Our Approach to Drum Lessons
Our percussion instructors are adept at teaching many different styles of drumming, such as rock, metal, jazz, funk, blues and others. Whatever style you want to learn, we can teach it to you.
We always strive to make lesson time as convenient as possible for our students. There is no need for you to bring your own drum set as we have very efficient and compact models for studio use. The only supplies you will need to bring each week are a notebook and your sticks.
Additionally, we offer drum sets that have headphone capability. Our students appreciate the ability to be able to practice at home without noise disturbance to others.
Our facility is a welcoming place where you can get your creative juices flowing. Weekly lessons will be a time where you and your teacher work closely together to learn the wide range of skills needed to become a proficient drummer.
At Tampa Music School, we believe in developing the entire musician. The way to do this is to establish firm basics that apply to all music.
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 Tampa Music School, 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, Tampa Music School’s passionate instructors are ready to help you progress quickly toward your goals while having fun doing it!
We Emphasize Healthy Technique
Students at Tampa Music School 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.
Have you always dreamed of driving the rhythm in a rock band or performing in a worship team? These types of groups and many others have one thing in common: a good drum player. Drums have been used for centuries to bring musicians together on the same beat. Many drum enthusiasts would love the opportunity to study this versatile instrument but just don’t know where to start.
Tampa Music School offers expert drum instruction, and we are well equipped to help you learn any style of your choosing. Let’s look at how it all works.
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Our Drum Teachers
At Tampa Music School, it is our instructors that truly shine. Their accomplishments in the field of percussion are vast and impressive. High academic achievement is combined with high levels of professional experience. Our teachers have done everything from performing with iconic musicians such as Cindy Lauper to collaborating with the U.S. Air Force Academy Band.
Frequently Asked Questions About Drum Lessons
What is the minimum age to start drum lessons at Tampa Music School?
Young children naturally use a variety of objects to tap on surfaces, but we recommend waiting until your child is around six years old before initiating regular and focused drum lessons. At this age, children usually have the ability to understand rhythms and notation and concentrate for up to 30 minutes at a time. Teens and adults are also welcome to embark on a musical journey with drum lessons.
Do I need any prior experience?
You may take drum lessons at Tampa Music School whether or not you have prior music experience. Our teachers specialize in helping beginners develop the foundational music techniques and theory they need to play the drums. Likewise, our teachers use their extensive training and performance experience to teach intermediate and advanced students the techniques and skills they need to improve their current skills.
What styles of drums can I learn?
From rock, metal, and jazz to country, classical, and sacred, you can hear drums in almost every genre of music. You can learn to play a variety of styles at Tampa Music School, too. Share your style preferences and desired goals with your teacher, and receive customized lessons that help you achieve your musical aspirations. As you learn your favorite styles and prepare to play in your garage, join an orchestra, or pursue university study, you’ll have fun and improve your craft.
What materials will I need?
Because we customize lessons for each student, your teacher will provide you with a list of recommended materials, including method books and drum equipment, that support your musical growth. We suggest you bring a notebook, pencil, and sticks to your regular lessons.
Are drums the right fit for me?
Drum enthusiasts join bands and orchestras, perform in ensembles, and play for personal pleasure. Drummers also express emotions, move their entire bodies, and build a social network as they play this versatile instrument. Consider taking drum lessons if you want these benefits and more.
Why Come to Tampa Music School for Drum Lessons?
The goal of drum lessons at Tampa Music School is to give students a personalized and well-rounded musical education. In a fun and engaging environment, our teachers build relationships with each student and encourage you to develop a wide range of skills and exercise your creativity. As you achieve your goals, you gain musical literacy that enriches your life outside the studio.
Ready to Jump In?
If you’re ready to take the first step towards drum mastery, we are confident that we have a teacher that will be a great fit for you. Come experience Tampa Music School’s balanced method of instruction that weaves both style and substance seamlessly together.
If you’d like to take a peek before you fully commit, let us know. We’d love for you to drop by and see for yourself what we have to offer.
Please feel free to contact our knowledgeable staff at (813) 837-9245 if you have further questions or if you are ready to get your first lesson scheduled. We can’t wait to hear from you!
My daughter had a great time at camp! She talked about it everyday. It built up her confidence and gave her a taste of many different instruments!Jana Lindsay Tallent | Parent
My son is a returning student and he loves the instructors! We feel very fortunate that he is well supported and learning a lot!Gabriela Martinez | Parent
We love Tampa music school! All the instructors are awesome and my daughter has made tons of progress!Lindsey Rae Graves | Parent
This is just an awesome music school! From the School owner Matthew Maines to my Instructor Milani this is just a top notch bunch. I would definitely recommend this school to others looking to learn a new instrument or perfect their skills!J.J. S. | Parent
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The teachers are very friendly and helpful. Thank you Tampa music school !Melody T. | Parent
“I’ve been going to Tampa Music School for almost a year now”
I have learned so much about working within a band. Matt has been very supportive of all members and has an obvious understanding of how each instrument within the band can be showcased and contribute to the overall sound. I’m very grateful I’ve found such a nice studio right in my community.Barbara B. | Parent
“My son is a returning student and he loves the instructors!”
We feel very fortunate that he is well supported and is learning a lot!!Gabriela M. | Parent