Drum Lessons in Rochester, MN

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Our Approach to Drum Lessons

Our drum instructors are warm and friendly, and get to know each student and parent on a personal level. We work with you to craft a lesson plan that fits your individual needs and the student’s favorite type of music. Whether you’re playing in local bands, a seven year old taking their first lesson, or a fifty year old returning to the drums after many years, we’ll set goals to achieve your musical aspirations.

At the Academy, every state-of-the-art drum lesson room is equipped with a drum kit and practice pads for our students. Our instructors teach rock, metal, jazz, funk, blues and many other styles of drumming, and challenge every student with technical exercises specifically designed to improve their speed and comfort. Beginning students need only their drumsticks and a notebook, and all that’s needed for practice at home is an inexpensive drum pad. Drummers are encouraged to bring in their favorite drum parts to learn.

Drums 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 Rochester Academy 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, Rochester Academy of Music’s passionate instructors are ready to help you progress quickly toward your goals while having fun doing it!

We Emphasize Healthy Technique


Students at Rochester Academy 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.

Our Drum Teachers:

Students will learn music reading, performance skills, improvisation skills, and theory skills. We work individually with each family to understand their child’s musical needs. Our philosophy is that each child’s musical tastes and aptitudes are unique.

Each lesson plan is created by your instructor and catered to you, or your child’s specific needs. Our in-home lessons in and around Rochester are unique in that we offer a high-quality lesson experience that also provides you with the convenience of time saved driving and waiting.

We offer a variety of plans to fit your schedule & budget

Weekly 30 Min

$128

Month

Great for learning the basics and building strong foundations.

Weekly 60 Min

$256

Month

Longer lessons, great for motivated musicians.

What you can expect

1. Tell us about your musical goals.

2. Match with one of our expert instructors.

3. Play music! Parents get progress reports.

Common Questions

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Stacy League | Parent

“My children have really benefited from their music lessons. All of the teachers they’ve had and the office staff are professional, competent, and kind. I would definitely recommend Rochester Academy of Music to anyone!”

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