Lessons

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.

OUR FACILITY

Our in-house lesson rooms contain:

*two fully equipped drum kits per room;
*hand percussion;
*Roland digital piano;
*electric guitar and bass;
*acoustic guitar;
*amplifiers;
*Musser rosewood xylophone;
*PA system; and
*recording equipment.

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.

BENEFITS

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.

COST

Lessons currently start at $30.00 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 send us an email.

OUR FACULTY

Ariel Bernstein

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.

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Matt "Pie" Beaulieu

Matt "Pie" Beaulieu is an international touring and recording drummer.  Having taught at Berklee College of Music, 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:

www.pieplaysdrums.com

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Adam Clark

Adam Clark has been teaching guitar, piano, bass, and drums and percussion for close to 20 years.  He is currently and will always be accepting and welcoming students of all ages, styles, and skill levels.

Growing up in a family of musicians, Adam had has first musical training on piano, guitar, and bass.  In grade school he gravitated toward the drums and spent the next 15 years diving deeply into the rhythmic universe.  This culminated in a degree from the New England Conservatory in Contemporary Improvisation in 2005, after a three-year apprenticeship with the legendary drummer, composer, and mystic Ra-Kalam Bob Moses.

Adam then founded Boston's first Afrobeat ensemble, the Superpowers, which recorded two albums before disbanding in 2009.  Members of the group went on to perform and record with Beyonce, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, The Motet, John Brown's Body, Boy George, and Tortured Soul.

Adam spent the next five years primarily playing electric bass and singing with Full Tang, a band conceived for covering Chimurenga music from Zimbabwe, High-Life music from Nigeria, Chicha from Peru, Jamaican Reggae, Columbian Salsa, with a dash of original punk rock and free jazz influence.

During this time, Adam was also hired to play drums with Debo Band, Boston's premier Ethiopian Pop group.  Their first showcase performance at SXSW in 2011 led to a record deal with Seattle's infamous Sub-Pop label.  The self-titled debut record went on to become one of NPR's Top 50 Albums of 2012, spawning tours across North America at festivals and venues including Bonnaroo, New Orleans Jazz Fest, Montreal Jazz Fest, Calgary Folk Fest, Vancouver Folk Fest, Chicago World Music Fest, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and a TedX spotlight among many others.  Debo Band currently plans to tour Europe in Fall 2017.

Most recently Adam co-founded Ostinato Soundworks and developed an iOS music education app called Pro Jammer.  This infinite looping, multi-tracked play-along app includes guitar, bass, piano, and drum tracks of various genres with tempo- and key-change ability to accompany any instrument in the practice of rhythmic, melodic, and soloing techniques.

Adam currently spends his time "woodshedding" electric guitar and studying the history and language of the early electric bluesmen including Freddie King, Slim Harpo, Magic Sam, T-Bone Walker, B.B. King, and Jimi Hendrix.

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J.L. Claybourne

John (J.L.) Claybourne works as a freelance drummer and music educator throughout Greater Boston.  He has performed at over 160 venues and recording studios along the East Coast and taught well over 500 students.

J.L. received his Bachelor of Music in Drumset Performance from Berklee College of Music.  Prior to that, he played in the prestigious Lexington (MA) High School music program and its award-winning LHS Jazz Combo, and the Johnson C. Smith Funk Phi Mob drumline.  He is a member of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS).

J.L. has led clinics at Drummers United, high schools from Massachusetts to New Jersey, and the Connecticut Drummers Association, where he served as the Educational Program Coordinator and Curriculum Writer for two years.  He has also served as an adjudicator for the International Association of Jazz Educators (IJAE) in Connecticut and Guitar Center's National "Drum Off" competition.

J.L. has studied with Alan Dawson, Kenwood Dennard, Steve Wilkes, Dave Cowan, and the current Chair of Berklee's Percussion Department, John Ramsay.

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Jerome Deupree

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:

www.jeromedeupree.com

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Sai Ghose

Sai Ghose, jazz pianist, educator, composer, and drummer, has over 25 years teaching experience, with a M.Ed. from Lesley University. He has performed at some of the more notable jazz clubs in the country including Yoshis in Oakland, Scullers in Cambridge, The Knitting Factory in NYC, and Nighttown in Cleveland. He has recorded four CDs for Summit Records and received a Mass Cultural Council grant for his compositions.

For more information, please visit his website:

www.saighose.com