Drum Lessons in Schaumburg, IL

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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.

Student learning to play drums with teacher

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 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.

Our Drum Teachers

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!

How it works

Together we explore student musical goals.

We match students with one of our expert instructors.

Start attending lessons! Parents can receive progress reports each week.

“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!”

— Mark Bock

“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.

“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.”

— Katie A.

We Offer Simple Pricing to Fit
Your Schedule & Budget


30 Min Lesson



30 minute lessons are great for learning the basics and building a strong foundation.



60 Min Lesson



Longer lessons, perfect for motivated, intermediate or advanced musicians.





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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!