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Private Drum Lessons in Westchester, Rockland, and Bergen:
Call: 201-546-3898

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Private Lessons

One-On-One drum lessons for all ages 8+
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Join the Band

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Join the Band

Join the Band

Students are put into a rock band and learn how to play together and perform!
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Bucket Drum Parties

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Bucket Drum Parties

Bucket Drum Parties

Make your next birthday party special with group bucket drumming!
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Play With the Pros

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Play With the Pros

Play With the Pros

Intermediate and Advanced students will sit in and jam with professional musicians!
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Drum Lessons #1 Rule: Have Fun Playing the Drums!

drum lessonsDrum Lessons will make playing the drums more fun! I have more fun playing the drums than doing any other activity and so will you! There’s a sense of magic when you are in a room or on a stage with other musicians and you all start playing a song together. Music is an unspoken language with everyone communicating through their instruments. It’s an incredible and exclusive experience.

As I tell my students, the drummer is in essence the conductor of the band. We keep the beat, play drum fills often as a cue to transition to the next section of the song…and we have the best seat in the house!

With my proven method, you can learn how to play the drums quickly, with more precision, and you will experience the same fun that professional musicians have every time they play.

As a drum instructor, my goal is to be the muse, and I guide my students while making our lessons fun and exciting. I teach how to play with a solid foundation of essential rudiments (drum patterns), common (and some uncommon!) drum beats, and applied ear training.

Every lesson is a fully submersive, deep dive into playing with a truly rewarding feeling of accomplishment. Playing the drums is a journey, not a destination. I’ve been playing for over 50 years and I’m still learning!

Private Drum Lessons in Westchester, Rockland, and Bergen Counties
Call: 201-587-5827

Drum Lessons #1 Rule: Have Fun Playing the Drums!

I have more fun playing the drums than doing any other activity! There’s a sense of magic when you are in a room or on a stage with other musicians and you all start playing a song together. Music is an unspoken language with everyone communicating through their instruments. It’s an incredible and exclusive experience.

As I tell my students, the drummer is in essence the conductor of the band. We play drum fills often as a cue to transition to the next section of the song…and we have the best seat in the house!

With my proven method, you can learn how to play the drums quickly, with more precision, and you will experience the same fun that professional musicians have every time they play.

As a drum instructor, my goal is to be the muse, and I guide my students while making our lessons fun and exciting. I teach how to play with a solid foundation of essential rudiments (drum patterns), common (and some uncommon!) drum beats, and applied ear training.

Every lesson is a fully submersive, deep dive into playing with a truly rewarding feeling of accomplishment. Playing the drums is a journey, not a destination. I’ve been playing for over 50 years and I’m still learning!

#2: Getting Started with Drum Lessons!

drummer silhouetteLet’s talk and schedule a time for your first lesson with me. If you are a returning student, then we can pick up right where we left off before my hiatus. If you are a new student, then let’s get together and discuss what your goals are.

Many of my students are in grade school and this is their first opportunity to hold a pair of drum sticks!  Some also want to play in a rock band with other children. Awesome, we can do that!

I also have older students who play in a H.S. marching band, or are competing to join a regional jazz ensemble, or need to audition to get into a college music program. Been there, done all of that!

And of course I also have adult students who always wanted to learn how to play the drums but never had the time to do it until now. Cross that off the bucket list!

#2: Getting Started with Drum Lessons!

drummer silhouetteLet’s talk and schedule a time for your first lesson with me. If you are a returning student, then we can pick up right where we left off before my hiatus. If you are a new student, then let’s get together and discuss what your goals are.

Many of my students are in grade school and this is their first opportunity to hold a pair of drum sticks!  Some also want to play in a rock band with other children. Awesome, we can do that!

I also have older students who play in a H.S. marching band, or are competing to join a regional jazz ensemble, or need to audition to get into a college music program. Been there, done all of that!

And of course I also have adult students who always wanted to learn how to play the drums but never had the time to do it until now. Cross that off the bucket list!

Call to Schedule Your Drum Lesson Today: 201-587-5827

Beginner

Beginner


New drummers are always welcome and will already be playing along to a song by the end of their very first lesson! 

Key takeaways include:

  • How to hold the drum sticks correctly
  • Learning the correct technique for hitting each drum and cymbal
  • Learning the names of each piece of the drumset
  • Learning the Straight 4 drum beat, Rock Beats #1, #2, and #3.
  • Basic ear training
  • Rudiments!
Intermediate

Intermediate


Intermediate drummers have a good understanding of the basics and are now learning at an accelerated pace! 

