Drum and Percussion Lessons in Fort Myers, FL

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Our Approach

At Fort Myers School of Music, anyone can learn to play the drums 

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.

Our Approach to Drum Lessons

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 our drum lessons — 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, our passionate instructors are ready to help you progress quickly toward your goals while having fun doing it!

We Emphasize Healthy Technique

Our students 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

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 Teachers:

Our helpful front desk staff are here 6 days a week to get you started!

Weekly

30 min

$130

Monthly

No large initial payments (just first month and a $35 registration fee).

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“The instructors are amazing! i love the one-on-one sessions. They are very thorough and passionate about the lessons and so encouraging. My voice has improved so much in just a matter of a month and Kelly and the staff are truly talented and amazing individuals. 5 stars! ”

— Samuel

“What an amazing first session! I love my vocal instructor, Kelly! She made me feel really comfortable and took her time teaching me incredible warm-up exercises that actually expanded my range INSTANTLY! Best of all I had fun. Im so glad I came here and Im looking forward to next week!”

— Samuel R.

“Rating 5/5 Jay and Kay are super nice! As a piano teacher, Kay has a lot of experience. Her lessons are fun. She knows the right tricks when it comes to understanding the piano. The environment is beautiful and well organized. If you want quality lessons this is the place!”

— Gabriella

“I have been taking lessons since July, 2017 with Kay and enjoy every lesson. She is patient, fair and a delightful person! I’m surprised at what I have been able to learn and highly recommend adult lessons.”

— Anne

“​I have been taking piano lessons here for over a year and a half and have had nothing but good experiences here. They paired me up with Beth and I cannot say enough good things about her (that would have to be another paragraph and 5 star review). ”

— Jim

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What you can expect

Tell us about your musical goals.

Match with one of our expert instructors.

Play music! Parents get progress reports.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What Is the Minimum Age to Start Drum Lessons?

We welcome students of all skill levels. While we create a positive and inspiring environment for all drum players, the minimum age we recommend a student start percussion lessons is 7. 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 (though owning one at home will greatly benefit your lessons). Beginning students can learn with a drum pad and sticks for about $40. And we sell them at the studio! Choose a rubber or plastic practice pad. A plastic pad has more natural response but makes more sound.

Do I Need Any Prior Drumming Experience?

Players of all skill levels benefit from drum lessons — 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?

We teach all styles from marching band to rock, pop, jazz, country, worship, and blues. We combine the important fundamentals with the music YOU want to play. With all of the teachers at Fort Myers School of Music, you are sure to find the best match for YOU.

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 as you decide if this instrument is a good fit for you. We are happy to help!

What Will I Learn In Drum Lessons?

Our drum teachers understand that every student is an individual, with personal musical needs and goals. We make it a priority to tailor how we teach and what we teach to your individual needs.
If you enroll here for drum lessons, your teacher will ask you about your favorite type of music, and set goals to help accomplish whatever musical aspirations you have for yourself or your child. Together, you will develop a plan to achieve your goals! We love beginners, so even if you don’t know where to begin, we can help!

Are Your Drum Instructors Qualified?

Our drum instructors are highly qualified, all have teaching experience, and most importantly, they have a passion for teaching. Being a musician doesn’t automatically make you a teacher–that’s why we search for those who are best qualified for mentoring our music students!
We search the entire Southwest Florida area for the top teachers, who embody the high values at Fort Myers School of Music. Most importantly, our instructors strive to relate their teaching to each individual student’s learning style. Our instructors have years of performance and teaching experience. In addition to their teaching credentials, our teachers have warm personalities, are extremely friendly, and strive to get to know each student and their parent on a personal level. We search high and low for the BEST teachers, so you don’t have to!

How Long Does It Take To Learn To Play Drums?

There is no set answer of how long it takes to learn to play drums. With regular practice, a basic level of playing can be accomplished in a few months. Most of our students take lessons on a long term basis because they want to be constantly improving and they find the lessons enjoyable.

I Don’t Have Any Musical Background Or Ability. Can I Still Help My Child Practice?

Yes. Even if you don’t have a musical background you can ask the teacher for advice on how to help your child practice. By simply monitoring that they are doing exercises a certain number of times per day the student will progress. Parents will occasionally sit in on their child’s music lesson to get an idea of the proper way a song should sound.

Afraid of Loud Noises?

AFRAID of the NOISE? You can purchase an electronic set and use headphones!
Students use our drum set at their lessons and do not have to bring anything except their drum sticks and a notebook.
If you are just starting out, here are a number of ways you can keep sound levels down while you practice and do it affordably:
1) Start on a rubber practice pad.
2) Put rubber pads on cheap drums.
3) Purchase an electronic drum kit.


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