Reviews

WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT US

I regularly hear Baltimore School for Drumming students at solo & ensemble festivals and college auditions at Towson University, and have taught several at the college level. I am consistently impressed by the technical training they demonstrate and by their sense of musicality. 

 Whether a student is playing percussion and drums simply because it’s fun, or because they want to pursue a career in music, I think Baltimore School for Drumming is a great place to develop their craft in a supportive community of percussionists and drummers. 

Michelle Humphreys, DMA

Professor of Percussion, Towson University

I have been privileged to teach many outstanding percussionists at Dulaney High School.  Almost all of these percussionists have been students at the Baltimore School for Drumming.  Not only have these students consistently exhibited a very high level of musical and technical knowledge, but have also been outstanding leaders, either serving as Principal Percussion of of the Dulaney Wind Ensemble and/or Section Leader of the Dulaney High School Lion’s Roar Marching Band.  I give my highest recommendation for percussionists to study at the Baltimore School for Drumming.

Barry Chesky

Music Director, Dulaney High School

 I began taking lessons from Baltimore School for Drumming (BSfD), at the recommendation of my band director, when I was a middle school student in Baltimore County and continued taking lessons through my preparation for college auditions. I frequently found myself beside other BSfD students at higher level ensembles in my high school and at county and state festivals.
 I’m now an elementary instrument music teacher and I can think of no better place to send my percussionists. BSfD sets itself apart from others because students are challenged to become true musicians and are invited to become well rounded percussionists that will succeed in any musical environment that they choose. Additionally, the instructors are passionate and committed to stick with their students through their journey. Students at the age of 6 or students late into adulthood are welcome to start something new and percussionists looking to get to the next level of playing will receive the tools they need to grow. 
Christine Skeen

Instrumental Music Teacher, Timonium Elementary School, Baltimore County Public Schools

Baltimore School for Drumming is a very educational and fun learning environment. I first began taking lessons at the drumming school when I was in middle school and continued those lessons once a week throughout my high school graduation. This school helped motivate and sculpt me into the percussionist I am today. Not only did I graduate from the school to go and study percussion/music to the highest degree (doctoral level), I also became a high school band director in the area at Calvert Hall College High School. At that high school, this drumming school was a big part of the music departments success. Many of my students attended the drumming school and showed great improvement. All of the instructors are very talented and educated percussionists and I wouldn’t have kept coming back if it wasn’t a great place. I highly recommend signing up for lessons no matter your age or level of experience.

Sarah Fabian

The Baltimore School for Drumming offers the highest level of comprehensive percussion education. Students are guided to become well rounded musicians who hold value in learning to read and think critically about their playing. Whenever my students begin their journey in private instruction, BSFD is always the first place I suggest they study- the teachers there are simply unmatched and I wouldn’t ever send my kids anywhere else!

Bryan Welker

Music Department Chair, Loch Raven High School / Music Director, Howard High School

I’ve had the pleasure to not only work for but, as a middle school band director and professional percussionist, send my school students and friends to Mark Jones at the Baltimore School for Drumming for the last 20 years. His equipment is topflight, he runs a well-organized business that’s inviting and makes students and parents comfortable, his teachers are well vetted and he’s one of the nicest, most professional gentlemen you’ll ever meet. As far as the quality of the students his school produces, under his and his employee’s tutelage, my students have become more confident, experienced and motivated musicians. It’s a group effort as the School for Drumming communicates and works with me to focus on the particular needs of each student; as an educator, I couldn’t ask for a better relationship. The Baltimore School for Drumming is the first and only place I use when recommending anybody interested in learning percussion. I feel very fortunate they are so close to my school.

Mark St Pierre

Music Director, Loch Raven Academy

As a veteran BCPS Instrumental Music Teacher with over 20 years’ experience, I have no hesitation recommending Baltimore School For Drumming as the area’s best place for beginners and advanced players. I have sent many of my students to various instructors there. My students are motivated, supported and challenged. I have seen growth that only can come with one-on-one private instruction from qualified specialists.

