Drum Lessons Charlotte NC

Drum Lessons Charlotte NC

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Drum Lessons For Everyone

Welcome to Mike Graci’s Music School, Charlotte’s top destination for music education. Located in Matthews NC, we have grown to be a highly-regarded drum school, and our reputation is often spread through word-of-mouth from satisfied students. People seek us out for our unique combination of creativity, technical expertise, and welcoming community.

Join us at our studio near Charlotte, or opt for online lessons. Our seasoned music instructors, educators, and accomplished musicians teach at our school. Our team is equipped to teach students of all ages, having accumulated thousands of instructional hours.


Our skilled instructors introduce beginners to the foundations of learning drum set and percussion. Using popular songs as guides, students find assistance during their early musical journey. Our beginner drum instructors encourage creativity and set the stage for budding artists to excel. Regular one-on-one drum lessons fuel this growth.


Building on the foundation set in beginner courses, our intermediate to advanced drum lessons are designed to further refine the techniques of our students. Lessons are one-on-one, focusing on popular rhythms and beats from your favorite artists. Our skilled drum instructors near Charlotte ensure our students excel and perform at a superior level.


Our teaching strategy focuses on individual drum lessons. We teach them to play their favorite songs in a fun, supportive, and relaxed environment.


Teens can harness their love for the drums with the mentorship of our experienced instructors. Our teachers ensure rapid and skillful learning in a friendly setting.


If you're an adult eager to begin your drum adventure or yearn to experience the joy of playing alongside others, you're in the right place. We provide vibrant lessons specifically designed for adults. With us, you can learn, practice, and perform songs at a pace that suits you.


We cater to students of all levels. Guided by our expert drum educators, students enjoy personalized face-to-face or online classes.


Top local drum teachers teach lessons in our studio. These sessions foster a fun learning environment where students of every proficiency feel at ease.


We provide both online and one-on-one music lessons. We cultivate a nurturing atmosphere where students feel comfortable and are guided toward success. 

Drum Instructors:


I have been teaching and playing drums professionally for over 20 years and learned from some of the most prominent instructors in the industry. These instructors include Dom Famularo, Jim Chapin, Joe Franco, Al Miller, and Frank Cassara. I was an instructor at one of the top drum schools in New York, The Long Island Drum Center, and obtained a BA in Music Education from Long Island University-CW Post Campus.

In 2007, I moved with my wife and two children to the Matthews-Charlotte area of North Carolina. Upon arriving in Charlotte, I started instructing and performing. I established a student base teaching drums/percussion to all ages and skill levels, including hand drum lessons (Conga/Djembe). From 2007-2012, I was a member of the NBA Charlotte Bobcats Drumline, The Rhythm Cats. In my years of playing professionally, I have performed in over 5000 shows including Off-Broadway, House of Blues, The Fillmore and many other venues. I’m currently the bandleader and drummer of the popular bands, KidsinAmericaband.com-Totally 80s Tribute Band, NewKidsband.com-The Super Fly 90s Tribute Band, and Chicago Rewired-The Premier Chicago Tribute Band.

My music lessons include all aspects of drumming and drumming theory, drum set, snare drum, school band, church, rock, pop, jazz, etc. I also teach the many important areas of drumming (reading, proper technique, double bass, Moeller, independence, timing, speed, and control).


Rob started playing drums at the age of 8 in his hometown of Reading, PA. His early influences were mostly gospel and R&B musicians from the greater Philadelphia area. Rob played percussion through middle, high school and college. He started playing piano and keyboards during his college years and went through formal training for piano performance and composition shortly thereafter. Now residing in Charlotte, NC he’s been a part of several original and cover projects. Most recently playing with a group of top NC and SC musicians backing and touring with recording artist Sy Smith.

Some of his more recent influences include popular mainstream & jazz players such as Taylor Eigsti, Nicholas Semard, Cory Henry, Robert “Sput” Searight and Robert Glasper. He has 20+ years experience playing and composing. Comfortable on any stage and very easy to get along with. He has supported a few national touring artists, including Ronnie Laws, Paula Atherton and Jeanette Harris to name a few.

Rob’s teaching philosophy is to make learning music fun through various methods including explaining theory behind your favorite popular songs, flashcards, fun practice techniques and easy memorization methods.

Garrick White


I have always loved music and have been playing for over 25 years. I started playing drums when I was very young. My dad was a drummer in the Independence High School Marching Band and started me playing when I was old enough to hold sticks. I have always been surrounded by music. My grandmother and aunt taught piano and I absorbed some of that early on. In 5th grade, I started band and learned all the elements of percussion in a concert band including keyed instruments. I continued playing in school band all the way through graduation from Weddington High School, playing mostly battery in the marching band.

One of the greatest joys of being a musician is being able to share that knowledge with others. I have been teaching privately for over 9 years, as well as working with a few local marching bands. Some of my favorite styles are jazz and Latin. In addition to teaching, I play in a local Charlotte band called Runnin Down A Dream, which is a tribute to Tom Petty and another band called FM Encore. Some of my influences are Mike Portnoy, Neil Peart, Jon Bonham and Danny Carey.

Zac Robbins

Zac Robins has been working and performing as a vocalist, guitarist, drummer, and audio engineer for the past 20+ years across the US East Coast. Zac started his musical journey as a young child with music lessons that taught him the basics of violin and voice. At 15 Zac picked up the drums playing in pop bands and ultimately going on his first tour by age 17.

Predominantly performing in the genres of pop, rock, and blues, Zac has been able to creat unique stylistic fusions in his original music. Over the course of his career there have been many blessings and opportunities including opening for and performing with artists such as Philmont & Australian singer-songwriter Nadéah Miranda of the Lovegods

Today Zac has brought his experience from the original live music scene and focused his passion back in Charlotte North Carolina. You can catch him performing around the city, teaching music lessons, or co hosting an open Jam at Zee’s Tavern where musicians of all skill levels can grow by performing with others.


Felixx Alvis is a drum and percussion instructor with 20 years experience. A graduate of Ohio State University and has focused his studies on rudimental snare and technique with a special interest in teaching Latin, jazz, worship and rock.

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Your Charlotte-based drum instructor will educate you on the many options for drum sets. We can guide you with the essentials.


We advise students to purchase their own drums. Having a personal instrument is vital for consistent practice. There are three options: Electronic drums, acoustic drums, and a drum practice pad. The teacher will help you along with this process.

While six years might be early for formal drum instruction, kids can begin grasping basic musical principles. We make each lesson fun and interactive for each student. 

There’s no fixed age guideline, but some children below six might lack the dexterity or patience for drum classes. The ideal age largely hinges on the child’s maturity. Some youngsters have displayed exceptional talent even at tender ages.

Certainly, we provide remote lessons. Contact us to explore our remote class options now.

With regular practice and weekly one-on-one lessons, students can achieve basic mastery in roughly two months. We advocate for at least 30 minutes of practice five days a week.

Indeed, we offer both virtual and one-on-one individual guitar classes.

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