Schaumburg Area Drum Lessons

Our Approach to Drum Lessons

Schaumburg Music Academy takes a balanced approach to music instruction. We make learning fun and foster creativity, while maintaining a focus on the core principles of good musicianship. Our drum instructors enjoy tailoring lessons to their students’ interests and goals, while incorporating the technical skills needed for them to achieve mastery of their instrument.

At Schaumburg Music Academy, we welcome drum students of all abilities and experience levels, and teach both adults and children above the age of 4. Our teachers meet their students where they are, creating a positive and inspiring learning environment for all. Below is a basic outline of our approach.

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

We Emphasize Healthy Technique

Students at Schaumburg Music Academy 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.

In addition to focusing on technique, we strive to make sure that all of our students acquire the fundamentals necessary to become literate musicians. Students will become familiar with the many different styles of notation commonly used by percussionists, including standard music notation.

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.

Ages 4 and up

Our excellent teachers will help cultivate your talents as a percussionist. We have experienced teachers to help you learn and advance your drum talents.

Are you considering drum lessons for yourself or your child in Schaumburg? Schaumburg Music Academy provides quality drum instruction to students of all ages and abilities  in the Schaumburg area.

Our teachers have the training and experience you’re looking for. Many of them are graduates of prestigious music programs including Berklee College of Music, and they are not only passionate but also versatile! Whatever style of music you’re interested in playing—from pop to jazz;  indie rock to hip-hop—we have instructors who will help you get there. Our approach to drum lessons is comprehensive, individualized and–above all–fun!  Whatever your goals, you’ll begin by learning proper technique and music fundamentals. These foundational skills are an essential part of becoming a well-rounded drummer and musician, and our teachers are adept at incorporating them into whatever repertoire interests you most.


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Our Teachers

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Our Drum Teachers

Our instructors are the most important part of Schaumburg Music Academy. Each one of our teachers is highly qualified, experienced, and versatile. In addition to our flexible curriculum and approach, their caliber is what sets us apart. Our drum instructors are not only talented, but also caring — facilitating your journey of musical self-discovery. Do you want to gain confidence and poise as a performer, learn to shred on drums, or just know when to add more cowbell? You never know what you can achieve until you take that first step.

Zachary Taylor

Zachary Taylor


Zachary recently graduated from Elmhurst College with a Bachelor′s Degree in Jazz Studies and Music Business. Originally from Rockford, Illinois, Zach has been playing in bands since he was in Junior High.

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Marty Binder

Marty Binder

Drums, Guitar

Marty Binder has been playing drums, touring, and recording for over 30 years. He keeps a busy schedule playing local venues, festivals, corporate and private events. He has played with Blues greats,

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Schaumburg Music Academy is happy to start teaching students ages four and up who are ready to begin their musical education. Usually physical development isn’t the limiting factor for drum lessons. Instead, it’s attention span. We’ve found that most motivated students can start studying drums at age six or seven, when they have developed the ability to focus for long enough periods.

For younger students, starting with a piano lesson for one or two years can be a great way to begin their involvement in music and provides a fantastic head start if they choose to transition to drums at six or seven. We welcome adult students of any age and ability!

New to Drum Lessons? Here’s What to Expect

Schaumburg Music Academy welcomes all music learners, from total beginners to advanced students preparing for university or conservatory study. Our students have gone on to study at a variety of fantastic local and national institutions including Berklee College of Music. That said, music lessons can be a bit daunting for those who are just beginning their journey. Here’s what to expect if you’re new to drum lessons.

What Styles of Music Instruction Are Available?

Schaumburg Music Academy instructors specialize in a variety of styles including rock, pop, metal, jazz, country, R&B, marching band, and orchestral percussion. If you are looking for something specific, feel free to get in touch and we can match you with a teacher whose specialty lines up with your areas of interest.

What Books Will I Need?

There are many popular method books for drum set and other types of percussion in circulation today, and our teachers use a variety of these. Most teachers incorporate a number of different types of resources into their lessons, including method books, tabs, song books, lead sheets, and online resources. In or before a student’s first lesson at Schaumburg Music Academy, your drum teacher will provide a list of books to purchase.

What Should I Consider When Selecting a Drum Kit?

For many beginning students, the first obstacle is finding an instrument. It’s impossible to progress very far without consistent practice, and consistent practice requires access to a drum kit.

There are many different types of drum sets available, including acoustic and digital options. The right choice for your family depends on your living situation, your goals, and your budget, as well as aesthetic preferences.

Your drum instructor will work with you in determining what’s best for starting out. You can get recommendations on what to get and where to buy it at your first lesson.

What Sets Schaumburg Music Academy Apart?

Schaumburg Music Academy is so much more than a building. It is a greenhouse for growing musicians. We strive to make our school a fun and engaging environment that sparks the imagination. Our staff members are enthusiastic about music, and this comes through in every interaction with our students.

Not only are our instructors passionate, they care about each student’s individual growth, musical development, interests, and goals. During your private lesson you will catch a vision of what your musical future could be. This student-focused approach fosters a level of creativity and freedom unknown in many conservatory-style music programs. At Schaumburg Music Academy your goals are front and center.

Ready to Start Drum Lessons in Schaumburg, Illinois?

Are you ready to start drum lessons for you or a family member in the Schaumburg area?

Come learn from one of our experienced teachers and get high quality drum instruction that’s tailored to your needs and goals. Contact Schaumburg Music Academy today to set up your first lesson!


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  • My daughter started voice lessons with Gary at the Schaumburg location about a month ago. As a concerned parent I was interested in what she thought of him as her instructor. She likes him! Not in any romantic or crush sort of way, but as a highly trained and skilled professional who knows what he is teaching.

