Drum Lesson FAQs

London Ontario Drum Instruction by Karl Sloman

How long have you been teaching?

35 years?

Can you teach anyone to play?

Yes, I also work with students with severe mental and physical challenges.

Do you have a degree in music?

No, and there is no degree strictly in drum set playing from any University (at least not yet) instead most teach percussion. Most of us become educated in drum set by reading, performing and taking lessons with great instructors. I have been fortunate enough to study with some of the greatest drummers in the world including. Dom Famularo, Jim Chapin, Joe Morello, Mike Mangini, Kenny Arnoff, Gregg Bissonette, Chester Thompson, Bernard Purdie, Rod Morganstien, Carmine Appice, Ndugu Chanceller, Johnny Rabb, Tyler Stewart and others.

 How long are the Drum lessons?

Lessons are 30, 45 or 60 minutes in duration depending on the needs of the student. Students have different goals when taking up lessons, some want to play casually while others want to become professional musicians. Because each student Is different each will require differing amounts of time in their lessons. Students normally come once a week in the same time slot.

Is there an age requirement to play drums?

Not really, my youngest student was 2 and a half, however he was exceptional. The oldest student I had was 73. The key to playing drums is the desire to play. Like most things in life, music can be tailored specifically to an individual.

Where is your studio?

I have two locations that I work from 890 Viscount Road in Westmount and 19 Denlaw in Whitehills. To locate them I suggest using Google Maps.

I’ve been playing drums for years, what can you teach me?

I have found that it does not matter how experienced you are there is always something new to learn. I took up lessons at 33 and continue to take lessons and I am over 50! Technique, reading, theory, double bass drumming, styles, improvisation, rudiments should be learned by all. Neil Peart of the band Rush once told me – the drums are wonderful because there is no end to what you can learn, I agree with him 100%.

 Do you teach a particular kind of music?

I teach all styles of drumming and I do mean ALL. Whether you are a jazz drummer or a brutal death metal drummer I have taught both and all styles in between. My particular love is Progressive and Power Metal.

Do you teach any other instruments?

 Yes, I also teach piano, guitar, hand drumming, tuba, voice and didgeridoo.

Do you have a strength in what you teach?

I have a particular strength in developing coordination in my students. I believe that coordination; both physical and rhythmic is the most important area of study on the drum set.

Can I learn and/or bring in my own music?

Yes I encourage you to do so! I use computers extensively in my teaching so if you have an MP3 of a song, we can use that. In addition I also incorporate video into my lessons as there is a wealth of great material out there to use.


Do you teach students to write or compose?

Yes, I use a few software programs to instruct with including Sibelius and Guitar Pro, both programs are excellent for writing.

Are your lessons structured?

Yes, I always teach simple concepts to advanced, and I ensure my students have all their fundamentals in place to include: reading, theory, writing, listening, rudiments, technique, coordination, maintenance and history.

Do you use a Curriculum?

Yes, it is a curriculum I designed based on years of experience writing curricula for the Canadian Forces. My curriculum uses a step-by-step approach that emphasizes standards.

Do you provide a drum set?

No, however I do have drum sets that I rent out, restrictions apply. Also I do sell drum sets to my students, or I can assist with a purchase if the student wishes to purchase elsewhere.

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