General Information

Private Lessons – Tailored To YOU

  • Beginning – It is my core belief that good teaching is finding the right balance of three things: what the student wants, what the student needs, and what the student can handle. My goal is to help you unlock your potential by guiding you through your studies with various practice techniques and exercises that balance these three elements. I go at your pace.
  • Intermediate – Maybe you’ve been drumming for a while, but you feel like your playing is getting stale. Or you’re not sure what to focus on in order to improve at the level which you desire. Look no further; I can help.
  • Advanced – Sometimes even semi-pro or professional players need to take a look at what will get their playing to the next level. Having the perspective of an experienced player/teacher is something that we all need from time to time. Over the years, I’ve helped many professional-level drummers gain greater consistency with their playing. My goal is to take what you have and make it better.

What you will learn

  • Drumset players will be taught how to successfully function as a professional drummer in any context. Topics covered will include developing hand and foot technique, reading music, tuning, practical set-up, listening, how to practice, and playing with a metronome. Students will be asked to purchase certain educational materials such as method books, CDs, DVDs, practice pads, metronomes, etc. to facilitate their development. Student also must own their own drumset or have some other viable way to practice between each lesson. Lessons can also be tailored to help you with different projects or personal goals that you may have including recording projects, school ensembles, bands, etc.
  • Marching percussion students will learn many of the same topics above but will focus much more on hand technique and how it is applied to your specific instrument (snare, tenor, or bass). Topics covered will include hand technique, reading, tuning, marking time, how to practice, and playing with a metronome. Students also may request to work on marching technique. Typically, I give these lessons to a student with a goal in mind, such as marching with a certain drum corps or trying out for a certain college drumline. In these contexts, it’s always important to not only learn how to manipulate the sticks, but how to march well at the same time.


For over 15 years, I’ve dedicated a large portion of my time toward teaching and mentoring other drummers from all walks of life. Beginning with a small drum clinic in my hometown of Olympia, WA, my teaching experience has progressed into all levels of private instruction, ensemble rehearsal, program coordination, and everything in between. I’ve effectively instructed individuals of all age ranges and ability levels and helped raise the performance levels of numerous high school, college, and drum corps percussion ensembles. In a handful of instances, I have also been fortunate enough to arrange for and instruct a few ensembles abroad. All of these experiences have allowed me to refine my process and quickly pinpoint the areas in which you can improve. I’m here to help you do just that.

Interested? Fill out a prospective student application here.

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Nick M Drum Program Director