Peggy has found over many years of teaching that a structured lesson framework allows the student to accomplish goals much more quickly and easily. A typical lesson combines study from books, playing to recorded music, and hand-written exercises.


Depending on the level of the student, there are some standard books that Peggy uses for technique, reading, and drumset. If the student has existing materials, Peggy will try to work with them if she feels they are ability-appropriate, but usually some books have to be purchased.


The standard lesson books (shown below) can be purchased at Alder Creek Music, at other local music stores, or online. 


Stick Control 

by George Lawrence Stone


Alfred's "Snare Drum Method Book 1"

(may also be known as "Complete Snare Drum Method")


-- OR --


BreezeEasy "Method 1 Drums"



Alfred's "Beginning Drumset Method"

(does NOT have to be the version with the CD or DVD included)


Spiral Binder for Notes

The student needs to provide a spiral binder to use for writing out exercises, assignments, and notes as needed. The binder should be a typical notebook-paper size, with the spiral on the left (not the top).

For home practice...

There are a few items Peggy believes the student should have at home, to assist in practice as well as keep their family happy. These items are also available at local music stores or online.

  • Electronic metronome (not the thin LCD-screen type ones) with an adjustable dial
  • Snare drum pad, "Billy Gladstone" type
  • "Sound-Off" mute pads for the toms/cymbals of a drumset (or old towels that can be thrown over the drums for muffling).

Contact Info:

(716) 2456-PEG


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