Union Lesson Studios offers drum lessons for kids and adults of all levels. We help students gain the technique, repertoire, and confidence they need to play in practically any style of music. We're conveniently located at 11 Bow Street in Somerville's Union Square.
Max Freeman is a drummer, composer, sound designer and music educator based out of Boston. At Berklee College of Music he graduated with a degree in film scoring and a minor in music technology. He started out as a concert percussionist playing instruments like marimba, vibraphone, and snare drum. Then at the age of 16 he shifted his focus to writing music and learning to play the drum set. Before moving to Boston he marched in a world class WGI drum line and played drum set for various churches and groups in Fort Worth, Texas. He has performed and studied a wide variety of musical styles including rock, latin, metal, jazz, middle-eastern, and funk. When he isn't teaching he works as a freelance composer and sound designer for small film and video game projects.
Teaching Philosophy: “I believe in breaking concepts down into their most basic parts. Once a student can comprehend and execute the smaller concepts then we bring them together to learn more advanced ideas. Everything we learn will be applied to a musical context so students can start using the ideas outside of the classroom.
Even though we’re drummers I try to make sure all of my students are musically literate. Every student learns to read, write, and transcribe drum music so they can continue their education and eventually learn any song they want on their own. Students will also be given the opportunity choose songs they want to learn during lessons."
Drum instructor Max Freeman answers some questions you may have about learning this instrument:
Every student is different but I usually suggest starting kids start drums at around seven years old.
ULS provides everything students will need for their first drum lesson.
In the first few months students will learn to read drum set music, play basic drum grooves and fills and learn a few songs.
Their own drumsticks (if they have them) and any materials (i.e. sheet music, recordings) they are working on for school band or groups that they play with.
Customers currently taking lessons at Union Lesson Studios can practice here for $15/hr.