Our Drum Teaching Method

We recommend learning how to play the snare and glockenspiel together.  The glockenspiel will help develop the percussionist on how to read pitches.  It has the same keys as a piano but smaller. Along with studying the snare, playing both of those instruments will effectively increase your ability to read pitches and play rhythms.  Email us or stop by the Glee store to ask how to buy or rent the percussion kit.

Everybody feels a beat differently and we want to help guide you in the direction of developing your own sound. We will share with you a variety of different drumming styles and teach you how different drummers use varying techniques and rhythms. We emphasize all aspects of drum education, including music history, technique, ear training, and music theory (how to read music). Intermediate and Advanced drum students will gain performance training in composition, improvisation, and expression.

Whether you’re a beginning drummer or you’re ready to get serious about your playing, Glee Music Academy has the right drum teacher to meet your goals. So get drumming and sign up for your first class today for only $25.

Love of Music

Encouraging teachers make your child’s musical journey educational and enjoyable at Glee Music Academy.

Achievement

The Glee Star Practice Program and frequent recitals help foster student motivation so that you can focus on becoming your child’s biggest fan.

Expertise

Our teachers have years of teaching experience and are actively playing gigs in the community.


“We are very much enjoying Jon as Joshua’s drum teacher. He is a very gifted gentleman and he’s very patient with Joshua. We do appreciate him!!! Joshua connects well with him and that doesn’t always happen. Thank you so much for all you do!!!

- Kimberly

Carson is not only an accomplished drummer, but also an excellent ability to communicate with the student. My skills, understanding, and confidence have grown immensely. I leave every lesson with the confidence that I am advancing as a drummer.

- Gordon Grant

He has been an absolute pleasure to work with the last five years. His ability and creativity given his age are unparalleled. In 20 years of teaching, I have never met anyone as versatile and as well rounded as he has become. As an educator, I see the progress he’s made with his private students. He truly is a world class inspiration and mentor.

- Hugo Ramirez

“We love Glee and the Lake family!

- Amy Yeager

I wouldn’t recommend you guys if Alicia didn’t love it so much! You guys are awesome!

- Monica

“Thank you! You guys are awesome, thank you for making it easy.”

- Pavinee

Glee Drum Guarantee 

Worried that your student might not click with the teacher? We are so sure that you will love your first drum class that we’ll give you your money back if your first lesson isn’t everything you hoped for. So that means that you can register for your lesson without worries. If Glee isn’t everything you want it to be, just let us know in writing the same day as your first class

 

 

Meet Our Drum Teachers

Gregory, Drum Teacher

    Fun Facts
  • UCI Music Degree and Master's in Percussion from Cal State Fullerton
  • Using methods from Roy Burns, Buddy Rich, Saul Goodman, Mitchell Peters, Joe Morello, and Garwood Whaley.
  • Includes music theory in teaching (how to read music)
  • A member of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS)
  • Styles include rock, pop, funk, jazz, latin, and worship.
  • Distant relative of the late Gene Autry (country singer, actor, and former owner of the Angels).
    Affiliations & Certifications

60-minute Weekly Private Lesson

One Lesson

Month to Month

Loyalty Pricing

$90/lesson

$290/month

$250/month

45-minute Weekly Private Lesson

One Lesson

Month to Month

Loyalty Pricing

$67.50/lesson

$217.50/month

$187.50/month

30-minute Weekly Private Lesson

One Lesson

Month to Month

Loyalty thru June

$45/lesson

$145/month

$125/month

Must give notice the month BEFORE you want to discontinue before the 15th of the month.

1st and last payment as deposit and then remaining payments monthly. Must have voided check as back-up.

If you promise to stay for the entire season through June 2018, we give you a discounted price.

Ready to Get Started?

Have More Questions or Need Help?


Jammin'

Ozment (Bongo)

Sunny Side of the Street


Jon, Drum Teacher

    Fun Facts
  • Degree in Music Education: Cal State Fullerton
  • Studied with Roy Burns and Pancho Sanchez
  • Taught Band and Orchestra for 18 years at Fountain Valley School District.
  • Taught music at Carden Hall in Newport Beach for 7 years.
  • Every summer Jon works backstage at the Orange County Fair.
  • Played for Sammy Davis Jr.
  • Worked with Dale Norris from the Champs
  • Climbed Mt. Whitney
    Affiliations & Certifications

60-minute Weekly Private Lesson

One Lesson

Month to Month

Loyalty Pricing

$90/lesson

$290/month

$250/month

45-minute Weekly Private Lesson

One Lesson

Month to Month

Loyalty Pricing

$67.50/lesson

$217.50/month

$187.50/month

30-minute Weekly Private Lesson

One Lesson

Month to Month

Loyalty thru June

$45/lesson

$145/month

$125/month

Must give notice the month BEFORE you want to discontinue before the 15th of the month.

1st and last payment as deposit and then remaining payments monthly. Must have voided check as back-up

If you promise to stay for the entire season through June 2018, we give you a discounted price.

Ready to Get Started?

Have More Questions or Need Help?


Believin'

Teacher & Student


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the best age to start drum lessons?

Our favorite grade to start teaching drum is 3rd grade. It is difficult for young students to know how to practice, but we have found that young students (5-7 years) can be successful if they have an involved parent that sets a regular practice time. And if you are an adult, most of our adult students range from beginning to intermediate, so you’ll fit right in.

What should practicing look like at home?

As a young musician, commit to spending between 15-30 minutes a day practicing at home.

Always use a metronome; it’s what helps develop your sense of having a rhythmic pulse.  This is essential for a drummer. 

Why do you recommend playing the snare and the glockenspiel together?

We recommend learning how to play the snare and glockenspiel together.  The glockenspiel will help develop the percussionist on how to read pitches.  It has the same keys as a piano but smaller. Along with studying the snare, playing both of those instruments will effectively increase your ability to read pitches and play rhythms.

What is the difference between a Glockenspiel and Xylophone?

The keys of a xylophone are made of wood (rosewood, padouk, etc.), whereas the keys of a glockenspiel are made of metal. The glock (“bells” in German) is always smaller than the xylophone; however, the metals produce a higher pitch sound compared to the already sharp and rich tones of the xylophone.

Where do I buy my drums?

We recommend buying a snare and glockenspiel kit.  We have one in the Glee store or you can rent a percussion set from us.

What about recitals?

We believe in performance practice. We always find it a little crazy that some teachers don’t have recitals. If we teach you to play the drums, but no one will ever hear you, then what is the point? We have 3-4 recitals a year and it is an important part of our drum program.

What is the most important thing for a drum student to learn?

Percussion technique! That may be a boring answer, but with the proper drum technique you can greatly expand your abilities.

How do you deal with the sound issue at home?

Practicing on a drum pad is more than enough to develop technique while understanding rhythms before applying it to drum set. If wanting to have a practice glockenspiel kit at home, get the educational kit, but make sure to get rubber mallets made for the instrument to tone down the volume for the sake of others around the area. If sound is still an issue for drums, an electric drum kit can help do the job.

What do I do before my first lesson?

1. Come with a great attitude.

2: Work with your teacher and make sure you get a textbook on your first day.

3: Watch some drummers on YouTube. Look up your favorite bands and watch the drummer, study how he plays and what he plays.