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Drum Lessons Calgary

All Ages and Skill Levels

“Proudly offering Drum Lessons in Calgary for all ages and playing levels.”

Drum Lessons Calgary - Our Programs

  • Drum lessons that will guide you from preschooler to university
  • Popular music, RCM, and jazz
  • Regular performances and scholarship opportunities
  • Groove Academy Scholarship Fund
  • High school Credit Programs
  • Children’s Tax Credit

Drum Lessons Calgary for Kids, Teens & Adults.  From Beginner to Pro, our drumming and percussion programs are aimed to aid our students in meeting their goals with a clear plan each student and instructor discusses before enrollment. Groove Academy School of Music specializes in Drum and Percussion programs. We encompass the fundamentals that are necessary for you to become a well-rounded musician and artist.


All Skill Levels

Preschoolers, Beginners, Intermediate, and Pro

Lesson Times

30 minutes, 45 minutes, and 60 minutes

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Our School Philosophy

  1. Groove Academy–School of Music provides you with a high standard of music education. All students and instructors come up with a clear plan, discuss goals and direction, before enrollment. Our music programs, are designed to adapt to each student’s needs and how they learn best, (audio, visual, and/or kinesthetic). As a result, each student receives customized music lessons.
  2. Groove Academy insures you are learning from highly qualified instructors. All of our instructors are RCM qualified, hold a university or college degree and are “in” the music business.
  3. Providing our students with an abundance of performance and scholarship opportunities, our students gain stage experience at Groove Academy events and local events around Calgary, nationally and internationally, (all performances are optional).

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Our Drumset Curriculum

  • Popular Music (Rock, pop, R&B….)
  • RCM (Royal Conservatory of Music)
  • Jazz Studies
  • School Band/Jazz Band Preparatory
  • University Preparatory
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Drum Lessons at Groove Academy

Learn more about the drum lesson programs:

Little Drummers Program: Age 3-5

Our Little Drummers program includes course material. The program covers call and response games, will work towards students creating rhythms and will assist with hand/eye coordination, all of which will help build communication, social skills and confidence. The Little Drummers program will give each student the foundation for the best results in future education. To discuss our courses in detail, or if you have any other questions, please contact us, we would love to assist you further.

Beginner to Advanced: One-on-One Drum Lessons

Our individual drum set lessons are customized around every student’s goals and needs, which are discussed before lessons begin.

Each student truly receives customized drum lessons. We cater to how a student learns best by using audio, visual and kinaesthetic aids. Unlike group classes, with one-on-one drum lessons, that student has our utmost undivided attention.

Our Drum Lessons Program Covers:

  • Setting up your drums
  • Tuning,
  • Types of stick grip
  • Drum grooves in multiple styles
  • Leaning songs
  • Soloing, (various types)
  • Drum fills
  • Double bass technique
  • Coordination
  • Independence
  • Rudiments
  • Ear training
  • Call & response
  • Theory
  • Chart reading
  • Working with a metronome and drum machine
  • Recording techniques
  • Working with acoustic drums, electric drums & hybrid setups

… and much much More!!

For a full list of what our drum set courses cover, and how we can customize lesson plans for you, please contact us.

To discuss our drum lessons in detail, or if you have any other questions, we would love to assist you further.

Orchestral Percussion

Our orchestral percussion program offers professional studies for any student wanting to join band, in band or at a University level. We cover mallets (marimba, vibes, xylophone, and bells), timpani, orchestral/rudimental snare drum, and auxiliary percussion (tambourine, triangle, castanets, shakers, cabassa, guiros, etc.). We offer our students lots of performance opportunities as well as connecting them with community orchestras and University’s if they desire.

High school students in grades 9 to 12 are eligible to receive up to four additional credits throughout high school if practical and theory exam requirements are met. To discuss our courses in detail, or if you have any other questions, please contact us, we would love to assist you further.

Hand Drumming

Djembe, Congas

Groove Academy offers a wide variety of Hand Drum Programs. To sign up you don’t need a hand drum, just stop by and have some fun. We have lots of hand drums on site. Groove Academy offers Djembe group classes and well as one on one. Get ready for the Calgary Folk Fest!

Never played before? Hand drumming is awesome, a great way to express yourself and it’s easy to get a sound “out” right-away. Hand drumming is proven to be a great stress reliever, and a great form of meditation as well. It’s healthy and it’s fun. Join us today!! To discuss our courses in detail, or if you have any other questions, please contact us, we would love to assist you further.

Ten-Week Percussion Program

For School Band Students - Grades 6-12

The Ten-Week Percussion program is a one-on-one program that covers all orchestral percussion instruments, techniques and theory. Any student wanting to join band should take this course. The program will give an in-depth study of snare drum, mallets, timpani, hand percussion and more!! After completing the Ten-Week Percussion Program, One on One lessons are offered. (10 half hour lessons or can be condensed to 5 one hour lessons) . To discuss our courses in detail, or if you have any other questions, please contact us, we would love to assist you further.

Full-Time Drum Course - College Level

Campus Located In Winnipeg

Our Full-Time Drum Course is a 6 month program of intense study intended for the serious and or career minded. As many Universities focus primarily on Orchestral percussion, our focus is on the many aspects of drumming and drum history. The course includes theoretical and practical studies along with live performances and article submissions to some of the top drumming/percussion magazines and websites. Students will learn to demonstrate proficiency in all genres, rudiments, percussion basics, soloing, odd time signatures, tuning, recording, working with a drum machine, electric drums, programing, double bass, and more. The course runs from September-February and March-August. Classes are Monday to Friday from 9:30am-3:00pm.

Upon completion, a certificate is given with a mark 75% or higher. Full course details and tuition info can be mailed or emailed out.

Join Us On Campus Or Online!!

View our Online Drum Course Details

Please email us for audition requirements, tuition fees, course details or if you have any other questions. Contact us, we would love to assist you further.

5-Day Intensive Percussion Camp

Held at a local school or university

Groove Academy’s 5 Day Intensive Percussion Camp, held on the 2nd week of July, covers all aspects of orchestral percussion. Student will learn Theory, Rudiments, Snare drum, Timpani, Mallets, Drum set, and Auxiliary percussion. We also cover the basics of Jazz drumming along with grip techniques and listening examples.

Every day focuses on a different orchestral percussion instrument with a review of the day before. Students will experience tons of group playing and demonstration. The course ends of with a test that awards the student a certificate of completion and a CD of the week’s work.

This course provides the key essentials in providing students with the tools necessary to become an asset in the band program/s in September. To discuss our courses in detail, or if you have any other questions, please contact us, we would love to assist you further.

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Drum Lessons Calgary

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(587) 200-7298