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Welcome to Drum Lessons NYC



Our beginner drum lessons are designed for students with little to no drum experience and who want to learn the basics of music theory and drum skills.


Intermediate drum lessons are offered to those students who have already been playing drums for several years and want to improve their skills.


Our advanced drum lessons are for highly skilled drummers wishing to refine their technique or who plan to audition for music schools and bands.

Meet our Drum Instructors


Our drum instructors are all professionally trained with a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree level of education and have graduated from highly reputable music schools and conservatories from all around the world including the Manhattan School of Music and Peabody Institute of Music. Each instructor brings their own unique style of teaching and experience to the lesson to help ensure that our students get the best possible drum instruction whilst realizing their full music potential. At Drum Lessons NYC our drum instructors all have the same goal in mind and that is to provide the highest quality education in a fun, energetic and welcoming environment.

Our Mission

Drum Lessons NYC’s mission is to offer affordable private drum lessons in New York City and many areas of Brooklyn, Queens and Long Island for all ages and levels. We offer one-on-one lessons and students can opt to take lessons in the comfort of their own home, at one of our Instructors studios in Brooklyn or Michiko Studios conveniently located at 149 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036. Drum Lessons NYC helps students explore various musical styles including: classical, jazz and rock. We also prepare students for university and conservatory entrance auditions, music school exams, recitals, and competitions. Drum Lessons NYC offers 1 hour, 45 and 30 minute lessons. All potential students receive a discounted trial lesson to evaluate their current musical level, and to discuss goals and future drum aspirations.
Our drum teachers come from a range of different backgrounds and nationalities including American, Japanese and British to help students reach their full potential and excel in drum performance. Our instructors offer a diverse understanding of technique, musical expression, range of dynamics and interpretation. As Drum Lessons NYC expands we intend to hold annual recitals where our students can showcase their achievements and get accustomed to performing in front of an audience. If you would like more information or to schedule your discounted trial lesson please contact us.


Areas of Study


music intervals

Music theory is the study of the structure of music. Or more simply put, it’s the language used to talk about the music we hear and play. Learning music theory is one of the most important things a musician can do as it helps them to not only become better performers, but also have a better understanding of the music they are playing and hearing. It also makes musical activities such as performing, composing, improvising, arranging, teaching music, or getting a music degree much easier once one gains a basic understanding of music theory.

During our drum lessons students will learn a range of different music theory subjects. The first thing we teach is notation which covers the staff, rhythms, rests, meter, time signatures, and dynamics. We also learn to tune the drums during lessons and give an introduction to melody, phrasing and musical form as it applies to our instrument. As musical awareness grows, students begin to hear how the pitches of the drums fit into the harmony (chords) of the music they play. Whether you are an absolute beginner or have already studied music theory, our drum lessons are individually tailored to cover everything from the most basic note values to the most advanced applications of syncopation and polyrhythms.

sight reading

Sight-reading by definition is the reading and performing of a piece of written music that the performer has not seen before. It is also referred to as prima vista, which translates to “at first sight,” which is exactly what we teach our students to master: the ability to read and play a piece of music upon first sight. Just like learning to read words, learning how to sight-read music takes practice and discipline, eventually becoming second nature.

In each of our drum lessons, students are given a range of different tasks and activities to help them increase their sight-reading ability. They not only become adept at playing the notes accurately, but also learn to read and anticipate the changing dynamics in speed and volume as written. Our exercises focus on honing students’ short-term musical memories to allow them to read ahead while playing a piece so that they play it correctly when they get to that section. We will practice sight reading solos as well as duos that the instructor and student can play together.

drumming techniques

Drum technique is based on efficiency of movement to get a desired musical effect. We focus on developing power and increasing range of speed and dynamics. These tools help you get around the kit with more finesse and musical possibility. Since every body is different, there is no one “right way” to do anything. We use rudimental studies and work on developing stick control, playing exercises slowly and focusing on efficiency of movement. Areas of technical study include full and half strokes, finger technique, push/pull, and foot technique for the bass drum and high hat with the goal of developing dynamic control and touch.

Technique is a means of gaining more musicality, not of gaining technique for technique’s sake. Playing fast can be great, but the best drummers know when to use their chops. Technique gives us the means to play fast, but it also helps us to switch seamlessly between fast and slow patterns, loud and soft dynamics, and everything in between. The more control of these elements we have, the better we are able to fit into group contexts and blend to make a band sound its very best.

drummer coordination

Coordination on the drums is being able to play different rhythms with each limb while maintaining a consistent time flow. We work to develop independence between the limbs starting with basic rock beats and moving towards more advanced coordination. As drum coordination strengthens, students gain the ability to play what they hear and inflect grooves with their own personality. Experimentation is highly encouraged. We spend time in our drum lessons listening to the drumming masters and learn to recognize how coordination is applied in practice.

We also use specific texts in our drum lessons to help us gain versatility with our hands and feet. Depending on the style of music or context, drummers use their independence on the drums in different ways. While the application of these coordination techniques differ, the goal is essentially the same: to gain the freedom to play with imagination and musicality.

drum styles

Being able to play in different styles is essential in today’s musical landscape. One day you may get called for a jazz gig, the next for a samba dance party, and the next for a heavy metal show! As your knowledge of different styles increases, the more authentic you sound playing in a given style and the more influences you have when jamming with your own groups. The goal is to be able to confidently step into a variety of musical settings while also bringing your own personal flair to the situation.

We spend time in lessons playing grooves from the jazz, rock, and Latin idioms, and listening to examples by established bands for reference. For instance, if you’ve always wanted to learn how to play the drum part to Jimi Hendrix’s classic “Purple Haze,” our instructors will guide you through from verse to chorus to bridge so that you can expertly mimic the style of Mitch Mitchell, from laying down the basic beat to eventually being able to improvise your own fills and unique accents. The goal is to ultimately help you form your own style by studying and practicing the drum parts of such legendary drummers, be it Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham, Miles Davis drummer Tony Williams, or Salsa and Latin drummer Tito Puente. Through better understanding a wide variety of styles, our students will soon find themselves comfortable playing in any and every style.








  • $50.00*
  • per lesson
  • For all new students
  • Level Check
  • Goals
  • Scheduling
  • $55.00*
  • per lesson
  • Suitable for 5 – 10 year-olds
  • Level : Beginner
  • Foundations of Music Theory
  • Basic Drum Skills & Tuning
  • $65.00*
  • per lesson
  • Suitable for 5 year-olds to Adult
  • Level : Beginner & Intermediate
  • Music Theory & Sight Reading
  • Stick Control & Foot Techniques
  • $75.00*
  • per lesson
  • Suitable for 10 year-olds to Adult
  • All Levels
  • Music Theory & Sight Reading
  • Syncopation & Polyrhythms

*Please note that fees vary depending on which payment plan is chosen for your drum lessons. For a full breakdown of fees please visit our detailed rates page here.



As our schedule is constantly changing we recommend you get in touch via the contact form below with your preferred day and time and we will get back to you.




Contact Us


IMPORTANT: To inquire about drum lessons in NYC please use the contact form below. If you do not receive a response within 24 hours please try again using the email address info@drumlessonsnyc.net as we occasionally experience problems receiving email despite it saying the message was sent successfully.


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Michiko Studios

149 West 46th Street

New York, NY 10036

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Private Studio

584 8th Ave

New York, NY 10018

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Private Studio

180 N 14th St

Brooklyn, NY 11211

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Phone: +1 (347) 302-1342

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Email: info@drumlessonsnyc.net