Featured Drum Teachers Near Chicago, IL

Jonathan R

Jonathan R

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I like to teach my students how to reach their musical goals, whatever those may be. If they just want to strum a few chords, I will show them many different ways to do so, and in the context of their favorite songs. Everything I teach is within the context of their favorite music. I feel this keeps the lessons FUN. I try to bring out the creative side in all of my students. Depending on my students goals, I adjust my lessons accordingly to suit each individual student.

Frank P

Frank P

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    I started playing drums at the very young age of 5 and by the age of 13 I began to take the drums very serious. I first studied drums from a local teacher by the name of Steve Sacher who was a former student of the famous Chicago Drum “Guru” Roy Knapp. He was a very knowledgeable instructor and was hip to the new styles as well as the old styles and gave me a solid foundation to build the rest of my future studying upon. In 1971 at the age of 14 I began to study at the Chicago Drum School on Wabash Avenue in Downtown Chicago. I studied under Ernie Gadzos who was a great drummer and teacher. Ernie taught me advanced techniques along with a musical approach to playing Drumset which was very interesting to me. In later years Ernie accepted a prominent Clinical Services position with the Gretsch Drum Company in Georgia. In 1976 I was accepted to study with world famous percussionist Bobby Christian. Bobby also was a former student of the famous Chicago Drum “Guru” Roy Knapp. Bobby performed with many big name stars, was a guest performer for Symphony Orchestras around the world, was a first call studio musician, a staff musician for Chicago radio stations and was a Clinician for The Ludwig Drum Company. The instruction I received from Bobby Christian was exactly what I needed to be a truly accomplished drummer, musician and instructor. While still studying at the Chicago Drum School in 1973 I decided to tryout to become a member of The Chicago Federation of Musicians Union and passed the test and was accepted at age 15. I then began to work as a professional musician performing locally in all types of musical situations. I continued performing Drumset both locally and on the road. Some of the venues included The Newport in Miami Beach, The Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas, The Park West in Chicago, The Bop-Shop in Chicago, Joe’s Be-Bop Café on Navy Pier in Chicago, The Green Dolphin Street in Chicago, Frankie’s Blue Room in Naperville, IL., Fitzgerald’s in Berwyn, IL,  Pete Miller's in Wheeling, IL. and numerous Festivals and Concerts in the Park Series in Chicago and the surrounding Suburbs. After 40+ years of performing I’m happy to say I’m still at it!!

Chad R

Chad R

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Teaching is a journey for me and the student. I realy enjoy seeing the progress of each student becoming who they have imagined they could be. I've been teaching a long long time. My students know that we will have fun and meet the challenges that get them to each new level of playing and understanding drums, music and everything connected to it. I've toured with National acts as well as my own bands. I have a keen understanding of live and studio performance. My students have complete knowledge about drums, music, performing, recording, buying equipment, and dealing with all aspects of music.

Joel C

Joel C

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I have been teaching drums and percussion privately for over 20 years. I focus on the interests of his students and teach in different musical styles such as classical, jazz, rock and metal. I can prepare someone for school band, or take an advanced student to another level preparing for a career in the music business. Other than snare and drum-set I can teach Latin and African instruments, marimba, bells and various other percussion instruments.My lessons will range from learning fundamentals such as sticking techniques and rudiments, to advanced techniques such as single and double bass drumming, odd-time, and grove passed patterns. As a student, you will learn music theory, reading music, sight reading and playing by ear. Most importantly is to do something that you really enjoy doing, so if we aren't taking the adventure that you want, it is time to get a different ticket :)

Tony C

Tony C

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Throughout the years, I have gained a great deal of knowledge about drumming and music in general. A passion of mine is sharing that knowledge with students of all ages and I know I have a lot to offer. My experience includes meeting various famous musicians, which was very inspiring. It changed the way I looked at my life as a musician, my technique, and style. These top notch drummers and musicians gave me great advice that I'll never forget. Formerly, I have performed with the Kenosha Pops Band but mainly always had my own jazz/ fusion/ progressive rock bands.

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