Professional Percussion Lessons

VIBES Fine & Performing Arts percussion program specializes in giving professional, high quality lessons to beginners starting their musical careers to advance musicians looking to reach their highest capacity of performance. Learn anything from snare drum, drum set (all styles), marching percussion, mallet techniques, and more.

The Vibes mission is to help all students cultivate their highest forms in musical expression, intelligence, and confidence in a supportive, nurturing, and creative environment. Each student is unique, and therefore, we tailor our teaching to best suit his/her personality and musical goals. Instructors will choose appropriate repertoire that suits the needs of each student individually including a variety of method books and repertoire in various styles of music.

Vibes has many opportunities for students to perform in the public including our fall and spring recitals, master classes, competing in various competitions at the state and national level, and community performances in our VIBES jam groups or combos. We highly encourage all our students to perform when they are ready!

We are adamant about giving our students the very best and that’s why we bring in world class professional musicians to motivate and inspire our families and musicians! Guest artists have included: The Blue Man Group, Denver Broncos Stampede Drumline, Geoffrey Castle, Brent Daniels, and more!

Focused Goals for our students:

  • Experience their musicianship as a natural self-expression
  • Play a vast repertoire covering a broad array of musical styles and genres
  • Develop the ability to self-generate. i.e. the ability to progress independently. This includes developing a foundation of music reading, writing, composition, improvisation, arrangement, structure and theory, and more.
  • Become well-rounded musicians
  • Have a highly positive, self-affirming experience throughout the music learning process

Percussion Instructor Mr. Ryan

ryan-1Drummer and percussionist Ryan Bell has been an active musician for over 10 years in the Rocky Mountain region. Having both parents as music teachers, Ryan has always gravitated toward a career in music. He participated in music classes and various bands through school and continued into college. During his time at the University of Wyoming, he performed in the Wyoming Jazz Ensemble, UW Symphony Orchestra, and was a member of the premier jazz combo. Ryan has also performed and taught in many European countries and was part of the American Jazz Collective, a group that was assembled to play and teach a camp in Guatemala through the IGA (Guatemala American Institute) academy. Ryan has had the pleasure of sharing the stage, performing, and studying with a variety of artists including, The Yellowjackets, Bob Reynolds, Gerald Schwartz, Ben Markley, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Will Kennedy, Tom Amend, Kevin Kanner, and the Yonder Mountain String Band. Currently, Ryan is the drummer for the Libby Creek Original and Tris Munsick and the Innocents.In addition to being a performer, Ryan teaches full time at VIBES and serves as the drumline instructor for NCHS and KW.

For ensemble experiences also Check Out Drumline Class & Battles Page: or Additional Summer Programs:

  • Percussion Lessons $120/ Month  -30 minute lessons once a week
  • One-time Lesson $35

Please note that the monthly price is the same regardless of the number of weeks in any given month. Monthly pricing is a monthly average for the entire year. 

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