Overview

Whether you aspire to play pieces by Bach or jazz standards, Palos Verdes Arts Academy is dedicated to help you become the pianist you want to be. Our faculty will introduce you to the fundamentals of sight reading, technique and theory, and incorporate your favorite songs into your lessons to keep the learning fun. You do not need a piano at home to take lessons; a simple full-size electronic keyboard will suffice for the first six months.

What’s the #1 reason to study drums at the Academy?

Our drum/percussion instructors are kind, passionate, and nurturing. The teachers get to know each student and parent on a personal level. We work with each individual to craft a lesson plan that fits the student’s unique needs and favorite type of music. Whether you’re playing in local bands, a seven year old taking their first lesson, or a fifty year old returning to rocking out after many years, our teachers will share their love for the piano and help you set goals to achieve your musical aspirations.

What styles of drums do you teach?‍

We teach all styles, from rock, pop and jazz to country, blues and classical.

How qualified are the Academy’s drum instructors?

Our piano faculty have received their musical education from such prestigious institutions as New York University, Berklee School of Music, Bob Cole Conservatory, USC, and Julliard to name a few. Our instructors have different teaching styles, personalities and methods. We will match you with the teacher we feel would be the best fit for your learning style and unique goals.

What will I learn from drum lessons at the Academy?

Our faculty is dedicated to helping you become the drummer you want to be. They will show you the fundamentals of sight reading, technique and theory, and incorporate your favorite songs into your lessons. We want the learning to be fun, progressive, enjoyable and encouraging.

Do I have to know how to read music?

‍No. Beginners are welcome!

Do I need a drumset to learn the instrument?

We highly suggest purchasing a drum set to practice at home. For early beginners, a simple drum pad and sticks will suffice.

Are there drum recitals?‍

Absolutely! Every October, December and June, our students have the opportunity to perform in world class recital halls and venues. Adults have the opportunity to play at local clubs and venues. Admission is free, so you can invite all of your family and friends.