DIRK SHUMAKER, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Pulse Drumming in Ventura, California is THE place to go. The store has a warm vibe and is stocked with well crafted percussion instruments. My son Joseph is a student of proprietor Trey O’Toole and Joe always looks forward to his weekly drum lesson. To tell you the truth, so do I! When Big Bad Voodoo Daddy are not on tour, I enjoy going to the shop, sitting outside of the drum room and listening to their progress. Trey has a very patient methodology for instruction and it is evident by how quickly his young students progress. I recommend Pulse Drumming not just for drummers, but for all musicians at any level of ability.

Pulse Drumming offers PRIVATE lessons for the very young and those with special needs.

Pulse Drumming supports goals for individualized education plans (IEP) and is approved by Ventura Unified School District. As such, our students receive one-on-one instruction using a custom, immersion-based teaching approach. They are encouraged to be creative, think outside the box, and make their own music instruments in a non-intimidating, supportive environment.

With our dynamic curriculum, students are introduced to:

  • Music theory – most are writing and reading music notation their very first lesson
  • Sonic exploration – scales
  • Identification of percussion tools – sticks, mallets, brushes and more
  • Proper technique by learning on instruments from around the globe (including culture and traditions) as well as manufactured drums and percussion instruments

During the last 5 minutes of the lesson, the student teaches what they have learned to their family, typically ending the lesson with everyone playing together.

If you would like to further discuss private lessons, please send us an email!  pulsekim2@gmail.com  or call: (805)648-DRUM(3786)