Drum Lessons with Toby Ahrens

La Mesa, CA

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

I have dedicated the last 20 + plus years of my life to music and drumming. As a drum teacher I am able to give students practical applications from the real world of music. I give students the tools they need to get a gig. I tailor all lessons according to drum students' needs and levels.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love interacting with people and helping them learn music. I get a lot of joy around seeing others become successful with my help. I love everything about drums and drumming.


La Mesa, CA 91942

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8 Reviews
  • Joel M. Jan 8, 2014
    Drum Lessons
    Verified Review
    I've been taking lessons from Toby for a few months now and really am glad I chose him. I like his teaching style that he shows me a drum beat or rudiment and lets me start over and over until I get it right. The best part about taking lessons with Toby is that he plays the bass guitar along while I'm playing on his drum set. I feel like I'm really playing in a band and I can keep the beat much easier while I'm hearing some music at the same time. I highly recommend him to anyone who has zero experience, or is already in a band.
  • Dominic D. Nov 21, 2010
    I studied drums with Toby from 2007 - 2009 and really was able to find myself as a drummer during that time. He helped me with my general feel of drumming along with overall timing, reading, and different styles of playing. He is a great teacher for any drummer who wants to improve their musical capabilities.
  • Ezekiel P. Nov 8, 2010
    Toby has taken me from being a beginning drummer to having the capability to play on stage with my band, first on cajon and then with a drum set. I think it's his ability to gently push me out of my comfort zone with each lesson that has enabled such a progression. It's also inspiring and motivating just to watch him play!
  • Ben W. Nov 5, 2010
    Toby is very knowledgeable about all styles of music and is a very patient teacher. He was helpful in teaching me everything from rudiments and fill ideas to phrasing. In addition, he's very friendly, enjoys drumming and makes learning fun.
  • Cooper D. Oct 31, 2010
    Toby is the best. He is an outstanding teacher and an extremely talented musician. His skills will blow you away! I took lessons from Toby for over three years and learned more than I could ever imagine. I owe all of my knowledge to Toby’s great teaching. He is very professional, easy-going, down to earth, and just an all around great person. Toby is the best teacher I have ever had and a truly a great friend.
  • Sarah W. Oct 29, 2010
    My son has been receiving drum lessons from Toby for over 2 years. I found Toby by chance, from a search on Google. We were blessed in finding Toby because he is just who our son needs. Not only is Toby is an extremely talented, and a well-rounded musician, he is a gifted teacher. He has the patience our son needs, who has ADHD. Playing the drums has actually helped my son's personality to mature because of the one-on-one instruction, the structured lessons, and the direction and guidance Toby gives him. For anyone who is searching for the best; selecting Toby as a music teacher should be your choice, he is well worth it.
  • Martin E. Oct 28, 2010
    I've been Toby's student for over a year now. It has been a blast and I learned a lot. Toby is a very patient teacher and excellent at explaining basic drum techniques. He has a great rehearsal room at his house and all the equipment necessary to play along to playback tracks that don't have drums on them, which is awesome. He can even record your playing along with the track and then you can listen to it and analyze it. I highly recommend Toby as a drum instructor.
  • Steve W. Oct 28, 2010
    I studied with Toby about 10-12 years ago, he's an amazing drummer and a very methodical teacher. He's extremely well versed, not just as a drummer, but as a musician in general. If you're serious about playing drums and refining your overall music skills and understanding then I highly recommend taking lessons from Toby Ahrens. Steve Williams Professional Drummer Owner of Inner Voyage Entertainment