Serving Wellesley, Weston, Newton, and Needham
Are you considering drum lessons for yourself or your child in Wellesly, Weston, Newton, or Needham? At Your Door Music is a traveling music school that serves the western suburbs and brings the instruction to you. Our teachers have the training (many have studied at Berklee or other stellar institutions) and experience you’re looking for. Whatever style of music you’re interested in playing—from pop to jazz, or indie to hip-hop—we have instructors who will help you get there.
Our approach to music instruction is well-rounded and full of fun. Whatever your goals, you’ll begin by learning proper technique and music fundamentals. These foundational skills are an essential part of becoming a well-rounded drummer and musician.
The best part? This all takes place in the comfort of your own home.
At Your Door Music takes a balanced approach to music instruction. Our approach values fun and inspiration with a focus on the core principles of good musicianship and the technical skills needed for mastery of each instrument. We teach young students and adults, whether they are beginners, intermediate students, or advanced players.
While drum set instruction approach varies depending on the student’s goals, the foundation remains the same. All beginning students start by developing a strong foundation which includes building proper technique and music fundamentals. Once those are established, we’ll begin tailoring instruction to your interests, abilities, and goals.
We Teach Proper Technique
Drumming requires a great number of specialized skills. It has a long list of basic techniques which requires quality instruction.
To play the drums or percussion well, students must master a variety of techniques including:
- Hand and arm position
- Proper drum set configuration and placement
- Good posture
- Correct use of foot pedals
- Drilling and memorizing rudiments, the basic patterns of drumming and sticking
- Developing hand and foot independence
- Keeping a steady rhythm
Working with a professional instructor and getting real-time feedback will help you master these techniques at a fast rate.
We Teach the Fundamentals
Proper technique is the right place to start, but there’s more to learn than just technique. At Your Door Music strives to create complete, well-rounded musicians who understand the fundamentals of music. These fundamentals include basic music theory, music history, music literacy, and of course, rhythm instruction.
We also cover the basics of reading music. Of course, music for drummers is a whole different world compared to sheet music for pianists or other instrumentalists. Our instructors will teach you to read the different types of notation drummers encounter and cover the basics of standard musical notation. (You never know when you might get asked to fill some other percussion roles, like playing the xylophone or marimba.)
Understanding the fundamentals of music will make you a more capable drummer and musician. You’ll also be better prepared if in the future you decide you want to study an additional instrument.
We Tailor Instruction to Your Goals
Once you have mastered proper technique and music fundamentals, your teacher will begin to tailor your instruction to your goals. Have you joined a jazz ensemble? We’ll focus on the techniques and rhythmic complexities (like mixed meters) that are a part of that genre. Is your band hoping to be the next big country/rock/pop act? We’ll focus on the basic grooves, fills and drumming styles common in those genres.
Maybe you want to be a virtuosic drummer who can move in and out of all sorts of styles. We’ll help you identify the differences between them and navigate the technical skills needed in each.
The world of drumming is wide and deep. Through tailored instruction, we can help you reach your goals, whatever they may be.
What’s the Right Age to Start Drum Lessons?
At Your Door Music is happy to start teaching students ages six and up who are ready to begin their musical education. Usually physical development isn’t the limiting factor for drum lessons. Instead, it’s attention span. We’ve found that most motivated students can start studying drums at age six or seven, when they have developed the ability to focus for long enough periods.
The At Your Door Difference
We know you have plenty of options for drum lessons. What makes At Your Door Music the right choice for you? In a word: convenience. We come to you, saving you the time and hassle of getting your kid to lessons at a music shop. And with drum lessons, there’s an added benefit. Your child will receive instruction on the same set of drums he or she practices on. This will reduce the “friction” of learning on a drum set that has a different feel from the student’s own drum set.
In addition to the convenience factor, you’ll also receive instruction from a qualified professional with notable education and performance credentials.
Ready to Get Started?
If you’re ready to start drum lessons or percussion instruction in Wellesley, Weston, Newton, or Needham, the At Your Door Music staff is here for you. Contact us today to find a time and teacher that will work for you.
Praise for At Your Door Music
Our instructor is really energetic and positive. He has an easy going manner and such a nice demeanor.L.S.
We are all really lucky to have such a talented musician for our teacher. He is so good with the kids and makes guitar lessons fun.M.C.
Elizabeth is very much enjoying her lessons. After a couple years of piano lessons at [another music school] she finds this so refreshingly fun and she really looks forward to her lessons. Consequently, she practices more and is having more fun. Dave has just the right combination of kindness and seriousness to teach her.E.P.
Your instructors really are friendly and enthusiastic. They’ve been great about working with my kids to find out what kind of music they want to play.A.A.
Aidan has gained a new lease on his musical life since enrolling with AYDM. I never have to remind him to practice. He just does it on his own without any prompting. In this busy household with four kids, that’s huge. His teacher has figured out Aidan’s music interests and taken it from there and that seems to have helped keep Aidan’s interest going. We’re very pleased.A.J.
Both my husband and I are in a service business and we continue to be very impressed with how you run AYDM. You are so attentive to detail and provide excellent service. Very impressive!B.K.
You guys are making music really fun for David. It brings our whole family so much joy to see the music flowing through him with such happiness. Thank you for doing what you do so well.L.D.
I can’t say enough good things about my teacher! He customizes the lessons just for me. I really appreciate his time and his talent. It is a joy studying with him!S.K. | Adult Student
Todd is officially the “coolest and best” piano teacher EVER and I think my kids would prefer he just move in. The amount of practicing without an argument has increased ten-fold and everyone is quite happy!K.J.
Our guitar teacher and drum teacher both have been so inspiring for my children. We feel lucky that teachers of this caliber come to the house. They’re professional yet the lessons are still so fun. Worth every penny.L.O.
Ben is charming and respectful and the luxury of having him come to us is just amazing. I can continue with my own work while listening to the lesson. He’s relaxed, cheerful and playful – it’s great.J.L.
I’m amazed at how organized you all are. As a single working mom I really appreciate that you provide information in a direct, concise and thorough way. At Your Door Music should be a candidate for a small business award.A.D.
Rachel just loves Yuval. He is very approachable, encouraging and professional. You set me up with high expectations and he’s exceeded everything you promised.C.L.
Luke loves his lessons. He told me recently, “Dave is the best teacher I have ever had in anything… he just makes me want to learn more and more.” Thank you.N.E.
We have taken music lessons elsewhere and this has truly been a superior experience.M.A.G.
Liz always comes out of her lesson smiling!J.C.
My kids are enjoying their lessons tremendously. The teachers are wonderful – instructive, fun, and patient.J.M.
At Your Door Music is simply the best music lesson option, bar none, in metro Boston. You have met and exceeded our expectations over the years with both of our children. On top of that you are perhaps the most professional organization I have ever dealt with for children’s activities & lessons. We will continue to recommend you and wish you every success!M.M.