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How Much Do Drum Lessons Cost?

average costMedium: $10-$30 per half hourhigh costHigh: Can Run $50 per half hour
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  Typical costs:
  • Half-hour drum lessons run about $10-$30, although some highly experienced or uniquely qualified teachers may charge up to $50 or more for a half-hour, and those in a rural area might charge less. Most lessons are 30 minutes long, especially for beginners, because an hour session can be overwhelming for the student. Usually a teacher will charge by the month for weekly lessons. (Because of the noise level involved, group drum set lessons are not common.)
  • For free online drum lessons, check out[1] and[2] . Drumming books and DVDs[3] range from $10-$30 for a single volume or $100-$300 for a complete series.
Related articles: Drum Set, Electric Guitar, Singing Lessons

What should be included:
  • Usually about half of a drum lesson will cover technical skills such as hand technique (the most important skill for a drummer) or reading music. The remaining time will focus on the drum set -- coordination, speed and grooves in a variety of styles, as well as learning by ear. Many teachers use popular songs and recordings to illustrate the ideas being discussed. The Champaign School of Music explains what happens in a first drum lesson and answers frequently asked questions about drum lessons.
Additional costs:
  • Expect to spend $25-$100 or more a year for materials such as music books and recordings of specific songs or styles you want to learn.
  • You may need a music stand; they start around $10-$50 but can run $100-$200 or more.
Shopping for drum lessons:
  • Search for drum teachers at[4] , or ask for recommendations from your local music store, schools or community college. Remember that not all drummers make good teachers; look for someone who is patient and can clearly explain concepts as well as demonstrate them.
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Posted by: SammyD in Moyock, NC.Posted: July 6th, 2009 12:07PM
I learned to play by watching other drummers while in church. I was lucky because it cost me nothing to learn the basics. I self-studied to learn the technical names, but other than that I taught myself. I come from a musical family. My grandaddy and uncle played in bands for years and my grandaddy showed me a few chordes on a guitar one day and that started my love of music. My brother plays the guitar and bass as well. Although my main instrument is the drums I enjoy all forms of music, and all instruments.
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