Drum Lessons

Westwood Village

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Private Lessons

Angeles Academy of Music provides the finest quality drum lesson in Los Angeles. We provide in person classes in our facility in Brentwood, but also provide online classes to the nation, or for local hybrid options. Central to Los Angeles in Brentwood, we are easily accessible from Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, Pacific Palisades, Marina Del Rey and Westwood Village. Drum lessons are open to all ages and levels, and for children ages five and up, but we also specialize in lessons for adults. For almost ten years, we have helped thousands on their musical journey. Our talented, friendly, and qualified faculty can help you learn any style or genre of music, and lay the foundation for proper technique in the process. You will learn proper posture, several foundational beats, and how to go from there to adding exciting percussive details. More advanced drum students learn to refine their technique and develop artistry and musicality. Our instructors know how to not only get you the skill and technique you need, but how to keep it fun and engaging while working on the music YOU love.
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Drum Lessons for Adults

Serving all Ages

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Drum Lessons For Kids

Our instructor have a lot of experience with total beginners, and know how to guide them through to an advanced level.

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Drum Lessons For Adults

We have a large group of adult students that enjoy weekly lessons with us.

Drum Lessons for Adults

Why take drum Lessons with us?

Great Instructors “a great school is just an amazing group of teachers.”

In our hiring process, we filter hundreds of prospective instructors in search of the qualities that make a great instructor. There are four qualities we are looking for. The first is a strong, positive personality. This is just essential to keep you excited about music, and engaged during the lessons. Secondly, we look for the instructor’s ability to create intelligent, achievable goals, that are customized to your needs. Great teachers will help you learn the techniques and skill you need, but do it though the music you love. Thirdly, a great instructor is intuitive. They have the sensitivity to know if what they are teaching you is being understood, and if their delivery is effective, (Keeping the energy and excitement high). Finally, we look for outstanding educational credentials. Our instructors possess degrees from some of the finest music schools in the world, places like Juilliard, USC, Berkley School of Music, Indiana University, and Royal Conservatory of London.

Recitals and Masterclasses

Students can regularly interact with pears by participating in our recitals and masterclasses, consistency you can’t get from a small private music studio. We offer approximately ten recitals per year for a variety of ages and levels, and even an adult recital. At these recitals and masterclasses, we offer achievement rewards such as certificates, metals, and trophies.

Recitals we Offer

  • Beginning- Intermediate Level Recitals
  • Intermediate -Advanced Recital
  • Honors Recitals
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Angeles Academy sets itself apart with the highest caliber performance opportunities in leading venues around Los Angeles, such as the Beverly Wilshire Ballroom, (Four Seasons), where such events as the Emmy’s are held, as well as the BP hall at the Disney Center. The rare opportunity to perform in these world-class facilities increases student recital participation, preparation, and results.

Frequently Asked Questions

In general, percussion is rewarding in that results can come somewhat faster than other instruments. Percussion has much more collaborative, and social opportunities once a student can play the basics, in contrast for example to the piano, which mostly is a solo instrument. A intermediate to advanced student who knows different styles will always be in demand to play in various groups. There are a huge variety of musical genres that require percussion, such as Jazz, rock, R&B, Reggae, pop, funk, marching bands and even classical orchestra.

Usually 4 and up. This is hard to answer however, because music requires concentration and focus, and children are ready for this at different ages. One positive note on percussion rather than other instruments, is that you can really produce sound quickly, as opposed to an instrument like the violin, which requires much more fine motor skills. The best way to find out is enroll in classes and see how well the child responds. If the parents can provide some structure and oversight to practicing that makes a huge difference.

Usually a few months to learn a simple piece. That said, everyone learns at a different pace, and this question is difficult to answer. With regular practice a basic level of playing can be accomplished in a few months. Also, progress tends to accelerate over time. Most of our students take lessons on a long term-basis because they want to be constantly improving and they find the lessons enjoyable.

No. This is a question we frequently get from adults who are interested in getting back into music after many years, or who are thinking of starting for the first time. We fully believe that it’s possible to learn percussion at any age, and in fact some adults can progress much faster than children because of their intellectual capacity. We have trained students in their 60s, 70s, and 80s, and even worked with a student over 100!

What will you learn in our Drum Lessons?

A beginner student will start by learning all the parts of the drumset.

This is essential to being able to communicate easily as patterns become more complex. A standard drum set will include the Snare, High Mounted Tom, Low Mounted Tom, Floor Tom, Bass Drum, and Four Cymbals. The Hi-Hat, two Crash cymbals, and the Ride Cymbal. All sets are adjustable, and a beginner class will also cover how to sit properly and adjust each of these cymbals and drums so that the student is comfortable and has easy access.

There are two main grips, and the matched grip is the most basic. The right and left hand should look and move identically. You will also learn the traditional Grip, which is the most common grip. The difference is in a traditional grip, the left hand is significantly different, while the right hand remains identical to the matched grip.

Basic Patterns, such as bass drum on one and three, snare drum on beats two and four, and consistent high hat on beats one two three and four, are foundational patterns that are essential for all beginners. It’s important that these patterns be learn correctly, so we strongly encourage students to start very slowly, working towards speed over time. Our goal is also to fairly quickly get the student to begin working on music they are interested in, and luckily, many famous pieces of music contain these basic patterns.

As the student progresses, the basic patterns become second nature, and the student is introduced to all sorts of fills, and complex additional patterns and elements. In advanced level students, sensitivity to group playing, such as in bands is introduced, more improvisational techniques, and detailed dynamic ranges. An advanced student should be capable of playing with a variety of bands and different styles of music, such as pop, jazz, r&b, funk, and reggae.

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