Yousef Shami Drum Lessons

Yousef Shami Drum Lessons

5.0 (5)
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1 employee
4 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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5 Reviews


  • Victoria Houghtalen

    Yousef really takes a teacher's approach when it comes to lessons. We learn new concepts during our sessions, and then he promptly provides "homework" that expands on those concepts and allows me to work towards mastery. I've never played drums before and I'm learning as an adult. Yousef has been incredibly patient and takes so much time personalizing the lesson for me. I couldn't recommend him enough! 

  • Elvis Garay-Bautista

    Yousef was very patient with me and really tight with keeping the rhythm. He has interesting fills and also offers criticism in the most genuine ways. One of the best if not the best drum teacher I've had!! You definitely won't be disappointed when you work with him.

  • Destiny R.

    Yousef does a great job adapting the lessons to my needs. I really appreciate the care put into making sure I understand each part of the lesson. There is a huge focus on trying different techniques to help me learn something, instead of repeating the same thing over and over again, as I have experienced with other teachers. The homework assigned is very relevant to what I am doing and is really helping me advance my skills to the next level. In lieu of the COVID-19 crisis, Yousef has done a great job adapting the lessons to online. I am always sent homework promptly after lessons and the sound is crystal clear which allows my learning to advance at the same speed it was in person.

  • Maya Alfred

    Yousef is very thorough when teaching music. He focuses on student needs, is very good at explaining what he wants you to accomplish, and provides materials and resources to help his students become better prepared.

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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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