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Learn to play drums with Pirisen Music Lessons! Our experienced teachers will teach you how to play the drums at any level from beginner to advanced. Simply select from our vetted instructors below and click the “Book” button to schedule your introductory drum lesson today!

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DAVID ROTHKOPF

Guitar | Bass | Piano | Drums

DENVER STUDIO & ONLINE

 

David teaches guitar, bass, beginner piano and beginner drums. He first started on drums as a youngster, playing Beatles covers with his dad. During his teens he got into pop/punk and expanded his repertoire to include other instruments. Today he likes playing and teaching in all different styles.

 

David wants students to have fun; learning songs they like in a relaxed atmosphere. He also seeks to help students gain a solid foundation in music theory including reading music, and understanding scales, chords, harmony, melody, and last but not least, rhythm.

 

By combining joy and raw emotions with the logical understanding of music theory, he believes we can uniquely express ourselves on our instruments and be the best musicians we can be.

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ERIC WEIDMAN

Drums | Piano

ONLINE, CENTENNIAL & LITTLETON STUDIOS

Eric Weidman is a drummer and pianist who has over 15 years of experience performing rock, pop, blues, jazz and funk. He has graduated from the University of Colorado Denver with a Bachelor’s in Music and Audio Engineering, and a minor in Music Business. Over the years, Eric’s passion for teaching drums, piano and occasional production courses has continued to grow, and this passion is reflected in the success of his students. As a teacher, Eric’s mission is not only to help students develop musical excellence and diverse skills, but also to help them emotionally connect to music and become lifelong music lovers. He aims to inspire positive learning and help students think critically and creatively as they develop the skills and appreciation they need to achieve their goals. 

 

In addition to playing and teaching drums and piano, Eric also has a strong passion for songwriting and electronic production. He has been producing music on the side for over 5 years and has had a number of successful songs signed to illustrious labels including Artist Intelligence Agency, better known as EDM.com and has been featured on OneEDM, the #1 EDM news source.

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DOMINIC FANTE

Drums

ONLINE & DENVER STUDIO

Dominic Fante is a 29 year-old drummer and percussionist from Denver, CO with over sixteen years of performance and recording experience involving orchestral percussion, hand percussion, and drum set. He has attended master classes at Berklee College of Music taught by such legends as Mike Mangini, John Blackwell, and Richard Flanagan, and has taught private and group lessons for all ages in Colorado for the last six years. Along with earning a degree in music, stage, and media production from Colorado State University, Dominic has spent his formative years playing in university drum lines, orchestras, and nationally-touring bands of multiple genres. He also has a wide catalog of recorded music, some of which has been licensed for television and digital ads.


Dominic seeks to encourage the artist within by helping students tap into their excitement and passion for music throughout their journey, and by building confidence through consistent review, practice, and improvement of technique. He emphasizes patience and positive affirmation in his teaching style, as well as promoting progress and excellence over perfection. Regardless of their age or skill levels, Dominic strives to show his students how to power through setbacks and personal resistance, and believes that their breakthrough is his breakthrough. 
 

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TIM GIRARD

Drums | Piano | Guitar

ONLINE & LITTLETON STUDIOS

Tim Girard received a BM in Composition from the University of Rhode Island in 2001, and between 2001 and 2011 he did a variety of teaching, performing, and composing. He taught private lessons on snare drum, drum set, percussion, music theory, and composition as well as beginning piano, guitar, and bass guitar at More Than Music and The Purple Piano, and he was the Classical Percussion Instructor at the Community College of Rhode Island. For two seasons he was the Drumline Instructor for the Franklin High School Marching Band, and for 10 seasons he was the Drumline Instructor for the URI Ram Marching Band. As a percussionist he performed with the Thayer Symphony Orchestra, Atlantic Wind Symphony, Southeastern Massachusetts Wind Symphony, The American Band, Milford Concert Band, Symphony Pro Musica, Rhode Island Philharmonic Community Orchestra, Brown Wind Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble, and Wheaton College Wind Ensemble. He also played drum set for musicals at the Prout School, Johnson and Wales University, and Franklin High School. He was also commissioned to compose music for the Woonsocket High School Concert Band, the Ocean State Chamber Orchestra, the Ocean State Youth Orchestra, the Ocean State Music Collaborative, and the URI Concert Band.

 

In 2011 Tim moved to Colorado to attend the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, and was a Graduate Teaching Assistant for Music Theory II, Aural Skills II, and Orchestration until he received his M.M. in Composition in 2013. Since graduating he has kept himself busy teaching and composing. He has been tutoring college students in Music Theory, Aural Skills, Musicology, Ethnomusicology, and Music Technology, and for one season he was the Drumline Instructor for the Castle View High School Marching Band. For two seasons, he was the Composer for Opera Colorado’s Page to Stage program, and he has had numerous orchestral works performed at the Lamont Symphony Orchestra’s New Music Concerts. He has also collaborated with local directors and has composed the music to various podcasts, video games, and short films, including LEGO stop-motion animated films, and the trailer for a Star Wars fan film.

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JAY WALDROP

Drums 

ONLINE & CENTENNIAL STUDIOS

Jay Waldrop is 30 years old and he plays and teaches the drums. He has been playing and performing for 18+ years, and teaching the instrument for 6 years. All ages and skill levels are welcome! Beginners are encouraged! 

 

Some of his biggest influences are drummers from the bands:

-The Beatles (Ringo starr)

-Pink Floyd (Nick Mason)  

-Led zeppelin (John Bonham) 

-Rush (Neil Peart)

And even Jazz and funk drummers such as Buddy Rich, Max Roach and Clyde Stubblefield. 

 

He has written, recorded in studios and performed many different genres and styles. He teaches all sorts of different drum styles, from Rock, Jazz, Funk, Pop, Blues, Alternative to even Hip-hop and Electronic. One of his biggest accomplishments is performing in the Dallas Jazz fest competition and placing 1st in the city.

 

He began teaching for Pirisen music lessons in 2022 and also plays as a fill in drummer for various bands around the Denver area.