Ryan Bloom - Drum Instructor

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About Ryan Bloom - Drum Instructor

I offer hour or half hour drum lessons, in a variety of locations, for all ages and abilities. The best way to get in touch with me is to contact me directly. All of my contact info should be listed on this profile.

I have taught students, in Colorado and Washington State, from age 4 to 58 and at every level from complete non-musical beginner to advanced drummers with 30+ years behind the kit. I have a degree in music from the University of Colorado and 19 years of drumming experience to draw upon. Places I have taught drums include Louisville Middle School, Crested Butte Middle School, Aspen Academy, Noisy Neighbor Music, My Music School, School of Rock, and Denver Music Tree in addition to my studio and the homes of many students. I am also the author of the Double Bass Drumming Explained series and I have previously been signed to Candlelight Records.

I teach what you want to learn. Lessons can be about drum set, double pedal, snare drum, auxiliary percussion, hand drumming, and more. Learn the skills to play in school band, to gig around town, jam with friends, or for any other musical situation. Completely customized curriculum for each student.

Take lessons at my studio in SE Denver or at School of Rock Aurora.

Discounted rates on packages of 4 or more lessons.

The best way to contact me is by phone or email. ryan.a.bloom at gmail dot com and I will gladly answer any questions you may have.


1660 S Forest St
Denver, CO 80222

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Question and answer

Q. What questions should a consumer ask to hire the right service professional?

A. A music instructor of any instrumental background should have: experience on the instrument, formal education in music, and experience teaching. Make sure to ask about:
How long has the teacher played? (less than 10 years is probably insufficient)
Do they have any formal musical training? ("self taught" is a major red flag)
What kind of educational experience they have? (plenty of great players are awful teachers)
Do they teach the specific skill you want to learn? (going in to be a samba-disco sensation and learning Beethoven at your lessons is only moderately useful)

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. I am good at teaching technique as opposed to just beats and songs. You can take the skills I teach and use them for anything. I essentially set out to make sure you can continue to improve even after you stop taking lessons due to a good technical background and solid music reading ability.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. Talking about drums all day long and making real musicians out of "just drummers."

Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

A. Q: "Do I need a drum set right away?"
A: No, if you are a beginner you especially don't need a drum set for the first several lessons. There is plenty to learn with just an inexpensive practice pad and you can make the larger investment in a drum set at a later date.

Q. If you have a complicated pricing system for your service, please give all the details here.

A. All of my pricing is dependent on a couple factors 1) where the lesson takes place, 2) how long the lesson is.

Location: Lessons at my house are slightly less expensive than if I have to travel.

Time: Longer lessons are obviously still going to cost more than shorter lessons based on an hourly rate, but I skew the rates towards a lower hourly rate for longer lessons to encourage maximum learning.

Q. If you were advising someone who wanted to get into your profession, what would you suggest?

A. To get into drum teaching I would first suggest that you go to college and get a music degree of some kind and then go out and play in the real world for a while. Join some bands, orchestras, or do some session work. Working with other people will give you a LOT of insight into your own instrument. If you already have that down, then make sure you are really comfortable talking about the extreme basics of the instrument at a level that laypeople can understand. Knowing how to play and understanding how to teach it to another person are different skills. Also, the ability to look at someone else and see what they are doing and what can be improved cannot be understated. Just knowing right from wrong is not the same as seeing the mechanical mistakes as they are being made. If you have all of those qualities as well, then start advertising your services and find a niche where you know you are the best and cater to that.

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