Director, Mark Jones, is an alumni of BCPS schools and understands the communities and is well-versed in preparing students for County and State ensemble auditions. I personally study with him and know first-hand how accomplished he is as a performer and educator, and how much he cares about the entire student in our discussions of pedagogy philosophies and approaches.  Five stars!

Emily Gerow

Music Director, Pine Grove Middle / Ridgely Middle School

As a music educator and as a parent of a middle school percussionist, I could not be more impressed with the Baltimore School for drumming! I am excited to see so many students actively engaged in several musical styles in the studio. And my own daughter loves her teacher and is inspired to practice several days a week.  Its a pleasure to visit the BSD on our lesson day and hear all the great teaching and music making happening!

Janet Sovich

Department Chair, Music, Hereford High School, Baltimore County Public Schools

The Baltimore School of Drumming is the premiere Percussion Arts Instruction academy in the entire Baltimore region and beyond.  Under the leadership of Mark Jones, BSD routinely produces high caliber student who routinely acquire top placement in All-County Bands and Orchestras, All-State Bands and Orchestras, and (as at my own institution), top placement in Colleges and Universities.

Mark and I have been close friends and musical colleagues since our halcyon student days at The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University. He is a superb Drummer; but he is also a superb Percussionist, Timpanist, and Marimba/Xylophone player.

I have been privileged to perform with him in Orchestras, Wind Ensembles, Jazz groups, a Tower of Power cover group, a Brecker Brothers cover group…even our own project, a Progressive Rock band!  His precision and fiery passion as a player is only outmatched by his taste and sensitivity as an aesthete and musician.

This passion carries over into the accrued pedagogy promulgated and disseminated at BSD under his direction and tutelage.

One can go anywhere and find a drum teacher who comes from the school of “Me Drummer, Me go Bang-Bang!” However, if you want to truly understand and learn percussive arts for yourself or your child from a Master, I urge you to seek out the Baltimore School of Drumming.

Mark Andrew Cook, PhD

ASCAP Director for Music Theory and Composition, Shepherd University

We are so happy with BSFD. All of the instructors are so friendly. Our son has been taking lessons with Mark for four years and he really enjoys them. Reasonable prices too.

Exceptional staff Great learning environment

Baltimore School For Drumming gets 5 stars from me. They have exceptional instructors who really care about their students. In my case, my drumming abilities have grown. At BSFD, I get to play music that I truly enjoy.

I couldn’t be happier with Baltimore School for Drums. My son has been going there for four years and his instructor is Mark. All the teachers are friendly and the price is very reasonable.

I have been with the school for about 5 years. Mark is a wonderful teacher who is fun, patient, and dedicated! The best part of my week is coming to class

This school has been a second home to me for 10 years. The instructors are top notch and really care about their students. They are able to really connect with students of all ages to teach and most importantly to have fun doing it.

BSFD has been my daughter’s teacher for almost 3 years and they are great. She loves playing.

Mark is the best teacher and by far one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. When I started I had no knowledge of drumming, but in just four years my skill has grown significantly. All of the other teachers are also very nice and say hello to us whenever we see them.

Excellent progression. Dissects problems and gives good direction for home practice.

I have been taking lessons here for close to 9 years and I have always had a fantastic experience

I’d like to thank you for the highly professional drum school in Baltimore which is surrounded by a happy atmosphere. My son is enjoying a lot and his Instructor Chris is very kind and understand kid’s ability and make him feel comfortable. My son never prefers to switch his school because of his enthusiasm in learning from Chris.

Calvin loves coming for his drum lessons. It is such a great experience to watch him learn and see his constant improvement. His teacher is amazing. He is very patient and is very good at keeping Calvin engaged during the lesson. He has been able to adapt to Calvin’s learning style and they established a strong bond.

COVID-19 UPDATE

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Baltimore School for Drumming is temporarily doing all lessons online.

If you are interested in signing up for lessons, we are accepting new students.

If you have any questions, please call 410.661.4535 as we are always happy to help.