School Of Excellence


AGES:  8-20 and Adults

LESSON LENGTH:  30 and 60 Minutes


      Learning how to play the drums is a wonderful journey, and you’re at a crucial stage: finding a great drum teacher.  We feel the drum teachers at Music First have the education, experience, creativity and dedication to teach you Classical, Blues, Rock, Metal, Jazz and any drum style in between- at any level.  We are confident we can guide you through your learning experience.

         Our drum teachers will help you to manage and schedule your learning materials and effectively explain its importance and meaning.   They will also help you to better organize your practice material and show you how to effectively manage your practice time.   Music First Learning Center prides itself and its teachers on helping to build a positive confidence level.


       Now you have made the decision to advance your drum skills, whether you’re picking the drums up for the first time or building on what you already know.  Congratulations!  You are ready to dive in and get started with your lessons.

Music First has developed its own core lesson curriculum code: titled ADEPT.  This stands for:

  • APPLICATION:  Teacher application and communication of material.

  • DETAILS:  Attention to the small details in your lessons

  • EDUCATORS:  Learning starts with great educators.

  • PATIENCE:  To be an effective teacher they need to have patience.

  • TECHNIQUE:   Teaching proper technique is paramount.


ADEPT is a train of thought our teachers apply to their lessons.  It’s a guide to help our teachers help our students obtain their goals.  


One of the first things you learn is the drums anatomy.  Define and locate all the working parts on the drums. How to hold the sticks is the next important step.  Learn to properly position the drums in relationship to students body frame.

Beginner Curriculum

  1. Learn easy beginner songs

  2. Easy warm-ups

  3. Learn to tune your drums (The basics)

  4. Basic music theory

  5. Basic music reading

  6. Learn to properly grip the sticks (Matched and traditional Etc..)

  7. Basic rudiments

  8. Basic Metronome (Learn to play in time)


          If you have discovered that you are an intermediate drummer, this is an exciting period in your drum development.  This period is where you will start to discover your own playing potential.  Listed below are some of the basics in our Core Curriculum.

Core Curriculum

  1. Essential drum styles

  2. Start improvisation techniques

  3. Learning your favorite songs

  4. Reading drum tabs

  5. Reading Charts and Scores

  6. Music Theory (Learning Key signatures, Chord theory and basic scale theory)

  7. Coordinate the limbs

  8. Ear Training

  9. Reading drum sheet music

  10.  Learn the 40 essential rudiments

  11. Metronome (Learn to play in time)


  Advanced students will start with our CIRCULAR drum development curriculum.  This stands for:

  • CREATIVITY:  Student demonstrates their creative interpretation of a piece of music.       

  • IMPROVISATION/IMAGINATION: The student practices and demonstrates the ability to improvise over any style of music.

  •  RHYTHMIC/READING: Student understands meter. 4/4, 6/8, 7/8, Etc.  The ability to read and interpret music.  

  • COMMUNICATION:  How the student communicates their musical ideas to an audience.  

  • UNCHARACTERISTIC:  Implement and develop their unique musical style.

  • LYRICAL:  Expressing the writer’s emotions in an imaginative and beautiful way.  

  • ADAPTATION:  Student has the ability to adapt to any musical environment.

  • RESOLUTE:  Stay determined, set goals and never stop playing.


CIRCULAR drum development curriculum is a performance plan developed by Music First for the intermediate/advanced drummers.  

Here are just a few of the specific concepts your teacher will help you with in relationship with our CIRCULAR drum program.

  1. Advanced rudiments  

  2. Kick and snare (Foundation concepts)

  3. Learning your favorite songs

  4. Stick placement techniques

  5. Advanced drum tuning

  6. Developing rebound stokes

  7. Timing signature exercises (7\8, 9\8, 6\4 Ect…)

  8. Improvisation (How to interpret song beats)

  9. Advanced metronome work

  10. Ear Training (Interval recognition, Chord harmony)

  11.  Music theory (How chords, scales, modes and arpeggios relate)

  12. Reading drum music (Skilled sight reading)

We like to think that Music First is not only a business, but a community that’s here to help support music and arts in our schools and homeschools through private lessons and online music education.

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