Drum Lessons NYC


World-Class Drumming Instruction

for All Levels & Goals

Have you been FRUSTRATED trying to find quality drum lessons?

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Have you been
DISAPPOINTED by the selection of local drum teachers?

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I can help you. I promise.

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My name is Matt Ritter.

As incredible as it sounds, I have spent more than half of my life providing drum lessons NYC.

My teaching experience has been matched by very few drum teachers in the world.

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Modern Drummer magazine has published numerous educational articles of mine, and Hal Leonard distributed my instructional drum DVD.

My students have ranged from complete beginners to a famous drumming icon (once named in Modern Drummer as the #1 Rock Drummer of the Year).

Most importantly, my drum students achieve REMARKABLE RESULTS.

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have gone on to…


join bands

record albums

do tours

drum for movies & TV shows

play with major music stars

and more…


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have included…


professional drummers


drum teachers

indie rockstars

a famous drumming icon

and more…


The SUCCESS of my students inspired me to expand beyond New York City.

For this reason…

I now offer the option of Zoom drum lessons, in addition to in-person drum lessons in Manhattan.

This enables me to continue providing drum lessons NYC, while also providing drum lessons anywhere else on the planet.

My students have come from various regions of the USA, as well as countries such as Canada, Germany, Indonesia, and Chile.

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If you’re looking for drum lessons NYC, DO NOT make the mistake of assuming that in-person lessons are always the best choice.

That way of thinking is OUTDATED and LIMITING.

Even though I still offer in-person lessons, I have come to see them as a specialty service for unique situations. If overused, they make learning the drums less convenient and more expensive than necessary.

As long as you own a computer, there’s a MUCH BETTER OPTION.

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You can get expert drum lessons NYC over Zoom.

This modern technology makes it easier than ever to choose Matt Ritter Drum Lessons.

5 Benefits of choosing Matt Ritter Drum Lessons:

  1. You see unusually fast progress because the teacher has a rare level of experience.
  2. You have peace of mind because you’re aware of the teacher’s outstanding track record.
  3. You feel a sense of possibility and excitement due to the accomplishments of past students.
  4. You eliminate the risk of wasting time and money on a teacher who is unqualified.
  5. You discover that the learning process is fun because the Matt Ritter Drum Lessons curriculum is designed to be enjoyable and engaging!
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Join the Matt Ritter Drum Lessons family with the NEW STUDENT STARTER PACKAGE.

The New Student Starter Package will allow you to try Zoom drum lessons NYC at a reduced price.

My Standard Prices

For several years, my standard prices have been $110 for a single lesson, and $900 for a bundle of 10 lessons.

New Student Starter Package

Since many people are unfamilar with Zoom drum lessons, I’m offering the New Student Starter Package for a limited time to let people try out this exciting format. The package gives you the first 3 lessons for $195 ($65 per lesson).


The New Student Starter Package also gives you a bonus of a FREE 30-minute initial consultation.

Risk Free

After the initial consultation, if you decide not to do the 3 lessons, you get a 100% refund. Simple as that!

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Still have some questions?


Do you still offer in-person drum lessons NYC?

Yes. If you would like to meet in person, I am available for lessons in your apartment or in one of the many NYC rehearsal studios. I only offer these options in Manhattan.

The best reason to do an in-person lesson would be to get my assistance in positioning your drums. Aside from that, I honestly do not recommend in-person lessons. Ever since I began offering Zoom drum lessons, I have seen that they are truly the best option for most people. They are less expensive, and because they don’t require any travel time, they are much easier to schedule.

Are Zoom drum lessons NYC as good as in-person drum lessons?

Most students find that Zoom drum lessons NYC are actually BETTER than in-person drum lessons. With Zoom, everything takes place in the comfort of your own home with your own familiar drum equipment. You also save time because you don’t need to travel anywhere. 

Finally, Zoom enables you to get truly high-quality drum lessons NYC at a price that is much lower than my in-person price.

Can I get Zoom drum lessons NYC even if I don't own a set of drums?

