Learn to Drum

Private Percussion Lessons in McMurray, PA for all ages and all skill levels.

All Ages & Skill Levels

Anderson Music Academy provides percussion lessons at all skill levels and in all styles and disciplines.

What’s Your Skill Level?

What to Expect for

Beginning Students

Especially younger beginners, are taught in a friendly but structured environment using traditional teaching materials. The “basics” are taught, including all essential rudiments and techniques, but also some fun time on the drum set can be included right from the start!

What to Expect For

Intermediate Students

Continue this approach, but with an added emphasis on developing skills applicable to contemporary rock, pop music or Jazz. Students can focus more of their time learning their way around the drum set, as well as learning the myriad percussion instruments of the orchestra and band. This is essential as the students begin to take up their roles in their school bands and other ensembles. Traditional repertoire is augmented by selections the students wish to learn for fun, typically contemporary.


What to Expect For

Advanced and Older Students

Can proceed at teacher’s discretion with a customized curriculum that focuses on almost any area of their choosing, including traditional Classical study, Jazz, Rock and Pop styles, studio techniques, commercial music, playing in a group setting, or any combination. Advanced instruction in Mallet Percussion and the instruments of the orchestra pit is available and encouraged, as well as advanced training for the Jazz band. While this course of study is developed with the student’s individual interests in mind the curriculum will always be designed to be challenging and will require a strong commitment from the student.


Tuition Rates

Tuition is payable monthly on the 1st of the month. Payment is always the same flat rate, regardless of student absences or scheduled teacher vacation breaks.

Monthly Tuition Rates: based on 48 lessons offered per year

There is an annual $45 /per family studio registration fee.

Ready to Get Started?

Schedule a New Student Orientation

Frequently Asked Questions

Some questions that prospective drummers often ask:

What equipment do I need to start learning to play drums?

At a minimum, a drum student should have a set of drums sticks and a practice pad. You can also get a beginning drum set and accessories like cymbals, pedals, and a drum throne. 

Are electronic or acoustic drums better for beginners?

 Electronic and acoustic drums have advantages and disadvantages; the choice largely depends on your preferences, budget, and living situation. Either option is suitable for learning to play.


What is the best age to start learning drums?

There is no definitive “best age” to start learning drums, as people can successfully learn to play at various stages of life. Many experts recommend that children can start learning drums as young as 5-6 years old, depending on their interest, attention span, and motor skills.