Drum Lessons in Naperville, Illinois

Our Approach to Drum Lessons

At Musical Expressions, we are proud to offer a balanced approach to music instruction. We combine music history, proper technique and fundamentals, and extensive creative expression that allows students to not only grow but thrive as musicians.

Whether you’re a novice who has never picked up a drumstick or you’re preparing for collegiate or conservatory study, we have a teacher here that will meet you where you are and transform your capabilities through strategic and personalized 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 drum lessons at Musical Expressions, 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, Musical Expressions’ passionate instructors are ready to help you progress quickly toward your goals while having fun doing it!

We Emphasize Healthy Technique

Students at Musical Expressions, 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.

Are you interested in learning to play the drums? Whether you’re looking to become the next rock sensation or a percussion major for your school marching band, the experienced drum teachers at Musical Expressions in Naperville can help you accomplish your goals.

Our staff offer diverse backgrounds in music, including extensive education and performance backgrounds as drummers. They are dedicated to helping students of all ages and abilities learn the fundamentals of the drums, build a solid foundation, and explore music with creative freedom that can’t be found anywhere else.

Building unique lesson plans around the goals of our students, you can rest assured that your drum lessons will help you accomplish your musical goals. With the right teacher supporting you from the very beginning, drumming can become a fun and fulfilling experience.

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Ronald Spaeth

Ronald Spaeth

Drums & Classical Percussion

Ron received both his BA and Masters degrees in Percussion Performance from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. Since moving to the Chicago area in 1989, he has performed professionally throughout the Midwest.

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Sam Shepard

Sam Shepard

Drums & Percussion

​Sam is a graduate of Batavia High School and studied music education at Elmhurst College. He spent 6 years as a member of the world class WGI ensemble Cavaliers Indoor Percussion (formerly

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Frequently Asked Questions About Drum Lessons

What is the minimum age to start drum lessons at Musical Expressions?

We work with students of all ages and experiences at our music school. Typically, we find that kids should be at least seven years old before starting the drums, simply because physical development and comprehension skills are at a stage that sets them up for success. If you are the parent of a budding musician who has shown an interest in learning to play the drums but is not quite ready, starting with piano lessons can be an invaluable first step.

Do I need any prior experience?

With the right attitude and support from experienced drum instructors, everyone can excel as a drummer. We welcome students of all backgrounds and abilities – and will tailor our instruction to meet you where you are. When first starting to learn a new instrument, it can be a bit intimidating. Don’t fret. The staff at Musical Expressions is here to help you.

What styles of drumming can I learn?

We have a number of different teachers available for drum lessons in our Naperville studio. This means that you can explore one or many different musical styles, depending on your interests and tastes. If you have an idea of what you might want to learn, we can match you with a teacher who specializes in that particular style. If not, our drum instructors can help you explore and find the right fit

What books will I need?

Because we customize our lesson plans to the students, the literature we recommend will vary depending on the style, skill level, and interests of the students. Your drum teacher will provide you with a list of resources, including books, online videos, and more to ensure you have everything you need to excel.

How do I select the right drum kit?

There are many options when it comes to selecting the right kit for your drum lessons. And there’s really no wrong way to go. Your budget, living situation, and aesthetic preferences will all play into your decision. At the end of the day, you’ll want a drum kit that supports your style preference and that you’ll be able to practice on regularly. Our teachers can help guide you to the right selection for you.

Why Come to Musical Expressions for Drum Lessons?

We know you have choices when selecting where to take drum lessons in Naperville. While we may be a bit biased, our testimonials will only reinforce the idea that Musical Expressions is the best choice for music education.

We strive to create an environment where students can not only explore, but also express themselves. Testing boundaries, experimenting with different styles, and expanding your creative experience is essential to growing as a musician. This emphasis on personalized exploration is at the forefront of what we do at Musical Expressions.

Additionally, we ensure that you have the right guidance in place to help you develop and hone your craft. By personalizing our lesson plans to each individual student, you get the support you need, when and where you need it.

