Drum Lessons in Murrieta, CA

Further Your Drum Skills at Murrieta’s Award-Winning Music Academy

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About Drum Lessons

Murrieta and Menifee Academy of Music and Arts provides private Drum lessons for students ages 6 and up. We also offer "Rock Starz ™" rock band classes for students that would like to play in a band. Whether you want a drum teacher for rock, blues, jazz, drum line, or most other styles, we've got you covered.

All of our drum instructors not only have the necessary academic musical knowledge, but they are also working professional musicians that regularly play in top-notch music venues, including casinos, churches, and recording studios both locally and throughout Southern California.

Levels of Drum Lessons

Different stages of learning as well as personal preference will dictate different programs of study, which is why except for beginning students starting at square-one, private instruction is best. Many students will not reach blazing speed and a master level of playing, but that is okay, because not everyone wants to be a professional drummer. What is important is that each student can go as far as his or her dedication and desire will allow.


Basic Drumming Posture and Grips / Fulcrum
Basic Drumming Notation/Reading
Introduction to the Drum Pad
Playing with Dynamics Stick Heights
Single and Double Stroke Hand Exercises
Basic Approach to Drum Set Playing-Posture-Hi Hat /Bass Drum Pedal Technique
Basic Rock Songs- How to Listen and Play on the Drum Set


Advanced Grip/Fulcrum Technique
Intermediate Drumming Hand Exercises -Dynamics /Accents /Rebounds
Basic Drumming /Drum Set Rudiments- Singles- Doubles –Rolls- Paradiddles- Flams
Intermediate Drum Notation /Reading/Song Structure
Intro to Intermediate Drumming Styles/Songs- Rock/Blues/Funk/Jazz
Intro to Group /Recital Playing/Performing
Introduction to Soloing


Advanced Hand/Rudiment Exercises
Advanced Reading Techniques-Odd Time Signatures
Advanced Drum Set Styles Grooves and Fills
Advanced Group /Recital Playing /Performance
Advanced Soloing Techniques/Showmanship
Introduction to Teaching

Fun Facts About Drum Lessons

1. Drum lessons are not only a musical experience, but also a physical workout. Drumming engages various muscle groups, improves coordination, and provides an enjoyable way to stay active.

2. Drumming is often referred to as the universal language of music. Regardless of cultural background or language, drummers can communicate and collaborate seamlessly through rhythm.

3. Drum lessons teach students how to create a wide range of sounds, from soft and subtle to loud and powerful, allowing drummers to express a wide spectrum of emotions in their playing.

4. Drum lessons challenge students to develop limb independence. Playing different rhythms with hands and feet simultaneously can be complex but incredibly satisfying to master.

5. Drum lessons often involve group settings, allowing drummers to interact with other musicians, develop ensemble skills, and learn how to lock in with different instruments.

Our Student Photo Gallery

Our music students are having a blast. We are so proud of their progress. Here are some highlights from our showcases, recitals, and music lessons from the past year!

Drum Lessons Tuition

The tuitions listed below are for private drum lessons taking place at the Academy and online once a week.

30 Minutes


30-minute lessons are recommended for younger students or adults looking to pursue music casually.
45 Minutes


45-minute lessons are ideal for older children and teenagers, as well as adults looking to make faster progress.
60 Minutes


60-minute lessons are ideal for students of all ages looking to pursue music seriously and make progress at a stronger pace.

Why Choose Our Academy

With our team of world-class instructors, we offer drum lessons for students of all ages and levels. We’ve been a community staple for over 30 years, and pride ourselves on creating a welcoming environment for all students.

Our teachers are at the heart of our music school. As mentioned previously, we receive countless teacher applications every year, and each drum teacher is meticulously selected for their professionalism and great personality. Their music education, performance, and teaching experience speaks for themselves too!

We find joy in teaching students on the finest quality instruments including but not limited to our acoustic pianos, guitars, and drums. We feature a waiting area for parents with high-speed WiFi, and an entire performing arts space, equipped with a professional stage and PA system. The Academy has plenty of free parking, and is located right in the heart of the Murrieta Town Center - near restaurants, stores, and other awesome spots!

