Interested in learning drums? BSMA offers three specific courses for all skill levels, equipping students with the tools they need to excel technically and perform passionately.

Available Courses

Drums 101 – Basic Concepts

Our basic concepts course is best for beginners with 0-2 years of experience. This drum course, tailored to any age, teaches the basics of drum rudiments, rhythms, and fills. With your instructor, you’ll learn to read simple charts and rhythms, and explore the function of a drummer in a band context. By the end of the year, you can expect to maintain a basic drumbeat and to play along with basic songs.

Drums 201 – Intermediate Concepts

The intermediate course is intended for drummers with 2-3 years of experience. During this intermediate level course, drummers will explore different musical styles to expand their understanding. Instructors will also apply individual music tastes to lessons. Ear training through listening and transcribing will teach you to identify new rhythms, fills, and beats. Advanced coordination with the full kit, together with hand and foot independence will introduce the basics of soloing, time keeping, detailed fills and more advanced beats.

Drums 301 – Advanced Concepts

Advanced Concepts (4-6 years). Musicality and creativity through the study of advanced musical styles are added to advance level rhythms, fills and beats. Coinciding band experience will be an advantage as the drummer’s role in a band will be analyzed. Lesson plans will be customized to the student’s specific musical goals.

Drum Instructors

Paulo Winterle (Strings, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Bass Guitar, Drums & Piano Instructor)

Paulo has a Bachelor of Music in Choral Conducting from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. He has worked as Music Director, Conductor (orchestra, children’s and adult’s choir).  He has been a music teacher for over 12 years, in different Schools of Music and Churches in Brazil and Canada. He started studying violin when he was 8 years old, through Suzuki Method. He has also studied and taught piano and guitar (acoustic and electric). He came from Brazil with his family in 2017 to take his Masters of Theological Studies at the Concordia Seminary, Brock University. He has also a Bachelor Degree in Advertising and Marketing. He really loves teaching music because music is a gift from God to him and to his neighbors.

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Nathaniel Rustenburg (occassional/substitute drum instructor)

Nathaniel has been playing the drums for over 20 years, studying with different schools and private teachers since the age of 8, including drummers like Graham Lear (Paul Anka, Santana, Gino Vannelli) and Garrett Goodwin (Carrie Underwood). He performs and records with artists of different musical styles, and has toured both nationally and internationally. Nathaniel teaches drums to help students excel in their instrument; he loves sharing what he has learned on his own 20-year journey playing the drums. Each lesson is catered to the student’s needs, giving them the tools to move forward.