Drum and Percussion Lessons in Sacramento, CA
At Natomas, 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 drum teachers
Each student’s musical tastes and aptitudes are unique, so we customize our lesson plans accordingly. Students will learn music reading, performance skills, improvisation skills, and theory skills.
Piano, Drums, Guitar, Brass, Woodwinds, Ukulele, Strings
I am Mark I directed high school music programs for 18 years. I retired from public school and have been teaching privately for over 5 years. I work with 70+ students each
Piano, Drums, Guitar, Brass, Woodwinds, Ukulele, Strings
Norman Keown holds a Bachelor’s degree with honors in Music from the University of California, Sacramento with an emphasis on Music Education. He holds a California Teacher’s Credential as well. He has….
Piano, Voice, Guitar, Drums
Dimitri was born and raised in Palm Springs, CA. He taught himself how to play bass guitar in 9th grade from reading tabs and watching YouTube videos. He then joined his high
Guitar, Drums, Piano, Ukulele
Luke began his teaching career in 2004 and joined NSM in 2012. He is a guitarist, and singer/songwriter for the rock bands Ostrich Theory and Ear Kitty , as well as a
Piano, Drums & Voice
Skylar Manzanetti is a composer/musician based in Sacramento. He has had classical training in piano since age 8 and has been recording music for over a decade. He specializes in piano/keyboards, drums,
Drums, Bass, Guitar & Ukulele
Austin Blanchard has been teaching for 12 years, ten of which he’s taught at Natomas School of Music. He’s been a performer for 20 years to which he’s played car shows, sponsored events, etc.
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 drum lessons at Natomas School of Music, 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, Natomas School of Music passionate instructors are ready to help you progress quickly toward your goals while having fun doing it!
We Emphasize Healthy Technique
Students at Natomas School of Music 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.
“I love absolutely love NSM! The Instructors are very knowledgeable and skilled at their craft. Glenn matched my daughter with a great guitar Instructor. ”
“My son has been taking piano lessons at Natomas School of Music for about a year and a half so far. I really appreciate their organized approach and Mr. Philip is great with my son. I highly recommend Natomas School of Music.”
“Experience was short but sweet. Atmosphere was conducive for learning and very welcoming. Thank you Mr Ken.”
“This is a great place to learn an instrument or work on singing. The staff is friendly, supportive and understanding. No age limits. Great experience. My 7 and 9 year olds both loved the drums and my 9 year old enjoyed piano. They want to play guitar next year.”
What you can expect
Tell us about your musical goals.
Match with one of our expert instructors.
Play music! Parents get progress reports.
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What Is the Minimum Age to Start Drum Lessons?
We welcome students of all skill levels to take drum lessons. 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. 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.
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 Natomas School of Music as you decide if this instrument is a good fit for you. We are happy to help!
Ready to Get Started?
Contact us 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.