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Drum & Percussion Lessons

Online Drum Lessons

Private drum lessons online with degreed music teachers.

In-Person Drum Lessons

Private drum lessons in-person and in-studio at our Academy.

Drum Lessons

Music Notes began by accident in ’00 with drum lessons. I was working at Gorny’s Music Shop in Somerville, NJ. A parent asked me to teach their son drums. Max, was his name. A lovely family from Bridgewater, NJ. I planned and created a comprehensive curricular approach. A local music school was born. 

-Brandon / Founder


Weekly private lessons. Ages 3-5. 30mins.

Trial Lesson

1 private music lesson.


2 private music lessons.


Weekly semi-private classes. Learn with siblings or friends. Ages 6+.

Drum Lessons

Drum and percussion lessons include: music reading, music theory, rudiments, technique, classical snare drum etudes, drum set styles and grooves. Books like Stick Control and Syncopation are essential for students of any age. Listening to music is essential. The content is thorough, comprehensive and progressive based upon the student’s age and instructional class time. 

-Brandon / Founder

Steps for Online Learning

Step 1 for Online Learning

Step 1: Set-Up Google Hangouts/Meet

  • Your teacher will invite you with their email address. Respond to the Google Hangouts/Meet invitation from your Music Notes Academy teacher. It’s required for students and parents to accept the Hangouts/Meet invitation from Music Notes. This is how we will connect together for class time.
    • Open Hangouts/Meet in a web browser or download the free app to your computer, tablet or smartphone.
    • Sign-In or create an account with the email address associated with your Music Notes registration. If you’re unsure, kindly ask us.

Step 2 for Online Learning

Step 2: Set-Up Google Classroom

  • Your teacher will invite you with their email address. Respond to the Google Classroom invitation.
    • Open Google Classroom in a web browser for download the free app to your computer, tablet or smartphone.
    • Sign-In or create an account with the email address associated with your Music Notes registration. If you’re unsure, kindly ask us.

Step 3 for Online Learning

Step 3: Prepared & Ready

  • To be prepared and ready for your scheduled class, establish a quiet place in your home. Have your:
    • Instrument
    • Music Stand
    • Books, Sheet Music, Learn Today, Play Tomorrow® Assignment Book
    • Pencils, Sharpener
    • Metronome, Tuner

Your Music Notes teacher will contact you through Hangouts/Meet at the start time of your class. Please be ready to start class and begin your musical journey with Music Notes.

About Music Notes

Music Notes Academy is a 2012 award-winning NJSBDC community music school. Private Music lessons and instruction – available for young children, adolescents and adults – are tailored towards each student within our music curriculum.

Music Notes’ curricular approach to teaching includes music reading and theory, musicianship skills, performance techniques, repertoire and songs. Students receive comprehensive music instruction from degreed and experienced music teachers. We offer structure and flexibility for our students which offers a great balance in music education.

Music Notes Academy is committed to the musical growth and development of each student. With the encouragement and support from teachers and parents, students can expand and improve their musical appreciation, comprehension of musical knowledge and performance skills while being challenged to reach their fullest potential.

Learn Today, Play Tomorrow®

Drum Lessons

Drum lessons include rudiments, technique, music reading and theory, snare drum etudes, drum set styles and grooves, duet playing, playing songs and playing along with tracks.

Piano Lessons

Piano lessons include technique, music reading and theory, classical and jazz repertoire, popular songs and duet playing. We have upright and baby grand pianos at our Academy.

Guitar Lessons

Guitar lessons include fingerstyle, strumming, chords, music reading and theory, songs, soloing, improvisation and standard repertoire. Acoustic, classical, electric and bass guitar lessons.

Voice Lessons

Strings Lessons

Woodwinds Lessons

Brass Lessons

Music Theory Lessons

Music Notes through the years

Music Notes students have performed in concerts, recitals, assessments and exams. Students have won 1st Place at Festivals. Students have continued their musical journey collegiately, attending colleges and universities with scholarships.

Not sure if Brielle shared the news but she auditioned on xylophone and already got the email from her teacher, she made wind ensemble honors! Thank you so much for preparing her. This meant a lot to Brielle and I haven’t seen her so happy in a long time. Next up is drumline for marching band.

-Sandra, East Brunswick, NJ

Drummer, Performing at Recitals
Drummer, Performing at Recitals

I wanted to share with you – Rebecca may have shared with Mr. Sean. Rebecca told me the second week of the Broadway camp they were learning music and the instructor asked a question about the key signature. Rebecca answered to their surprise and came home absolutely elated that all that music theory Mr. Sean makes her do (that she complains about) enabled her to answer!!! That is part of my deep appreciation for the quality of your school!!

Best music school ever! You will not be disappointed. My son has been here for 5+ years and loves it, owner and teachers are the best. 100% recommended. ?

I just wanted to say thanks again for setting up the (online) lesson. Sean was very helpful this evening and taught some interesting beginning techniques. I enjoyed working with him and look forward to next week’s lesson!

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