The Drum Lab Music School lessons in Seattle, WA (www.thedrumlab.org) are customized for individual learning styles and skill levels from beginners to advanced. I work with all ages and abilities, in fact I have experience as a developmental therapist for students with special needs. I am confident that anyone can thrive as a musician with patience and instruction tailored to their learning style and interests. Go to www.thedrumlab.org for more details.
The Drum Lab is based on the concept of a “jazz lab,” a respectful, synergistic teaching environment that is all about making music and pursuing skill.
We absolutely LOVE Mr. Roybal!!! When I was first searching for drum lessons for my 9 year old son, I didn't know where to start. So I began my search online and came across lessons.com. Although I was hesitant about the platform at first, I did some research and decided to proceed with entering the details of what I was looking for, and submitted my request. Within an hour I received several responses from local drum teachers willing to teach. Once you receive responses, you then have the option to inquire and research further. Note: all of your interactions are strictly through lessons.com until you feel confident enough to pick a hire. Which then Mr. Roybal gave me the choice on how I wished to continue communicating once I hired him. My initial desire was to find someone near/within 5 miles and affordable. In the end, I opted to choose Mr. Roybal (35 miles away) due to his educational background in special needs. Mr. Roybal is also very affordable comparably. While my child is not special needs, knowing that Mr. Roybal had a background in special needs gave me a peace of mind. As a parent that works in Education as well, I understand the impact and importance of a teacher that truly understands that each person (kids and adults alike) is unique and has their own style to learning. Another important key for me was finding a teacher that was truly patient and willing to improvise and rise to our unprecedented COVID-19 societal challenges, which Mr. Roybal has done so flawlessly. Every class we have done thus far has been through Zoom and with no challenges. Mr. Roybal was even gracious in teaching us how to properly set up our drum equipment because apparently we had it ALL wrong. LOL! I couldn't be more pleased with Mr. Roybal, and when the time is right we hope to start incorporating in-person lessons at his location in South Seattle. And if that doesn't happen, I am happy to continue with Mr. Roybal via Zoom as he is such a pleasure to work with. Especially since my son absolutely loves Mr. Roybal and his lessons.
I have been taking drum lessons from Esteban for four years, and find him to be an excellent teacher. He shows me techniques that I can use to make learning new beats easier, and he also explains how I can practice the things I learn so that I can improve faster. Finally, he taught me good hands and feet independence, enabling syncopation. I have become a much better drummer working with him.
Esteban is a great instructor and very easy going. I am a beginner drummer with no previous experience and he has been extremely patient with my skill set. He challenges me in a fun and informative way during each lesson. I have learned a ton from him so far.
Esteban is a phenomenal teacher - he is empathetic and has all the tools in his belt to be very effective. Throughout my time with him, he has been able to ensure that I continue to grow as a drummer, but also have fun! He is able to create custom routines and practices to tackle specific gaps in my drumming that make a huge difference in a short amount of time. Super impressed, and I look forward to continuing to work with him!
I trained with Dan Bukvich at the Lionel Hampton School of Music. After a rigorous 12-year professional performance schedule, I travel less and teach more, combining my passions for music and teaching. My communications degree and work as a special needs therapist have informed my teaching style, customized learning for each student.
I’ve travelled around the Northwest performing classic rock, top 40’s, 80’s glam rock, pop, country, big band, and combo jazz. I’ve enjoyed playing casinos, fairs, fundraisers, wineries, weddings, corporate gigs, community events, and quirky bars like Greenlake’s Little Red Hen. I also collaborate on original fusion compositions.
I teach adults, children and teens. My youngest student is currently five and my oldest are in their mid-sixties, but it's never too late to take up a fulfilling hobby. One of my high-school-age students recently got accepted into an advanced jazz ensemble for the coming year, though of course, I'm not sure what the district will end up doing this fall.