We have been a part of the Murrieta, Temecula, Menifee, Wildomar, Canyon Lake, and Lake Elsinore community since 1990. We have learned how to create the most exceptional learning environment for music and the arts over the years through teaching thousands of students within our community!

Our students have an opportunity to showcase their progress over the 10 performances per year we hold for all of our programs, averaging nearly 1 performance every month. All opportunities are optional, but highly recommended for students! We also pride ourselves on holding fundraisers and events with outside organizations, which in the past include the Lakers, Walmart Foundation, Children’s Hospital Miracle Network, and Rady’s Children’s Hospital, amongst others.

In addition to being a proud member of the Music Teachers’ Association of California (a professional organization dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in music education) and a Steinway & Sons Teaching and Educational Partner (an extremely rare designation for private music schools), we also partner with local nonprofits, public and private schools, and charter schools. Among our alumni are music industry professionals, actors, and performers, such as America’s Got Talent - 2018 Golden Buzzer recipient, Makayla Phillips! We have also received endorsements by the California State Assembly and California State Senate for our long standing benefit to our communities, and are proud recipients of the 2023 Spectrum Student Satisfaction award.

Our Student and Drum Lesson Gallery

Take a look inside our student and drum lesson community!

Staff and Teacher Spotlight

Every month, the Academy of Music features some of our wonderful administrators and teachers. These are the folks that make us awesome!

Dr. Regina

Academy Director

Doctorate of Musical Arts

Mr. Mark



Mr. Paul



Mr. Tyler



Frequently Asked Questions About Drum Lessons

See below for the most frequently asked questions about drum lessons. If you have a question that is not listed here, please contact us at 951-698-9891 for assistance. For more information and drum learning tips, check out this free report: “9 Ways to Get the Most Out of Drum Lessons".

Our drum lessons cater to a diverse range of ages, starting from children as young as 6 to adults. Our experienced and passionate drum teachers tailor their methods to accommodate different age groups and skill levels, while taking into account the strengths and weaknesses of each individual student.

No prior drumming experience is required to begin drum lessons at our music school. Whether you’re a complete novice or an expert drummer, our instructors will guide you through the foundational techniques and help you build a strong rhythmic foundation.

Our drum lessons cover a comprehensive range of skills, including proper grip, hand and foot coordination, drumming patterns, rhythm theory, drumming styles across genres, and even drum kit setup and maintenance. Since 1990, we have been the gold standard for drum lessons in Murrieta, Menifee, and Temecula, so rest assured – you are in good hands.

Drum lessons typically last 30 minutes, 45 minutes, or 1 hour, depending on your age and experience level. 85% of our students are enrolled in weekly drum lessons, with the remainder attending twice a week.

Absolutely! We encourage all our drum students to participate in ensemble and band experiences, which we proudly offer. Our academy provides plenty of opportunities to collaborate with other musicians, as well as showcase your drumming skills at recitals and performances, including our annual Rocktoberfest show!

Embark on your musical and artistic journey with the Academy of Music.

Murrieta Academy of Music and Performing Arts

Menifee Academy of Music and Performing Arts

New Programs Now Enrolling!

Programs with new sessions can be found below!

  • Musical Theatre 
  • Drama Kids
  • Drama Teens
  • Musical Theatre for Little Folks

For schedule, please visit this page!

The Hollywood Starz Vocal Ensemble for students ages 6-15 currently has two remaining spaces. To enroll in the ensemble and conquer the stage, please contact our office!

Voice 101 is coming soon! Please give us a call to be placed on the waitlist as Session 1 of the program is beginning to run out of space!

Our all-favorite MusicFunTime program loved by hundreds at the Murrieta location is soon coming to the Menifee location! To get on our initial registration list for the MFT program, please contact our office! MFT is an award-winning program based on Johns Hopkins Research, promoting music to students ages 18months - 6 years old. 

Questions about our programs?

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