Drum Lessons Los Angeles
Drum Lessons for All levels
We work with total beginners to the most advanced students.
We work with total beginners to the most advanced students.
We offer lessons in Classical, Jazz, Pop, Blues, R&B.
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.
Drum Classes for Kids
Our instructor have a lot of experience with total beginners, and know how to guide them through to an advanced level.
Drum Lessons for Adults
We have a large group of adult students that enjoy weekly lessons with us.
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Why Study the drum 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.
Years of Experience
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
Owned and Operated by Emmy Award winning Composer
When choosing a music school, its important to select one that is musician owned. Angeles Academy of Music is owned by Emmy Award winning Composer Nathan Pangrazio. His accomplishments in the music field, combined with his years experience as as a performer, composer and music educator make him the best person to own and operate a quality music school. Nathan has crafted Angeles Academy using his background in music education, and it is his priority to make sure every student has the best experience possible.
Open 7 Days a week for busy families
We know families in the Los Angeles area are busy, and thats why we are open 7 days a week, providing lessons from:
9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 12 p.m. - 9 p.m. on Sundays.
Additionally, we offer month to month lessons with no long term contracts or semester minimums.
Contact us today to reserve your space! Lessons are first come first serve
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 idential 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.
The Academy has two brand new locations on the Westside of Los Angeles, to best serve students on either side of the 405. Located in Brentwood or Westwood, these facilities have fine quality Yamaha and Kawai pianos and iPads in every room stocked with the latest music apps. By offering multiple instruments we can save you both time and money, as more than one child or family member can take lessons simultaneously.
Our Brentwood location offers free parking in the rear, while Westwood has a convenient two hour free lot in close proximity. Both schools are in prime locations with close access to popular grocery stores and shops, such as Whole Foods and Trader Joes. Parents can get shopping done while their kids take lessons!
In-Person Lessons - Saftey is no. 1
- tempature check at door.
- masks - Social Distancing.
- touch free hand sanitizers.
- Improved circulation - HVAC running and doors open to allow maximim fresh air.
- Air purifiers with HEPA filers and UV light to kill virisus in every room.
- Sanitizing of all keyboards and doorknobs between students.
- Constant cleaning of all surfaces frequently touched.
- For more saftey information please watch our saftey information video
At Angeles Academy of Music, we offer both online, in-person, and a flexible hybrid model, so parents and students can enjoy music lessons at thier comfort level. In the light of the Covid -19 Pandemic, saftey for in-person students is the utmost priority. Here are some of the the protocols that are in place in the facility:
Frequently Asked Questions about Drum Lessons
Why choose Drum Lessons?
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, Reggee, pop, funk, marching bands and even classical orchestra.
When should my Child start Drum Lessons?
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.
How long does it take to learn to play the Drums?
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.
Is it too late to take Drum Lessons?
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 its possible to learn percussion at any age, and in fact some adults can progress much faster then children because of thier intellectual capacity. We have trained students in thier 60s, 70s, and 80s, and even worked with a student over 100!
I am pretty convinced Pangrazio has the best drum lessons in LA. My 3 children have been taking percussion at the school with Jesica for the last 1 1/2 years. Jesica is a brilliant and kind teacher. Her patiences is truly extraordinary. My children started at ages 3, 5, 6. It is quite astonishing how proficient they are on the drum with only one, half hour, lesson a week.
My daughter takes violin from Isabel and drum with Jesica. We could not be more happy. She is 10 years old and a total beginner on drums and takes violin at her elementary school but in a group setting. Honestly, they are all so flexible and easy to work with. Nathan is kind and easy to deal with. If you want excellent teachers plus a flexible schedule and a fair price, I highly recommend them. I’m so happy with the results and my daughter loves her teachers.
I highly recommend Angeles Academy of Music for ALL types of singers! I had previously taken singing lessons in middle school but now I’m more serious about my voice and learning the skills to correctly use it for singing! Pangrazio has great instructors who are patient and very well trained to help you grow and develop!
My husband and I are both very pleased to have discovered Angeles Academy of Music! Nathanael Pangrazio has been teaching our 6-year-old twin daughters drum and voice lessons for nearly a year now. He is so patient with them, (works splendidly with children), was able to channel their individual talents and apply a curriculum to each of their requirements. We wouldn’t consider seeking elsewhere.
I am pretty convinced Pangrazio has the best drum lessons in LA. My 3 children have been taking drum at the school with Jesica for the last 1 1/2 years. Jesica is a brilliant and kind teacher. Her patiences is truly extraordinary. My children started at ages 3, 5, 6. It is quite astonishing how proficient they are on the drum with only one, half hour, lesson a week.
My daughter takes violin from Isabel and drum with Jesica. We could not be more happy. She is 10 years old and a total beginner on drum and takes violin at her elementary school but in a group setting. Honestly, they are all so flexible and easy to work with. Nathan is kind and easy to deal with. If you want excellent teachers plus a flexible schedule and a fair price, I highly recommend them. I’m so happy with the results and my daughter loves her teachers.
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