Yousef Shami Drum Lessons

Yousef Shami Drum Lessons

5.0 (10)
Best of 2022
3 hires on
1 employee
5 years in business

About this pro

I go above and beyond to make sure that each student gets a personalized experience. Lessons (of any kind) are about understanding where the student is, playing to their strengths, and appropriately challenging them. My approach goes further than just excercises or training! It also includes what's most important in the end of the day: the student's interests, goals, and desires.

My love of percussion is easy to explain but a difficult one to do so concisely! For me, it goes deeper than the drums or the teaching itself. It's really about my love of music, and how empowering it feels to share it with others. It can be difficult to do this with non-musicians, so when I'm able to explain concepts in detail and show how other musicians have capitalized on them, it can be exciting to vicariously experience these musical discoveries through my students. It's also exciting to consolidate things that took me years to learn and then get to see how efficient teaching/practice can help achieve results so much more quickly than I was able to on my own.  

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Rockville, MD 20852
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10 Reviews


  • Nicolette McClees

    Daughter is really enjoying and shows improvement!

  • Joseph Whitesell

    Yousef is very good at establishing your strengths and weaknesses on the drums and helping you work towards improving upon your weaknesses and other personal goals you would like to accomplish. I would recommend them to anyone.

  • Theo Hansen

    Yousef is a great teacher for adult beginners! Music has always been very difficult for me to learn, but their lessons are engaging and educational and I’ve been able to make so much more progress than I thought I would! Yousef is a very calm and patient teacher and I highly recommend them!

  • Paul A Dudley

    Yousef is an awesome, polite and very professional drum instructor. His studio is nice and very accommodating . He's very patient with his instructions and monitors progress. I would definitely recommend him.

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

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.

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

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.

What types of students have you worked with?

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.

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

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.

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