On most days, if you walk along the outside of the building, you'll hear the steady rumble of drum lessons in action. Back in their own section of the building the drummers hit, strike and crash away at whatever volumes they deem fit. Drum set, marching snare, congas, bongos, bells, and marimba are just some of the instruments that students can learn how to play.
At Madison Music Foundry we have a selection of great instructors who give lessons on drums and percussion. Instruction is available for any age and level at a time that's convenient for you.
DRUM SET, SNARE DRUM
Kai has been playing and performing on the drums for more than 20 years. His music career started in the second grade playing piano. Drums and guitar soon followed, and he has been playing ever since. Kai has played in many original rock bands over the last twenty years, recording and touring regionally, and has opened for such acts as Linkin Park, Los Lobos, and Seether. He has a B.A. in Journalism from UW-Milwaukee and is a DJ on 94.1FM WJJO. He has been teaching drums professionally since 2001. From beginner to advanced, Kai believes that music lessons should be as entertaining as they are challenging. He is proficient in styles ranging from funk to metal and blues to reggae, and lessons have to always be fun.
Chris Di Bernardo
DRUM SET, ORCHESTRAL PERCUSSION, MALLETS, HAND DRUMS
Chris began to take drum set lessons, play in garage bands, and join school music programs at a young age. These experiences sparked a passion for music, which lead him to study in the percussion studio and jazz programs at Northern Illinois University.
Professionally, Chris records and plays drum set full time with Sam Lyons, David Hecht and Who Dat, and Lodi. Known for his quick listening and ability to play musically in all situations, Chris is a first call substitute and frequent performer with bands like Mama Digdown's Brass Band, The Madison Jazz Orchestra, Primitive Culture, and The Darren Sterud Orchestra.
Not just limited to the drum set, Chris plays ANY percussion instrument he is asked to cover in various settings. This includes musical theatre and orchestral performances with the Middleton Players Theater and The Madison Wind Ensemble. Chris has a passion for instruments from around the world, especially the berimbau, pandeiro, hoop drum, and djembe, and can occasionally be found playing these instruments at dance classes in Madison. Chris is a full-time snare drummer for The Tundra Line, the official game day entertainment drum line for the Green Bay Packers.
As an educator, Chris is the director of the Middleton High School drum line and on staff with Shadow Indoor Percussion. Chris is also in-demand as an ensemble director and clinician during solo and ensemble season. With his extensive background in many styles of playing, Chris teaches drum and percussion lessons to all ages and skill levels from Madison Music Foundry and his private studio.
During the day, Chris helps connect musicians to the music industry (and vice versa) with Broadjam. Chris is proud to endorse Los Cabos Drumsticks.
DRUM SET, ORCHESTRAL PERCUSSION, MALLETS
Riley specializes in drum set, but also has an extensive background with playing concert percussion and world percussion. During high school, he participated in the Solo and Ensemble competition and received at least one first at state competition each year. Among other accomplishments, Riley received the John Phillip Sousa award and the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award. He has played in honors bands, including UWAY and the National Band Association. He has also played for numerous charity performances with bands ranging from Dixieland to hard rock.
Riley also had the privilege to work with many great clinicians, including Dominic Spera, Ryan Korb, and Tom Dvorak. Riley welcomes students of all ages and abilities. Lessons are meant to be fun but educational and curriculum is catered individually to each student.
DRUM SET, SNARE DRUM
Marshall Lilly, a 22 year-old drummer and percussionist from Whitewater, WI, has been drumming since the second grade and started playing in his first band at age 13. Marshall was a member of the Warhawk Marching Band Drumline at UW-Whitewater for four years, and was a sub-section leader for two of those years. In 2014 while he was studying for his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and double minor in Human Resources and Music, Marshall began teaching private drum lessons from his home studio in Whitewater. Now, he plays in Madison-based cover band Honeyshot.
Marshall teaches drum set and snare drum lessons to all ages. Objectives of the lessons include, but are not limited to: mastering the rudiments, learning how to read music, establishing proper hand technique, preparing music for solo & ensemble, and improving improvisation skills. In order to achieve maximum versatility, drum set lessons cover many different musical styles, including jazz, rock, country, and even gospel. Marshall strongly feels that each lesson should be personalized to ensure a fun, comfortable, and rewarding learning experience for each student.
DRUM SET, ORCHESTRAL PERCUSSION, HAND DRUMS, MARCHING PERCUSSION
Chris is a UW-Madison School of Music graduate with 20 years experience as a drummer, percussionist, and educator. In 2013 he took on the role of Education Coordinator at the Foundry, which involves organization of the Rock Workshop program (coming from experience as a band coach), and coordinating the Student Jams and recitals. In one-on-one lessons he works with students of all ages and skill levels. The drum set styles he teaches include rock, jazz, progressive, blues, funk, and latin. Chris's work with orchestral and marching percussion has given him experience as a percussion director at the high school level and he continues to enjoy helping private students develop their skills for school bands. He has also been a drum circle facilitator, including the development of programs for students with special needs. Chris works to cultivate his students' passion for music and works with them to create individually tailored lesson plans that give them the power to achieve their personal goals while expanding their understanding of the limitless possibilities of drums' musical expression.