I’ve been taking lessons from Yousef for a couple months now and am really enjoying them! I’m an adult beginner to drums but played trumpet and piano when I was younger - Yousef took the time to understand the level I was at when we started and check in about what I wanted to get out of the experience. They have been great about developing lessons and materials based on my goals and adapting and adjusting those based on how quickly I can pick it up or if I am struggling with a particular element. Yousef has also been helpful in recommending equipment (and is accommodating if you don’t have something like a full kit right off the bat). My lessons have been virtual so far and I’ve been impressed by the quality of the meeting platform and how easy it is to share materials. Yousef is a talented instructor and musician and always very kind, patient, and professional!
I started drum lessons with Yousef Shami recently. They are LGBTQ+ friendly and also have experience working with neurodiverse individuals. They are really professional and their home studio is comfortable and welcoming. They have excellent communication in and outside of lessons and a great balance of positive and constructive feedback. I’m already improving and I feel like I can learn a lot from them. I’m looking forward to seeing how my skills improve over time.
Great lessons! Yousef is patient and able to explain rhythm and beats in an easy-to-digest way. A fun and professional experience.
I recently started taking lessons with Yousef, and have really enjoyed the experience so far. I am a complete beginner drummer in my early 40s so am less of a "traditional" student. Yousef has given me helpful exercises and an extraordinary repository of resources to help jump start my progress. Beyond that, they have answered each one of my more global questions about being a beginner drummer with incredible insight and wisdom. I feel extremely confident that they will be able to guide me well on this exciting journey, nurturing my creativity, honing my skill set, and setting me up for success. I look forward to many more lessons in the future, a
For beginners, it's very important to spend some time on grip and rudiments, but I make sure to tie it into real "music" by the end of the first lesson.
For students with more experience, I take the first lesson to see where they are and provide a few challenges. It's also important to assess what are likely more objective goals.
We can adjust lessons depending on your needs. I offer both full and half-hour lessons. For folks who want to pay by month (4+ lessons), I am happy to offer a discount.
I have worked students of all ages; young children to retirees; I have worked with people from many backgrounds; I have worked with students with different learning styles. Everyone requires a different approach and I'm confident that I can provide any necessary accomodations.
In the end of the day, music should be fun. For many people, playing drums is therapeutic. And the magic happens when we are able to share it! The best music teachers are those who love both music AND teaching.