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Discover a wide range of drumming classes in NYC that cater to all skill levels and musical styles. Learn the essential techniques, develop your rhythm, and unleash your inner musician while connecting with a vibrant community of music lovers.

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Drum Lessons - All Levels (Private - 45 minutes)

Conor Hall Drums @ 24-09 41st Ave, Queens, NY

Unlock your rhythm and unleash your inner drummer with private drum lessons at Conor Hall Drums. From beginners to advanced students, you'll explore techniques, notation, grooves, and styles, and even dive into odd time signatures and improvisation. Get behind the drum set and experience the joy of making music.

(3) All levels 10 and older
$50
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Summer Jazz Intensives

New York Jazz Academy @ 15 W 39 St, New York, NY

Immerse yourself in the vibrant world of jazz with our Summer Jazz Intensives, designed for both teens and adults. Experience hands-on learning through diverse classes, clinics, and performance activities, all aimed at enhancing your practical skills. Join performance ensembles to master reading, improvisation, and collaboration, and deepen your understanding of harmony, melody, and jazz styles.

(2) All levels 14 and older
$1,395

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4-Lesson Private Drum: In-Person

Conor Hall Drums @ 24-09 41st Ave, Queens, NY

Learn to play the drums like a pro with Conor Hall Drums. Beginner students will get familiar with the drum set, explore techniques and notation, and learn practice tips. Intermediate and advanced students will continue to develop their skills, learning more rhythmic vocabulary and experimenting with grooves and styles.

(3) All levels 10 and older
$180

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Adult Beginner Drums

Williamsburg School of Music @ 400 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Discover the rhythmic world of drumming in our beginner class at the prestigious Williamsburg School of Music. Learn beats, styles, and techniques from a master percussionist, and get ready to rock out or take your music study to the next level. No prior experience or sheet music reading is required.

(24) Beginner 18 and older
$350

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Learn to Play Congas

New York Jazz Academy @ 625 W 55th St, New York, NY

Students will learn the essence of Afro-Cuban drumming. No experience necessary. Beginner to advanced musicians will play in an ensemble setting, learning Bolero, Tumbao, Mambo, Salsa, Guaguanco and many more. Get your groove on, and learn conga drums today.

(2) All levels 13 and older
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$320

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Custom Jazz Intensives

New York Jazz Academy @ 251 W 30th St, New York, NY

New York Jazz Academy Jazz Intensives are NYC’s most popular jazz programs for jazz musicians, including both teens and adults. These unique music camps emphasize practical playing experience through a variety of classes, clinics, and performance activities for today’s jazz musician. Intensives include a completely immersive jazz experience that incorporates visits to major New York City jazz venues, including clubs, historical sites, and visits...

(2) All levels 13 and older
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$1,095

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Spring Jazz Intensives

New York Jazz Academy @ 15 W 39 St, New York, NY

Experience the vibrant world of jazz in the heart of New York City with immersive music camps that offer practical playing experience, visits to iconic venues, and interaction with influential players. Elevate your understanding of harmony and gain invaluable insight into jazz styles in these popular intensives for musicians of all ages.

(2) All levels 13 and older
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$1,395

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Hand Dance - The Art and Spirit of Drumming

New York Open Center @ 22 E 30th St, New York, NY

Explore how drumming stimulates the mind, body, and spirit, activates creative expression, and supports wholeness and well-being. In this workshop, we will learn transformational drumming based on ancient and contemporary understandings of the positive and restorative effects of rhythmic music and harmonic resonance.  We’ll expand our understanding of world music rhythm patterns of the djembe, conga, ashiko, dundun, bells, and rattles, for...

(299) All levels 18 and older
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Adult: Learn to Play the Drum Set

Creatively Wild Art Studio Dumbo @ 33 Washington St, Brooklyn, NY

Students learn basic drum rudiments, keeping time, fundamentals of hand and foot techniques, basic beats, basic fills, multi-lLimbed independence. We will also cover an overview of different types of popular beats, exercise methods to practice, play-along songs of your choice and more! Capacity 3 Students per class.

(183) Beginner 18 and older
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New Moon Sitar + Restorative Yoga

Sacred Arts Research Foundation @ 107 Green St, Brooklyn, NY

Celebrate and honor the new moon time with a deep restorative yoga practice accompanied by the healing vibrations of live sitar. A restorative yoga practice during the New Moon and Vata phase of the lunar cycle is best for balancing an overworked mind, hormones, emotions and energy. Once a month surrounding the new moon time at SARF we host a deep restorative practice as part of our Community Yoga series. A restorative practice is truly meant for...

