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Upland Jazz Drum Instructors

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Peaceland Music
from 32 reviews
  • 29 years in business
  • 58 hires on Thumbtack
Greg L.
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Guitar and drum lessons. James is amazing. Personable, easy going, and professional. Teaches according to student's abilities and desires. Can learn any song you want to learn and then show you in a manner you can handle.

  • 18 years in business
  • 29 hires on Thumbtack
Bryan B.
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My son Max has been taking drum lessons from Blake for almost a year. He hit the ground running from day one, teaching the basics including reading music which I believe every musician should know. Blake's methods and personality have made drum lessons enjoyable and Max looks forwarded to his weekly sessions. I would absolutely recommend Blake to anyone interested in learning to play the drums.

Damien Smith Productions
from 22 reviews
  • 16 years in business
  • 18 hires on Thumbtack
Brianna M.
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I took drum lessons with Damien from the end of junior high school until the summer before I left for college and loved every minute of it! Damien's passion for music is contagious and his enthusiasm in our lessons encouraged me to explore music in a way that I had not expected. By incorporating my personal musical likes into his teaching style he created a comfortable atmosphere where I was not limited by self doubt. I miss our lessons and highly recommend him as a musical instructor.

from 20 reviews
  • 20 years in business
  • 23 hires on Thumbtack
Cosme P.
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I wanted to start drum lessons in the area and didn't know where to start. A friend mentioned and recommended Stefano. He's a great teacher and definitely knows his stuff. His experience has allowed me to go at my own pace while integrating theory he's taught me and implementing them in my drum playing.

  • 9 years in business
  • 46 hires on Thumbtack
Karen D.
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I started taking drum lessons later in life as I've always wanted to learn. After a great birthday present from a friend I started lessons with Mike. He is great at listening to what I wanted to learn and was very, very patient with me. I've always had trouble reading music but he taught me in no time and made the lessons very fun and interesting. He let me pick the songs I wanted to learn and he would even play along to help me get it right! Mike is a very talented drummer, musician and teacher. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is interested in learning the drums, he'll have you playing in no time!!

Alex's Drum Lessons
from 16 reviews
  • 14 years in business
  • 22 hires on Thumbtack
Michael M.
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Alex is amazing. I'm new to playing drums (but not to playing music). From the first lesson, Alex gave me exercises that were not only fun to practise, but also musically interesting. He teaches by introducing a student to great beats, not by getting bogged down in theory and technique. That said, my technique is definitely improving ( and Alex himself is a technically impeccable drummer) coming as a byproduct of working on enjoyable exercises (its not unusual for me to end up practising for two hours). In short, Alex knows how to drive home core musical foundations while keeping it fun. Alex is also a fun, friendly and personable teacher. I'll admit that he was not the least expensive quote I received on Thumbtack, but something about his methods and personality told me to give him a shot. I'm so glad I did!

  • 11 years in business
  • 11 hires on Thumbtack
Elizabeth R.
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Frank is a great teacher. I have progressed in my drum skills since working with him.

  • 28 years in business
  • 15 hires on Thumbtack
Angie O.
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This is a great school. My daughter takes violin lessons from Eunji Lee. She has vastly improved since she started her lessons. She really enjoys the time she spends at the school.

Dynamic Drum School
from 12 reviews
  • 21 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
John C.
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I used to be a working drummer, but had a couple kids and had to stop drumming for over 10 years. Now the kids are getting older and I wanted to get back into it. I was looking for a teacher that had a lot of experience with jazz drumming and also other styles. Chris studied with three of my favorite drummers; Joe Morello, John Riley and Alan Dawson. It is a little frustrating getting back into drumming. I can't play things that I used to be able to. Chris has amazing patience and he keeps me focused and positive in the process. His knowledge about jazz drumming is really great and I am glad I found him.

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Nolan Wren Music
from 11 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 14 hires on Thumbtack
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Cindy M.
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Nolan has training and experience in several areas of music, but I'm glad that he has a passion for teaching. He understands that people take lessons for different reasons and have individual ambitions. I have found that Nolan’s priority is to identify these goals; to see that his students progress and have fun while they are learning. He gives my daughter constant, constructive feedback during her drum lessons, and works to teach and challenge her. He is always patient and positive, and wants to know that he is helping her achieve her goals. Nolan is professional and reliable, and my daughter is fortunate to be one of his students!

Music Lessons from Home
from 8 reviews
  • 19 years in business
Ali D.
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Ken is an excellent teacher. He taught my son, JT, guitar lessons for about 3 years. Ken is very patient and motivational, which was very necessary as my son was quite young at the time, . He has an incredible way of connecting with his students.. Ken was able to make the lesson fun for my son and focused on the kind of music JT liked to play. I would recommend Ken to anyone wanting to learn how to play the guitar!

Drum Shed
from 7 reviews
  • 12 hires on Thumbtack
Maria C.
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Efrain was my guitar teacher for a couple of months and was really helpful. He was usually on time and was really patient when I was having trouble with some chords. He also taught my brother the drums and was pretty enthusiastic and focused.

Randy White Drum Lessons
from 5 reviews
  • 8 years in business
  • 5 hires on Thumbtack
James R.
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He understands drumming and music, plus he communicates well. He also was able to quickly assess where I am at as a player, and focus on the things I need to do right now. I finally found a drum teacher.

  • 15 years in business
Christian P.
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Jeffery is the best. I always had so much fun during my lessons with him and would highly recommend him to anyone looking to learn the drums. He’ll tailor the lesson and his teaching method for whatever works best for the student. He’s knowledgeable, patient, and one of the funniest people I’ve ever met. 5 stars all the way.

  • 7 years in business
Alicia S.
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Michael is an excellent teacher and knows about many percussion instruments, not just drums. He makes learning fun and engaging. He's also very patient with kids.

  • 3 years in business
Roberto V.
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Ulises is an enthusiastic and honest person who also happens to play killer drums, he follows a great method so his classes are well structured and thought out. You will do no wrong in hiring him.


With over 35 years of drum instruction experience, hundreds of students from ages 6 to 50+ years with experience ranging from beginner to seasoned-pro. Mark has a proven tract record with lessons tailored to meet the students’ needs. Mark is patient, organized and results oriented. Mark’s style of teaching is relaxed and incorporates years of experience. His years of teaching have given him an understanding that people learn differently and no two students are exactly alike. What this means is that lessons are tailored to each student in order to meet them at their level of ability and comprehension. Students may lean towards being more Visual Learners, Auditory Learners, Kinesthetic Learners or a combination thereof which is what makes drumming a fantastic vehicle to increasing brain function. As is said, "Neurons that fire together, wire together." For example: Mark employs having a student read drum notation while singing and playing the rhythm on the drum set. Perhaps more importantly is Mark’s ability to tap into his student’s desire to play drums, keeping it fun while he helps them move towards mastery of the instrument.


I personalize my lesson plans around the individual. This helps the musician stand out when entering a situation where they would be playing with others..

  • 4 years in business
  • 1 hire on Thumbtack

Before learning from private teachers and attending music college, I was self taught. I have a good perspective on how to communicate with those who are beginners. I take pride in my own creative ways of teaching.


I am 27 years old and have been playing both the drums and guitar for as long as I can remember. I took lessons myself for several years, and I would like to pass my knowledge on.


We offer professional and fun classes with a teacher of 30 years. We provide recitals and stage shows twice a year. We have drum, piano, and voice students. We have art classes by a teacher and Disney artist.

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