Lastly, our philosophy at Musical Expressions is very much student-driven. Our teachers are ready and capable of driving you down the path to musical excellence, no matter what that looks like for you.

Ready to Begin Drum Lessons in Naperville?

If you’re interested in learning to play the drums, Musical Expressions is the perfect starting place.

Come meet our passionate, enthusiastic teachers and experience personally-tailored musical instruction. Contact us today to schedule your first drum lesson.
















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Our Reviews

  • Musical Expressions is a great place to learn and experience music!

    Phil L.
  • As a band director and published composer, I was particular in finding a musically-rich studio environment for my son. Well, we found it. Musical Expressions is a bright and cheerful enterprise providing top-notch instruction in a most musician-friendly way.

    Tim L.
  • We are very satisfied with Musical Expressions and their teachers. The children love to come to their lessons with John Melnick. They have made a lot of progress within the past 2 years. We will continue to recommend the studio.

    Lucy D.
  • I love my lessons. As a teen I enjoy the independence and respect Erik [Swanson] gives me and his depth of musical diversity is only surpassed by his technical skill.

    Andrew B.
  • I recently signed up my grandson for piano lessons with John at Musical Expressions. The studio is friendly and inviting. Tim has only had a few lessons but we can already see improvement. John is a great teacher. He really keeps the students entertained and alert! It is great to see all of the smiling faces in the waiting room. The facility is very clean and well maintained. What a great place!

    Martha S.
  • I have to call out Rory’s piano teacher, John Melnick, for his awesomeness. In the year since Rory has been with him, I am blown away by Rory’s ease in picking up songs, his technique and enthusiasm for the instrument. Before it was a chore Rory had to tick off his list, but John’s down to earth approach coupled with his talent and love for music has obviously rubbed off! ‘Hats off’ to Musical Expressions for finding wonderful John for us.

    Wendell
  • Sue Good has given me so much more than just the ability to play the piano. Her positive approach to teaching has encouraged me to continue to grow both musically and as an individual. Sue, thank you for everything you have given me. You will always be special to me!

    Rachel R.
  • I have three children studying piano with Yee Seer [See]. She is a great teacher. The children enjoy working with her. She has given them great musical experiences.

    Martha B.
  • Dearest Sue [Good], you have been much more than a piano and music teacher to our family. You have become a dear friend and a part of the family. Thank you from the bottoms of our hearts for all your care, wisdom, and love not just for our girls, but for everyone around you! We look forward to a long, happy relationship with you and the studio!

    Elena V.
  • John Melnick is an Excellent music teacher. John is so patient and relates well to all his students. Being 76 and wanting to play piano for the first time, John was able to make my learning fun. I highly recommend John for young or elderly lessons. You will be happy you did.

    Wendell K.
  • Kristofer has been a student of Greg Luberda for the past two years. I was looking for an instructor who was comfortable with teaching piano to precocious young boys and was assured Greg would be just the person. The advice was on target, Greg has the patience of Job as well as the level of firmness needed to ensure Kristofer stays on task. My son has grown in ability and musical competence over these past two years. He enjoys his piano lessons, maybe not so much having to practice piano daily, but continued piano development is clear.

    Irma S.
  • I love the creative ways different teachers explain the art of music. They make learning fun rather than making it seem like a chore. With Alex, he chooses fun warm ups and songs that you will not only learn from, but enjoy doing.

    Ella S.
  • I study voice with Bridget [Becker]. She is absolutely amazing! I feel very lucky to have such a fantastic teacher!

    Celeste C.
  • When my 12-year-old daughter and I decided she’d like to take voice lessons I searched the Internet for voice teachers near Glen Ellyn. Musical Expressions caught my eye because of all the types of lessons they offer. When I inquired about lessons via e-mail they got back to me the same day so I knew they were organized – definitely a plus! They said one of their voice teachers, Bridget Becker, had openings so I scheduled her first lesson. We were both so pleased to meet Bridget. I took voice lessons throughout high school and I think my daughter has already learned more in three months than I did! Bridget is such a genuinely kind and supportive teacher. We are so pleased to be part of the Musical Expressions family!

