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Introduction: I provide quality, affordable lessons with a focus on basics, and my students take their lessons seriously. Without a good foundation, the student can’t master more advanced concepts and will soon get frustrated. My school-age students consistently score high in solo competitions and are extremely well-regarded by their band directors. My goal is to make sure students can play anything put in front of them or be able to figure it out, be it orchestral percussion, a drum set chart, or a drumline cadence. My lesson program combines hand exercises, snare drum, and drum set; I use method books as well as my own written exercises. When the student has advanced enough, drum set play-along (to recorded tracks) is added to the mix. The exact lesson combination will depend on what the student's goals are, however - I follow a general outline, but assignments are specifically tailored to the student and their ability. For remote lessons, I have a 4-camera setup and use a secured Zoom link for communication. Each lesson is also recorded in Zoom so it can be referenced later. I use a shared online folder for the video and my written assignments, exercises, and notes.

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Serves North Tonawanda, NY

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24 years in business

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2 reviews


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Amy I.
Jul 3, 2020
My son has been taking drum lessons with Ms. Peggy for several years and we are extremely happy with his progress and confidence. She has a unique way of breaking down concepts and explaining new strategies. She always pushes him to higher levels by challenging him with new goals. He felt very prepared for Symphonic Band as a high school Freshman, earning the Rookie of the Year Award. In addition, he was accepted into the esteemed Wind Ensemble Band for his Sophomore Year. He attributes these successes to Ms. Peggy’s knowledgeable, thorough instruction and direction. We highly recommend PEGDRUMS for drum lessons.
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Kris P.
Jun 11, 2020
My son has been taking lessons from Peggy for several years. She is an excellent, enthusiastic and very patient teacher. When the pandemic hit, she quickly adapted the lessons to be remote learning through video conferencing. She provides a written weekly (pdf) list of what my son should be practicing that week with helpful notes. She’s a great teacher and I definitely recommend her. I am so happy with my son’s progress!
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Peggy Scalzo


  • What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?

    For in-person lessons, remote lessons, or a mix of the two, the price is $25 per half-hour, or $50 per hour. Most of the time I’d suggest 1/2-hr lessons only, once a week; especially for beginners. Anything more than that tends to overwhelm.

  • What is your typical process for working with a new customer?

    For school-age students, I talk to the parent(s) to get some background information (age, grade, music experience, equipment, etc.) and what drumming goals they have in mind for their child. It’s very important to have an idea about student temperament and tendencies (are they disciplined, is this a 'test-the-waters' type thing, etc.) so they don't end up being discouraged. For adult students, basically the same as above. I get background about their experience playing drums (if any), what equipment they have, what goals they have in mind, and their tendencies.

  • What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?

    I've been playing drums since 5th grade: concert bands, jazz bands, marching band, theater pit, etc. I was not a music major in college but took music track classes & participated in ensembles, lessons, performances. I decided to 'turn pro' after my drumming workload was more than my day job. Right now I am the typical working drummer: teaching lessons, playing in the pit for theater shows, in-school performances, and playing gigs with a variety of groups (jazz combos, big bands, rock bands, etc.).

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