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Teaching Your First Five Lessons With A New Student

Here’s a guide to what I run through on the first five lessons with my students. Lesson One This lesson is normally a free trial lesson. Approx 30 minutes in length. We’re assuming the student is a complete beginner. I’ll start the lesson with a little conversation: “Why do you want to learn drums?” “Do […]

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Guide To Teaching The Intermediate Syllabus

By the time your students get to the intermediate level  they should be really comfortable with playing the 4 basic hi-hat ostinatos with eighths and sixteenth note bass/snare grooves. They should be confident articulating 16th note rhythms and 8th note triplet rhythms. Technique wise they should be ready to push their doubles strokes to the […]

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Guide To Teaching The Pre-Intermediate Syllabus

After completing the beginner syllabus, your students should be confident in their ability to play basic beats and fills and have knowledge of basic rudiments. The DrumLessonResources pre-intermediate syllabus focuses on 16th notes and 8th note triplets  applying them to rudiments, beats, and fills. Tied Notes & Dotted 8th notes are also dealt with on […]

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Conducting Drum Lessons – A Rough Guide

There are 5 main areas to hit using the material contained on this website. Reading, Rudiments/Technique, Beats, Fills and Songs. During any 1 hour lesson with students I’ll try to hit 3 or 4 of these topics. If I have 45 minutes I’ll try to look at 3 areas and if it’s a 30 minute […]

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Guide To Teaching The Beginner Syllabus

Teaching beginners can be the most rewarding experience. They can often make fast progress in relatively short time. The DrumLessonResources beginners syllabus focuses on getting students familiar with basic note values, playing basic beats, fills and rudiments and getting them started playing songs. Reading Once you have got students playing with a reasonable hand technique, […]