What do I need for a Skype Lesson?

A fast internet connection and something to take notes. Skype is available on PCs with integrated camera, tablets or Apple products.  Drumsticks and a practice pad are recommended for sound quality purposes but not a necessity. You are certainly welcome to take the lesson from behind your drum kit.


What do I need for a FaceTime Lesson?

A fast internet and/or strong cell signal and something to take notes.  With FaceTime it has to be an Apple product.  Your iPhone, iPad or Apple computer/laptop will work.  Drumsticks and a practice pad are recommended for sound quality purposes but not a necessity. You are certainly welcome to take the lesson from behind your drum kit.


Can I learn whatever I want?

Absolutely!  The lesson belongs to you, not me. You’re encouraged to bring all of your ideas and questions to the lesson.  However, if you are looking for direction in a particular area I have lessons in place to help with that as well.


How long are Online Lessons?

All Skype/FaceTime Lessons are typically booked in 30 minute blocks.  Of course, you can always book any amount of time you’d like. i.e. – 30, 45, 60, 90 or 120 minutes.


How do I know if I’ll like Online Lessons?

This is a common question.  To help with this I offer a FREE 30 minute “Meet & Greet”.  We’ll set up a time for us to chat a little, and I usually try to squeeze in a mini lesson as well.  That will give you a chance to ask questions and see what the experience is like.


How much does Online Lessons cost?

Please email me at gruvstudio@cox.net or call/text me at 402-415-8648. I prefer not to post tuition to reduce price “phishing”.


How does scheduling Online Lessons work?

1 – Email me at gruvstudio@cox.net or call/text me at 402-415-8648.
2 – We will schedule a day and time that works for both of us.
3 – Once you pay the invoice confirm how I should contact you at lesson time, everything is set.
4 – I’ll reach out to you at our scheduled time and off we go!


How do I pay for an Online Lessons?

The 2 most common accepted payment methods are either PayPal using the “Send money to friends and family in the US.” option or Venmo.  After we have finalized a time and day for the lesson(s) I will send you a Tuition Invoice through www.musicteachershelper.com.


Can I do just 1 Online Lesson?

Yes!  Whatever you prefer.


Can I sign up for multiple Online Lessons?

Absolutely!  Some online students prefer the scheduled approach of the same time and day of weekly lessons.  Others sometimes need the flexibility and want to schedule as they go. Some students sign up and prepay for a “block” of 4, 8 or 12 lessons and then contact me to reserve a time when their schedule allows.


What if I have no idea where to start?

Don’t sweat it!  I have many students that want to learn to play drums that don’t have any prior music experience. I’ll be happy to help guide you through what you’ll need.


Do I have to know how to read music?

No, but of course it helps.  I have tons of info I can teach you without you reading music.  In fact, I’ve taught several lessons on learning how to read music.


How many lessons do I need?

Honestly, that can vary.  Some students have one thing they want to learn and that might take only 1 or 2 lessons.  Other students may want to learn a whole new concept or style that may take several lessons to grasp.


How many lessons do you recommend?

Based on my 20+ years teaching, I find that for newer students 4 thirty minute lessons are the minimum for making forward progress.  Of course, that can vary depending on the student and/or what is being covered or needed. More experienced players might only need a refresher of 1 or 2 lessons.  Some students have a very specific topic that just needs a lesson or 2 to clarify.


Why would I want Online Lessons if I’m already experienced?

There is always something new to learn.  I’ve been playing for over 31 years and there are a bunch of teachers that I have studied with.  A new perspective is always welcome and can open many new ideas!


What if I have more questions?

Please contact me.  You’ll find my contact info below or you can submit a form on this page: Contact