Teaching People To Drum Since 1996

Lee & Brian

In years past, whenever my own schedule was full, people would ask me to recommend another local teacher. It was difficult for me to do so in good conscience. Don’t get me wrong- I knew some amazing drum teachers in NY…but they exclusively worked with advanced students. I didn’t know another local teacher who could take a complete beginner and reliably turn them into a capable drummer. In fact, on several occasions, students transferred to me after years of unproductive lessons with other instructors. I generally needed to start over from scratch with those students.

Creating The Team

Because of this situation, I decided to personally TRAIN a couple of outstanding teachers who could work with me in offering drum lessons based on my curriculum. I confidently recruited Lee Press and Brian Del Guercio. Both Lee and Brian are exceptional drummers with decades of drumming experience. They are also friendly, reliable, and easy to work with. I have been teaching and developing my curriculum since 1996. Students of mine have ended up playing in bands, doing tours, recording albums, being featured in commercials, being featured on movie soundtracks, and so on, and so on. It is clear that my curriculum works. I am thrilled to now have Lee and Brian helping me to offer this curriculum to as many students as possible.

Lee at a gig. Click to read Lee’s bio.

By taking lessons with Lee or Brian, you will have a teacher who…

…was hand-picked by me out of several hundred drummers that I know in NY.

…was personally trained by me to offer a very specific, time-tested curriculum.

…stays in contact with me and will keep me posted on your progress.

…has been playing drums for many, many years.

…is easygoing and personable.

…is punctual and respectful of your time.

…keeps track of what you are covering in your lessons.

Brian in the studio. Click to read Brian’s bio.

…offers lessons in a studio that is fully equipped with 2 drumsets.

…charges a fee that is very reasonable for the level of instruction offered.

…drums extremely well and can clearly demonstrate the techniques you are working to develop.

…will make sure that you are learning the skills required for today’s drumming.

…loves drumming, and is committed to creating a fun and positive drumming experience for you!


Location: Long Island City, Queens (just a few subway stops from Grand Central Station)

Lesson Duration: One hour

Prices: $80 for a Single Lesson / $195 for the Private Lesson Starter Program (3 intro lessons for new students) / $700 for 10 prepaid lessons

***To learn more details about doing a Single Lesson or the Private Lesson Starter Program, be sure to visit the Get Started page.

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