Drum Lessons Pittsburgh | N Stuff Music

Private Drum Lessons at the N Stuff School of Music

Do you find yourself always tapping your feet or banging on the top of a desk, playing along to the song in your head? Then N Stuff Music can help you focus these energies elsewhere…like on a real drum kit!

N Stuff Music has drum lessons for the novice, to the touring pro, and all points in between. We offer weekly private half hour lessons here in our store. Why take a chance on inviting a stranger from Craigslist into your home to give your child drum lessons? Our drum instructors are highly experienced and respected members of the Pittsburgh Music community, who gig locally almost every weekend and even tour with national acts on occasion. You really can’t get a better learning experience than that.

All you need is the will to learn and a pair of drum sticks, and you are well on your way!

All the teachers that provide drum lessons here at N stuff Music have the proper security clearances for teaching children, so we can assure you N Stuff music will be a safe and fun place for your child to learn the drums!

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Drum Lesson Tuition

All lesson tuitions are $25 per half hour session

Drum Lesson Times

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday:
- 3:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Lesson Policy

Lessons are scheduled at a set day and time and occur once a week. Payment for lessons is due at the beginning of the month for the entire month. Payment is for all scheduled lessons regardless of attendance. Payment is to be made via cash or check directly to the instructor.

Attendance Policy

In an event you cannot attend your lesson as it is scheduled, 24 hours’ notice must be given in order to be eligible for a make- up lesson. No exceptions. (1) Make-up per calendar month. These make-ups do not accrue if they are not used within 30 days.

We Observe the Following Holidays

Thanksgiving | Christmas Eve | Christmas Day | New Year's Eve | New Year's Day | Labor Day | Memorial Day | Fourth of July

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Lesson Program

Q: Do you offer make-ups for missed lessons?
A: Lessons cancelled with at least 24 hours’ notice are able to be rescheduled, subject to the instructor’s availability. (1 Make-up per calendar month)

Q: What if my teacher is absent?
A: If your instructor cancels a lesson (meaning the lesson is totally cancelled for the week, and not re-scheduled) you are not liable for the lesson fee. You will receive a credit for that lesson in the tuition for the following month.

Q: If I miss a lesson, do I still have to pay?
A: Because we have committed to reserving a specific time slot for you, that appointment time cannot be otherwise filled, and therefore payment cannot be refunded.

Q: How do I change my day or time?
A: Permanent lesson change forms are available at the rental counter and have to be turned in to our Lesson Manager.

Q: How do I withdraw from lessons?
A: In order to withdraw from lessons permanently, please let your instructor know when your last lesson date will be. A minimum 14-Day notice is required. No refunds will be given for early withdrawal.

Q: If I want to pull out of lessons, can you guarantee that my day, time and teacher will still be available when I return?
A: Keep in mind that if you choose to pull out of lessons, that spot is now available to other students to book into. We will do our best to work with your schedule and your request for specific teachers, but we cannot guarantee that there will be a spot for you when you return. If you are extremely inflexible with your day, time and teacher choice, then we suggest you stay in lessons even if you are going to miss a few classes. Remember that make-up lessons can be arranged for classes you miss. Throughout the year, those few lessons that you miss will not hinder your learning to play as much as it would to stop your lessons entirely.

Drum Instructors at The N Stuff School of Music

Gary Matassa | Drum Lessons

Gary Matassa - Drums

Gary grew up in Oakmont and attended school at Riverview. Early on, his parents urged him to take up an instrument and his father, a fan of drumming, suggested drums. He began studying with Mr. Debsky and Ms. Hepner when he was 11. Throughout his school years, he played in the orchestra, concert band, marching band and jazz band. Mr. Lozenski, the band director at Riverview High School, encouraged him to try out for several honors bands. Gary attended the PMEA, District, and State honors bands, all first chair. During his senior year, he won the National Orchestral Award.

Gary graduated from Penn State University and while there, he placed first in talent shows two years in-a-row for performing drum solos. After college, he studied with local drummer Lou Ross for several years and then began performing and recording with various bands in the Pittsburgh music scene, including: Groove City, Jill West and Blues Attack, Uncle Funk's Jelly Jam, Dante's Inferno, Shari Richards, The Fuzzy Comets, Dr. Zoot, JD Strum, Rude Mood, The Beegle Brothers, Circle of Friends, Charlie in the Box, In the Saddle, Strange Brew, Shelley Duff Band, Terry Patterson, Jon Lowery and the Uptown Two, Lou Lombardi's Strangelove, and Ferris Bueller's Revenge. He has also opened for music legends such as B.B. King, Loretta Lynn, and Tanya Tucker.

Kai Ballard | Drum Lessons

Kai Ballard - Drums

Kai Ballard was born in St. Louis, MO. After obtaining his AA in Music from Florissant Valley Community College, he transferred to the Indiana School of Music in Bloomington, IN. After earning his B.A. in Music – Jazz and Performance, he moved to Los Angeles in 1986. He quickly established himself touring with Krystol (Epic) opening for Confunkshun, the Jetts and Morris Day, then touring with Hank Ballard and the Midnighters while performing with multiple local groups including heavy metal band, Rude Awakening. For the next year, Kai performed with the Cochran Avenue Baptist Choir, and the Tower of Power rhythm section and was the drummer for Stevie Wonder in 1989-1990. After a few months of playing with Stevie in his Wonderland Studio, kai toured with Scott Ellison and was then called by LL Cool J. for the Budweiser Tour, which included Whitney Houston, Keith Sweat, Digital Underground, BBD, and Ralph Tresvant. Soon after touring with LL, Kai was offered a gig in Nagoya, Japan. Upon returning to the US, Kai met Johnny Graham – former guitarist for Earth, Wind and Fire. They became close friends and traveled back to Japan to play together. Kai returned to L.A. in 1994 and immediately received a call from Snoop Doggy Dogg to perform with him on Saturday Night Live. From that performance, Kai received a full cymbal, stick and merchandise endorsement from Zildjian, and was featured in several Zildjian ads in Modern Drummer Magazine, as well as informational pamphlets for Zildjian products.

Throughout his L.A. performing days, Kai also jammed with Jose Feliciano, Joe Sample, Verdine White, Vesta and also performed with the North Hollywood Baptist Choir, Miki Howard, the Coasters and Jean Carne. In 2001, he took an A&R class at UCLA. His instructors were Barry Squire (A&R Manager at Columbia) and Randy Jackson, who was then A&R Vice President at A&M Records. This led Kai to a call from Capitol Records to work in the Marketing Department on Paul McCartney's "Back In the U.S." Tour along with Vice Presidents Jeannine Lombari and Rick Camino.

In 2010, Kai was called to lay drum tracks on 8 tracks for Bone Thugs-N-Harmony's "The Whole Enemy" CD. Kai currently plays for the Eastminster Presbyterian Church Praise Team and Eric Johnson, Jeremy Fisher, Calvin Steely and others.