Learn to Play Drums

Drum Lessons

Rock, R&B, Swing, Jazz, Country, Funk, Hip Hop, Latin, and more!

Beginner, intermediate, and advanced students welcome.

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30:00 Drum Lessons

$ 40 per lesson
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  • Thirty minute lessons are only available to students under 10 years old. Students learn drum set basics and begin to master the fundamentals of reading drum notation, stick control, bounce and rebound, and developing the rudiments.  
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45:00 Drum Lessons

$ 45 per lesson
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  • Forty-five minute drum lessons provide older students with more time on the drum set working with the instructor and provides a balance between discussion, lesson review, new exercises, and building brand new skills.   
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60:00 Drum Lessons

$ 60 per lesson
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  • Whether a beginner or advanced drummer, sixty minute drum lessons allow for deeper dives into each lesson, covering more ground on the drum set, and working through each new lesson so the student is ready to practice on their own. 
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Private Drum Teacher

Peter Ronick

I've been playing the drums since the age of 10 and I love to teach and share everything I know.  I am dedicated to my instrument and to the art of drumming. I strive for continuous improvement, so that I can pass it on to all my students. 

Over the years, I've been influenced by many - and taught by the pros. One of my most memorable instructors was Charles (Charlie) Perry, author of many indispensable drum books including the Art of Modern Jazz Drumming, Rockin' Bass Drum Books 1 & 2, Drum Solos in Triplets, Introduction to the Drum Set, and 8 Men in Search of a Drummer. 

My musical influences span most musical genres, including Jazz, Swing, Fusion, Rhythm & Blues, Rock n Roll, Prog Rock, Country, Gospel, Afro Cuban, Latin, and World Music.  

But the drummers who have influenced me most, as a player and instructor, are perhaps as ecclectric as the musical influences that make up my musical DNA. They include Buddy Rich, Art Blakey, Edison Machado, Ginger Baker, Bernard Purdie, Billy Cobham, Steve Gadd, Russell Kunkle, Mike Craney, Lenny White, Ricky Dawson, Paul Wertico, Antonio Sanchez, Alex Acuna, Alphonse Mouzon, Peter Erskine, Tito Puente, Mitch Mitchell, and Dave Weckl.

I am professionally endorsed by HingeStix by Sam Ruttenberg, a drum stick manufaturer with an award-winning practice drum stick that provide drum students with the immediate feel of the loose grip, while building finger control, and mastering the bounce and rebound.

I am a member of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation's "Support Music Coalition", a network of non-profit organizations, schools, businesses, and individuals working hard to keep music education strong. I am also a member of the Sabian Education Network, an organization of international educators, and the D'Addario Education Collective.

Teaching Method 

Every student receives personalized drum lessons, designed to motivate, excite, challenge, and move the student at a steady and comfortable pace. No lesson is complete until the student has a full understanding of the concepts discussed and exercises assigned.

Whether you're a beginner, intermediate, advanced student, or an adult coming back to the drums after a long break, I will tailor a lesson plan to meet your goals and aspirations as a drummer. Maybe you want to learn rock beats to jam with your friends, or, you want to ultimately play professionally as a drummer, I can you get you there.

I teach out of my drum studio in Mohegan Lake, NY or in the comfort of your own home. Distance learning is also available via Skype, Facebook Messenger, Facetime, and Zoom.

Weekday evenings from 6-9 still available as well as weekend mornings and early afternoons.

Your first lesson is always free. Lesson packages are also available.


Learning to play the drums from a drum teacher is essential to the drum student's development and success in achieving results. Whether a beginner, intermediate, or an advanced student, private, one-on-one drum lessons will make all the difference in the world.   

Beginner drum students learn the fundamentals of what it means to become a drummer. Drum students learn the importance of counting and keeping time, how to read basic drum music notation, while building important stick control and mastering the drum rudiments that will remain with them for the rest of their lives.

Intermediate drum students learn how to increase hand speed and precision on the practice pad and drum kit, improve reading and writing ability, build and improve 4-way independence, syncopation, linear playing, and learn a variety of patterns including rock, rhythm & blues, funk, swing, and world music.

As students advance, together we take a deeper dive into 4-way independence, drum soloing, improvisation, and more.

To start your career as a drummer, contact me here.

Peter Ronick is endorsed by HingeStix Practice Drum Sticks

Proudly Endorsed by HingeStix

Professionally endorsed by HingeStix by Sam Ruttenberg. Mastering bounce and rebound are the essential elements to proper stick control that lead to exceptional skills and chops. 

Peter Ronick is a member of the D'Addario Education Collective

D'Addario Education Collective

Member of the D'Addario Education Collective, which advocates the need for music education in our schools and our communities.

Peter Ronick is a member of the Sabian Education Network

Sabian Education Network

Member of the Sabian Education Network, which provides drum instructors with a variety of educational and professional resources for their teaching practice. 

What Do I Need To Become A Drummer?

Not unlike life itself, if you work hard enough at something, you will succeed. Learning something new is not without its challenges, however, your desire and willingness to overcome those challenges, pushing through to achieve breakthrough moments, is what moves the needle closer to mastering new things. Remain focused and dedicated and you will learn how to play the drums.

Once you've decided to become a drummer, choose a place in your home that you can dedicate as your practice area. Think of it as your drum studio or sanctuary. 

This can be the corner of a bedroom, a basement, the laundry room, home office or work area, in a playroom, a dining room, garage, or storage shed. The point is your practice studio can be anywhere.

Keep it sacred and accessible. If you see it everyday, chances are you will use it and practicing will become a habit.  

Whether you're a beginner, intermediate, or an advanced drummer student, every drummer needs a practice pad and practice drumsticks. 

Practice pads come in many sizes, shapes, colors, and materials. Choose one that matches your needs and personality. Select a pair of drumsticks that you are comfortable with in size and weight that you know you will use on the drum kit during normal play. Typically a 5A and 5B stick works very well for most students.  Your instructor will recommend a pair for you.

Additionally, purchase the basic foundational drum books that your instructor recommends. 

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