Preschoolers • Kids • Teens • Adults • Seniors
Drum Lessons for All Ages, Beginner to Advanced
Looking for Drum Lessons? The Merriam School of Music offers drum lessons of all levels, and for all ages. Build your drum technique with our expert teachers, from the rudiments you need to the drum fills you love. Take lessons in person at one of our GTA-based campuses (Oakville/Mississauga, Vaughan), or experience our online drum lessons as you’ve never seen.
So whether you’ve never sat in front of a drum set, or you’re a seasoned pro looking to add some extra skill levels MSM is the ultimate school to take your first lesson or up your game to the next level.
Preschoolers • Kids • Teens • Adults • Seniors
Best Quality Drum Lessons
At Merriam, you can successfully learn to play the drums at virtually any age, and regardless of whether you have past musical experience. If you can dance to a beat, you’ve got what it takes to learn drumming at an enjoyable level. We’ll teach you the basic drum beats you’ll need to start playing along with the music you love and get you feeling comfortable with the rudiments and core components of the standard drum kit: bass drum, hi-hat, snare drum, toms, and cymbals.
For students with an existing foundation, our advanced teachers can take your playing to a professional level, ready to perform with a group, and potentially begin earning money from your playing.
Good Fit Guarantee
Your first lesson with a new tutor is protected by Merriam’s Good Fit Guarantee. If you’re not satisfied with your lesson, you don’t pay. No questions asked.
Get matched with the perfect teacher, who understands your style of learning, the type of music that excites you, and who can encourage and coach you towards your goals. Every one of our 100+ teachers undergo 3 interviews, 80+ hours of training, and extensive background checks.
Merriam School of Music is open 7 days per week offering lessons at two convenient locations in the GTA (Oakville & Vaughan Campuses), with 150 teachers to choose from, both on location and in your home.
Merriam has been training students for RCM exams for 30 years and knows exactly how to prepare you for success. They can be done on their own, or together with Merriam’s own university-endorsed exam system.
Receive an individualized High-Definition Video Log of all of your performances throughout the year - never miss a special moment again, and easy to share with friends and family
Merriam offers a variety of ensemble piano courses, some paid, some free so that piano students have a chance to expand their learning beyond a solo instrument experience. Most are by audition, so ask your teacher or your Education Counselor for more information
Students have 15 chances per year to perform their music. The performances are a mix of formal and informal, solo and group, and are offered in a variety of settings including our performance hall “Studio A”, and the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts.
We’re confident you’ll be with us for years. But for any reason, if you need to end your journey with us, 30 days' written notice is all we require to stop lessons, penalty-free.
The most reviews, the highest rating. Merriam serves over 3000 weekly students, and our customer satisfaction rating is over 97%.
Drum Lessons in Person or Online
We provide convenient and flexible ways to take music lessons at Merriam. For students who are close to our campuses in the Greater Toronto Area, join us for in-studio lessons, recitals, studio time, master classes, faculty concerts, and more.
For international students outside of our area, we offer highly effective and organized online lessons which utilize the newest online education technologies. Experience high-quality video and audio, the world’s most powerful whiteboard, Youtube and Google Drive, and Merriam’s huge audio/video library, all in a single browser tab.
Drum Teachers With Degrees
Choose from a wide selection of top-rated drum instructors, each with their own unique playing style, performance credits, and personality. We’ll ensure you’re well-matched and watch your progress rocket forward in double-time.
Our private drum lesson coaches have degrees from prestigious universities such as the University of Toronto, Berklee, Humber College, more. From beginner drum lessons to advanced improvisation, these pros know what it takes to build your skills quickly.
Step-By-Step Drum Lessons
Enjoy our full-time team of dedicated customer service representatives on-site and dedicated to you and your journey. They know the teachers, the administrators, and most importantly, they know you. Once you’ve experienced it, you’ll never want another music school again.
With a focus on customer service and experience, Merriam School of Music is proud to offer piano lessons of the highest quality for all ages, beginner to advanced.
Earn School Credits with Music Lessons
As a certified private high school, we’re proud to offer a range of Ontario High School credits – if you’re interested in earning high school credits as a drum student here at Merriam, please let us know and we’ll tell you all about it.