    Kathy N.
  • My daughter enjoys her voice lessons [with Bridget Becker] and looks forward to them every week. Singing makes her happy. I, as a parent, enjoy supporting her in activities that make her happy.

    Karen F.
  • As parents that studied music from grade school through college, we wanted to make sure our daughter received quality lessons once she started an instrument in school. We found that in Musical Expressions and Josh Malave!

    Since starting Cello lessons, 2 months ago, we have noticed a big improvement in not only her bowing and sound, but in her confidence level. She doesn’t shy away from playing at home, and actually has fun practicing!

    She is truly enjoying her lessons and we are excited to see her continued progress!

    Matthew & Stephanie F.
  • I just stopped in the office to let you know how much Emily is enjoying her cello lessons with Mary [McGinty]! Emily is practicing more and really progressing beautifully. We feel very fortunate to have such a dedicated and talented teacher. We love Musical Expressions. This studio is such a gem!

    Keith D.
  • Being a musician and an athlete is definitely possible; it requires good communication and scheduling flexibility. Nicholas has been taking lessons with Bobby Clark for the last 2 years. During this time, she got to know who Nicholas was both as a musician and an athlete. She is extremely understanding with his schedule and works with us to schedule his music lessons around athletic activities. Nicholas has grown as a musician under Bobby’s guidance. We are extremely appreciative of the partnership that we have with Bobby that allows Nicholas to continue growing musically and stay involved in the athletics that he enjoys.

    Amy J.
  • Bobby [Calebaugh Clark] is a great horn teacher who has introduced me to a lot of new music and materials that I haven’t experienced before. She has wonderfully improved my skill level, confidence, and performance ability!

    Maria R.
  • Stephen has been a drum student with Ron [Spaeth] for several years. Ron has a great teaching personality and our son looks forward to every lesson. We will continue to recommend Musical Expressions to friends and family members.

    Christina G.
  • I’ve been taking lessons with Ed [Breckenfeld] for about a year and a half. He always finds ways to challenge my abilities and keeps it fun by giving me new songs to learn each week. Ed is a great drum teacher. I really feel like he cares about my progress as a musician.

    Patrick B.
  • For a long time I’ve wished that I could play guitar and I finally decided to try lessons. Patrick Dugan is absolutely great. Aside from being an amazing guitar player, he’s a fantastic instructor. He goes above and beyond to help me learn and keep it interesting. I recommend Patrick and Musical Expressions to anyone interested in learning guitar.

    Chad B.
  • For a long time I’ve wished that I could play guitar and I finally decided to try lessons. Patrick Dugan is absolutely great. Aside from being an amazing guitar player, he’s a fantastic instructor. He goes above and beyond to help me learn and keep it interesting. I recommend Patrick and Musical Expressions to anyone interested in learning guitar.

    Alex H.
  • Patrick Dugan is really great to work with. He has shown me many techniques for practicing at home and has managed to keep learning fun!

    Alex H.
  • Enjoying the lessons with Pat Dugan – they are taking me out of my comfort zone and making me practice (probably for the first time in 20 years!). I like learning the new cords & fingerings.” Outside of lessons I play in a band every week at my church.

    I would recommend lessons here at Musical Expressions to anyone – any age!

    Nick M.
  • My son is learning well and progressing with the help of his horn teacher, Bobby Clark. These lessons give him confidence to do better in middle school band class.

    Venkat D.
  • I feel like I am learning because I have improved a lot! I think I should go to one hour lessons!

    Punith D.
  • I love lessons! The music is a challenge and it’s really worth it! I absolutely love Bobby because I have learned a lot in the time that I have been here and I have made lots of progress. I look forward to coming every week! The recital was a great experience for me because it was the first time ever doing a solo with an accompanist. I look forward to many more years here. And, I think Bobby is wonderful!

    Christian Q.
  • My daughter takes music lessons with Bobby Clark. She is very helpful and it’s obvious that she loves to teach! We really like the teacher and the staff at Musical Expressions. They go the extra mile.

    S.F.
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