Drums Lessons IN BURR RIDGE


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Drums consist of a membrane (also known as a skin) stretched over an open-ended cylinder (also known as a shell) and struck with a mallet or stick, or by using the hand or fingers. In jazz, some drummers will use brushes for a smoother, quieter sound. In many traditional cultures, drums have a symbolic function and are used in religious ceremonies. They are often used in music therapy, especially hand drums, because of their tactile nature and ease of use by a wide variety of people.

Along with the voice, the drum is perhaps the oldest instrument known to humans. Drums first appeared as far back as 6000 B.C. Mesopotamian excavations have unearthed small cylindrical drums dated 3000 B.C..


Drums may be played individually, with the player using a single drum or in a set of two or more all played by the one player, such as bongo drums and timpani. A number of different drums together with cymbals form the basic modern drum kit. Several factors determine the sound a drum produces, including the type, shape and construction of the drum shell, the type of drum heads it has, and the tension of these drumheads. Different drum sounds have different uses in music.


Famous drummers include Buddy Rich and Max Roach (jazz), and Phil Collins, Keith Moon, Meg White, and Neil Peart (rock).


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Scott Gryffin

Drum Teacher
Scott Gryffin is a prominent multi-instrumental music educator and performer in the Chicagoland area. By the age of 19 Scott performed in over 14 states and Canada with various rock and jazz groups. He regularly performs with his cover band “The Axxidentals” and with many other performing groups in the Chicagoland area. Scott received both of his degrees in Music Education and Percussion Performance from Illinois State University. Since then, Scott has spent the past 10 years serving as a public high school teacher where he taught Band, Music Production, Percussion, Guitar, and served in building and teaching the high schools first ever Orchestra program. His primary instruments include: classical percussion, drum-set, guitar, bass, and piano but spends his free time learning new instruments such as cello and violin. He has over 15 years of musical experience as an educator, performer, producer, and writer/arranger.

David Gillette

Drum Teacher
David Gillette is a musician with a lifelong passion for music. He began his musical journey playing the Cornet in High School and later experimented with various instruments including drums, saxophone, guitar, and piano. Although he enjoys playing all instruments, David's true joy is found in playing guitar and performing live. As a teacher, David's philosophy is to combine deliberate practice with playing for pure enjoyment to keep his students engaged and motivated in their musical pursuits. His friendly and approachable demeanor, coupled with his extensive knowledge and expertise, make him an excellent mentor for anyone looking to improve their musical skills.

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