Drum Lessons Cost

How much does drum lessons cost?

Learning the drums can be an excellent boost to co-ordination skills, especially in young children, and is also a source of pleasure for many. Mastering the rhythm and techniques takes some effort, and that is why the cost of drum lessons can vary depending on the skills and experience of the teacher involved.

General Cost

• A lesson will generally last half an hour and may cost anything from $15 to $40 – this may vary thanks to the skill of the teacher and what is involved.
• More in depth lessons may cost up to twice the mentioned fee as the teacher offers greater and more skilful advice.
• There are some interesting free online options such as onlinedrummer.com.
• A tutor who comes to your home to teach may charge a reduced fee, especially in less populated areas.
• There may be local school music teacher that offer tuition and these could be a sensible option.
• Check out the many DVD’s on offer as these can be very useful indeed and cost around $20 on average.

Extra Cost

• Added costs can include tuition DVD’s that may cost up to $30.
• Books for beginners typically cost around the $10 mark, and there will be the need to buy more detailed books as teaching progresses with a figure of around $100 a year not unusual.
• Buying a drum kit is an investment yet a beginner’s kit can be found for around $100.
• Factor in the cost of cymbals – which will not be included – and such accessories as a music stand, possibly at an extra $100.


• Ask around friends and family for good recommendations – a teacher who you know may be a sensible choice.
• Check with schools and colleges for their participation in lessons and what they can offer out of hours.
• Consider buying books and equipment second hand, as this can save money.
• Allow practice to be carried out uninterrupted and without undue attention from family members.
• Make sure you do not try and run before you can walk – learning the drums can take more time than you expect at first.


• Try local schools and colleges as possible sources of lessons.
• Use the internet to search for local providers and compare rates – have a look at drumteachersnetwork.com.
• Check local listings pages in newspapers for adverts.
• Ask in your local music store, perhaps the best source of good recommendations.

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