Our Toronto Drum Lessons Academy

If you enrol in online drum lessons with us, you can expect to explore the songs you love, and/or a wide range of songs from warm percussion rhythms to steady pop beat sounds, to hard rock! Whatever your interest as an aspiring drum student, we shape your drum lessons to accommodate your unique interests and identify your learning style.

Please Note: Our Toronto Drum lessons are temporarily not offered on location due to Covid-19. Online guitar lessons students additionally receive over 100 hours of free online group classes each month and get to keep their lesson time when the school reopens!

Virtual Online Drum Lessons!

Drum lessons using our virtual online platform makes learning from home easy and fun while following social distancing guidelines! Just follow our link and you’re on live with our front desk staff and teachers right from your computer or device! Even young students get excited over the experience of seeing their teacher live from their home!

To get started, all you need is smartphone, laptop, or desktop computer. Online Drum lessons students additionally receive over 100 hours of free online group classes each month and get to keep their lesson time when the school reopens!

We love the new drums room!

Friendly, fun, knowledgeable and always ready-to-help staff! We love the new drums room!

D.A.H.
January 1, 2020

Our Drum Lessons Are For Every Age & Interest

Drum Lessons For Kids

Our drum teachers love working with kids! We have a range of guitar lesson programs that we use that are designed specifically to maintain a children's interest and focus. In this age group we begin to work on the fun part of drumming, Time and Groove. We take a song, and come up with an easy version of the groove (rhythm) and play to it. Within that, we discuss the timing, fills and style/performance of the song. Once that is all said and done, we focus on having fun!

Our Drum Lessons For Teenagers

For teens, we start to explore more of the fundamentals elements of drumming. We get into technique, timing, and reading. The songs given will more complex as you advance, varying from tempo, style and variation within fills. We also start to explore the idea of “lifting” songs in order to understand the drummers role in a band.There’s also an introduction to creativity that is added for those who would like to interpret their favourite songs in their own unique way. 

Drum Lessons For Adults

For adult, some fundamentals are presented as well as creative explorations, while moving into more complex themes. One of the themes introduce is what is called the Trinity of Rhythm, which presents Time, Groove and Feel as the primary makeup of Rhythm. We develop each one as we advance using the metronome, studying different rhythms from all over the world and explore in depth the creative philosophy of what it take understand drumming as a whole. Soloing also becomes a theme as the student advances. 

Our Beginner Toronto Drum Lessons
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Does learning drums seem like too much to do all at once, yet you're still fascinated by it? You might be a drum player waiting to blossom! All drum students start as beginners, and you will feel very welcome and at home at our school. We will help you grow on the drum kit at your own pace.

Our Jazz Drum Lessons
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Many of our drum teachers come from strong educational and performance backgrounds, often with specialization in jazz drum kit. Our drum teachers love exploring the fascinating world of jazz drumming with our students. It's a great to develop sophistication in your playing and appreciation of music!

Our Pop/Rock Toronto Drum Lessons

Many of our drum teachers have toured the world professionally playing in bands and understand the needs of the pop/rock music industry. Are you looking to write songs on the drums, play for your best friends wedding, or just the big arena stages just like our teachers have? When moving into more Rock/Pop, and play songs from famous artists (from different eras as well) we put techniques into practice. Finally once all of that is achieved and understood well, we get into jazz which is a culmination of all things learned, from timing to reading, and groove/feel to four-way independence.

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play drums full of confidence and always eager to learn more

In 3 months my kid can play drums and loves it. He just turned 6 years old and is full of confidence and always eager to learn more and more. Enrolled him in drum lessons is one of the best decisions we made so far.
Willy Vargas Baluarte
May 7, 2019

What Are The Benefits Of Drum Lessons?

Drumming is one of the many versatile forms of expression in music, and with that comes varies different styles. At first we explore the more classical side, it is very technique oriented, which includes a lot of reading rhythm and snare exercises. For the more advance students we start performing snare solos through transcription (reading).

