Boston Drum Center
• (978) 263-7618
178A Great Road, Acton, Massachusetts 01720 • Directions
Hours • Mon-Fri: Noon-7.00; Sat: 10.00-5.00; Sun: Noon-5.00
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Thank you for your interest in music lessons at Boston Drum Center! We welcome all ages, styles, and abilities.
While we specialize in drums and percussion, we also offer quality, affordable instruction in piano, guitar, bass, and more; many of our instructors are proficient on more than one instrument. We can accommodate individuals and groups, and even provide students with an ensemble experience.
Rich Crowley has been playing the drums since 1999 and graduated cum laude from Berklee College of Music with a Bachelor of Music Degree in Drumset Performance. He has studied with Mike Mangini, Dave DiCenso, Yoron Israel, and Terri Lyne Carrington, to name a few.
Versatile in all
styles of drumming, Rich records and performs with many bands on a
regular basis in the New England area. For more information, please
visit his website:
Ariel Bernstein is a multi-instrumentalist who has been playing music for over 20 years. He teaches drumset, percussion, piano, and guitar.
As a student of Jim Tiller, the Principal Percussionist and Assistant Principal Tympanist of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, Ariel earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Percussion for Performance at the State University of New York, Geneseo. He then built a performance repertoire of great classical works from Bach to Xenakis.
Fluent in many styles of music on both drumset and percussion, Ariel is in high demand on the Boston music scene. His diverse experience leads to success with students of all ages and levels.
Matt "Pie" Beaulieu
Matt "Pie" Beaulieu is an international touring and recording drummer. Having taught at Boston Latin Academy, North Shore Community College, and at his home studio for the past 15 years, he has educated hobbyists and aspiring professionals alike.
A lifelong student of music,
Pie received his Bachelor of Music in Drumset Performance from
Berklee College of Music, and continues to study in his spare time.
For more information, please visit his website:
Gillian De Lear
Gillian De Lear began playing the drums at the age of ten, and has not stopped since. A graduate of Berklee College of Music, she has been teaching for over fifteen years in both private and academic settings.
Gillian has played and
toured with acts in such wide ranging styles as afro-pop, country, jazz,
blues, and rock. Currently, she drums for BopKick, Suzanne
Davis, the Aronow Nextet, and the David Ehle Jazz Trio. For
more information, please visit her website:
A multi-instrumentalist from an early age, Kirsten Lamb played piano, violin, and guitar before shifting her focus to the upright bass. She continued her study of the bass at the Oberlin Conservatory in Ohio, minoring in Ethnomusicology and developing new skills in voice, hand drums and percussion, and viola da gamba.
Kirsten regularly performs on upright bass, banjo, viola da gamba, and voice as a solo artist and with many local groups. Also an avid educator, she teaches upright bass, bass guitar, voice, banjo, guitar, ukulele, piano, viola da gamba, and music theory and ear training.
For more information, please visit her website:
playing drums at age 10, and started playing with other musicians at
stepfather, a Memphis jazz and rhythm & blues trumpeter, recognized
his stepson’s talent and immediately saw to it that he study with
the best drummers in the area.
Jacob graduated from high school early
to study at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico. There he
coupled his study of the American jazz tradition with a rigorous
investigation into Afro-Caribbean styles and rhythms. “Playing in
Puerto Rican bands was a school all its own. They really set the
standard high in terms of rhythmic togetherness and groove.”
Jacob later attended Boston’s New England Conservatory and studied under drum legend Billy Hart. Having graduated in 2012, he performs regularly as part of the art-pop trio, Eksi Ekso and plays and composes for Boston-based experimental rock-jazz quartet, Ro Sham Beaux.
Jerome Deupree has been playing drums for more than 40 years and has played professionally since 1975. Although mostly self-taught, he has studied with Bob Gullotti and attended many drum clinics and workshops.
Jerome was a founding member of both The Either Orchestra and Morphine. He has also recorded and/or toured with Joe Morris, Orchestra Morphine, Bourbon Princess, Merrie Amsterberg, and many others. For more information, please visit his website:
Our in-house lesson rooms contain:
*two fully equipped drum kits per room;
We maintain a comfortable waiting area in the shop for parents or significant others. We offer free wifi internet access.
If you prefer, certain instructors will travel to your home for lessons.
Students receive a 10% discount on books, videos, sheet music, accessories, and other lesson materials. Also, students may attend special events such as recitals and master classes hosted at the shop.
Lessons currently start at $25.00 per 30 minutes; 45- and 60-minute lessons are also available. Students may attend weekly, bi-weekly, or even monthly. Fees are payable on a weekly or monthly basis. We accept cash, checks, and all major credit cards.
To get started, please call us at (978) 263-7618 or email us via the link at the top of this page.