Drum & Percussion Lessons

Have you always wanted to be a drummer? Vivaldi Music Academy offers the best Percussion lessons in Houston through innovative, engaging, and individually tailored lessons to students of all levels. Our percussion faculty teach various styles including rock, blues, jazz and more. Students starting out will learn about the drum kit and its components, rhythmic patterns and counting measures. More advanced students continue to progress with a wide variety of technical exercises designed to improve your speed and comfort. All drummers are encouraged to bring their favorite drum parts to learn in their lesson. Drum lessons at Vivaldi Music Academy are taught with total musicianship in mind while providing a comprehensive music education that includes theory, ear training, sight reading, technique, and history.

About the Drum Kit

Archaeological evidence suggests that around 30,000 years ago, in the Upper Paleolithic era, early man figured out how to stretch an animal skin to make a drum. It only took 29,000 more years for man to arrive at a system for multi-tasking on the instrument: the drum kit.

Not quite a hundred years old, the drum kit might be just a kid in instrument years, but it’s long been at the heart of popular music. It’s served not just as a time-keeping machine but as a tool for virtuosic expression, from the bombastic jazz of Buddy Rich to the prog-rock stylings of Rush’s Neil Peart to the impeccable funk rhythms of Clyde Stubblefield.

The modern drum kit is what allowed players like Max Roach to play polyrhythms at racing tempos and, in the 1940s, develop a highly complex new jazz idiom: bebop. They began using the ride cymbal to delineate time in a swinging way, and this pattern, which you no doubt know, is still the basic rhythmic unit of jazz.

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Why choose us for drum lessons?

The best comprehensive drum lessons in Houston

Vivaldi Music Academy offers music lessons in a variety of instruments. Our piano lessons, violin lessons, guitar lessons, viola lessons, cello lessons, voice/singing lessons, flute lessons, and drum lessons provide a comprehensive and robust music education . Group voice lessons/choir, ensemble/chamber lessons for experienced students, and early childhood music development classes round out the selection of experiences offered. Learn more about our music programs.

The most highly qualified percussion teaching faculty in Houston

From decorated recitalists to award winning composers, our faculty is dedicated to tailoring music lessons to your interests by learning about your personal musical goals and helping you achieve them. Our faculty have instrument specific degrees from renowned universities such as Yale University, Rice University and Boston Conservatory. Learn more about our amazing faculty.

Musician Owned and Operated

With over 200 years of family history in music, critically acclaimed violinist Zeljko Pavlovic brings his belief in the value of music education to the forefront of the Academy’s mission. As director and owner, Mr. Pavlovic has assembled a team of professional musicians who share his passion and enthusiasm for quality music education. Learn more about our director here.

State of the art modern facilities

With two locations centered in Bellaire and West University, our schools are convenient to all areas of Houston. Our state of the art facilities includes a comfortable and professional parent’s lounge with free Wi-Fi, coffee/water, and magazines.

Spacious studio rooms are equipped with top-of-the-line upright and baby grand pianos . All rooms are enhanced with updated technology such as iPads with music teaching apps and software, for engaging modern and classical music lessons. Learn more about our locations here.

Fantastic drum performance opportunities and workshops

Students interact with peers by participating in performances, ensemble lessons, and masterclasses with faculty and other visiting artists. Recitals, included in the tuition, display and elaborate each student’s achievements in their instrument of choice including piano, guitar, violin, viola, voice/singing, flute, cello, drums and more. Our students have unique performance opportunities such as our Carnegie Hall Debut in 2015, concert performance with the Piano Guys at the Revention Music Center and our upcoming concert in Venice, Italy in the summer of 2016.

Top of the line upright and baby grand pianos

Vivaldi Music Academy is proud to offer our students the best instruments for modern and classical music lessons. For more than a century and a half, the world’s most accomplished pianists have preferred to express their musical genius on pianos such as Knabe and Steinway pianos. The list includes the giants in classical, jazz, and popular music.

Suzuki Program

Our teachers blend a variety of teaching methods and styles including the Suzuki method for violin lessons, developed by Japanese violinist Shinichi Suzuki. Learn more about  Suzuki lessons and our Suzuki program director, Courtney Park.

Vivaldi Voices – Group Voice Lessons

Prepare your young vocalist to light up the stage with Vivaldi Voices! This group singing class is a unique and unparalleled experience for children ages 6-10. Exploring a variety of genres, students will learn about basic melodic intervals, matching pitch, and learning dynamics. Students will engage the whole body to create a beautiful sound with an entertaining presentation for voice lessons in a group setting. Enrollment is determined by audition.

Vivaldi Seasons — Early Childhood Music Classes

The unique Vivaldi Seasons curriculum developed by our very own faculty emphasizes a variety of genres including world, contemporary, jazz and classical music. Live instrument demonstrations are integrated into classes along with lesson plans that align with performances of the Houston Symphony Orchestra, Houston Ballet and Houston Metropolitan Opera, River Oaks Chamber Orchestra and other local ensembles. Our wonderful baby music classes, toddler music classes, and pre-school music classes are truly a well ­rounded approach to understanding musical comparatives and  enhance development of the whole child. There is a lot of movement in our childrens’ music classes and the lessons actively flow through the seasons of the year and holidays of all cultures!

Open 7 days a week for today’s busy families

Vivaldi Music Academy offers music instruction with piano lessons, guitar lessons, violin lessons, viola lessons, voice/singing lessons, flute lessons, cello lessons, drum lessons and more seven days a week to accommodate your busy schedule. Music lessons are billed monthly with no semester commitment.

  • Monday – Friday 9am – 8pm
  • Saturday and Sunday 9am – 5pm