Drum lessons

With Real Brave’s drum set lessons for beginners, you will learn the fundamental techniques required for success on the drums. Through our program, you will improve your understanding of music theory with hands-on lessons paired with instruction from an experienced drum teacher, offering everyone the chance to learn how to play the drum set.

Topics covered in our learning program include:

  • How to read percussion notation
  • Practice exercises to increase your improvement
  • Proper posture and stick grips for classical, jazz and rock drumming
  • And so much more!

A drum set is a unique instrument and one perfect for kids of almost all ages. In a band, the drummer plays a vital role, establishing the meter and groove of a song, while occasionally adding spice and variety to the musical piece with signature fills or solos. Learning the instrument can also help improve students’ coordination skills, as playing a drum kit requires both hands and feet to be in sync.

Real Brave’s drum lessons combine weekly private music instruction with concert and recording participation, providing a learning program that is both fun and effective. We teach the basics of the instruments, as well as how to use our practice sheets, learning statements, standards, and studio technology.

Our method is the product of over 15 years in music education and exploration. Through our collective experience from our music teachers, we have crafted drum set lessons for beginners that not only engage students but also lead to learning other percussion instruments such as electronic drums or acoustic 5 piece drum set. And, with flexible after-school drum lessons, your kids can also learn to feel the beat. Plus with our in-house software PracticePad™we can track progress, can record video and audio and more, you are guaranteed to learn more on the drums here than anywhere else!

Our drum and percussion instructors

All of our drum and percussion instructors at Real Brave in Queens, NY, and Oakland, NJ, have both the musical experience necessary to pass their knowledge onto new students. Their passion for teaching makes the learning experience fun and engaging for kids and adults alike. Our instructors will personalize lessons to the skill level and learning style of the student, developing a lesson plan that is both fun and challenging. Learning to play the drums helps students grow as musicians.

Our drums instructors in Queens, NY and Oakland, NJ

To learn more about our instructors’ musical education and teaching values, visit our Queens, NY, instructors or Oakland, NJ, instructors page to read their bios.

We offer flexible scheduling options, along with free parking and street parking, to make it easier for everyone to receive the lessons they want. We also offer after-school drum lessons. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and learn about our available discounts.

We have two convenient locations to serve you. Contact us in Queens at (718) 701-8951 or Oakland at (201) 465-4134.

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Oakland
Stefano Di Lorenzo

Stefano Di Lorenzo

Drums, Guitar, Piano

Stefano started his musical studies almost twenty years ago in his native country, Italy. After moving to the US, Stefano graduated from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College with a Bachelors of Music and Summa Cum Laude. He has been performing in a wide variety of genres ranging from classical music to rock and jazz. Along with his performance experience, Stefano has been teaching since he was a high school student in Italy over a decade ago.

As a musician and an instructor, Stefano promotes a healthy approach to the instrument by teaching techniques based on proper use of physics and natural body motion. He tries to incorporate theory and ear training into lessons and believes in learning and performing pieces as a complete experience, which is both fulfilling and educational for the student.

At the Queens NY location, Stefano enjoys sharing his passion for music with his students and is committed to accompanying and supporting them every step of the way in their learning process using Practice Pad and the Real Brave Method.

Javier Roldan

Javier Roldan

Guitar, Drums

Javier  began his musical journey as a self taught multi-instrumentalist. Idolizing groups from the realm of 90’s rock and pop music, he has participated in various experimental rock projects in the last decade.

It wasn’t until his enrollment into Molloy College that he discovered the world of classical music. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance in classical guitar and has exceptional knowledge in Music Theory and the Romantic period of art and music. Through his experiences as a musician and educator he possesses values in life in which he lives by and incorporates into his lessons.

Ranging from the works of Bach to Buddy Guy, Javier is happy to be a part of the Real Brave team in Queens NY and believes that every individual at any age and with any skill level can play beautiful, expressive music.

Dann Jose Cabredo

Dann Jose Cabredo

Drums, Guitar

Dann Jose Cabredo a.k.a. ‘DJ’ is most known for his boisterous personality and his eagerness to teach students in a fun and attentive manner. With a Bachelor’s Degree in Childhood Education from Queens College, he is well accustomed to teaching all manner of students, whether they be older or younger.

Having spent a decade working for Real Brave, he holds a closeness to all staff and students treating them similar to family. DJ’s students will tell you that he is fun, attentive and direct resulting in a honest enjoyable class experience which will leave you wanting to learn more. Especially with PracticePad and the Real Brave method employed.

Andrew Gyselings

Andrew Gyselings

Bass Guitar, Drums, Guitar, Piano, Ukulele

Andrew has been teaching music for six years. His skills cover a variety of instruments including guitar, bass, drums, piano and ukulele. And his musical tastes are even broader.

His approach to teaching is to get students playing songs that they want to learn, all while learning and building a foundation of the music theory and technique behind them. He makes each lesson fun and engaging for all students and always illustrates the lessons being taught by playing real songs along with the student.

As a singer/songwriter, he strives to empower each student with the knowledge to compose their own musical works at the Queens NY location.

Sam Cheong

Sam Cheong

Drums, Guitar

Sam first started music as a child and since then, it has taken over all aspects of his life. After picking up and playing his first instrument, listening to, playing, writing, and talking about music has been his main obsession. Now he performs with numerous groups live and continues to compose and produce songs.

As a self-taught musician, Sam tries to teach his students in a fun and simple way while trying to show them the feeling of self-esteem that comes with achieving their goals through hard work. Using Real Brave’s method and PracticePad really helps the student go further.

Don Albert

Don Albert

Bass, Drums, Guitar, Trumpet, Piano

Don Albert studied music at Queens College and has been teaching guitar, bass, trumpet, performance and composition for over 30 years. He also teaches test prep and essay writing to high school and college students. Don is an intregal part of Real Brave’s PracticePad developement and implementation.

Jimmy Bou, Jr.

Jimmy Bou, Jr.

Drums

Jimmy is a self-taught drummer and vocalist. With his contagious laugh and positive energy he inspires his students to approach learning the drum set with passion and excitement. Using Real Brave’s PracticePad in his drum classes, he is truly able to capture key moments which shape young and successful musicians.

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Sam Yi

Sam Yi

Bass, Drums, Guitar

Sam is a self-taught musician and learned through books and videos online. He was inspired to be a teacher after he was became a praise leader in his church. During middle school and high school, he took music classes to hone his skills. In college, he declared minors in both Music Education and Music Theory to enhance his knowledge in both fields.

His goal as an instructor at the Queens location is to find his student’s joys within the instrumentation. While teaching the instrument, he also wants his students to grow their passion for the instrument and music in general. Slowly but surely, he builds his students into profound musicians through his know-how, the Real Brave method and PracticePad.

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