John S. offers Drum Lessons, Music Performance Lessons, and Percussion L...

Tutor in Minneapolis, MN 55418

Minneapolis, MN 55418


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Price starts at: $45

Subjects: Ableton, Drum, Music Performance, Music Recording, Percussion, Pro Tools Software

Hi, I’m John! I’m a full-time musician, currently splitting my time between teaching drums and touring with indie rock band Step Rockets. I’ve been fortunate enough to spend the past 12 years teaching, recording, and performing across North America.

I started drumming at the age of 10, honing my chops under the tutelage of drummer/vibraphonist Steve Roehm, member of the acclaimed Twin Cities jazz trio, The New Standards. I continued my musical education at St. Olaf College, where I played drums in the college’s nationally accredited Jazz One ensemble while studying percussion with jazz veterans Phil Hey and Dave Hagedorn. I then spent three years teaching students in St. Paul Public Schools while developing a strong base of private drum students in the Twin Cities.

I love sharing my passion for drums with people of all ages and musical backgrounds. I provide a fun and stimulating learning environment in which students can foster their drum skills and grow their love of music. I have a thorough understanding of drumming technique coupled with an in-depth knowledge of different styles and genres, which I’ve accumulated through playing with a wide variety of bands and ensembles.

  • Lesson Details *
    I provide a laid back atmosphere, ensuring that lessons are equal parts fun and education. I tailor my curriculum based on my students’ skill level and interests. I can teach any number of drum set skills, from technique and music reading to advanced coordination and improvisation.
  • Studio Equipment *
    Sound-Proof Studio w/ 2 Full Drum Kits and Speakers
  • Specialties *
    Sight-Reading; Rudiments; Improvisation; Technique; 4-limb coordination; Genres: Funk, Hip-Hop, Rock, Jazz, Latin (Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, Latin-Jazz), Pop, Country, etc.

Child Ages:
3 weeks - 17 years
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Date: September 15, 2006 – May 15, 2010
School: St. Olaf College
Degree: B.A. – Psychology

Date: September 15, 2017 – April 15, 2018
School: Berklee School of Music
Degree: Music Studies Professional Certificate


Date: January 15, 2006
Organization: Drum Instructor & Performing Artist
Title: Musician


Date: May 15, 2010
Authority: St. Olaf College
Name: B.A. Psychology


Language: English
Proficiency: Fluent / Native Proficiency


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