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Learn to Play Drums

Private Drum Lessons

Private drum lessons in New York, Connecticut, and New Jersey for beginner, intermediate, and advanced drum students.

Whether you're 9 or 90 years old, you can learn to become a great drummer. I incorporate proven child and adult learning principles, combined with the latest drum methods and teaching technology, to ensure rapid development and success as a drum student. 

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30:00 Drum Lessons

$ 40 per lesson
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  • Thirty minute drum  lessons are ideal for younger students up to age 10. Students learn drum set basics and 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. 
  • Buy 10 lessons and save $60

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Private Drum Teacher

Peter Ronick

I've been playing the drums since the age of 10. As a drum instructor, it's important to be on the cutting edge of teaching methods, child and adult learning principles, distance learning technology, instructional books and materials, and musical styles. That's why I am a perpetual drum student myself. I am dedicated to my instrument and to teaching, and strive for continuous improvement, so that I can pass it on to my students. And this is why I continue, to this day, to take lessons of my own from 3 professional drum instructors. 

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, Jazz Fusion, Rhythm & Blues, Rock n Roll, Prog Rock, Country, Gospel, Afro Cuban, Latin, and World Music.  

But the drummers who have influenced me, 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 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 

Whether you're new to the drums or an advanced drummer, I believe every student must possess the proper foundation and building blocks, which includes developing and improving the fundamental skills of stick control and mastering the loose grip, controlling bounce and rebound, mastering the rudiments, reading drum notation, 4-way independence, counting, counting, and more counting. And did I say counting?

I work with each student to identify their individual strengths and weaknesses, and take an organic approach to drum instructions that ensures success at any level. 


Learning to play the drums from a private 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, listening and transcribing music into drum charts, reading and playing jazz charts, advanced linear playing, syncopation, and more.

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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