Our Philosophy: Drumming is Joy
Upon opening In 2009, BANG quickly become known as NYC’s most welcoming and friendly place for drumming lessons. We teach drumming lessons to students from all over the city – from Brooklyn to Jersey. We welcome anyone and everyone. Our drum school is where children and adults learn from enthusiastic and patient teachers in a fun way. Where some students have lofty goals and some just want to see what drumming is like. We have a real, true, open door policy. That’s because we believe that “Drumming Is Joy,” and we want to share that Joy with you.
Our Unique Teaching Method: “The 11 Pillars of Drumming”
Yes, we have our own proprietary teaching method. It’s built upon the idea that a well rounded and successful drummer must have certain skills and knowledge. The thinking and details behind that method come from the “The 11 Pilars of Drumming” which you can read about here.
BANG! The Drum School began in 2009 in the basement of a rehearsal studio below a motorcycle garage in the Williamsburg neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. People came from all over the city for drumming lessons with us. Many people came to the Brooklyn studio from Manhattan and Queens to take the Absolute Beginners Group Class—the only class of its kind in the NY area.
By 2011, BANG! had outgrown its first home and it was time to move. More space was needed, Mark (BANG’s founder) wanted to teach his drumming lessons in a nicer studio; and the Brooklyn location was prone to floods.
Knowing that BANG needed capital, Mark decided to sell the drum set that was given to him by Modern Drummer magazine and Rush’s famed drummer, Neil Peart. Mark won the drum set as one of the winners of MD’s very first drum solo competition in 1988. The kit sold for $25,000, and the capital to build BANG! The Drum School’s move was secured. Read more about “The $25K Drum Solo” here.
Since the move to the new space, BANG! has continued to grow, and people from Brooklyn and Queens and elsewhere regularly make the trip to NYC for their drumming lessons. After all, there is no other place like BANG! The Drum School in NY. Let us tell you more…
Our Physical Space: Beautiful
BANG’s studios align with our school’s philosophy. Our studios are beautiful; bright, clean and cheery, with great sounding drums and equipment. We’re the only place in NYC with our own beautiful gut renovated multi-studio facility, complete with a comfy waiting room. It’s a gorgeous drumming nirvana. See that photo above? That’s Studio 1 at BANG’s facility. It’s nice here!
Our Teachers: Our Greatest Asset (and yours)
But MOST importantly–we have the BEST teachers! They are all professional drummers with deep teaching experience and top-notch educations, many from the top music schools in the country. In addition, our teachers have that “X factor” of personality. All of our teachers have a happy, positive and encouraging attitude and have a huge amount of patience. They have to, or they can’t teach at BANG! Our teachers are chosen carefully and must meet very high standards. We’re very picky because we only want the best.
We’re Specialists: We Believe in Focus
Our teachers love drumming more than almost anything else and they exude that energy when they teach. We all love drumming so much; we want you to experience the same joy behind the drum set that we have. This is all we do, and we love doing it.
Come to us and find out for yourself how much fun drumming can be.
See you soon,
BANG! The Drum School
But don’t just take my word for it. Have a look at our reviews. We’ve got more great reviews than any other place offering drumming lessons. People love it here; just read what they have to say on Google and YELP.
And just in case you want to make sure we really know our stuff, have a look at our blog. It’s called The Drumming Blog, and it is one of the most visited and frequently read blogs about drumming in the world. It’s updated about once a week and it’s full of great drumming exercises and ideas. OK, ’nuff said! Come see us.
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