Helping You Decide: Frequently asked questions

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What is the right age to start Drum Lessons?

This is one of the best and most frequently asked questions I get from Parents of Students and Students themselves!  The right answer is it depends. I have successfully taught students at the age of 6 and all the way up to their 60s and 70s! If you are interested in learning and love music, I will customize a program designed to help you learn and grow.  And,... we’ll have a lot of fun along the way!


Is a half-hour lesson or a full-hour lesson more appropriate for my child or myself?

My recommended lesson duration is largely age dependent.  A drum lesson in my program is divided into two main sections. The first is focused on technique, reading, and Drum Rudiments and related topics. The second section is application on the drum set or Marching/Concert Snare Drum depending on the students goals.  Those sections are extended and shortened based on overall length of lesson, Student’s progress, and attention span. So.... there are times where the half-hour lesson is best for the very young student (8 years old or less)


Do I need to know how to read music to study drums with you?

No! I’ll teach you...  we’ll build your ability step-by-step, week by week. And, before you know it you will understand, read, and interpret the music that is written. Showing students that THEY CAN and watching their confidence grow is absolutely the best thing for me to see as their teacher!


How much of an investment should I make in drums and equipment if I am a new student?

It’s all very exciting when a student begins.... and for most Students, the fire to learn is lit and playing becomes a joyful, lifetime journey into the world of drumming and music. For some Students, they find that they prefer other interests. Therefore, I recommend a modest investment to start. It’s important to know that in many cases,  my students begin lessons with me with just a couple of pairs of sticks and a drum pad. Lastly, I will help you along the way with your decision to buy a set of drums when the appropriate time comes.


Can I sit in on my child’s lesson?

This is a  great question with a very simple answer and a choice for the parent. Yes, a parent can always sit in the drum studio and observe the Student’s lesson, their progress,  and my approach as a teacher. However, an important consideration is that children seek to make their parents proud and having their parents sit in the room while the lesson is going on can be a distraction to learning. Therefore, I recommend Parents wait in the very comfy seating area outside the drum studio. They will be able to hear the progress of the lesson and will be right there in case the need arises.