Colin's Drum Lessons

Saint Paul, MN

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How does your business stand out?

As opposed to having each student buy the same book at the same starting point and teaching the same thing to everyone I try to get an understanding of what my students are trying to accomplish. That way, each student gets a personalized curriculum that fits their aspirations.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

I love how every student I get is different. I teach all ages, all levels of experience, and every student has a different goal, so every experience is unique. I get the opportunity to learn how to become a better instructor, as well as teaching what I love to do: PLAY DRUMS!


Saint Paul, MN 55106

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5 Reviews
  • Jan A. Mar 5, 2017
    Excellent Drum Instructor
    I've been taking drum lessons from Colin for a little over a year. He's knowledgeable, patient, reliable and personable. Highly recommend his service.
  • Linda C. Feb 23, 2017
    Colin is tops!
    I am a long time educator so I recognize good instruction, and Colin is at the top of the heap! He is clear, patient, reflective, and provides excellent explanations. Most importantly, he orients lessons to my level of skill and learning style, and pushes me just enough for improvement. I am very lucky to have found Colin as my drum teacher, particularly as I just started drumming at the age of 66.
  • Allen W. Feb 23, 2017
    Drum Instructor
    I have been with Colin for quite some time, and with experiences from other instructors, you need to look no further! Colin has unique ability's to approach teaching from different perspectives, regardless of experience or age. He has developed a solid base foundation of materials to stay on task, and customizes exercise's to help in the areas you fall short. You will see improvements in your skill sets in no time at all, and the excitement of progressing even further with each lesson. With Colin's methods, experience, and approach you will become a better drummer! Allen
  • John S. Oct 8, 2016
    Drum Lessons (for adults)
    Verified Review
    Positivity and Professionalism Shows
    When an instructor contacts you for the first time and you can feel the positivity in his voice. That means alot to me. He is a very eager person who wants you to succeed. His professionalism shows. Thanks Colin.
  • Dennis M. Dec 28, 2011
    Colin is a great drum teacher. He's a very talented drummer, but he also has an amazing ability to teach. He's patient, encouraging, and structured in his approach to developing lesson plans and a curriculum.


What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I started playing Clarinet when I was 7 years old and learned to read music. From there I found a passion for drumming, I played in the High school jazz band and played with several groups outside of school as well. I went to school for recording arts in Texas, where I continued to study and practice drums and play in bands. I finally ended up in Minnesota, where I have set up a business teaching drums. I still play in bands and recently attended a drumming Master Class with Benny Greb in New York.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I fell in love with drumming at a very young age and I knew that I had to one day make a career out of it. As soon as I started teaching I found that I also loved instructing and had a natural talent for it.
What types of customers have you worked with?
I've worked with drummers from ages 6-69, from beginners to experts, and I've worked with children with disabilities and adults with learning disabilities.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
One of my students was recently accepted into a special performance with his school band for drums with the help of my tutelage.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Drum lessons are an excellent way for all ages to familiarize themselves with tempo, song structure, coordination, they're also a great way to help kids with developing math and problem solving skills! Unlike most classes and lessons, with music it is important to find an instructor that bases their curriculum around each individual's goals to help them work towards reaching their destination.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
I have been playing since the age of 9 and have been teaching for 13 years now. I knew from a young age that this was going to be my profession and I take it very seriously.