Effective August 16, 2021, proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test is required for attendees ages 12 and up for entry to all in-person events, concerts, and classes. View our Health and Safety page for full details.

Kids Drums

At the heart of music is rhythm. Get the beat!

The Old Town School's percussion classes are a natural way for kids to make music and deepen their own musicality. Each week, children are exposed to new types of instruments from around the world, including djembe drums from West Africa, congas and bongos from Latin America, and the bodhrán from Ireland.

Sharing and listening are emphasized as well as a basic understanding of various rhythm patterns. Students are also introduced to individual and group music making, as they explore terminology such as solo, ensemble, and tempo.

No experience is necessary to participate!

Intro to Snare Drum


40 minutes  ·  Once a week for 4 weeks  ·  $144 ($124 members)

Little Drummers


Saturday with Lenny Marsh

30 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $98 ($78 members)

Location: Lincoln Square - Lincoln Ave Campus

Big Drummers: 5 - 7 years


30 minutes  ·  Once a week for 8 weeks  ·  $98 ($78 members)

Private Lesson Options

Our private lessons like our group classes run in 8-week sessions, however, you can begin private lessons during any week in the session. Please call our customer service folks at 773.728.6000 to register as private lesson availability is based upon individual teacher schedules.

Lessons are scheduled weekly, for 30, 45 or 60 minutes, and are available every day of the week at our Lincoln Square and Lincoln Park locations. Our experienced and professional faculty will work with you to develop an individualized program that helps you achieve your musical goals.

Stop in at either location or call the front desk at 773.728.6000 to register.

8-week Session Prices

$296 for 30 minutes ($286 for members)

$424 for 45 minutes ($409 for members)

$544 for 60 minutes ($524 for members)

Session & Registration Dates

8-week lessons: 08/30/2021 – 10/24/2021

Monday 07/12/21: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 07/26/21: Transfer registration

Wednesday 07/28/21: Open registration

8-week lessons: 10/25/2021 – 12/19/2021

Monday 09/20/21: Re-registration for current students begins

Monday 10/04/21: Transfer registration

Wednesday 10/06/21: Open registration


Click for teacher profiles and schedules

Mike Austin »
Percussion, Bodhran

Heitor Garcia »
Brazilian Percussion, Brazilian Drum Kit

Lenny Marsh »
Drummers, Drum Kit

Tim Mulvenna »
Percussion, Drum Kit

David Sims »
Drum Kit, Big Drummers, Percussion

Joel Styzens »
Drum Kit, Guitar, Percussion, Piano