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Drum Lessons


Our piano teachers instruct in a variety of styles, from classical to popular music. Every student is different, so drum lessons are personalized to each student. We focus on teaching the fundamentals and proper technique, but we also make it fun by finding music our students are excited to play.


What to Expect

We make it a priority to get to know each student on a personal level and to become familiar with their musical needs and goals. You won't be lost in the crowd here!

The First Lesson

Our teachers make it a priority to get acquainted with your child's abilities, interests, and goals in music while teaching proper technique on their instrument. They will sit down with you and your child, to find out what they hope to achieve from learning music. They have the experience to help them reach their goals no matter their ability level. 

Lessons are held in a very relaxed environment. Parents are welcome to join their child’s lesson, but it is not required. 

Music Styles We Teach

At the Arts Academy we make it a priority to teach all styles of music! We believe that it is important to expose your child to different genres, so that they learn about different cultures and music. 

We aim to tap into each student’s natural abilities so that they have fun learning while achieving success and learn life skills like teamwork, perseverance, and discipline. Your child will be playing their favorite piece of music before you know it! 

Our Locations

All of our locations have convenient hours throughout the week.

Happy Valley

14654 SE Sunnyside Road

Happy Valley, OR 97015


15605 SW 116th Avenue

King City, OR 97224


8261 SW Wilsonville Road, Wilsonville, OR 97070

Frequently Asked Questions

Our goal is not only to educate students in music, but also to help them become well-rounded individuals with proper ethics and values while stimulating creativity at all levels.  Music teaches responsibility, patience, determination and perseverance. 

Can my child choose their own songs to learn?

Yes! Your child will have the opportunity to choose their favorite songs or even compose their own music. Parents are encouraged to attend student recitals (which are held twice a year) so that you can see how far your child has come in their musical journey, and to get an up close view of his/her progress.

How long does it take to learn to play drums?

It takes a few lessons to learn the basics. Depending on your natural aptitude and how much time you put into it, you could be playing reasonably well after a dozen or so lessons.

During your first few lessons with us, you will learn the basics of drumming, such as how to hold the sticks and how to make basic beats. You will also learn about different types of drums and cymbals and how they are used in music.

What's the best age to start drum lessons?

We offer drum lessons to students as young as 5 years old. The main thing that is important when starting drum lessons is finding the right fit for the student. Not every student is ready to start taking drum lessons at a young age, and younger students require a teacher that specializes in teaching drums to young kids.

The best way to find the right fit for your child is to come in for a trial lesson. During this lesson, you and your child can meet the teacher and see if it's a good fit. You can also ask any questions you have about learning drums at a young age.

What drum styles do you teach?

We teach a variety of drum styles depending on what the student wants.

Each style has its own characteristic rhythms and beats that make it unique.

For example, rock music is typically based on the 4/4 time signature, with a strong backbeat on beat 2 and 4. This creates a driving rhythm that is perfect for powering up a song. Jazz music often uses a swing or shuffle feel, which gives the music a more relaxed feeling. Latin music is based on the clave (a rhythmic pattern that is the foundation of many Latin styles), while Country music uses unique beats and rhythms that are specific to the genre.

What's the best way to learn how to play drums?

Fundamentals: The best way to learn how to play drums is by starting with the basics. Make sure you understand the different parts of a drum set and what each one is called. You should also learn how to hold the drumsticks, and how to make basic strokes on the drums.

Proper Technique: Once you have a basic understanding of the fundamentals, you should focus on developing proper technique. This includes how to hold the drum sticks, and learning basic rhythm rudiments.

Practice: The best way to improve your skills is by practicing regularly. Make sure you set aside time each day to practice.

Qualified Instructor: A good instructor will be able to teach you the basics of drumming, and will also help you develop your skills and techniques. Furthermore, they can provide feedback and suggestions on how to improve your playing.

What do I need to start my drum lessons?

As a beginner drummer you don’t necessarily need to have a full drum set at home to start out. The first things you need are : Drum Sticks. You can practice on pillows, boxes etc.. for starting out. 

We also recommend getting a Drum Practice Pad if you are not ready to buy a drum kit yet. This will give you something to practice your drums on besides household items.

Do I need to bring my instrument with me to my lessons?

Yes! If you are learning : Guitar, Ukulele, or Violin you need to bring the instrument with you for your lessons. (The academy has a drum set and piano in each studio room.)

Do I need to purchase the instrument I’m learning to have at home?

Yes! You will need to have your instrument at home so you can practice the homework your teacher gives you and progress in your instrument. There are a lot of rental options if you aren’t ready to buy an instrument yet.

Are your teachers qualified?

Our teachers are highly qualified professionals who have many years of experience teaching children to play the various instruments at all levels. We pride ourselves on having the most devoted teachers with an unwavering commitment to our students' success in music. All our teachers know how to get the best out of their students. Our teachers use innovative teaching methods that will help your child achieve their musical goals at whatever level is required - whether it's playing by ear, learning basic technique on piano, guitar, violin or other instruments or simply getting introduced to music & its various facets using MIDI keyboards & other computerized musical instruments.

Any other important information I should know?

Discipline, routine, and regular practice are required for success in playing an instrument. We encourage parents to take part in this, too!

What are lesson rates?

$45.00 per 30-minute private lesson held once a week. There is a one-time registration fee of $50.00.


Start learning drums today!

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