(9) All levels 12 and older
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In and Out of Rhythm

Brooklyn Conservatory of Music @ 58 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY

Students attending this class will then explore the variety of world percussion instruments to create powerful group rhythms together. Rhythm is a part of everyday life in the way we walk, talk, and move. It is our challenge as humans to balance the active rhythms of the world around us while maintaining a peaceful inner rhythm. This two hour session will begin with grounding and breathing exercises as we explore the internal rhythms of the body....

All levels 18 and older
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African Drumming and Percussion

New York Open Center @ 22 E 30th St, New York, NY

In this exploration of African Drumming you will learn to play traditional rhythms from Guinea West Africa, played on the djembe and dundun. Focus will be placed on the three basic sounds and correct playing technique.  Emphasis will be placed on how drumming can benefit us in a multitude of ways, from stress reduction, improved focus, mindfulness, hand-eye coordination, and creating unity within a group. Students will learn the history, cultural...

(299) All levels 18 and older
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$155
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Winter Jazz Intensives

New York Jazz Academy

Experience the ultimate jazz immersion in the heart of New York City with a renowned music program that emphasizes practical playing, visits to iconic jazz venues, and meetings with influential players. Enhance your understanding of harmony, melody, and jazz styles, while participating in performance ensembles that promote collaborative music-making. Join us for an unforgettable week of jazz education and inspiration.

(2) All levels 13 and older
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$1,395

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Drum Lessons (Private)

City Music Schools @ 412 W 42nd St, New York, NY

Learn to master the beat with private music lessons at the renowned City Music Schools. Unlock your rhythmic potential with expert instruction on any instrument or voice, and discover a world of musical possibilities.

(37) All levels 6 and older
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Bodhrán III: Intermediate

Irish Arts Center

In Bodhrán III, we will continue what we’ve learned in our accompaniment of jigs and reels, focusing first on increasing overall speed.  We will continue to develop our ornamentation from Bodhrán II by moving triplets around within the basic jig and reel rhythms to better accompany the melodies of different tunes.  With an increased jig rhythm speed, we will branch into playing hornpipes, covering two different techniques. We will...

(53) Intermediate 18 and older
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Bodhrán Technique

Irish Arts Center

Students will learn some basic techniques and how to accompany a range of Irish tunes. Four time All-Ireland Bodhrán champion Eamon Murray will host an all-levels workshop. He will show some of the more technical elements like “single ended rolls” and “syncopated rhythm” and other elements that form his modern approach to bodhrán playing. If you're just beginning or want to pick Eamon's brains about the more technical elements of the...

(53) All levels 18 and older
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Southern Italian Music and Dance Workshop

The Jalopy Theatre and School of Music

Fabio Turchetti, Michael Delia and Michela Musolino shall present a workshop on Southern Italian Traditional Music and Dance. The workshop will present and feature the organetto and the Southern Italian frame drum with jingles, two instruments associated with these traditions. They'll also be played to accompany traditional dances which will be demonstrated.

(41) All levels 15 - 15 years old
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The Healing Drum Intensive on Shamanic Healing

NY Shamanic Circle

Open yourself up to a deep level of bonding & unfold the medicine between you and your drum. Begin with an the initiation of your drum into the healing world of Shamanism.  Shamans connect to their drums in a deeper level, and they are healing tool and waves of our voice intertwining with the voice of the instrument.   In this workshop we will play with different sounds, rhythms and overtones. Learn how voice also carries itself through...

(1) All levels 18 and older
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Body Percussion and Rhythmic Flow Class

The Jalopy Theatre and School of Music

A crash course in body percussion and movement, designed to enhance your groove and rhythmic creativity. For beginners and seasoned musicians alike who are looking to find a little more pocket, rhythmic independence, and more familiarity with drumming in general.  The class will tap into eastern and western traditions of movement and music, cultivating open-focus and a more grounded connection to time and the beat. Through elements of the...

(41) All levels 15 and older
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Toltec Dream & Drum Night

Shamanic Fire Reiki

You are invited for a night of drumming & dreaming, as we drum we will play with call backs, and find inspiration to find power songs.   Entering Toltec Dream time techniques to accompany your Drumming. Dreamers use the energetic web of tonal (physical energy body teachings) and nagual (natural Spiritual instincts of the energy body) as we work with the mastery of awareness and intent. Stalking creative energy to expand awareness and...

