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"Jacob, you've got GREAT hands!!! ...hands from hell...!" Jim Chapin - circa 2005 (20th century’s most influential drum set educator)

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"Since I have been studying with Jacob my hand speed has doubled. My independence is more solid, and I appreciate his willingness to take me out of my comfort zone in order to build my chops, I came to Jacob for drum set but, I have also seen a huge improvement in my timpani chops as well. I feel lucky to be studying with a master." Terrence LaCroix, B.M. Northern Kentucky University (Orchestre Symphonique des Musiciens du Monde & Orchestre symphonique de l'isle)

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Whether beginner, hobbyist, weekend musician, aspiring student, college or university student, semi professional or professional - ALL are welcome!

  • What age can students start drum set study?
    Answer: Motivated, serious students 14 and older and professionals are accepted for study.
  • Must I learn to "read" music?
    Answer: Illiteracy impedes musical progress. The skill of reading music allows you to utilize the libraries of music of past, present and future. Written musical language is the most effective system for teaching and learning.
  • What is "playing by ear?"
    Answer: When one plays the instrument from intuitive note choices rather than following a predetermined sequence of written notes, is "playing by ear." This is a valuable skill in addition to reading music.
  • I took drum lessons at a younger age. Is it too late to continue?
    Answer: It is not ever too late to add music to your life! Childhood music lessons usually contribute to learning as an adult.
  • Do I need to own a drum set to start taking lessons?
    Answer: No, however consistent access to a drum set or snare drum practice pad is necessary.
  • Is an electric drum set OK to use for drum lessons?
    Answer: Yes. Many electric drum sets today are excellent for this music lessons.
  • What should I look for when choosing an electric drum set?
    Answer: It is highly recommended the drum set have the ability to use a real bass drum and hi-hat pedals.
  • How often are lessons scheduled?
    Answer: Once per week is the perfect schedule for steady progress and continuity of learning. Allowing sufficient time between lessons to practice material and introduce new concepts at a brisk pace.
  • How long & often do I practice?
    Answer: It is highly recommended to practice daily. The benefit is equal to the time and effort applied to your musical lessons. 1 to 2 hours daily is the ultimate option for quick progress.





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