Lessons

I’ve been teaching drums professionally since 2000. Fans of some of my bands at the time would email me with questions about certain parts of songs I had recorded and I would email them back with explanations, transcriptions, or I would invite them over to my studio to hang out and jam, next to explaining the things they wanted to know. Before I knew it, I had several guys coming over weekly, and they insisted on paying me. These guys seemed to really enjoy and benefit from their sessions with me and word went around quick. Soon I found myself teaching 10 students a week.

Almost always, trying to explain things ended up in me having to backtrack down to the basics. Rudiments, the books I learned out of as a kid, and exercises my teacher taught me when I was young. I had no problems remembering the lessons I got from my teacher, and I used those as a basic guide line. Once I was teaching “for real”, I was probably the one learning the most. I spent entire days testing and writing out exercises and making videos. With my own experiences, some common sense, a background in psychology (2-year course I took after high school) and a lot of back-study, I created a good feel for how to teach and explain every aspect of drumming. The technical part makes up only half of the process. The real challenge is in the understanding of how various human brains process information differently!

Apart from offering lessons at my own studio since 2000 (first in Holland, then in New York, and now also in New Jersey), I worked at several music schools in Holland and New York City. I have also traveled the world to teach guest classes and masterclasses at schools, clubs, festivals and exhibitions.

 

Whether you’re an aspiring pro or just want to be able to play along to your favorite records… We will make it happen.

 

You have to do the work, but I can guide you in the right direction. There’s a lot of trial and error involved in learning any craft but with the right guidance, the amount of error is kept to a minimum, the learning process will be more effective and quicker, and much more enjoyable.

I’ve taught students of ages ranging from 5 to 65. It’s never too late, and you’re never too old. One great memory I have is a retired gentleman who, at age 65, wanted to make his life-long dream of playing in a wedding band come true. He had owned drums for years, but never took a lesson in his life and could barely hold a simple beat. Friends of his had a working wedding band and needed a new drummer. They gave him 6 months to get to a level where he could keep up, and we made it happen! Many of my students have gone on to become succesful musicians, playing with bands and touring internationally. Many others simply play for fun, and are enjoying being able to play along to their favorite songs and jam with friends.

Apart from local students, I have extensive experience in offering intensive courses for students visiting from abroad. Two hours a day for a week, an hour every other day for a month… we’ll make it happen! My studio is an easy 45-minute train ride from Manhattan.

I take pride in offering quality drum lessons at very affordable rates. Especially in today’s economy, I don’t believe in the rates some drum/music schools charge. I don’t have any extra overhead, since my studio is at my home. This also makes scheduling extremely flexible for me.

An introductory lessons is only $15. Officially it’s 30 minutes, but it often ends up being close to an hour. After that, there are a variety of options for (bi-)weekly lessons (30, 45 or 60 minutes).

Email me below to schedule your introductory lesson, or with any questions you may have! I’m always more than happy to help visiting foreign students finding affordable accomodation (hotels) and assisting with any other aspects of visiting the New York City area.

 

Ready to schedule a lesson? Have questions? Contact me! →

 

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