Drum/Percussion Lessons

Private Percussion Syllabus

Thomas Lee Spann, Jr.

Freelance Percussionist/Music Educator


Fork’s Drum Closet

Virtual Lessons via Zoom

308 Chestnut St, Nashville, TN 37210


Email: spannt5@gmail.com



The student will be able to demonstrate basic elements in playing drumset & percussion instruments. These basic elements are posture, grips (match and traditional), musicality, stroking techniques, hand drum techniques, and coordination on the drumset/percussion.


-Drumset: Sight-Reading, Independence Coordination, Musical Styles/Grooves: Latin, Jazz, Gospel, Rock, Rhythm and Blues.

Required Material:

Drumset/Snare Drumming:

Books: Alfred Beginner Drumset Method, Author Dave Black

Modern Jazz Drumming, Author: Jim Chapin

A Fresh Approach To The Drumset: Mark Wessels

Modern School for Snare Drum: Morris Goldenberg

Hand Drumming (Conga, Djembe, Cajon)

Hand Coordination, Hand Tones: (Open, Bass, Slap, Finger, Palm), Musical Styles/Grooves, 

Rumba Clave and Son Clave

The student will develop skills in playing hand percussion instruments properly, practicing daily with assigned literature and improving basic elements in performing drumset for popular music: Latin, Jazz, Soul, Gospel, Rock, and Rhythm and Blues.

Required Text: Kalani – All About Jembe

Required Reading: A Guide to the Jembe by Eric Charry

Drum Lesson Pricing Cost:

30-minute lesson: $50

1-hour lesson: $100

Multimedia (Websites/Internet)




Supplies and Accessories

2 pair – Vic Firth 5A drum set sticks or Equivalent (Promark, Vater)

1 pair- Vic Firth wire brushes

1 pair- Vic Firth felt mallets

1 pair-Vic Firth Rute Sticks

Downloaded Metronome App

Stick bag

Headphones or Earplugs

Drum Rudiments Chart

Drum Companies

Pearl Drums

Promark (Sticks and mallets)

Vic Firth (Sticks and mallets)

Vater (Sticks and Mallets)

Innovative Percussion (Sticks and Mallets)

Regal Tip (Sticks and Mallets)