The Pleasanton Academy of Music is more than a drum studio – we are a community of musicians. Several times per year, we hold student recitals in our new performance hall where students perform the repertoire they’ve been learning in front of family, friends, and their fellow learners. We also have thriving jazz and rock programs where drummers can play with other musicians in real time.
“Don’t worry if you have no prior experience with drums or other percussion instruments. Our instructors will focus on teaching you:
1. How to properly hold drum sticks and use the pedal
2. How to play a steady beat
3. How to recognize rhythmic pattern
4. Other fundamentals
We will follow a logical and effective learning progression with you or your child, and you will steadily build confidence and skills on the drums. We will also make sure you are playing along with real music in addition to practicing drills – we want you to enjoy music more during lessons, not less.”
Once you’ve mastered the fundamentals of drum playing, we can work our way into double rolls, paradiddles (a mixture of single and double strokes), difficult grooves and rhythmic patterns, and more. At this point we’ll make genre-specific practice decisions based on the music you want to play, and as long as you can commit to regular practice, you’ll be jamming with your friends or bandmates in no time.