(5) All levels 18 and older
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Reviews for Drum Classes in NYC

Drum Classes in NYC are rated 4.4 stars based on 657 verified reviews from actual CourseHorse.com purchasers.

  • Drum Lessons - All Levels (Private - 45 minutes)

    Reviewed by Will Z. on 5/17/2023
    Conor is a great drummer and great teacher! Very easy going and encouraging, I can feel myself growing into a better drummer already
  • Adult Beginner Drums

    Anonymous review on 10/30/2018
    Great class and teacher, highly recommended!
  • Adult Beginner Drums

    Reviewed by Conrad S. on 1/2/2018
    Pedro is a great teacher. Our class was great and we had fun. It gives me encouragement to keep learning.
  • Drum Lessons (Private)

    Reviewed by James D. on 12/30/2017
    My Instuctor was very thorough on the basics of drumming and really sharp on the mindset that one should have in the approach of beginning with the lessons going forward.
  • Adult Beginner Drums

    Anonymous review on 12/30/2016
    Great instructor! Also, liked the small class size. Please note though, the class is only 8 sessions, not 9.

Discover the Best Drumming Classes in NYC

Drumming is the art of playing percussion instruments, typically a drum set or a collection of drums and other musical objects. It involves using sticks, brushes, or hands to strike or manipulate the drums to produce rhythmic patterns and beats. Drumming is a fundamental aspect of music and is often used to set the tempo and create the foundation of a song. Drumming can also be a form of artistic expression, with drummers developing their own styles and techniques.

Why You Should Learn Drumming in NYC

Learning the skill of drumming in NYC can have many benefits, both physically and mentally. From a physical perspective, drumming is a great form of exercise that can improve cardiovascular health, muscle tone, and coordination. Drumming requires the use of the whole body, including the arms, legs, and core, which can help to increase stamina and overall fitness levels.

In addition to the physical benefits, drumming can also be an effective way to reduce stress and improve mental well-being. Drumming has been shown to release endorphins, which are natural feel-good chemicals in the brain and can help to reduce feelings of anxiety and depression. Learning the skill of drumming can also improve cognitive function, including memory, concentration, and creativity, which can have positive impacts on other areas of life, such as your work or academic performance. To sum up, learning the skill of drumming can be a fun and rewarding experience that can improve both your physical and mental health.

In-Person Drumming Classes & Schools in NYC 

Located in Manhattan's Hell's Kitchen neighborhood, City Music Schools, previously known as the New York Schools of Music, was established by Arthur Cremin in 1921. Cremin's goal was to provide high-quality music education to all individuals. City Music Schools continues to carry out this mission by offering affordable music classes for a variety of instruments, including piano, guitar, bass, violin, viola, mandolin, drums, voice, banjo, harp, sax, trumpet, flute, trombone, and clarinet. Additionally, the school offers music practice rooms for its students.

Drum Lessons (Private) at City Music Schools is a one-hour session with a drumming instructor. Scheduling for private lessons is flexible and dependent on the instructor's availability. This type of class provides an opportunity for students to learn one-on-one with an expert drummer. Students can choose a time that works best for them and schedule it with their instructor. If the instructor is unavailable at the time originally booked, CourseHorse and the class provider will assist in rescheduling a class at a time convenient for both parties.

Conor Hall Drums is owned by Conor Hall, a music teacher and freelance musician based in Astoria, Queens. He teaches group percussion and keyboards at public schools in New York City and also offers private classes in his studio, covering various styles including jazz, rock, R&B, world music, hip hop, and Latin rhythms. Hall emphasizes learning music through theory, technique, listening, leadership within ensembles, exploring cultural styles, and instrument application. He tailors his teaching to each student's learning pace and encourages regular practice. In group classes, Hall creates a positive and enjoyable learning environment that fosters teamwork and individual growth.

Drum Lessons/Private 1 Hour - All Levels at Conor Hall Drums is an expert drum lesson for all levels of students. In the beginning-level lessons, students will be introduced to the standard five-piece drum set and learn the names of each piece. As a beginner, you’ll explore various techniques, notation, rudiments, counting, backbeats, and fills. Practice tips and daily exercises will be given to help you improve at home. Intermediate students will focus on developing independence, increasing rhythmic vocabulary, playing along to tracks, experimenting with various grooves and styles, and improving timekeeping. Advanced students will receive instruction on odd time signatures, displacement, metric modulation, polyrhythms, soloing and improvisation, sight reading, and subdivision.