Merriam School of Music is one of the only private music schools in North America to offer high school credits. We’re internationally recognized, university-endorsed, and one of the most respected leaders in piano lessons & education.
Private • Group • Enriched • Online
Best Piano Lessons in Toronto
Learn to play the drums with Merriam School of Music and unlock a world of creativity and self-expression. Play along to your favorite songs, and dive into the world of punk, heavy metal, rock, pop, R&B, or jazz.
There are many online tools today such as Drumeo Edge and Youtube – and countless offers for free drum lessons from pop-up schools eager to sign you up. Merriam delivers an unmatched package of learning tools and leading drum instructors that will guide your learning journey every step of the way, and 100% customized to you and your learning style and pace.
With our proprietary teaching system that expertly combines short and long-term goals and a groundbreaking curriculum, you’ll develop a solid foundation to further your skill level and achieve your musical dreams faster than you thought possible.
And once the foundation is laid, you can explore everything from electronic drums to odd time signatures, double bass drum pedaling to advanced jazz drum lessons.
Drummers are the anchor, the centre of it all. And the first time you feel the thrill of laying down a huge groove with a band surrounding you and an audience out front, you’ll never go back. You won’t find that on an app or Youtube, but you will find it here at Merriam.
You’ll always learn the songs you love while honing the skills you need. You’ll constantly connect with inspiring drum instructors with years of experience, and use the newest technologies to learn, create, and share your music. If you’ve been dreaming about playing the drums for yourself or a family member, join the internationally recognized, university-endorsed, and largest school of its kind in North America: The Merriam School of Music.
We’ll take you beyond the notes on the page, to discover a whole other world of musical satisfaction. Let’s learn the language of music.
Even for drummers who don’t typically interact with music theory, Merriam will have you interacting with sheet music, song form, harmonic motion, and the fundamental components of how music is constructed.
A 10-year-old drumming on stage? Impressive. A 10-year-old drumming their own song on stage? Remarkable.
An adult beginner learning their favourite song? Awesome. An adult beginner leading a full band? Exhilarating.
So for those looking for an experience beyond the basics, a journey that will leave you with an enviable skill level with the drums, but a deep and ever-growing understanding of the music that surrounds us, join us here at the Merriam School of Music for a holistic experience unlike any other.
Joy…Excitement…Excellence…* All hard to define, yet easy to recognize.
Here at Merriam School of Music, we specialize in the science of musical excellence, and every teacher, staff member, every instrument, every classroom, every brick of our facilities embody it.
No matter your age, talent, or goals, you’ll benefit from our attention to detail, innovative curriculum, best-in-class teaching staff, state-of-the-art facilities, and a vibrant community of like-minded musicians, music educators & music lovers.
Whether you just want to have fun or embark on a serious musical career, whether you’re a parent wishing the best for their child or an adult who’d like to brush up on your skills, you can rest assured that Merriam School of Music will wholeheartedly support you with some of the world’s best facilities, staff and resources….*EVERY STEP OF THE WAY.*
Music education opens doors that help children pass from school into the world around them; a world of work, culture, intellectual activity, and human involvement.
Music education can help spark a child’s imagination or ignite a lifetime of passion. When you provide a child with new worlds to explore and challenges to tackle, the possibilities are endless
Music is about communication, creativity, and cooperation. By studying music in school, students have the opportunity to build on these skills, enrich their lives and experience the world from a new perspective.
Private Drums Lessons
Private drum lessons at Merriam will take you from zero – not only teaching the fundamentals and critical practice techniques, but getting you on real stages, playing with real bands, and inspired to learn more. You’ll start with a set of drumsticks and a practice pad, drum rudiments, and likely some paradiddles, quickly progressing to drum beats you love, transcribing drum solos that inspired you, and even into your own soloing.
Online Drum Course
See your teacher from multiple angles. Get instant access to the tracks and videos you need. A continuous online session that connects each lesson throughout the year.
High-quality audio and video. And all from a single permanent link that never changes, and all inside one browser tab.
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If You’re Not Satisfied with Your Lesson, You Don’t Pay. No Questions Asked.