We offer lessons 7 days a week here at The Drum Shop. We opened our doors back in 1991 as a music school and have been committed to giving the best percussion education possible. Since then we have built a full retail store and we have 2 private lesson rooms in our showroom. We have 4 teachers dedicated to making you or your student a better player and doing it in a fun and safe environment. Our lessons cost $30 for a half hour and we also offer 1 hour lessons as well. We have some openings right now but do fill up fast so make sure to call now and book your lesson today. (207) 874-6630
Meet our teachers
Shawn started playing drums at the age of 2 solely inspired from his father, who is a drummer. He got an early start at performing, as he played weekly for his church congregation from the age of 10. When Shawn was in middle school, he started taking private lessons with the most sought-after private instructor at the time, Phil Verrill. Shawn won several statewide and regional music awards while in high school, which led him to win a substantial scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. While there, he performed and studied with the world’s best teachers and performers including Rod Morgenstein, Dave DiCenso, Mike Mangini, Joe Galeota, Skip Hadden, Dave Weigert, the late Ed Kaspik, and Kenwood Dennard, to name a few.
Since graduating with a degree in Music Business and Management from Berklee in 2003, Shawn has been working throughout the northeast as an accomplished drummer, studio musician, clinician, and percussionist, playing all styles of music from rock, to funk, jazz, country, blues, to reggae, and everything in between. He has performed many shows with Jason Spooner, Francine Reed, The Phil Rich Swing Band, Kenya Hall, Adam Waxman, Travis James Humphrey, Joey Vellucci, Retrospecticus, Tom Acousti, David Gagne, Mystic Vibes, and 84 West, amongst many others. To his recording credits, Shawn has recorded several albums in all styles of music that have received radio play all over the world.
He now performs with several other groups and solo artists including Ben Kilcollins, Kilcollins, Jaye Drew and A Moving Train, Tony Gaboury, The Mike Stockbridge Trio, along with many other groups.
And after 19 years of experience, Shawn has also established himself as one of Maine’s most sought-after private instructors for promising students, teaching percussion classes and marching band drum lines in several local school districts, as well as private lessons at The Drum Shop, and at his private teaching studio in Biddeford.
As a child I was introduced to music through listening to the radio during long car rides with my parents. My first instrument was a little C harmonica I had been given as a gift. During elementary school my interest in music developed and I took up the tenor saxophone. But as the instrument was large for a boy my age and being that my father was a drummer I was enticed to make the switch over to percussion. This is when I got my first drum, a Pearl piccolo snare.
During my middle school and high school years I auditioned for and took part in both district and state bands for orchestral, vocal, and jazz music. I also took part in school jazz combos, big bands, and vocal jazz groups. Two of which consecutively took 1st place state titles in festivals throughout my high school career. During this time I was individually awarded for outstanding musicianship at state competitions every year I participated. In 2009 I was awarded the judges choice award as well as an Outstanding Musicianship award for my playing in the small combo division at the Berklee High School Jazz Festival.
Aside from playing at school I studied with mentors such as, Bill Manning, Dustin Roher, John Hollenbeck, Kevin Norton, and Steve Grover. I also was involved in various rock and experimental bands with my friends. It was during this time that I began taking an increased interest in playing guitar. As I moved on to college I began to exercise that interest with composition, and song writing along side my study of Percussion.
During my time at Berklee College of Music I studied with teachers such as Mark Walker, Alberto Netto, Ernesto Diaz, Ralph Peterson Jr., Yoron Isreal, Mike Mangini, Dave Weigert, and Bob Gollati. I greduated from Berklee College Of Music in 2013 and since then have been living and working as a professional musician and Drum Set/Percussion instructor in Portland Maine.
How does your business stand out?
I believe that a good teacher is someone who tries to adapt to each of their students individual interests and personalities. So often you find teachers stuck in a teaching method similar to the way they had been taught. But not everyone learns the same way. Every student has a different way of processing information, and unless your teacher attempts to deliver that information in a manner that is easiest for you to absorb, you as the student are left not only to learn, but to translate as well. When I am teaching students I try to be as adaptive and understanding as I can possibly be. I feel that this is what truly differentiates me from other teachers.
What do you enjoy about the work you do?
One of the greatest rewards of teaching is watching your students grow as musicians and more importantly as people, throughout the time that you spend with them. I have found that even though you may be the teacher, your students are usually teaching you just as much. Learning to play the drum set is different than most other instruments. Every limb must move independently and to train your body to do so you must approach the study differently than any other practice. You have to let go of your analytical thoughts, and let your body move independently of your mind, just following the sounds.
Tyler is a great instructor, speaking from a beginner's perspective. He is patient and helpful, adjusting his lessons to the pace of his student. Aside from the lessons themselves, Tyler is very flexible with his schedule which is much appreciated if yours is like mine and constantly in flux! I would definitely recommend him to friends.
Nov 7, 2012
Question & Answer
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
You will want to ask for the instructors resume and if they have anywhere you may hear them playing their instrument. If you have not yet spoken with them over the phone, request to speak with them so that you can get a better feel for their personality. If you have no previous knowledge of the person but you feel they may be a good fit for you, try a lesson. If at the end of your lesson you feel like they don't really fit with where you want to go with your studies you can always look for somebody new.
