

Depending on the studio location.  Distance I have to travel from my home to make it more convent for everyone affects the rate.   Typically lessons are $20-$27.50 per 30min private in person one on one w/DVD.  Some have a one time registration fee or a $10 per month on top of months total registration fee.  

How did you get started teaching?

A friend worked at a music store and suggested I should teach.  That was 1995.  I absolutely love it!  

What types of students have you worked with?

All types.  Ages 4-adult.  


Handicap, ADD, ADHD, turrets, Celibral Paulsy, depression, high functioning autism, etc just to name a few.  I like challenges makes me a better teacher. 

Describe a recent event you are fond of.

I hold student showcases (recitals) every 6 months (April & October) at movie theaters where students pick a song to perform live on a drum set in front of sold out auditorium with complete video of them, band they are covering, and clips of movie song came from on the big screen above them in complete sync of them drumming live.  Let me know if you want some free tickets for a future showcase.  

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

Hire one that has the best quality lesson for the money.  Compare apples with apples.  Don't look at convienance or price but how they present themselves.  I want the best for myself or my kids so hiring a teacher who made the news and has samples of their work is they way I would go.  Wouldn't you??  

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

That they are ready and willing to learn.  They understand learning an instrument should be treated equally to school.  I'm a teacher, they are the student, they will get homework and expected to get their homework done.  They do what I ask them to do, in return they will be rewarded to partake in outside activities (parades, showcases, etc.). 

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