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Key Concepts
  • Rudiments
  • Time Signatures
  • Technique
  • Groove
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Drum Lessons for Beginners

School of Rock offers simple yet effective drum lessons for beginners that bypass entry-level pad training. Students get behind a drum kit during their first lesson to start learning how to play the drums. Through private drum lessons, group rehearsals, and live performances, students will learn introductory rudiments to drum fills and solos. School of Rock has been teaching drum lessons to kids and adults for decades and we have given more drummers a start in the business than any other music program in the world. Our core philosophy is that the best way for students to gain musical proficiency is through the patented School of Rock Method and performance-based music education. All of our programs (even the beginner drum programs for kids like Rookies and Rock 101) include a performance aspect.

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Intermediate to Advanced Drum Lessons

When a student progresses beyond beginner drum lessons, they will move to School of Rock's intermediate to advanced drum lessons programs (Performance, House Band, and AllStars), putting them on the path to mastery. During weekly private lessons and group rehearsals, our expert drum teachers guide students through advanced drumming techniques and training methods aimed at making them more skilled drummers. Advanced intermediary grooves, shifts and meters are taught and drilled until perfected. Drummers will ultimately be placed in bands and perform in live shows at the end of each session.

Drum Lessons You Can't Get Anywhere Else

Our revolutionary educational music program has been awarded a U.S. patent, making the School of Rock Method available nowhere else. The School of Rock Method builds musical proficiency through our proprietary Method App, Method Book collection, SongFirst approach, and performance-based music curriculum. The School of Rock Method has been refined and perfected for over 25 years, culminating in an educational music program that is proven to teach music.

Online drum lessons are also available and utilize the same patented curriculum we use in our schools. These virtual music lessons for kids and adults are a convenient way to begin or continue your child's music education from wherever you are.


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Drum Lessons For Preschoolers

It's never too early to start playing music. School of Rock offers a proven method for teaching even the youngest students musical proficiency in our Little Wing program. These beginner lessons are geared toward teaching preschoolers to play the drums and other instruments through hand percussion and tools that spark the imagination.

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Drum Lessons For Kids

For decades School of Rock has been the world's leading program for kid's drum lessons. Through private drum lessons and group rehearsals, children learn to play the drums and eventually perform the songs they love in a fun, supportive and comfortable atmosphere. Based on a student's age and skill level, drum lessons for kids are part of every School of Rock music program including Rookies, Rock 101, Performance, House Band, AllStars, and Online Music Lessons.

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Drum Lessons For Teens

Learning to play drums offers teenagers a creative outlet and at School of Rock we make it entertaining, fast and rewarding. In our innovative programs, students learn to play the drums through private lessons, group rehearsals, and live band performances while playing popular rock 'n' roll classics and modern hits. All teens are enrolled in or audition for one of the following programs: Rock 101, Performance, House Band, and AllStars.

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Drum Lessons For Adults

We make learning how to play the drums for adults as effective and fun as our programs for kids by drumming to popular rock favorites with the goal for every student to perform live on stage in a band. Our Adult Program follows the same core philosophy as our drum lessons for kids. Our expert drum teachers guide students through a combination of private drum lessons for adults, band rehearsals, and live performances.

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School of Rock has a drum lesson for all skill levels of drummers. From beginner lessons to drum lessons for kids to drum lessons for adults, every drummer has a place behind the drum kit at School of Rock.

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From private in-person or online drum lessons to group rehearsals, School of Rock's drum lessons will have you keeping the beat and progressing on the drums starting from the first lesson. Our drum instructors are ready to help our student drummers gain real skill through private lessons, group rehearsals and live performances.

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How much do drum lessons cost?

Exact prices depend on the program and may vary between locations. What's included? Unlike most hourly drum lessons, our programs include weekly private drum lessons and group rehearsals that inspire confidence and teamwork. Drum students are also welcome to use our facilities whenever we're open, even if they just want to hang out and learn from or collaborate with other musicians. Find your location.

Does School of Rock offer drum lessons for 4-year-olds?

While four years old is a little young for formal drum lessons, it's not too early to begin teaching your child musical concepts that will be important once they are old enough for drum instruction at School of Rock. Your 4-year-old can participate in the Little Wing music program to learn fundamental concepts through fun, dynamic musical activities.

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Should I have my own drum set, or does School of Rock provide one?

Students are encouraged to purchase their own drums, especially as they reach higher skill levels. School of Rock does let kids borrow drums for rehearsal, but for best results our drum teachers recommend students to have a drum set at home for daily practice, and a practice kit is a good, quiet option.

How long will it take for my child to get good at playing the drums?

With steady practice, our drum lessons for kids can have your child playing with basic proficiency in as little as 6 months. Some students reach the level of advanced drummers in as few as 3-5 years, but it does vary.


Learning to play the drums doesn't stop once your child leaves the classroom. To see best results, our drum teachers recommend that students spend at least 30 minutes every day practicing the drums.



Do you offer private drum lessons?

At School of Rock, we teach private drums lessons in-person or online in conjunction with weekly band rehearsals meant to build confidence and teamwork. While we do offer private drum instruction, we strongly encourage students to play in band rehearsals as a way of exploring group dynamics as they become more proficient on the drums.

Does School of Rock have tips for learning to play the drums?

At School of Rock, our drum instructors encourage students to regularly practice, use reliable equipment, and most importantly ask questions. We start with teaching key skills like rudiments, tempo, rhythm, and how to set up a drum set. Our approach enables students to succeed and make learning fun.

What is the best age to start drum lessons for kids?

All students are different, and some are ready to play before others. As a parent, you can look for signs that your child is ready for drum lessons. Check out our resource on the best age to learn to play drums for more information.

Do you offer online music lessons?

Yes, participating School of Rock locations offer online music lessons that utilize our patented School of Rock Method curriculum.

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Our music programs are designed to create a supportive environment where students of all skill levels are comfortable, yet challenged at every turn when learning how to play the drums.

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