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Bill is a Graduate of Westbrook High School. He received a Scholarship from and attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston MA and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from the University of Southern Maine. He has studied privately with: Les Harris Jr., Joe Hunt, Phil Verrill, Dom Moio, Hank Dempsey, and Nancy Smith.
Bill has been teaching percussion and drum set lessons to students of all age and ability levels over 30 years. He has been on the teaching staff here at The Drum Shop since 1998 and is the Percussion Instructor for the Scarborough school system in Scarborough, ME since 2000, as well as the Director of the Scarborough High School jazz program since 2008. He often is the Adjudicator for MMEA District 1 and 2. He has been on the percussion staff for The New England Percussion Camp, 1999 – 2005, & 2008. He has taught percussion in Westbrook ME, 1997-1999, and South Portland ME, 1994-96, school systems. He has been the Percussion Instructor for the All City Percussion Ensemble in Portland, ME, 2000-2001, and has been the Marching Percussion Instructor at the following schools: Westbrook High School, 1997-99; Wells High School 1994-97; South Portland, 1994-96; Sanford High School 1989-93; Mt Blue High School, 1984-86; Winslow High School 1983-84; The 20th Maine Drum and Bugle Corp. 1984; Westbrook High School 1981-83; and Old Orchard Beach High School 1980-81.
Bill has been playing percussion and drum set for over 40 years starting in 5th grade in the Westbrook school system . He played in Concert band, Symphonic band, Wind Ensemble, Marching band and Jazz band all through high school, as well as playing local gigs. He is a free-lance musician in the Portland area and is a member of The Novel Jazz Septet, 207 Wind Orchestra, Centennial Brass Band, and is the house percussionist for The Good Theater and Cast Aside Productions in Portland ME. He has a wide variety of musical experiences from playing: Top 40, Pop, Rock, Jazz, Country, Musicals and Classical music. He has played for: Anthony’s Italian Kitchen Dinner Theater, Tri-Community Chorus, The Best of Broadway 2005, Louie Phillipe, Lynne & The Top Cats, Under the Woodwork, The Bob Charest Band, Northeast Swing, The Chris Humphrey Big Band, Opus One Big Band, The Maine State Ballet Orchestra, Maine Pro Musica Orchestra, Seaglass Choir Arts, The New Vocal Collective, Scarborough High School Chorus, Lake Region Community Theater, City Theater Associates, Snowlion Repertory Company, Lyric Music Theater, Portland Players, S. Portland High School Theater Company, Gorham High School Musical Theater group, Oak Hill Players at Scarborough High School, and The Embassy Players with Hank Beebe.
207 Wind Orchestra - Love Suite Love - February 2016; America The Beautiful - July 2016.
Ellen Domingos /Good Theater - Is There Fat In That? - 2011.
Jim D’ Amboise – Sonic Arcade 2009 - 2007.
A Cool Shade of Blue – For Duke – 2004.
A Cool Shade of Blue – Swing Dance at the Church - 2002.
Mark Klienhault - Jazzin Maine Christmas - 1996
With a career close to completing its fourth decade, Luc Bergeron has nearly done it all. He has played Rock, small and big group Jazz, Classic R&B/Soul, Fusion, Funk, Folk, Reggae/World Music, Top-40, Heavy Rock, Classic and Contemporary Country, Blues, Electronic, Theater, and Cinematic/Soundtrack music.
Self-taught at first by listening and playing along with recordings, he then studied under Maine greats Dick Demers and Steve Grover, and attended the University of Maine-Augusta in the Jazz and Contemporary music program. During the past few years, he has also started to play the Chapman Stick, and has taken lessons from renowned Stick maestro Greg Howard. In the past couple of years, hand percussion has also been added to his bag of tricks.
His gig experiences have ranged from original Rock and Adult Contemporary settings (like Symmetry in the 80’s and currently with singer/songwriter Jim Goss) to the Classic R&B covers in the Pat Pepin Project and the Reggae and Caribbean stylings of Papa Loves Mambo (among others) in the 90’s, to fusion with UMA faculty guitarist Scott Hughes, acoustic trio Jazz with Rob Spaulding, and function gigs during an eight-year tenure in the Bob Charest Band, as well as the occasional Blues/Classic Rock/R&B gig with the Delta Knights during the past 16 years. Recently, Luc has joined his brother in the Maine Music Society Chorale in the bass section, and has performed pop works as well as highly difficult classical pieces. He has garnered a reputation in the Maine music scene as a solid, first-rate musician, and throughout all of this, he has appeared on many recordings. He is now the drummer in the 80’s party/dance band “The GE3KS” and in the original band “Typhoid Jerrys.”
He has taught drum set in one-on-one settings since 1992, first at Spectrum Music in Lewiston and Brunswick, Maine, then at The Music Centre in Brunswick, and at The Drum Shop in Portland, as well as in his own home. He authored a drum method book, Beginning Drum Set Coordination, and published the first edition in 2004, with an updated second edition printed in 2016. In July of 2016 he was happy to rejoin the teaching staff at The Drum Shop.
Luc also has experience in recording engineering and working with the Digital Audio Workstations Nuendo and Cubase.