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My son loves his weekly drum lessons with Spencer! I like how Spencer assesses the drum level and gives lessons accordingly. He gives homework and follows up with it in class. He is punctual and uses the lesson time to its fullest. Spencer is a knowledgeable drummer and an excellent teacher.Aug 25, 2019
From previously being in band in high school, I had some experience playing percussion. I also gained interest in playing a drum set. Which I have been learning for the past few months. Taking lessons with Spencer has been a great learning experience each session. Really helpful with being informative and understandable when explaining or showing how to play said music.Jan 23, 2019
I'm an adult beginner student so if you're like me you have a ton of resources online and no idea where to start. Spencer has his own teaching material that tackles different aspects of drumming. It is more interesting than the standard drumming material recommended by everyone and quickly gets to a challenging level. Once you're at the lesson, he observes you keenly from all sides and quickly points out inefficiencies/awkwardness in your technique. I also like his attention to detail - I requested help with learning the drum part for a song. Although it was new music to him in an unfamiliar language he prepared sheet music for the whole song by the next lesson. Of course, it will be a while before I have the ability to actually play what he wrote but I appreciated it nevertheless. :) Thanks for reading and highly recommend him as a teacher!Dec 14, 2017
Spencer, of Key of Rhythm Studios, did a wonderful job working with our five year old grandson during his three weeks in MN. Spencer was patient, fun loving, but stayed on track and accomplished a lot in a short period of time. We'll continue next year, if drums are still in our little guy's agenda, Marilyn BensonJul 15, 2019Verified
Spencer Schoeneman is an excellent drum instructor. He focuses on technique and fundamentals of drumming and understands how to teach those fundamentals to improve drumming skills even in experienced drummers. He is incredibly patient and positive. I’ve been learning and improving a lot even though I’ve been playing drums for over 15 years.Dec 25, 2019
- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?My lesson length and corresponding price is as follows: 30 min lessons - $27 45 min lessons - $32 - Most Popular 60 min lessons - $42 New students receive a 50% discount on their first lesson.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?I like to spend the first lesson evaluating what the student already knows. Depending on the skill level of the student we move on to working through material to improve the student's reading, coordination, and groove vocabulary. Once the student is ready we start learning songs.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?I graduated Summa Cum Laude from McNally Smith College of Music with a Bachelor's in Percussion Performance. While at McNally Smith I took two classes on pedagogy (the study of teaching). I began teaching immediately after graduating in the spring of 2014. I have had great success taking students with no musical knowledge and turning them into skilled drummers. I have also had success working with students who have prior musical knowledge and helping them to further develop their skills. I gained my knowledge and ability behind the drum set over 17 years of playing the instrument. Besides teaching, I have performed in multiple original bands, church worship bands, musical theater pit bands, recording projects, and traveling groups.