Category Archives: Drum Reference

Benefits of Playing in a Band

  Drummer in BandDrummers Benefit from Playing in a Band

One of the best ways to improve as a drum set player is to play drums in a band. Most large cities have websites for bands seeking musicians. To find bands seeking drummers in Sheboygan, try Bandmix.

Creating Your Own Drum Parts

Developing the ability to create your own style of drum parts on-the-fly is essential for a modern drummer. Continue reading

Sheboygan Drums Recommends

Sheboygan Drums Recommends

Having the right equipment and materials is essential for becoming a drummer. Part of learning to play drums is knowing where to begin. There is a vast assortment of drum learning materials and drum equipment. Learning what to use is a daunting task. Having a drum teacher solves the problem of not knowing where to start. Continue reading

The Best Way to Learn Drums

The Best Way to Learn Drums

Learning to Play Drums – Advice for the Beginning Drummer

Especially when beginning, drummers need help entering the universe of drumming. From techniques to terminology to equipment, trying to learn drums without the guidance of a proficient drum instructor is inefficient. Get started right and progress faster with a private drum teacher.
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What You Need to Learn Drums

What You Need to Learn Drums

In order to learn drums, it is necessary for drummers to practice the lessons and techniques assigned by their drum teacher. In order to practice your drum lesson, it is necessary to have some equipment available for your use. Continue reading

Drum Set as Timpani

Using Drum Set to Practice Timpani

Practice Timpani at Home Using Drum Set

Toms as Timpani - Jamison StokdykThis article will describe how to use the toms and snare drum from your drum set as a substitute for timpani when practicing at home. If your school or orchestra can not accommodate your timpani practice schedule, practicing at home can be a life saver.
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How To Write Drum Set Notation

How to Write Drum Set Music Notation

Knowing how to write drum notation gives you an advantage as a student and a performer. You will often find it useful to write a drum rhythm or fill that you want to remember.

Write Drum Music - Notes
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Studio Policy

Drum Lesson Policy


Students should practice daily between lessons. Beginning students should practice 20 minutes daily; Intermediate students 30-60 minutes daily; Advanced students 60 minutes daily. Lesson time is not practice time. Please come prepared.

Hearing Protection

Always use appropriate ear protection. Ask me if you need advice.
See How To Protect Your Hearing for information.


Students are expected to maintain regular attendance and to inform me when schedule conflicts arise. Students should bring materials to their lesson: drumsticks, mallets, books, and handouts needed for the current assignment.

Schedule Conflicts

If you have a schedule conflict, inform me the week prior. It is often possible to reschedule the drum lesson if sufficient notice is given. Same-day cancellations are not refundable. Bad weather days will be rescheduled if possible, but will not be refunded. If I cancel your lesson, I will either reschedule or credit the next month. To cancel or reschedule a lesson: call, email, or text.


Late arriving students may not receive a full lesson. The lesson will end on time for the next student to begin on time. Whenever possible, I will give a full lesson, even if you arrive late.

Missed Lessons

If you miss your drum lesson, I will try to reschedule the lesson. If we are unable to find an alternative lesson time, you forfeit the lesson fee.


Payment is due in advance of lessons. Monthly tuition is due at the start of each month. Late payments may be subject to a late fee. Payment may be made at the last lesson of the previous month or by the following means.


  • cash
  • check: Jamison Stokdyk, 701 S. 8th St. 53081
  • Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover
  • Zelle:
  • PayPal: ask for details
  • autopay: ask for details

*A fee will be assessed for returned checks.


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Transcribing Cost: $5-$20/page
Transcribing is the process of writing out drum parts for songs. This cost only applies to students who request written drum parts. Transcribing completed during lesson time is free.