    In fact all of the staff at the Schaumburg location, in my opinion of course, are very dedicated, trained, involved, respectful, and completely committed to the session time. I work third shift and staying awake to take and pick-up my daughter is not always easy. I mentioned the situation once to them, and now when there is a cancelation they give me a call to see if we can get in earlier. If you have ever worked third shift you know how thoughtful this is.

    They have a great facility, convenient location, and a very easy going demeanor that translates into very productive training for the student. If you are looking for your child to receive solid foundational training in any of the lessons they offer, I do not believe you could do better than this Their prices are well within contemporary rates for the area, and would be an investment in the future fulfillment to your children´s musical development.

    Mark Bock Review
  • Three of my children, a nephew and I have been taking lessons from Schaumburg Music for about 8 years. Drums, Violin, Bass guitar & Guitar.
    I have been playing (blues, rock, folk) guitar as a main instrument for over 45 years and still learned things from their excellent guitar teacher Mike. David has taught my youngest son bass guitar and now he has a great foundation as a bass player. My oldest son was taught by two of Schaumburg Music’s drum teachers, Eugene (who moved out of state) and Nate. Nate has been a phenomenal teacher for my son, challenging him weekly with advanced studies in rhythm, while encouraging him to listen to all types of music to understand how rhythm moves the music. My oldest daughter took violin lessons from Codruta as a second instrument and i was very please and surprised at how quickly she learned a string instrument coming from a piano background. I also arranged for my nephew to take rock guitar lessons from Mike (after I could teach him no more) and now he shreds with the best of them.

    They have a very good selection of instruments at different price points. Band instruments, electronic pianos, violins, guitars & bass guitars to name a few. They recently picked up the Samick guitar brand and it fits in nicely with their lower priced beginner instruments. I often play them while waiting for my children to finish their lessons and I am surprised at the quality that goes into these fine instruments. They also have a great selection of music necessities. My daughters often send me in for reeds or cleaning kits for their various woodwind instruments (oboe, sax, flute) and I often drop in for a set of strings for myself.

    Over the years I have found the staff to be thoughtful and courteous, which is probably why i have remained a Customer for so many years. Also, each of the teachers has a passion for what they teach. If you are looking for a great place to teach a child (or adult) music, I highly recommend Schaumburg Music, where they will not only get a musical education, but also a passion for music.



    Grant Dittmer
  • I have been a customer of Marlena’s Music, Schaumburg Music Store since I moved to the Schaumburg area six years ago. What I have found and still find today is a personal touch that she has when she greets me when I enter the store. What I liked when I first came 6 years ago and still do now is the variety of piano method books, as I use different method books to suit each individual students´ needs. I am also impressed with this stores use of current technology as just the other day I needed a particular song in a different key and Marlena had the computer ready to download my song in the key I needed. I paid just a nominal fee. Schaumburg Music is a little hard to spot from Schaumburg Road but well worth the time to look closely

    Mary Helen H.
  • My daughter has been taking violin lessons at Schaumburg Music for 2 years. We have had a wonderful experience with the teachers. She was only 5 years old when she started and they made us both feel very comfortable. I am happy with the quality of the lessons, as she has made much progress over the 2 years. We enjoy the annual recitals. We hope to have many more years at this studio. I highly recommend this studio for your or your children´s music lessons.

    Chris Kolcz
  • For the past 6 years, Schaumburg Music has been a positive influence on our 12 year old son Josh. He has been taking piano lessons with Marlena at his side the whole time, and has grown quite into a very good piano student. Schaumburg Music Center, with its dedicated and inspirational instructors, is an excellent place for anyone who is considering learning how to play an instrument. We are very satisfied with SMC; rate is reasonable, location is ideal, and we all look forward Judson U! Keep up the good work! You guys are doing a wonderful job.

    The Manalansan Family
  • We have been sending our kids to the Schaumburg Music center for several years now. We started with our son taking piano lessons from Mr. David and my son loves learning from him. Mr. David has been such a wonderful teacher with a good mix of patience, humor and flexibility that we could hardly wait for our daughter to start her lessons at the center. She learns violin and initially we weren’t sure if she will like the experience, so rented the equipment from the center. We were very fortunate to get Ms. Corduta as her teacher, who was extremely sincere and methodical in her approach. Our daughter simply adored her teacher and we bought a violin at the center to continue with her education.

    Ms. Marlena puts in considerable efforts to maintain a very professional center where learning gets the highest priority. She organizes annual concerts for the children to showcase their talent in front of a live audience, and it is such a delightful present for the mothers on the Mother’s Day! Thanks to Marlena and all the teachers for their continued support in helping the children pursue their musical knowledge!

    Sukanya & Subbu
  • My children have been coming to Schaumburg Music for a couple of years. When my children first started at Schaumburg Music, they knew very little on how to play a musical instrument. The teachers are very knowledgeable; they really work great with the kids. They took the time to make sure the kids understood about the instruments that the kids wanted to play. They taught them how to read the musical notes and how to read the music sheets so they can play songs. Now my children are playing many different songs, it is amazing to hear and watch them play their instruments. The music teacher and support staff are very professional and easy to work with. You just need to let them know what you want to play and they will set you up with the things you need to get started.

    John Tarchala
  • I don’t think it gets any better than Schaumburg Music Academy. The excellent piano lessons by a well qualified instructor and a schedule that fits my needs brought me in. However it is the welcoming atmosphere, knowledgeable staff, and friendly conversation that keep me here. I would definitely recommend anyone who loves music to come check it out!

    Katie A.
  • My son just started coming here for trumpet lessons with Sam. They are very friendly and encouraging and able to accomodate our schedule. My son is really enjoying his lessons here.

    Kelly L.
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