Drum Lessons in Chicago, IL
Our Approach to Drum Lessons at Flatts & Sharpe
We fully acknowledge that each aspiring drummer is a unique individual. While it is true that everyone must begin in the same place, where you go from there is completely up to you. The flexible style of our instructors will foster your musical creativity, offering wisdom, and guiding your technique to levels of excellence. While creative expression is strongly encouraged, we incorporate certain features across the board for all our students, especially in the beginning phases of instruction.
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Drum Lessons Should Be Fun!
Few things in life are more satisfying than sitting down at a set of drums and playing your heart out. Students will find this unbridled joy in drum lessons at Flatts & Sharpe, as fun is the centerpiece of our teaching philosophy. We want our students to LOVE that feeling, whether it’s their first or five-hundredth time on the throne (and yes, it’s really called that!).
Whether your interest in the drums is currently an individual pursuit or you’re already part of a band or ensemble, Flatts & Sharpe passionate instructors are ready to help you progress quickly toward your goals while having fun doing it!
We Emphasize Healthy Technique
Students at Flatts & Sharpe can count on well-rounded instruction, rooted in proper technique. Working with a professional instructor, you will begin to master the fundamentals of drumming: a strong sense of pulse, how to control touch and tone, well-rounded drum vocabulary, ergonomic drum set configuration, good posture, healthy wrist action, four-limb independence, and efficient sticking patterns.
We strive to ensure that all of our drum students have a rich and varied lesson experience and become literate musicians. Students will be immersed in essential elements of music theory including rhythm and notation, and will gain exposure to the rich history of percussion.
We Care About Your Musical Interests & Goals
Our teachers pride themselves on helping you discover new ways of connecting with the instrument while also working on music you know and love. The world of drumming is wide and deep – but through our tailored instruction, we help you reach your goals, whatever they may be.
Are you a member of a jazz ensemble? We’ll focus on swinging, dynamics, chart reading, and how to “kick” the band. Is your band hoping to be the next big country/rock/pop act? We’ll focus on playing with power, steady grooving, and bread-and-butter fills. Perhaps you desire to be a virtuosic drummer who can move in and out of all sorts of styles? We’ll help you identify the similarities and differences between them and navigate the precise skills needed for each.
Our Drums/Percussion Teachers
Joe St. Charles
Joe has over seven years experience teaching both kids and adults. He has played in bands for 25 years, spanning various genres. Joe has also been a long time collaborator with the dance company Khecari, creating percussion music for contemporary dance.
Lobo has had a passion for playing in bands for 19 years. He received a B.A. in music with a focus in recording technology, and has since run his own recording studio and toured the U.S. and Canada.
Guitar, Electric Bass, Ukulele, Drums
Ricky is a multi-instrumentalist, specializing in guitar, electric bass, ukulele and drum kit. He has been teaching for about 7 years. He has been performing in the Chicagoland area for 16 years.
“As a professional musician and teacher, I go to Flatts & Sharpe for most all of my musical needs. They have one of the largest selections of sheet music anywhere in the city. The service is always friendly and knowledgeable. I highly recommend them to both students and professionals.”
“We have loved sending our child to Flatts and Sharpe Music Co. for guitar lessons. The staff is friendly, the environment is so inviting and chill, and the teacher we work with is excellent. He provides quick updates after each lesson, and our child is quickly picking up on concepts and technique.”
“My son has taken in-person piano lessons at Flatts & Sharpe for the last year. He has really benefited from the experience and looks forward to class every week. They offered a chance to play in a band and perform a concert this summer which he’s excited about. ”
What you can expect
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What Is the Minimum Age to Start Drum Lessons at Flatts & Sharpe?
We welcome students of all skill levels to take drum lessons at Flatts & Sharpe. While we create a positive and inspiring environment for all drum players, the minimum age we recommend a student start percussion lessons is 5 and full drum set lessons are 6. The term drum lessons can be very subjective as playing drums can mean anything from hand drums to a full drum set. Any students younger than 6 should focus on a hand drum or practice pad to learn rhythm and build up coordination.
Physical development is important since drum players must have dexterity, control, and motor skills as they learn rhythms and hold and maneuver the drum sticks. Drum students must also know how to count and have an adequate attention span for lessons and practice sessions.
We welcome you to contact us and discuss your child’s needs, interests and goals as you decide if your child is ready for drum lessons.
Do I Need to Own a Drum Set?
You do not have to purchase a drum kit to take lessons. Beginning students can learn with a drum pad, stand and sticks for under $40.00. Students use our drum set at their lessons and do not have to bring anything except their drum sticks and a notebook.
Do I Need Any Prior Drumming Experience?
Players of all skill levels benefit from drum lessons at Flatts & Sharpe. You do not need any prior experience with drums or percussion.
You may learn faster if you have previous exposure to percussion, understand rhythm, and can read music, but our teachers create customized lessons that allow you to learn foundational skills, develop advanced techniques and discover the joys of drumming.
What Styles of Drumming Can I Learn?
Our drum instructors teach rock, metal, jazz, funk, blues and many other styles. Drum language can be complex and our drum teachers will create a plan designed to improve your speed and comfort.
What Books Will I Need?
Every drum student has different needs and interests, and your instructor will customize a curriculum just for you. You’ll receive a personalized list of books to buy after your first lesson.
Are Drums the Right Instrument for Me?
We often think of drummers as people who like to pound on things. But drumming requires concentration, technical knowledge, physical stamina, and creativity.
Listen to a variety of music styles and identify the percussion parts, or meet with a drum specialist at Flatts & Sharpe as you decide if this instrument is a good fit for you. We are happy to help!
Why Choose Flatts & Sharpe for Drum Lessons?
If you’re ready to express your musical talents, skills, and creativity on the drums, we’re here for you. Flatts & Sharpe personalizes lessons to your unique needs, and our experienced, passionate, and skilled instructors create an engaging environment that promotes learning and fun.
With our student-centered approach, you gain a balanced education that helps you develop excellent musicianship and prepare to achieve your future goals.
Ready to Begin Drumming?
Contact Flatts & Sharpe today to begin your customized drum lessons. We prioritize your needs whether you want to hone your natural rhythm, land a spot in the marching band, or prepare to perform on stage.
Discover how our balanced approach gives you the foundation and skills you need for success.