We offer drum lessons for all drum, hand drum and percussion instruments. Because each student has different goals, our drum lessons are customized to the needs of each individual drum student; and that includes the style of music that the student wants to play, be it classical, rock, jazz, country or pop.
Studies show that there are many benefits to music and drum lessons, especially in the long term. Therefore, our goal is to keep the students interested, engaged and excited about learning music and drumming through many additional fun and educational experiences. We want to develop great musicians out of all our students, including the students that pursue drum lessons as a hobby or a de-stressing activity.
Our music and drum lessons are based on the belief that great musicians are extremely good at their instrument, including sight reading, technique, theory and so on; that they have a lot of practical experience, performing on different stages for all kinds of audiences; and finally, that they know how to record and what to do and expect in a recording studio. Our music school is unique in the fact that our lessons are designed to teach all these aspects of musicianship, which a private instructors or other schools do not have the knowledge or facilities to teach.
We also encourage and help our students to perform with other students. This can be accomplished formally through our Rock Band or Bands and Ensembles programs, or informally by finding and performing together with other students at our Student Showcases or other community events.
Drum Lessons Highlights
Drum Lessons Prices
The prices for private drum lessons are:
$35 per 30-min lesson.
$50 per 45-min lesson.
$65 per 60-min lesson.
Below are the monthly costs for a four week month. There is no long term contract; a 30-day notice is all that is required to stop the music lessons.
30 min. Private Music Lessons: $140 per month (4 weeks)
45 min. Private Music Lessons: $200 per month (4 weeks)
60 min. Private Music Lessons: $260 per month (4 weeks)
There is a one time $25 registration fee ($40 per family).
All drum lessons include:
- Participation in 6 Student Showcases per year, at no extra cost
- Video/audio recording of student’s performances at each Showcase
- Opportunities to sing at events held at the Music Vault Academy
- Opportunities to sing at nearby community events and festivals
- Recording studio classes
- Production deals (by invitation only)
- Free clinics, shows and events
Drum Lessons FAQs
What are the benefits of studying drums/percussion?
Drumming and percussion playing requires a lot of attention to technique building at the beginning level. Certain life skills like time management, discipline, and self control are gained from studying drums/percussion.
How old does my child should be to start drum lessons?
The typical age for percussion playing is around eight years old, however exceptions are made depending on the student’s growth, coordination, and development.
What do you teach during drums/percussion lessons? What teaching methods?
The school of thought behind studying drums/percussion at The Music Vault Academy combines combinative structuring in order to build fundamental technique, with opportunity for creative expression to support confidence and individual artistry.
For example, each week the student receives new assignments and information to add to their everyday practice session, creating a structured, regular practice schedule that will help the student achieve time management, discipline, and self control skills. In addition, the student will also have a creative assignment – playing along with a song, developing a solo or a new fill, or listening practice – that addresses the expressive side of percussion.
Are there different methods for learning drums/percussion? What is the difference and which one is better?
Every student is different! The Music Vault Academy prides itself in making music education accessible to all students, so each student’s curriculum is designed based on their individual needs and personality. The method for learning will depend on the student, and what that student is interested in focusing on.
There is an emphasis on snare drum technique when taking drum set lessons. The thought behind this is to develop the student’s hands so they are more able to express themselves creatively, as opposed to being held back by a lack of technique. As the student continues their study, an emphasis is placed on a well rounded development of playing style and knowledge.
Do I need to own lots of percussion instruments or a drum set to take lessons?
No! All you need to start is a pair of sticks and a practice pad, which can be purchased through the Music Vault Academy. Beginning lessons focus greatly on developing snare drum technique and listening/ear training, so a practice pad will suffice. However if the student wants to advance beyond the status of beginner, then purchasing instruments is highly recommended.
Our Drum Teachers
All of our music teachers have many years of teaching, playing and performing experience; with most being graduates of, and having master degrees from, some of the best music conservatories and universities in the country: Harvard University, Cleveland Institute of Music, Rice University, Texas Christian University, Southern Methodist University, Boston Conservatory, and University of Southern California. Excellent music instruction and great learning experience are our top priorities and that starts with having the very best music teachers and all the support the school can give them. Our teachers are great with children, adults, beginners or advanced students, and are dedicated to helping you achieve your goals.