Drum Lessons

Drum Lessons

(face-to-face & online)

Are you interested in learning to play the drums or looking to level up your existing drumming skills?

Besides being a teacher at Senzoku Gakuen College of Music, I also teach privately and offer personalized drum lessons to students of all levels. Whether you’re a hobbyist or an aspiring professional, beginner or advanced player, I welcome anyone to explore the art of drumming and music-making with me.


My lessons are available in English, German, and Japanese.


My private drum lesson studio is located in Shin-Kawasaki near Motosumiyoshi station (元住吉駅), making it easily accessible from Tokyo, Yokohama, and Kawasaki by train or car. (Free car parking available)

About Me

I am a professional drummer and music educator from Germany, living in Japan since 2009. I am a teacher at Senzoku Gakuen College of Music (Jazz Course / JAM) and operate my own drum lesson studio for private instruction. Throughout my 20+ years career as an educator, I have taught at various music schools and conducted workshops and ensemble classes on Jazz and Improvisation at middle and high schools in Germany and Japan.

I studied music at Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA (Class of 2004).
As a performer, I have participated in concerts, tours, and recording sessions across Europe, the USA, and Asia. Additionally, I have made several TV appearances in Japan.
Artists I have worked with include Makoto Ozone, Sadao Watanabe, Seiko Matsuda, Lisa Ono, Dan Nimmer, Sarah McKenzie, Tomonao Hara, Kengo Nakamura, Michel Reis, Martin Sasse, and Roman & Julian Wasserfuhr, among many others.

Dennis Frehse sitting at his drums posing for Forte Teacher Spotlight.

Find out more about my drum lessons
in this interview!


What the students say

Yuki O.
“I highly recommend Dennis as a drumset private instructor, I’ve been taking drum lessons from him for about 3 years now and I’m very happy with the progress i’ve made with him! Currently preparing to study jazz performance at a college level and Dennis has really helped me with that.” (2023)

Chris M.
“I’ve been studying with Dennis both in person and online since 2019. He is patient but persistent, always pushing me forward while encouraging and guiding me in my efforts to be a better musician. He has also helped me work on any type of music I have wished to. Taking online lessons with Dennis on forte has been quite smooth; he understands and uses the technology effectively. I recommend Dennis without hesitation.” (2023)

Sebastian S.
“Our son started drums lessons with Dennis about 3 years ago, at the beginning face to face lessons and later due to pandemic situation online. So we know Dennis very well and we strongly recommend Dennis not only as a very good teacher, but also as a very nice person. Our son enjoys a lot the lessons and he plays with fun and confidence because Dennis finds a good balance between challenging drums theory, relaxed communication and playing together drums. Dennis writes personalized music notes for the level and music interests of our son. Even if we live know in Germany, Dennis is very flexible in providing us a proper and reliable lesson schedule: he never forgets appointments, he is always punctually and in a good mood! We are very grateful for his engagement in teaching our son in a high quality and fun drum experience!” (2023)

Gary L.
“Dennis has been giving my son online lessons in English for two years. He is a kind and patient teacher and is always creating new ways to keep the lessons interesting and fun for my son. The online technology works great and makes it possible for us to attend lessons remotely from our home in Tokyo. I highly recommend Dennis for drum lessons!” (2023)


Dennis Frehse holding a cymbal in front of a black background.