Adult Drum Lessons

Drum Lessons For Adults In Huntington Beach

Since 2004, Van Tuyl Music Academy is Huntington Beach’s original school of rock, metal, funk, pop, blues, jazz and live performance for adult drum lessons.


Learning a new skill or hobby as an adult is a completely different experience from learning it as a child. Adults have so many more questions than children, you need further explanation and have responsibilities that affect your ability to consistently practice. While many schools and teachers are content to just teach the notes of a new song each week, we go beyond, teaching you the rhythm, theory and musical secrets behind what makes your favorite song, your favorite song.

Making the commitment to becoming a musician as an adult is something special, but not something easy. You need a guide who can help you through the challenges that are thrown at you, that you may not understand. The music teachers at VTMA have years of experience mastering the differences in adult and child music education.

Can you learn to play drums on YouTube? 

Absolutely! YouTube drum lessons are an amazingly helpful tool in becoming a better drummer. However, there are a few things that YouTube or music learning sites will never be able to help you with. Specifically:

  • They can’t tell you if you’re doing it right – Did that note sound good? Are you getting better? Who knows!
  • They can’t answer your questions – video music lessons are geared for short attention spans to maximize clicks, so you mostly get a quick overview of whatever song or concept the video is teaching
  • They’re often wrong – there are some fantastic instructors online, we know some of the best ones personally, but for every good online instructor, there are thousands who simply either don’t know what they’re talking about, or don’t know who to teach it clearly

Most Importantly

  • They’re not focused on YOU! – If you have a family, you know what happens. The moment you sit down to do anything for yourself, you get bombarded with questions about weekend schedules, children shouting, a dog barking for no reason, or that little someone wants to bang cymbals to the song you’re practicing. When you come in for your weekly, private music lesson at VTMA, it’s exactly that, p-r-i-v-a-t-e. Just you, the instructor, your guitar and some great music.

Do you live in the cities of Costa Mesa, Newport Beach, Corona Del Mar, Newport Coast or Laguna Beach? If yes, check out our specialty, in-home drum lessons program for your city! Click Here for more information.

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The drums can be one of the most fun yet most challenging instruments to learn. Most students find it very hard to balance their practice and focus between learning rudiments and playing the fun drum set grooves. In the Van Tuyl Music Academy Drum Program, our goal is to find that balance for you. Any professional musician will tell you that a great band with an average drummer is an average band, but an average band with a great drummer is a great band. This is why a portion of each lesson is invested with a metronome learning stick control, hand coordination, and rudiments. However, the majority of every lesson is spent on the drum set learning beats, coordination, fills, and soloing. As always, students are invited to focus on whatever style of music they are most interested in, and learn as many songs as possible, but we always teach them to be well rounded in all styles so they eventually can learn to fuse everything together to create their own unique, exciting drum sound.

Taking drum lessons at Van Tuyl Music Academy is an experience unlike any other. Our facilities have clean rooms, the latest technology and a large music library. Since 2004, Van Tuyl Music Academy is Huntington Beach, Costa Mesa and Orange County’s original school of rock, metal, funk, pop, blues, jazz and live performance for drums. We’re so much more than just a music factory of drum lessons in OC.