photo by danny sasaki

private drum lessons

I primarily teach in Portland, OR at Revival Drum Shop, but can also give lessons remotely over Skype. 

I have been playing drums for 31 years and teaching privately for 20. I have also taught group workshops at Ladyfest, Homo A GoGo, Revival Drum Shop, at an anarchist venue in an ancient old columned building in Bologna, Italy, and at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Camp for Girls. I teach in the Music & Sonic Arts department at Portland Community College. 

I wrote a book on how to play the drums that is available here. I currently play in the projects STLS,  Secret Drum BandHits of SunshineDUBAIS, and The Newman/Schonberg/Reyna Group, and was the drummer for Kickball and Explode into Colors. I have also played with TJO, Thao with the get down stay down, Jonathan Sielaff, Harry & The Potters, Gabriel Salomon & Peter Broderick, Mirah, Cloud Eye Control, Tune-yards, and the Need.

Lessons are 30 or 60 minutes, and are tailored to the students’ particular interests.  I specialize in teaching beginning to intermediate levels. I have taught students as young as 4 years old, and am excited to take on new students of all ages. I love teaching older students who have always wanted to learn! It is never too late. 30 minute lessons are suggested for kids 7 and younger. 

You can start to learn even if you don’t have your own kit yet. All you need is a practice pad, or some chairs, unwanted books, or pans to bang on. There is so much you can work on to develop your coordination before getting a kit.

Please contact me by email to inquire about rates and setup your lessons at

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