If you want to learn any/all facets of drumming on the acoustic and/or electronic drum kit you’ve come to the right person, place, and thing !
WHO I am :
I’m Patrick Richardson; musician, teacher, and tinker-er.
I’ve been drumming for 25+ years in multiple bands, with over 10 recordings covering Rock, Soul, Rap, Funk, Metal, Jazz & Latin styles
I’m on staff as drum-instructor and electronics specialist at the Philadelphia School Of Rock, teaching an average of 12 students across 2 nights a week (presently Tuesdays and Wednesdays). I have another half-dozen (and growing) students taking private lessons in my home studio.
I have been a certified teacher since 2011, adjunct-teaching at Temple University, Drexel University, and The Art Institute. I have a B.A. Psychology with training in ergonomics, injury prevention, and motivational psychology, and have experience with special- needs youth and limited-mobility clients.
WHAT I can teach:
I offer lessons in:
- general drum kit: acoustic / electronics
- rhythmic ear training: counting, notation,
- drumming a specific song: any genre, any level.
- drumming cross-training: speed / endurance / ergonomics / injury prevention
- drum machine programming / beat-making : MIDI sequencing, sampling, and synthesis.
- Recording on a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW): tracking, editing, and song-writing.
My teaching studio features everything you’ll need for an immersive musical learning experience:
- 2+ acoustics drum kits for tandem play.
- PA system to play along with YOUR favorite music
- metronome with electronic practice pads
- recording studio tools to document and share your progress !
- plenty of ear-protection!
WHERE we learn:
We can learn and play
- in my home studio in West Philadelphia (49th and Market)
- at your home/kit
- remotely via skype
…here are some reviews that some of my students have written on my behalf, taken from my ThumbTack service/review site.
I left my drum lesson with Patrick all fired up! Patrick covered the basics for me, as someone brand new to playing drums, in a way that covered a ton of territory while getting me playing and improving by the end of the hour. I appreciated Patrick’s embodied approach to drums, encompassing ergonomics and the physicality as well
– Mary T. (artist)
Patrick teaches differently, and his approach is amazing. You learn more than just hitting a drum, you learn how to use your whole brain and body effectively to inhabit the music.
– Melissa C. (occupational therapist)
Patrick is a very passionate drummer and teacher. He mends his teaching methods to fit the student and I have found him as the best musical instructor I have ever had.
– Eric O. (sales)
Patrick is an awesome instructor! I had no formal experience whatsoever about drumming and barely knew anything about a kit before I started lessons with him. After only a couple months of lessons I have a much better understanding of the kit and been able to start learning a couple songs (yay!). He’s patient, enthusiastic, and always challenges me to move further out of my comfort zone. He’s also good at picking up on my learning tendencies and uses that to help me better understand my strengths and figure out how to improve on my weaknesses.
– Julia S. (student)
I have just started working with Patrick but definitely plan to continue. His lessons do not come from a book but are tailor made to fit my skills and what I want to learn. He was immediately able to assess what my strengths and weaknesses as a drummer are and knows how to work with my strengths and improve my weaknesses. Plus he is familiar with the type of music I would like to learn!
– Maddy Z. (student)
I’m the GM at the Philadelphia School of Rock and I see a plethora of different educators on a regular basis. Patrick is exactly what you want in a drum instructor. He’s got the combination of educational experience and real life experience rolled up into an extremely positive atmosphere in which he teaches. Patrick has the knowledge, discipline, and personality to really inspire any student. I’d highly recommend him for anyone looking to learn to play drums or work on electronics, at any level.
– Jace M. (manager)
Patrick Richardson is an excellent drum instructor. As a developing intermediate drummer, I have been working with Patrick for about six months. As my teacher, he tailors my weekly lessons to my interests and skill-set, while also striking out bad habits, and putting in new ones. Patrick has two drum sets, one for the student and one for the teacher, a practice kit, and a large drum machine. Not only that, but he is also the most hospitable teacher I’ve ever met, and makes tea upon my arrival to the lesson.
– Miles M. (high school student)
Lessons with Patrick are extraordinarily engaging. He has an uncanny ability to make any subject matter come to life, and he always has creative answers to the questions I have. I would highly recommend studying with him.
– Chris P. (teacher)
WHEN I am available :
I am presently available:
- 9am – 7pm
- 9am – 2pm
- 9am – 2pm
- 9am – 6pm
- 9am – 5 pm
- 10am – 4pm
- 2pm – 7pm
Lesson rates start at $50/hour: providing:
- …studio resources to video/audio record your progress
- …plenty of hearing protection, music notation/tools
- …complimentary beverages and snacks, if needed.
Pricing can be adjusted by
- …discounts for longer sessions (max 2.5 hours)
- …additional (travel) fees for house-calls.
- …sliding scale/barter for skill-trade on negotiable $/hour basis.
Contact me for questions or details.
I’m excited that you’re eager to learn new rhythmic skills with me. My promise to you is, “If you do the work, you will be supported with opportunity to succeed!” Everyone is different, and as a result, their lessons will be a unique exploration of their needs, skills, and approach. By doing it this way, you’ll find the lessons more enjoyable and you’ll find greater motivation to stay committed. I appreciate your time and interest in learning new forms of rhythms with me.
To schedule in-person and/or online lessons, email me at email@example.com