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Drum Lessons

We offer drum and percussion lessons for all skill levels, ages 7 and up. Our standardized curriculum covers key elements of drum instruction, from hand/foot coordination and proper stick placement to more advanced rudiments, poly-rhythms and ethnic beats.

Our Instructors

Our dedicated instructors are fully screened and certified, with multiple years of experience in music instruction. They are truly experts in the instruments they teach, often with credentials from highly esteemed schools of music. With a positive, nurturing attitude, they motivate and inspire students to reach their goals.

For more information about our instructors, contact your local store.

Standardized Curriculum

The Guitar Center Lessons curriculum is based on a progressive advancement model. This proven method provides a well-defined roadmap of the material covered and skills taught so you can easily track your past and future progress. Since we use the same curriculum in all locations, students have the flexibility to take lessons from any instructor at any of our locations and progress through the same content. Our program is fun but challenging–both for beginners and serious musicians who want to improve their existing chops.

Additional Learning Resources

Take advantage of open office hours.

Any time you need extra help with your musical performance or are looking for inspiration, feel free to consult with an instructor during store hours. There is no charge for this service and no appointment is necessary.

Attend workshops and clinics.

No matter what your style or instrument, chances are we have a free workshop or clinic to help you learn more about it. Contact your local store for upcoming dates.

Be a part of Jam Night.

Our Jam Nights are a fun, casual way to meet and play with others. We match musicians of similar skill level together so you can easily swap great musical ideas. Jam Nights are free for Guitar Center Lessons students.

Perform in your own Rockshow.

Rockshow is a unique Guitar Center program where you are placed in a band with other musicians, learn three to five songs and ultimately perform a concert for your friends and family.

In the Rockshow program, you are matched with other musicians at similar skill levels. With the help of an experienced band coach, your band will learn a few songs and get tips on performance techniques. After practicing two hours per week in one of our rehearsal rooms, your group will perform a concert on the last Saturday of the month.


Have additional questions about lessons? Contact your local store.

Learn Drums with our Qualified Instructors at Guitar Center

In every music scene in the world, drummers are always in high demand. Of course, Guitar Center is fully aware of that, which is why our drum lessons are designed to ensure anyone who has a passion for banging the skins learns what they need to become an exceptional percussionist. Whether you prefer the hard-hitting sounds of Travis Barker, the funky grooves of Chad Smith or the intricate beats of Ginger Davis, Guitar Center has a drum lesson for you to choose that is both fun and informative.

Like every music lesson offered by Guitar Center, our drum classes and workshops are taught in state-of-the-art rehearsal studios by experienced instructors who love playing the drums just as much as you do. You even have a choice to learn on your own or in a group setting. In fact, our one-on-one instruction schedule is very flexible - so if a certain time of the week doesn't work for you, we can always look at a future date. Of course, learning with others is an excellent way to share thoughts with like-minded drummers at a similar skill level. However you prefer to learn, we'll do our best to make sure you leave every class with a stronger knowledge of the drums.

At Guitar Center, we believe that playing music is supposed to be a fun experience, no matter how far along you are into your musical journey. The simple truth is that you're never too old to take up a musical instrument, and regardless of your skill level, there's always something new to learn. The drums are no exception, and Guitar Center's drum lessons are world-class curriculums that percussionists across the country return to time and again. To learn more about the beginner-to-advanced instructions at a Guitar Center near you, feel free to email us or give us a call. You can find our contact info on the GC Lessons homepage and we'll be more than happy to fill you in with the deets.

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