Chris Parker, Drum Teacher
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 804-301-8032
cparker44@verizon.net
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Teaching drums in Richmond's West End for over twelve years.
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I have a passion for drums! Teaching and playing drums has been my full-time job for over twelve years. Experience matters. Books and videos are great, but they can’t see you play the drums. When you take lessons from me, you get an experienced and caring teacher, watching and listening to you to help you become a great drummer.

Most of my drum lessons are 30 minutes, once a week. I teach students of all ages. Here are the basic elements of my lessons:

Fundamentals of music and technique: To become a great drummer, you must have a strong foundation. That’s why I stress fundamentals. For all musicians, but especially for drummers, a solid understanding of rhythm is critical for success. I’ll teach you to identify the pulse of the music and learn how rhythm is connected to it. Technique is what makes a drummer a musician. I teach proper grip along with a variety of strokes that are the foundations of more complex techniques.

Lessons tailored for each student: You’re an individual! Each student has different goals and desires. And, even if your goals and desires are the same as another student, the way you learn may not be the same. That’s why my lessons are tailored to you. I try to find an aspect of drumming that motivates you, and I create a lesson plan around that. I approach the elements of drumming from a variety of points of view, to find the one that works best for you. And as your goals or desires change, your lessons can change, too. 

Defined goals and measured improvement: Together, we will determine your long-range goals. Then, each lesson is designed as a step toward those goals. After each lesson, I’ll make sure that you have a clear understanding of what to work on before the next lesson. Through these progressive steps, you will see improvement in your ability to understand and perform music.

For the school band student: If you are in middle or high school band, you have to meet the demands that the school curriculum places upon you. I will help you! I’ll teach you how to read music and how to properly play rudiments and mallet instruments such as the orchestra bells and the xylophone, tympani, and auxiliary percussion. I played in school band myself, and I studied percussion in college. Most of my students are among the top players in their schools.

For the drum-set player: If you think that playing the drums is fun, you’re right! I’ll teach you how to play. If you are a beginner, we’ll start with simple beats, then work our way to beats that are more complex. If you already know how to play, we’ll advance from where you are. We’ll work on fills and learn about song structure. In my studio we can play along to songs from your iPod or from a CD. I can teach you how to read enough to follow the instructions for a song, and I can teach you how to play by ear.


Located in the near West End:  My studio is in the West End Assembly of God Church at 401 North Parham Road. The church has plenty of parking, and lots of comfortable waiting areas for parents. The church’s music academy offers lessons in piano, guitar, voice, strings, and woodwinds. Many of my students have siblings who take lessons in something other than drums at the church. We always do our best to schedule those students so that their lessons are at the same time.

 Convenient location

 Plenty of parking

 Comfortable waiting area


• Snare drum
• Drum set
• Mallet percussion
• Hand percussion
• Reading