4-Lesson Private Drum: In-Person at Conor Hall Drumsis a four-session class for all experience levels. In this class, beginners will learn the basics of drumming and get familiar with the standard drum set. Intermediate students will develop independence, practice reading, play along to tracks, experiment with different styles, and work on keeping time. Advanced students will receive instruction on complex techniques like odd time signatures, metric modulation, and soloing/improvisation. Daily exercises and practice tips will be provided for all students.

Craig and David Howe, a father and son team, operate the Williamsburg School of Music in Brooklyn, New York. Craig is a professional musician and educator who resides in Williamsburg, while David is a former jazz player residing in Chelsea. They are not a chain or a franchise, but rather music enthusiasts with a shared mission to impart their knowledge through classes that enrich their community.

Adult Beginner Drums at Williamsburg School of Music teaches the fundamentals of rhythm and playing a rock drum kit. In this entry-level course, students will receive expert instruction from a percussion master, learn a variety of drumming styles and beats, and prepare themselves for either immediate jamming or more advanced study. No previous experience is necessary, and reading sheet music is not required. All materials, including drumsticks, will be provided in class. While practice pads for home use will be available for purchase, they are optional. At the end of the class, all students will have the opportunity to showcase their skills.

Virtual Drumming Classes & Schools

There are notable differences between learning drumming in-person versus online. In-person classes provide personalized feedback and tailored instruction to match the student's learning style, and allow for hands-on experience with physical drums and equipment. On the other hand, online classes offer convenience and flexibility, as well as access to a wider range of class offerings and teachers. Choosing between the two depends on your personal preferences and availability. 

The New York Open Center, founded in 1984, tries to cultivate a holistic, ecological, and spiritual perspective. Their comprehensive programs, which include in-person and online classes, workshops, lectures, and performances are designed to nurture human potential and encourage a more conscious, sustainable, and equitable world. They host an array of programs based on various practices, traditions, and beliefs, drawing on overlooked sources and putting an emphasis on personal and social transformation.

Full Wolf Moon Ceremony with Drumming takes place in New York Open Center’s virtual classroom. Cultures all around the world associate seasonal lunar cycles with the habits and behaviors of familiar common species of indigenous animals. Learn how to drum while finding out about the moon cycles and drumming rituals of other civilizations.

NYC Beat Making is a performing arts school that teaches drumming, beat-making, music theory, and music production classes online. As the classes are conducted virtually, you don’t have to be situated in NYC to register or enroll. Whether you're familiar with percussion instruments or a complete novice, NYC Beat Making will give you the necessary support for your music education and help develop your drumming skills.

Beat Making / Music Production Online 1:1 Lesson, hosted by NYC Beat Making, gives you personalized, one-on-one, online music production tutoring. This class will match your skill level, and all you’ll need is a computer and headphones. Regardless of whether you're starting as a beginner or already an accomplished musician, the class is structured to meet your particular needs. Novices will learn the fundamental skills and techniques necessary to create their own beats, with no prior experience required. Experienced musicians can concentrate on specific areas of interest, such as music theory, keyboard skills, or mixing techniques. The class is taught at your own pace and is tailored to your musical style. You’re encouraged to ask questions and seek help throughout the class.

Private Group Drumming Classes in NYC

CourseHorse offers customized private group drumming classes online, ideal for team-building to inspire engagement and creativity. To schedule a private class, interested parties can fill out a contact form and explore the available options. The benefits of booking a group event with CourseHorse include the ability to modify group size and receive a confirmation email within 24 hours without booking fees. CourseHorse supports various virtual platforms to facilitate online gatherings.

Drumming classes are an excellent team-building activity for several reasons. For starters, playing drums requires coordination and communication between group members, which can help build teamwork skills. Drumming together necessitates listening to each other and playing in harmony, fostering a sense of trust and collaboration. Drumming classes can also break down barriers and encourage team members to bond through the shared rhythmic experience. Lastly, drumming classes can boost morale, promote creativity, and inspire team members to think outside the box, which is helpful in a team-building context. On the whole, drumming classes can be a fun and engaging way to promote collaboration, trust, and creativity in a team-building setting.

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