Study with Roger Kidd, a professional drummer/percussionist with over 20 years experience teaching music. Learn drum beats, reading, technique, and jamming in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. First lesson free. Lessons available in-studio, online, and home visits. Parents are always welcome to observe the sessions.
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Roger is a professional drum instructor with 20 years of experience working with students of all levels. A product of the vibrant music scene of the Bay Area, Roger is a versatile musician with a range of playing experiences rock, jazz/latin, funk, country, folk, and musical theater.
Initially, Roger started teaching as a way to augment band work, but it soon became the core of his musical focus and energies. Roger loves teaching and derives great satisfaction from seeing his students develop skill and confidence. He has dedicated himself to providing drum lessons that are interactive, supportive, and tailored to the individual's learning style and experience.
Roger enjoys working with a range of students, from beginners to advanced, including learners with special needs.
I took lessons from Roger from the age of 9 up until I left for college, and I even took lessons when I was home from college when I had the chance! Roger is the best drummer I know, and he’s even better at teaching than he is at playing. He ALWAYS makes it fun, and he understands how to alter and adapt his teaching methods/ style to fit the needs of the individual student. He will teach you nearly any style of drumming you want to learn, so you can play in any musical genre that interests you. Basically, he teaches you whatever it is you want to learn, while still making sure that you get all the fundamentals as well. You won’t meet a nicer, more patient, more enthusiastic individual, with SERIOUS drum skills. He loves the drums, and because of him I do too.
My daughter took lessons from Roger from the age of 10-15. She is on the shy side, and Roger was able to make her feel at ease and elicit increasingly complex drumming from her over the years. I often sat in on the lessons and he has a variety of drills, games, and techniques he uses to teach new patterns and challenge his students. He involves his students by letting them bring in their own songs and is also willing to help tackle specific pieces for school or performance. From a parent perspective, he is well-organized, communicates clearly, and makes every effort to accommodate schedules and offer make-up lessons if needed. He is a pro, both as a drummer and a teacher. My kids have had a variety of tutors/teachers over the years for different instruments and school, and Roger is the “Gold Standard.
Roger’s drum studio was a weekly oasis of success. From the time our son was in 5th grade, Roger became a valued positive force in his life. The lessons tailored to each student’s objective was an important part of the studio’s value, but it went further than that. The whole family spent some time in the studio (Mom, Dad, and 2 siblings) with Roger and our son. It was always a celebration of drumming, of music, and for life. Yes, we loved it (and Roger) that much.