One of the greatest lessons one can take away from drumming is understanding the concept of time within the musical framework. It teaches us discipline, to listen and more importantly it teaches responsibility. Drums are a very beautiful yet powerful instrument. Like a lion, who commands the African savanna with its fierce claws, but when retracted becomes the most calm and majestic creature. It takes a lot of will power to stay calm when playing the drums because of its massive sound. As a great philosopher once said, “with great power comes great responsibility” -Ben Parker.

Online drum lessons are a great way to channel your high energy and creativity! Playing the drums is one of the most exhilarating, and physically interactive instruments to learn. As such, many high energy students find the drums a great instrument to learn as they can funnel their energy into the playing of it. Some students find although there is more coordination required by both your hands and your feet, overall, you don't need to learn pitch notation to get started, like other instruments.

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What Do You Need To Start Drum Lessons?

To start off, the student would need the will power to tackle such an instrument, as well as commitment and patience. In terms of a physical tool, you would only need a pair of 7A standard drumsticks (doesn’t matter what brand). These are great starter sticks for all ages. As the student advances, I might recommend a drum pad for on-the-go practicing, or if you don’t have a set of drums. Drum pads are great for practicing reading, technique and other exercises. 

You don’t necessarily need a drum kit in order to take drum lessons, as you will learn on the kit we have here in our academy during your weekly lessons. However, some students decide to purchase drumsticks and a drum pad, to start learning hand drum techniques. Others decide to get a set of basic digital drums to practice on. Some decide to invest in very sophisticated electronic drum kits, and some decide to invest in full on acoustic drum kits. Digital drum kits have the advantage of volume control and an ability to plug in a headset, where acoustic drums can be very loud and difficult to transport.

We also have extra drum pads and stands available for our drum make-up classes for every age group! This is a great opportunity to bring your drumsticks, have some fun, and meet some other drummers in the same age group as yourself! You might even make a new friend!

Your First Drum Lesson

In our first lesson of drums, we put some emphasis in building a relationship between teacher and student. I set up the first class to get to know what the student likes and what their musical relationship is like as well. Based on that we set up the goals for the students drumming. We work on very simple exercises, and choose a simple groove to start off with and go from there.

Top 12 Benefits To Drum Lessons At Our Toronto Academy!

1. We've been voted Toronto's Best Music School since 2014!

2. Popular, sold out Drum teachers with successful Toronto careers

3. A wide range of Drum teachers means we can find a GREAT match your busy schedule and learning needs

4. Flexible and adaptable Toronto Drum lesson programs for any age, and music interest

5. Weekly lessons include so many extra bonuses like free performances, group classes, and so much more!

6. Unlimited make up classes! Make up a missed lesson whenever you need at your convenience. No questions asked!

7. Achievement rewards like trophies and wristbands for passing musical tests

8. Family safe program throughout the academy that enable you to watch your children at all times

9. Modern, clean, and funky academy with lots of instruments for your use with comfortable seating in our reception

10. Affordable, Month to month billing

11. Our complimentary toronto Drum lesson make-up class system allows our students to make friends throughout our musical community!

12. Choice of In-person Toronto Drum lessons at the academy, or online lessons!

What Makes Our Drum Lesson Unique?

One of the greatest things you get to learn at this school is what I specialize in most: World Rhythms/Percussion. There will be times in classes, or even make up classes that we offer, where I will discuss rhythms and styles from other cultures. We will explore Caribbean/Latin American rhythms from Brazil, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Colombia, Chile and other parts within Latin America. As well as explore certain African grooves and European as well (like Flamenco). Not only would you learn these rhythms within the musical framework but learn them in a historical context as well. We explore how, for example, the traditional Cuban “son” makes its way to the more modern “Timba” sound, which is today’s version of Cuban salsa. 

Our Drum Lesson Toronto Teachers

How qualified are your Toronto drum teachers?

