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?

With over 20 years of experience as a professional performer and drum teacher, I offer personalized drum lessons to students of all ages and levels. Whether you’re a hobbyist or an aspiring professional, I can help you unlock your potential in drumming and music and become a well-rounded and creative musician.

About my lessons

While I specialize in Jazz and everything related, I love all kinds of music and I cover a wide range of musical styles in my lessons, such as Jazz, Pop, Rock, Funk, Hip Hop, Classical, Brazilian and Latin to name a few. I am an open-minded person and I’m always eager to explore various musical forms and expressions with my students.

In addition, I strongly emphasize the importance of mastering the fundamentals and enhancing overall musical and instrumental skills. This includes developing proper technique, coordination, rhythm, musicality, reading music, creativity, and achieving a remarkable tone on the instrument. Furthermore, I can provide guidance for auditions, including those for college programs, and help you excel in ensemble playing.

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

My private drum lesson studio is located around Motosumiyoshi station (元住吉駅) and is easily accessible from Tokyo, Yokohama, and Kawasaki by train or car.

Do you have any questions?
Please don’t hesitate to contact me for any inquiries you may have. I am also available for direct communication through phone or video calls.

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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), while also running my own drum lesson studio for private instruction.
My educational background includes studying at Berklee College of Music in Boston, USA. Throughout my career, I have performed in concerts, tours, and recording sessions across Europe, the USA, and Asia, in addition to making several TV appearances in Japan. Artists I have worked with include Makoto Ozone, Sadao Watanabe, Seiko Matsuda, Lisa Ono, Dan Nimmer, Tomonao Hara, Michel Reis, and Roman & Julian Wasserfuhr besides many others.

Online Drum Lessons

Besides teaching face-to-face, I teach many of my private drum lessons online using a new music education platform called “Forte Lessons”. Forte is very user-friendly and offers excellent video and audio features optimized for online music lessons. If you’d like to learn more about them, please visit their website at https://fortelessons.com

Online education has become increasingly popular in recent years, and for good reason – it works great! Thanks to advancements in technology, I am able to offer the same quality drum lessons online as I would in-person. Students enjoy the convenience and flexibility that online lessons offer. They are time saving and safe, especially for children.


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