Hear why students and parents love and trust Drum Lessons Jamestown
Renowned local instructor/musician of 25+ years
Tommy is a top-shelf drum educator and performer, who studied with me for 16 years. Tommy started to apprentice teaching under me at age 13, going into public schools teaching West African-style hand drumming to classes of kids. He's extremely well-versed in many styles of drumming and drum education. Tommy would be my first choice for drum and percussion lessons!
Current student, owner of Echo Music
I've had an amazing experience taking lessons with Tommy for the past 8 years. He's very dedicated to his students, and he always caters the lessons towards the student's goals and aspirations. When I had an audition to get into college, Tommy made himself available to help me prepare. I have seen a tremendous improvement in my drumming. I highly recommend Tommy for drum lessons.
I've taken drum lessons with Tommy for so many years now I've honestly lost count. Through those years, I've learned a multitude of songs and greatly improved my drumming abilities. He excels at breaking down concepts and explaining ideas so that I could fully grasp the material given to me. I would say without a doubt that I would not possess the skills I have on the kit without Tommy.
Parent of current student (Sammy)
Sammy started taking drum lessons at 5 years old. Tommy has been able to hold his enthusiasm about drumming. He has given Sammy great confidence to practice on his own at home. I've seen Sammy's ability to focus grow longer with each class, Sammy has only been drumming for 8 months and is now able to play small amounts of rhythm at just 6 years old.
I came to Tommy for drum lessons when I was in my 70’s. Can you imagine the patience and kindness which it took for him to work with such as I? To a fault, he was as nice, tolerant, and encouraging as anyone could be, and of course, very talented. How I looked forward to my afternoons with him and what fun we had as I endeavored to learn to play along with modern songs of which I’d never heard. Tommy would come up with a list of songs which he felt I could master and enjoy, and then I’d pick my favorites. He is the best!
Parent of former student
My 9 year old daughter LOVED taking drum lessons from Tommy. Not only does he make learning new skills engaging and fun, but he is also extremely gifted at making his students feel seen and valued. She walked away from each lesson with a new fundamental skill to practice, as well as with a confidence that she is capable and an eagerness to practice and grow. We are so thankful for our time at his studio!
Parent of former students
(Rilynn & Braxxton)
When I was looking for an instructor for my daughter to play drums I turned to Drum Lessons Jamestown. She was placed with instructor Tommy Gerace, and it couldn’t of been a better match. I would highly recommend Tommy not only on the fact he’s an excellent teacher and musician, but also his ability to connect with his students on a level that makes them excited to learn. Tommy’s blend of classic instruction and go-at-your-own-pace style really allows the student to build their confidence organically. In past music lessons my daughter would end up being burned out too quickly, no longer enjoy lessons. But with Tommy, lessons are fun and engaging. The encouragement and coaching Tommy provides his students is endless. I am so happy my daughter got matched with Tommy and is having fun developing her drum skills and confidence.
Drum lessons with Tommy were always the highlight of my week. Tommy has the skillset to make drum lessons fun, engaging, challenging, and effective. My lessons with Tommy helped me grow as a drummer and develop the skills I needed. I've had many different drum instructors over the years, and I have taught drums myself, and I can say Tommy is one of the best and gets my full endorsement and recommendation.
Tommy is a fantastic instructor. I've been seeing him weekly for a year and a half and my skills have definitely improved dramatically. Tommy is patient, concise, and makes the lessons fun. Would definitely recommend.
Parent of current student (Alaina)
My 6-year old Alaina has been taking lessons at Drum Lessons Jamestown for over a year and she loves it! Tommy is engaged and enthusiastic at each lesson and always makes a personal connection with her about things she enjoys. Besides the fact that Tommy is an exceptional drummer, Tommy is easy to communicate with, fun, timely, and VERY reliable, which is of the utmost importance to us.
Parent of current student (Leo)
My son (Leo) had always wanted to play drums and started taking lessons with Tommy in September of 2022. He is always looking forward to every lesson with excitement! The learning is fun for Leo but Tommy is always challenging him and keeping him engaged. Tommy is an amazing drummer and a great instructor!
Starting with Tommy and Drum Lessons Jamestown was as easy as pie. We called and, unlike other instructors, heard back quickly and I was taking lessons within a week. On top of Drum Lessons Jamestown being a great way to further my drumming skills, I get to pick the songs I want to learn. Can't get much better than that!
Meet the Instructor,
Ever since I sat down on my older brother's drum set when I was 5 years old, I've found a true love for drumming and music. 21 years later, my passion continues to grow, and through teaching, I want to share that same love with others.
I began teaching when I was 13, going into schools and facilitating hand drum circles. Since then, I've worked with hundreds of students, of all ages and skill levels, helping them progress to achieve their goals.
I excel in communication, being able to breakdown individual concepts and relay them in an understandable fashion. My classes are fun, relaxed, and engaging, for any age student. I love getting to know my students better and allow them to feel comfortable in my class. Simply put: I get the most out of my students' abilities, and make coming to drum lessons exciting.
Have even the slightest interest in drumming? Try me out with a free intro lesson. You won't regret it. Thanks everyone, I can't wait to see you behind the kit!