Drums

Drum Lessons

Learning drums can certainly be rewarding for the qualities that come along with it and for the undoubtedly most fun not-so-subtle form of music.

Benefits and skills include rhythm training, hands coordination and cognitive perception. Variety of styles includes heavy metal. We teach children as young as 6 and up, as well as adults!

When it comes to drums we offer flexible one-on-one approach of individual study, with personal preference for songs, individual progress and non-pressure opportunities to perform. Teacher meets the potential student and determines the goals and progress plan. When 2 or more students of similar age and skill manage to get together in a combination of guitar / drums, or solo guitar / bass guitar, or piano / guitar / drums, then the “Rock Band” is formed and has perfomance opportunities. Under the expert guidance, this is not an amateur endeavour, but well thought through, well managed and well executed performance preparation. We welcome all students, very beginners, or advanced.

 

Meet our Students

Our Drum Teacher

Andrew Brophy

Guitar, Drums + Piano Teacher

Andrew Brophy teaches guitar, drums, composition and beginner piano lessons. He is a professional teacher who knows how to inspire his students. Andrew has a dedicated, personable and friendly character. His skills and thorough musical background provide him with tools to give the best lessons. His students really like to come to his lessons.

Andrew completed a three year applied music program at Mohawk College where he studied classical guitar under Johnathan Earp. He has had over twenty years experience in writing and performing in rock, hard rock and heavy metal bands as a guitarist, drummer and vocalist. He also was part of a classical guitar ensemble for a number of years.

Andrew has ten years experience teaching students of all ages. His relaxed approach inspires student’s to explore music, develop their playing skills and have fun. His lessons focus on all aspects of music, specifically rhythm, technique and music literacy. Andrew has developed a unique approach to technical efficiency, as well as encouraging each student’s personal creativity. He has collected a large repertoire in guitar music ranging from popular, easy listening, to all genres and era’s of rock, hard rock, and metal music, as well as classical guitar music.

Drum Lessons

Pricing and Policies

Drum Lesson Pricing

Initial trial lessons are offered at 1/2 price, paid in advance

Beginner Level – Level 4

$30 /30 min
$45 /45 min
$60 /1 hour

Level 5 and up

$38 /30 min
$57 /45 min
$70-76 /1 hour

ONE-TIME REGISTRATION FEE

$50 /first family member
$25 /each additional family member

LATE FEE

$5 /per student per month

Studio Policies

SCHOOL YEAR SCHEDULING AND MISSED LESSONS POLICY FROM SEPTEMBER TO JUNE:

After initial trial lesson you will be given exact time spot. From then on, lessons are scheduled on weekly basis. Lessons are billed and due monthly, on the first day of each month. One-time fees are billed at the time of booking. Registration fee is charged only after the initial trial lesson, once you confirm your interest. There are NO lessons (no charge for lessons) during Statutory Holidays. No make-up lessons policy: If you are unable to attend the scheduled lesson invite a friend or a family member to take a lesson in your place. Notify us prior to lesson about who will be attending. No credits can be issued for any missed lessons. Also, there will be no alternate time allocated, only regular scheduled time.

SUMMER LESSONS SCHEDULING AND MISSED LESSONS POLICY FOR THE MONTHS OF JULY AND AUGUST:

In the summer months of July and August we have flexibility to accommodate as many or as few lessons as you choose. Lessons are scheduled ahead of time, on specific weeks and days. After detailed consultation with the teacher’s availability you can choose your weeks and length of your lessons. You may consider more frequent or longer lessons on the weeks you can make it, to gain time for missing some weeks you cannot come in. Billing will follow accordingly, based on pre-booked lessons. Lessons are paid for in advance. During summer months we ask for minimum 2-weeks cancellation notice, or the lesson is considered missed and paid for. No make up lesson will be allowed for the missed lesson without 2-week notice. We limit the make up lessons to 2 in the summer.

HOLIDAY CLOSURES

Labour Day: Sunday & Monday closed

Thanksgiving: Sunday & Monday closed

Winter Break: Two full weeks closed

Family Day: Sunday & Monday closed

March Break: Lessons on the 1st weekend then closed Monday to Sunday

Easter: Friday to Monday closed

Victoria Day: Sunday & Monday closed

 

Why Play drums?

Why Play Drums?

Dear parents of children who woke up one day and said: “I want to be a drummer!” and also dear students who love drums! 

Rhythm is the foundation of all music. Without rhythm we would not have a sense of flow in music. It would be extremely chaotic and it would be unpleasant to human ear. We need you, dear drummers, to bring order into music. Because you are persistent, fit, strong, confident, you inspire us and keep us in line. Literally! So if you feel like this is your calling, don’t hesitate for another minute and try a lesson. We are waiting for you with open arms.

Drumming lesson is often joined with guitar in some form. Either teacher plays along, or another student of the similar abilities or age joins in and there you go! We have a band. And we promise to give you a stage too, when you are ready!

