Drum Lessons in Bethesda and Potomac

If you are looking for the best drum lessons in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, then look no further! Voted Best for Music Instruction by Washington Families and Best of Bethesda, the International School of Music drum lessons offer all of the following:

1.) Engaging, fun lessons taught by top-rated teachers who tailor class instruction to meet each student’s individualized goals and interests.

2.) Trophies, certificates, and award wristbands to celebrate achievement.

3.) 80+ student performance opportunities throughout the year including Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, and Strathmore.

4.) Flexible makeup schedule via 300+ group classes, which offer well-rounded music education and foster a community atmosphere for our students.

5.) Opportunity to participate in ISM ensembles and chamber programs.

6.) Month-to-month lessons without a long-term commitment.

7.) Excellent track record since 2004.

8.) Professional office staff seven days a week to serve you.

Whether the drum student is a beginner professional, the International School of Music in Bethesda provides a complete learning experience that helps every student become the standout drummer they want to be! Whether you’re in the school band, jazz band, or rock in your own band and just love to play, private drum lessons are the best way to improve your technique and take your drumming skills to the next level!

Online Percussion Lessons

The International School of Music is also offering online percussion lessons as part of our social distance learning programs. Students can take virtual drum classes with our top-rated percussion faculty all from the comfort of their own home! Our high-quality online percussion lessons use video conferencing systems like Skype or Zoom. All students need is a laptop or tablet, a reliable internet, and their instrument. 

During drum lessons, students learn the proper fundamentals through method books, technical exercises, and music theory. Students will work on improving their skills for the school band, jazz band, rock band, and general percussion technique. Students have the option to play a range of styles like: 

  • Classical
  • Jazz
  • Rock
  • Pop
  • Folk
  • Fusion
  • Blues
  • Reggae
  • Latin Rhythms
  • Hip-Hop
  • And More!

Our lessons provide wonderful convenience, safety, and the best quality education with our top-rated drum instructors who have student’s best interest at heart. The International School of Music faculty will customize lessons to student’s goals and teach students the music they want to play!

Beginner Percussion Lessons

If you want to learn how to play the drum with step-by-step training, then the faculty at the International School of Music is the place to go! Our teachers instruct immersive lessons that show the basic elements of how to play the drum set. Faculty guide you through the essential techniques that you will need as a beginner player. Important fundamentals like how to play the drums, frum related terms, how to hold the drumsticks, bass drum techniques, posture, and simple drum warm-ups will all be covered.

Intermediate and Advanced Percussion Lessons

As you move up into the more experienced levels of percussion playing, our teaching faculty will bridge any gaps in the beginner and intermediate lessons, providing general lessons like playing with confidence, how to correct and eliminate mistakes, and more. We work with each and every student to create a custom lesson plan that directly addresses their strengths as well as their areas of improvement.

Advanced lessons will continue to polish all techniques and playing abilities, while also giving students the confidence to play new music in new styles as well as showcase their talents in our performance opportunities. Further, we will help you build your own practice schedule to further your current abilities and help you continue your improvement.


Our percussion teachers work with students of all ages and offer instruction to students of all levels, whether they are at the beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. We have the most qualified drum teaching faculty in the Washington metropolitan area. Our faculty is dedicated to tailoring music lessons to your interests by learning about your personal musical goals and helping you achieve them. Our drum teachers are graduates of prestigious institutions and have extensive experience teaching and performing. And when you search for “drum teachers near me” you will note that we are only minutes away from students in Bethesda, Potomac, Rockville, Chevy Chase, and Washington D.C.

Performance Opportunities

We encourage all of our students to participate in our performance opportunities, as performing in front of an audience helps build skills and also gives the student a chance to showcase their talent! In these programs, students interact with peers by participating in performances, festivals, concerts, and masterclasses with faculty and other visiting artists. Recitals are included in the tuition and give students the chance to display their own, and elaborate on each student’s, achievements. Our students have unique performance opportunities such as our Carnegie Hall, NY, our Passport Concert Series as well as the Ambassador Community performances.

Certificate Programs

There is no better way to mark your achievements and your progress than with our certificate programs! ISM offers a variety of optional diploma and certificate programs to its students. These programs have been crafted to meet the needs of all students of all skill levels. They are valuable for students who want to deepen their musical involvement and education, attaining an especially high standard of performance and participation. Certification programs that apply directly to percussion students include the ISM Performance Evaluation Program, the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music, MTNA, and MSMTA.

Interested in Taking Drum Lessons?

If you are interested in taking drum lessons but don’t know where to start, then contact the International School of Music today! We are devoted to providing our students with the best percussion lessons. With thorough and guided instruction, leadership, example, and support, your child will be learning how to play the drum, and love it! Check out a few testimonials from our students:

“ISM was a very enjoyable experience for both me and my daughter. The classes are fun and she feels like she is actually learning, and her progress is very clear, especially in the recitals. The staff is friendly and helpful. Recommend!”

—Alexandra M

“I find all the staff members very nice and charming. The whole experience is very good and I really enjoyed and did learn quite a lot from the lessons.”

—Betty Z.

“All my kids started and are still taking classes there because we see the progress they continuously make.”

–Samuel G.