Absolutely. A set of drums is not required when starting Zoom drum lessons NYC.

For many decades, there has been a tradition of drummers beginning their studies with a pair of sticks and a rubber practice pad. These items are very inexpensive, and they allow a student to learn many of the fundamental techniques of drumming. If you’re wondering which brand of sticks and pad to purchase, I am thrilled to recommend and officially endorse Vic Firth.

Down the road, if you decide that you’d like to purchase an actual drumset, I can assist you by advising you on exactly what to get.

It should also be mentioned that some students bring their laptop to a local rehearsal studio whenever they have a lesson scheduled. They rent an hour in a room with a drumset, and then they login for their lesson. This could be a great solution if you’re not yet ready to purchase drums, but would still like to get drum lessons NYC on a real drumset.

Aren't there lots of great teachers who offer drum lessons NYC?

No, there are actually very few.

Most of the drum teachers in NYC are performers who just teach a few lessons “on the side.” Consequently, most NYC drum teachers simply haven’t taught enough lessons to become truly good at it.

Over the years, I’ve had numerous students transfer to me from other NYC drum teachers and schools. When I’ve heard the stories that those students tell, I’ve understood why they needed to transfer.

So…with all of this in mind…don’t fall into the trap of thinking that NYC is radically different from other places when it comes to drum teachers. Just like anywhere else, NYC has a tiny number of excellent teachers, a tiny number of terrible teachers, and a large number of mediocre teachers.

By the way, that phenomenon is called a “bell curve,” and it applies to virtually every profession. Because of this bell curve, it is almost guaranteed that any NYC drum teacher you choose will fall into the mediocre camp. And the worst part is…you probably won’t even realize it!

If you’d like to test out the qualifications of a potential NYC drum teacher, simply ask them the following important questions:

How many drum lessons have you taught?

How many drum students have you taught?

How well do those students actually play the drums?

What have those students ended up doing in music?

If you ask these questions, you will almost certainly hear some version of “I’m not sure” combined with a bunch of awkward hemming and hawing. Don’t settle for that. With Matt Ritter Drum Lessons, you have access to world-class drum lessons NYC. By choosing the Zoom version, you can get these lessons at a very affordable price.

Aren't there lots of other music lesson companies that are similar to this one?

No, not even close.

For certain, if you do a Google search for drum lessons NYC, you will see numerous music lesson companies come up. HOWEVER, nearly every one of those companies is run by a pianist, or a cellist, or just about anyone other than a drummer. You can easily confirm this by reading their “About” page or their “History” page.

What those companies offer might be OK if you’re looking for piano lessons or cello lessons, but it’s far from ideal if you’re looking for drum lessons. 

Drumming is unique. It really isn’t like playing any other instrument. The last thing you want is drum lessons that are organized or overseen by a pianist or a cellist! With Matt Ritter Drum Lessons, you don’t need to worry about that.

Isn't it expensive to get drum lessons NYC from Matt Ritter Drum Lessons?

No. What’s expensive is paying for drum lessons NYC with a teacher who is unqualified or ineffective. Even if that kind of teacher charges an incredibly small fee, it is still expensive because your time and money end up being wasted.

Wouldn’t you rather pay a slightly higher fee and know that you’re receiving drum lessons NYC that are of the absolute highest possible quality?

“Matt is the most dedicated and passionate teacher I have ever known. He has guided my journey from a beginner drummer to an advanced student, assisted me to purchase my first Tama drum kit, to play live shows in a rock band in NYC and record my first album with the band.”

Wilma K. (Opium Ink)

New York, USA

“After two years of working with Matt, I have transformed from an anxious drummer with erratic time into a relaxed, steady, confident player — and that was with me not practicing nearly enough!”

Ivan D. (IVAN X)

New York, USA

“I picked up my first pair of drumsticks when I walked into his studio 5 years ago. I am proud to say that what started out as an “outlet” has turned into a true passion!  I just finished my first summer tour and can’t express the gratitude I feel for his endless inspiration!”

Tricia P. (Graveyard Lovers)

California, USA

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