Key takeaways include:

  • learning odd time signatures to songs like: Whipping Post, I Love Rock & Roll, and The Ocean
  • Converting traditional rudiments into drum fills
  • Creating unique drum fills while playing along to songs that encourage improvisation
  •  More ear training!
  • Rudiments!
Advanced

Advanced


Advanced drummers can immediately listen to a song and define the beat, tempo, and “feel” of the song. 

Key takeaways include:

  • Disciplined hands and wrists at any tempo
  • Recognize and play advanced rudiments when sight-reading
  • Counts with precision especially through drum fills
  • Indentify and transition to play multiple genres
  •  More ear training!
Beginner

Beginner


New drummers are always welcome and will already be playing along to a song by the end of their very first lesson! 

Key takeaways include:

  • How to hold the drum sticks correctly
  • Learning the correct technique for hitting each drum and cymbal
  • Learning the names of each piece of the drumset
  • Learning the Straight 4 drum beat, Rock Beats #1, #2, and #3.
  • Basic ear training
  • Rudiments!
Intermediate

Intermediate


Intermediate drummers have a good understanding of the basics and are now learning at an accelerated pace! 

Key takeaways include:

  • learning odd time signatures to songs like: Whipping Post, I Love Rock & Roll, and The Ocean
  • Converting traditional rudiments into drum fills
  • Creating unique drum fills while playing along to songs that encourage improvisation
  •  More ear training!
  • Rudiments!
Advanced

Advanced


Advanced drummers can immediately listen to a song and define the beat, tempo, and “feel” of the song. 

Key takeaways include:

  • Disciplined hands and wrists at any tempo
  • Recognize and play advanced rudiments when sight-reading
  • Counts with precision especially through drum fills
  • Indentify and transition to play multiple genres
  •  More ear training!
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About Roger

Starting at the age of nine, I began studying with Walter Rosenberger, then the lead percussionist of the New York Philharmonic. My studies continued with a local New Jersey session drummer, Ralph Bibeau, followed by Stony Brook University/Music and William Paterson University under Ray DeRouches.

Since then, I have been teaching, recording and performing live with numerous bands in the tri-state area for over 40 years. More recently launched and ran the drum program at River Rock Music School in Ardsley, NY.  I currently run the bucket drumming activities for the Next Level Boys and Girls Day Camps in New Rochelle, NY and Saddle River, NJ.

I teach students of all ages from 8 to 80. Age really doesn’t matter as long as you can hold a pair of drumsticks and count to four!

Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or advanced player, there is always something new to learn and together we’ll explore all aspects of how to get the best out of playing and make our lesson the one time each week that you most look forward to.

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About Roger

Starting at the age of nine, I began studying with Walter Rosenberger, then the lead percussionist of the New York Philharmonic. My studies continued with a local New Jersey session drummer, Ralph Bibeau, followed by Stony Brook University/Music and William Paterson University under Ray DeRouches.

Since then, I have been teaching, recording and performing live with numerous bands in the tri-state area for over 40 years and most recently launched and ran the drum program at River Rock Music School in Ardsley, NY. I currently run the bucket drumming activities for the Next Level Boys and Girls Day Camps in New Rochelle, NY, Saddle River, NJ, and Demarest, NJ.

I teach students of all ages from 8 to 80. Age really doesn’t matter as long as you can hold a pair of drumsticks and count to four!

Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or advanced player, there is always something new to learn and together we’ll explore all aspects of how to get the best out of playing and make our lesson the one time each week that you most look forward to.

Locations

Private drum lessons are available at any of the following locations depending on where you live. They all provide a clean, safe, friendly environment with regularly maintained equipment, and great sounding rooms with 24/7 video surveillance.

Westchester

Lagond Music Studio

Lagond Music Studios

9 Haven St. Elmsford, NY

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Rock Island Sound

6 Main St. Tarrytown, NY

 

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Rock Island Sound

Rock Island Sound

619 Milton Rd. Rye, NY

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Hillsdale Music School

302 Broadway, Hillsdale, NJ

Rockland

School of Rock

School of Rock

135 E. Erie St. Blauvelt, NY

Drum Lessons with Roger are available in the following Westchester towns: Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Greenburgh, Hastings-On-the-Hudson, Irvington, Sleepy Hollow, Tarrytown, Elsmford, Croton, Edgemont, New Rochelle, Scarsdale, Ossining, Eastchester, Bronxville, White Plains, Harrison, Port Chester, Pleasantville, Rye, Mamaroneck, Hartsdale and North Castle.

Drum Lessons with Roger are available in the following Bergen County towns: Hillsdale, River Vale, Westwood, Montvale, Harrington Park, Old Tappan, Closter, Cresskill, Tenafly, Rockleigh, Demarest, Dumont, Saddle River, Upper Saddle River, Emerson, Englewood, Norwood, Northvale, Washington Township, Oradell, Woodcliff Lake, and Park Ridge.

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