Ted Sirota Drum Studio

Chicago, IL

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I teach all styles and levels starting at seven years old and up. Whether you are an absolute beginner or a seasoned pro, I can help you get to that next level. Rock, Blues, Jazz, Reggae, Latin, Funk, Hip-Hop, Brazilian, African and beyond. I teach my students to be MUSICIANS, not just drummers.


Chicago, IL 60626

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8 Reviews
  • Adam Y. Aug 7, 2013
    Ted is a great instructor. He is a very skillful drummer and he teaches at a pace that pushes the student but isn't unrealistically challenging. He is willing to craft his lessons to the musical tastes and inclinations of the student.
  • Keith D. Aug 6, 2013
    Ted Sirota turned me on to a new set of skills. I've always been a rock player, a veteran of many years. But since studying a little jazz with Ted, my playing has become more interesting. Ted's instruction opened me up to fresh ideas, especially when applied to rock standards. From timekeeping to feel and groove, technical applications and soloing Ted has an answer for all of it. My favorite part of the lessons was his ability to speak directly and respectfully in terms of the lesson. It never seemed like criticism from Ted, it was always more like sage advice. His standards are challenging yet attainable. And though I no longer take lessons with Ted, I still study his notes and review the lessons. The reason stopped sessions with Ted was that my schedule picked up. Maybe it's a coincidence, but probably not. When I get the chance, I'll go back.
  • John N. Aug 5, 2013
    I've been taking lessons from Ted for a few years now. I always feel like I'm being strectched in the best ways. Ted is always supportive, but never lets you slide by on your old habits. My playing has gotten way better over the years and I owe a lot of it to Ted. His drum studio is convenient and set up so that you're ready to learn side by side. Highly recommended!
  • James L. Aug 5, 2013
    I was an adult student of Ted's for around five years. During that time I went from barely being able to hold a beat to playing in bands in clubs and even touring the states! Ted, very patiently I might add, developed a program of study for me that simultaneously catered to my own personal interests while at same time gave me a really solid musical foundation that I continue to build on and draw from. He's really open to all sorts of music and that's something I really appreciated. I cannot recommend him highly enough. Thanks for teaching me to play drums Ted!
  • David K. Aug 5, 2013
    I've been a taking lessons with Ted for over a decade. He's great. I can't tell you how much i've learned about music in general and drums in particular. Highly recommended to all.
  • Dan F. Aug 5, 2013
    Ted's style is exactly what I was looking for. A great combination of learning the rudiments of drumming, and also learning to play the type of songs that appealed to me. Plus he's a great guy, an excellent teacher, and an incredible drummer.
  • Med D. Aug 5, 2013
    Ted Sirota offered to play drums on my forthcoming E.P "Dred Reggae" ... he transformed my track into a masterpiece with his amazing drumming skillz and arrangement , I highly recommend Ted for drum lessons and drum arrangement ... 10 out of 10 in my books !
  • Jeffrey L. Aug 4, 2013
    Although I am not a student of Ted Sirota, I am a fellow teacher who shared a private teaching studio with him for several years. Ted is a consumate professional and expert in the field of drumset/percussion education. What sets Ted apart from others is the fact he is not only a highly skilled teacher, but he is also a world class drummer in his own right. Several nights a week Ted takes the stage, and each time that he does, he takes away with him even more "real world" experience to pass along to his students. As a fellow teacher, I can think of no one whom I would rather substitute my lessons when I am out, then Ted Sirota. You would be hard pressed to find someone as selfless, skilled, patient, and loyal to his students then Ted. Don't miss out, Ted's the real deal, sign up today!