Drum Lessons With Adam Carlson

Drum Lessons With Adam Carlson

5.0 (7)
9 years in business

About this pro

 I am a fun, and energetic drum teacher with a bachelors degree in jazz studies. I am one of the first call drummers in Oregon, playing over 100 gigs a year.

My top priority is to help you achieve YOUR goals, whether that's playing along to your favorite song, expanding your drumming technique, or discovering how to play any style of music on the drum set. I always provide a logical sequence of events to make playing drum set simple, and fun.

I love hearing what each student wants to get better at, showing them how to work on that, then watching my students improve.

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Portland, OR 97225
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7 Reviews


  • Diego

    I found Adam looking for a drum teacher online. I needed someone to help me take my beginner drummer skills to the next level and Adam did exactly that, after just a few classes I was learning so much. He definitely knows how to adapt to my needs, skills and most important, to my limitations. After a few lessons I was playing some of my favorite ACDC songs and having fun while also working on the things I was doing wrong that Adam started pointing out from the first day. I recommend Adam for those who want to learn to play drums.

  • Elizabeth

    Adam has been teaching intro to drums to my eight year old, and I highly recommend him! He is great at pacing the introduction of new information so that kids can learn effectively. He always has a positive attitude, is patient, and provides encouragement, while effectively giving input and correction. I would recommend him to any parent looking for drum lessons for their child (any age!).

  • Sam

    I've taken about six or seven lessons with Adam now, and I was amazed at how significantly my drumming improved. He really showed me the potential I had, and taught me how to utilize that. Adam explained all of the things we covered very well; I never once felt lost or confused in a lesson. I would recommend taking lessons from Adam regardless if you've been drumming for two days or two years. There's always more to learn, and Adam is an excellent teacher!

  • Sara

    My son, Max (13yrs.old) is taking drum lessons with Adam. His teaching style is a perfect match for my son and I appreciate his professionalism and passion for music. Max is always excited to go to his lesson and always learns something new. Adam explains and answers questions patiently and thoroughly. He uses positive reinforcement to guide Max to the next level, and is always very encouraging and patient when Max hits a stumbling block. Max has gained confidence as a musician, and his enthusiasm for the drums continues to grow. We really appreciate Adam's flexibility with scheduling especially during the summer months. Thanks!

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

I first like to ask the new student some questions, such as: what kind of music do you like? What musical background do you have? What do you want to get out of drum lessons? After I have a good sense of what the student wants to get out of lessons, I try to get an idea of where the student is in his/her playing by listening to them play a bit. This allows me to determine the kinds of activities that are best to acheive the student's goals.

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

I have a Bachelor's degree in Jazz Studies from the University of Oregon. I have taken many drum lessons from a variety of different teachers, which has given me a diverse perspective on the art of teaching drums. I have synthesized those many approaches into a versitile teaching method.

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

Yes, I charge a flat hourly rate. However, the lesson duration and frequency can be customized to fit the student's needs (for example 30, 45, 60 minute lessons; every week, every other week, etc.). I also offer a monthly subscription plan where if you schedule and pay for a month of lessons at once, I will give a 10% discount. This can be applied to any lesson duration and frequency.

How did you get started teaching?

I began teaching in high school when young drummers would see me perform, and approach me asking "can you teach me to do that?" I always said "yes!"

What types of students have you worked with?

I have worked with students of all ages, 5 years old to 60 years old! Some of my students have been professional drummers seeking to improve their skills, while others have been hobbyists just wanting to have fun with the drums.

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