Many of our teachers offer a great experience in drumming using various methods that people of all ages can enjoy. What I offer is a practical way of playing without ignoring the importance of theory, but more importantly, the different ways to adapting to certain grooves regardless of the style. The key to a great drummer is the ability to adapt when needed. In order to adapt we must first be able to understand what we would be adapting too. Using knowledge from old traditions, to modern drumming methods, and  creativity, I commit to having my students understand to the best of their ability, how to live in the world of rhythm and express it through drumming. 

If you're considering starting Toronto drum lessons, it’s helpful to know the kind of drum teacher you learn best from, and to find the best drum teacher and a supportive learning environment that is in your local Toronto area. Most students benefit from a teacher who is fun to be with, has a warm personality, has a wealth of experience, and who supports and inspires you in your guitar lessons to get better. More importantly, it's often helpful to learn from a teacher flexible in their playing style and experience so they can accommodate a wide variety of learning styles and goals for each individual student.

We have both female and male drum instructors at the academy, and finding the perfect student/teacher match for your drum lessons, as well as the time that works for you, is our top priority to make learning drums fun!

Get ready to fall in love with our Toronto guitar lessons from our amazingly supportive, and talented teachers!

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Our Toronto Drum Teachers

Nico, Toronto

Nico, Toronto

One of the many things I like to wonder as a musician is our ability to tell stories, by having others relate to our emotions through lyrics, melodies, and rhythms. But that is just the tip of the iceberg. Underneath ...

Staff is very welcoming and professional

We are very happy to have found Toronto Arts Academy. Staff is very welcoming and professional and my son is very pleased to have drums classes. Best part: the TV with video live, so I can see my son’s development. I strongly recommend!!!

Leticia Ueoka
January 21, 2018

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What Our Students Are Saying About Our Toronto Drum Lessons

Average Rating: 5.0 stars (based on 170 ratings)
Average Rating 5 out of 5 stars

We love the new drums room!

Friendly, fun, knowledgeable and always ready-to-help staff! We love the new drums room!

D.A.H.
January 1, 2020
Drum Lesson Testimonials, Drum Lessons, Toronto, M4N

Very friendly, efficient and caring organization and staff.

Very friendly, efficient and caring organization and staff. When my son Jake wanted to stop his lessons, they made every effort to keep him with the program. They even told us that he should advance to a higher drumming level, and they made sure to find him a spot with another drumming teacher who could support his needs. The staff call me all the time to find out how things are going. The service is incredible. Thank you 

Claudia Brenner
May 10, 2019
Drum Lesson Testimonials, Drum Lessons, Toronto, ON

play drums full of confidence and always eager to learn more

In 3 months my kid can play drums and loves it. He just turned 6 years old and is full of confidence and always eager to learn more and more. Enrolled him in drum lessons is one of the best decisions we made so far.
Willy Vargas Baluarte
May 7, 2019
Drum Lesson Testimonials, Drum Lessons, Toronto, ON

Highly Trained Music And Piano Teachers

Toronto Arts Academy is a lovely place with highly trained music and piano teachers. The receptionists are always very friendly and helpful. My son is taking piano lessons with Nico and I must say, Nico is doing a marvellous job. He is very patient with my lil’ Mozart and my son is always happy when we go to the piano class. It is awesome to have them here in our community enriching the lives of our children. I strongly recommend Toronto Arts Academy to anyone who wants to take voice lessons, piano, guitar and drum lessons. You will be welcomed by a very pleasant receptionist and a Team of Professionals.

F.H.
March 16, 2019
Drum Lesson Testimonials, Guitar Lesson Testimonials, Piano Lesson Testimonials, Piano Lessons, Toronto, M4H, Voice Lesson Testimonials

Staff is very welcoming and professional

We are very happy to have found Toronto Arts Academy. Staff is very welcoming and professional and my son is very pleased to have drums classes. Best part: the TV with video live, so I can see my son’s development. I strongly recommend!!!

Leticia Ueoka
January 21, 2018
Drum Lesson Testimonials, Drum Lessons, Toronto, ON
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