For teenagers, you know who I am talking to, you are out there, dreaming about becoming this next perfect drummer, next one on the stage who wows all the audience. Boy or a girl. So guess what, this goal is closer than you think. Unless you try you will never know if you have a knack for it. Why don’t you stop reading this and instead start practicing your drumming. After all, it is your own decision, your own idea and your dream. So follow it. And we will be here to give you all the right tools. And eventually, we give you that well deserved space on a stage, too! 

FAQ's +
Home Practice Tips

FAQ's

How do I begin? 

Fill our registration form online, so we have all your contact information. In there, write us a note describing what you are looking for. Pick an instrument based on your personal preference and we will match you with the teacher on a certain day and time of the week. Then we set up an initial lesson time for you. After you pay for the lesson, all is set. Registration fee is only charged after the initial lesson and when you decide to sign up for weekly lessons.

What if I don’t have the instrument and need to rent one?

We have selected instruments for rent, starting at $20/month.

What if I have a child who is not decided?

If you have a small child who is undecided, attend a Junior Class for very young children. Children 6 and up can also observe the Junior Class, or observe some other instrumental class by appointment.

How can I help my child to decide which instrument to pick?

Bring your child to a live music concert. We recommend classical music concert, or some of our internal music recitals we put on every December and June. Show your child variety of musical performances and styles. What resonates with them is the right choice. For us at Klaudia’s Music Studio is important to know what style you like. Classical music, light classics, popular contemporary music, heavy metal music, movie music, or anything else.

Do you only teach classical music?

We based our violin, piano, guitar, cello and double bass teaching on classical music, but not exclusively. For example, student can play a new music piece once the technique allows it. And we also have rock guitar and drums lessons that are not based on classical music at all. It all depends on instrument, teacher and student which way you want to lean towards.

How do I make sure the interest lasts?

Sign up for a trial 10-week period. After this time you will have a better understanding of what is involved.

Do all students have to take the Royal Conservatory Exam?

No. Teacher determined the readiness and it is only recommended for students who take music lessons and music education very seriously. Preparations are extensive and involve much more than just playing a musical instrument.

Do you offer a trial lesson and do I need to have an instrument?

Yes, for 1/2 price of the regular lesson. One-time initial trial class. You may take another trial lesson on different instrument. We provide instrument for trial class for free.

Do you rent instruments?

Yes. Violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, keyboard, electric piano.

Do you come to students home to teach? 

No, we only offer lessons at one of the Studio locations.

How young can children begin playing an instrument?

General music introduction starts at the age 3.5 in our Junior Music Class. Summer Camp is for children 5.5 years and up. Instrumental playing is recommended by Klaudia’s Music Studio at the age 5 or up, with exception of guitar where we recommend starting at minimum 8 years old.

Can I start learning instrument at any age?

Yes, absolutely.

How do I enroll?

Click the Register link at the top of the website, call us or send us an email.

Home Practice Tips

Our approach is to integrate all aspects of music into one beautiful, ear pleasing experience. Importance of home practicing is the key. The studio encourages daily home practicing from its students.

A word for parents of children: we encourage you to set and devote a prime part of their day to practice a musical instrument. First thing in the morning, if they are early birds; or 1-2 hours after they come home from school if that’s their prime attention time; or 1-2 hours after dinner if they stay up late. Feed your child nutritious food 1-2 hours prior to practicing and try not to offer sweets of any kind. This spike in sugar levels will make them tired for practicing. Keep giving them healthy snacks only and water to drink. Once it is time to practice turn off all electronic devices in the house. And we mean it. Even your buzzing phone on silent mode is a huge distraction to their sensitive and all aware senses. Give your child undivided attention for the time of practicing, especially at the beginnings when the instrument feels new. Help them to your best knowledge. A receptive audience is often all that is required to encourage a child to practice. Sit and listen, try not to interfere too much with teacher’s instructions. Reward them with a hug, sticker, small toy, but avoid sugar treats. Then eventually the child will want to practice alone, in private. This is a great step toward independence. Let it happen, but don’t forget to keep setting time for home practicing, set reminders and continue the rewards so they feel appreciated. Each child needs to hold accountable for his or her homework. Both teachers and parents as role models have an important part in a child’s advancement and only when sufficient effort is put in, will we see great results. If there is too much resistance from child it is time to talk and reconsider a different instrument, or a completely different path. On the contrary, if there is a great enthusiasm and practice reminders are not needed it is time to discuss the future exams with the teacher and get properly informed. Besides of instrument, theory lessons will be needed to develop all skills necessary to succeed in music. It is an investment into one’s future. 

Adult students should also devote time to home practicing to progress in their musical development. Home practice gives teachers important weekly feedback and guides both student and teacher to produce a more customized learning routine.

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