Want to play like Jon Bonham from Led Zepplin. Or, how about the incomparable jazz great Buddy Rich. The Red Clay Music Foundry has teachers who can send you on your way to being the next great drummer. We teach all levels all styles.
Here are some tips regarding drum lessons for beginners.
Students starting drum lessons should have at least a practice pad and sticks. The rudiments that every drummer must master can be practiced on these. However, eventually the student will need a 5-piece kit in order to really apply what they have learned. Drums can be loud so choose a place in the home where the student will not be a disturbance to everyone else. Electronic drum sets are available and can be a great choice because the student can control the volume or use headphones. For acoustic kits there are products out there that can be used to muffle and deaden the drumâ€™s sound. The average age of our youngest drum student is 8. This varies greatly depending on the size of the child. They have to be able to reach both the pedals and the cymbals. There are scaled down children’s drum sets available.
How to Register
Below is a list of the drum lesson instructors at our Duluth Ga. location along with their class openings. We encourage new students to take a 30 minute trial lesson. You can meet the teacher and learn more about our school. Currently, we are offering the trial lessons for $20 (one per student).
Click on “enroll” to register for a trial lesson.
If you do not see times listed for a teacher, that means their schedule is full.
Once our staff confirms the time chosen, you will receive a confirmation email. If you do not see a convenient time, need help coordinating more than one student or have any questions, please call the office
Our office hours areÂ Â Mon-Fri 2pm-9pm
Duluth Drum Lessons
Rick studied percussion under John V. Mazza of the John Phillip Souza Band. Rick was privileged at the age of 13 to march in the 1969 Rose Parade in Pasadena, California and perform the half-time show at the Army/Navy game that same year. Rick has 3O years experience playing all styles of music. He has played and recorded with Amgems Recording artist Barry Richman, with Derrick St. Holmes of Ted Nugent fame and countless others. Rick has taught for the Gwinnett School of Music since 1996.
Derek’s first instrument was a coronet which while living in the Netherlands he held 1st chair in the Amsterdam Congresgabau Orchestra for kids. Upon moving to New Jersey Derek picked up the guitar and drums which he later turned from a hobby into a career. Various session work with Barbara Streisand’s writers; Lisa Ratner (Kiss Me In The Rain 1979) and the famed studio, “The House of Music” led to touring opportunities with “Oldies reunion tours”
from 50’s through early 70’s acts. Derek’s numerous credits include tour support and or studio work with the Cher, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Marvin Gaye, Blood Sweat & Tears, Joe Cocker and many more. Other career highlights include Saturday Night Live, the David Letterman Show, Lollapalooza and the Grammy’s just to name a few. Derek begins teaching by “creating a learning environment that is a musical dialogue with the student.” Eventually they learn their musical language in an “auditory and an instinctive manner, just like they learned their first language.” Afterwards “they learn to read and write the language they already know.” Derek enjoys developing a relationship with student and parent and through patience and kindness they achieve their musical goals.