Drum Lessons

Drum Lessons

Do you want to learn to play drums or brush up your existing skills and bring your drumming to the next level?

I am not only an experienced music performer but also a passionate music educator teaching drums, improvisation and music making for more than 20 years.
Currently I am a faculty member in the jazz course at Senzoku Gakuen College of Music (Kawasaki/Japan), and I give private drum lessons to students of all kinds – mostly online, no matter where they live.

About My Lessons

I love working with a wide range of students from children to elderly, and from complete beginners to advanced and experienced players. You can never be to young or too old to enjoy playing the drums!

Every student is unique, and so are my lessons. I use creative and individualized approaches for each student, based on his musical interests, goals, learning style and needs.

My expertise is jazz drumming, technical studies and improvisation, but I am a very versatile musician and can teach you many styles of music as in Rock, Pop, Funk, Latin, you name it.
Regardless of musical style, learning the fundamentals of music and drumming is very important and I will be more than happy to help you build a solid foundation and getting a great sound on the instrument.

The lessons are available in English, German or Japanese.

Online Drum Lessons

Most of my private drum lessons are held online using the new online music lesson platform Forte or alternatively the popular classics Skype and Zoom.
I have worked with students this way across Japan, Germany, Taiwan and the USA, and as long as you have a stable internet connection, it works absolutely fantastic!

Online drum lessons are extremely convenient and effective. You don’t need to spend time and money to travel to the teacher’s studio and you can enjoy high quality music instruction even from faraway places.

I know that some people are still skeptical about this way of learning, but from my experience online drum lessons are in no way inferior to the traditional face-to-face method. You will get the same attention and one-on-one lesson experience, and if you haven’t tried it yet, I would like to encourage you to give it a go. This might be the right fit for you.

Do you have more questions?

The best way to find out more about my drum lessons is to experience it first hand and to talk to me directly, therefore I would like to invite you to connect with me online for a free meeting in my online drum lesson studio. Just send me a message and request a date.
I am looking forward to meeting you and to talk more.

Prices (for online lessons)

A single 60-minute lesson / 7000 JPY
(no commitments, just a single lesson)

For Regulars
4x 60-minute lessons / 24.000 JPY *

* If you want to study regularly with me, you can purchase a batch of four lessons for a discounted price (6000 JPY per lesson). Those four lessons have to take place within a period of two months.

Kids & Juniors

Special rate for children and youngsters who take weekly classes with me.

30-minute lessons / 3000 JPY per lesson
45-minute lessons / 4000 JPY per lesson
60-minute lessons / 5000 JPY per lesson

Face-to-Face Drum Lessons

I do offer a limited amount of in-person instruction in my music studio in Motosumiyoshi, Shin-Kawasaki. Those lessons are 90 minutes in length and cost 10.000JPY per session.
Please contact me for further information and availability.


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