Brian Andres: Educator

There are certain basic skills that all drummers must possess regardless of what style of music they play. The mastery of those rudimentary skills is the foundation of my teaching practice, while keeping in mind each students individual needs and goals. I am currently teaching drumset, snare drum, timbales, bongo and beginner conga.

Experience the joy, passion, and expression of drumming and learn to play your favorite music on drum set. Learn rhythms & proper technique; how to play musically and improvise; how to “feel,” count, and notate music; and play along with almost any musical style! Drumming is also a great way for dancers to gain a deeper understanding of the rhythms that accompany their dancing.

I am a patient and attentive teacher who will create a course to suit your needs.

Lectures & Clinics

Brian’s passion for Afro-Cuban Music and Drumming has led to his study and knowledge of the history and culture of the Pan-Caribbean Diaspora.

Topics of the lecture may include:

  • The Origin of the Afro-Cuban percussion section.
  • The adaptation of traditional Afro-Caribbean rhythms for Drum Set.
  • Social and Historical relevance of each percussive instrument.
  • The Introduction of Cuban Music to the United States
  • Pan Caribbean Cultural and Musical Acceptance.

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Featured in Downbeat Magazine Nov 2015

I made the top 20 in votes received for the Drummer category in DownBeat Magazine's 80th Annual Readers Poll. A sincere thank you to all of the people who took the time to vote for me in such a prestigious magazine. The names of all of the other drummers on the list are amazing and I'm beyond humbled to see mine there as well. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Where do you teach?

My teaching practice is in San Mateo, Ca. located at 150 N El Camino Real 94401.  I am also available in a limited basis, to come to you for in home lessons. I require convenient, close and available parking for all at home lessons.

Who do you teach?

I teach beginning students as well as those with intermediate or advanced skills. From children the age of seven up to adults of retirement age.

How long have you been teaching?

I began my teaching practice in 1990.

Are all of your lessons private instruction?

The majority of my lessons are one on one. I am available for in-class, after-school and clinics in group format.

How often are the lessons?

For those desiring regular lessons, once a week is sufficient. However, if the rare occasion arises where the student has the time and commitment to practice enough to warrant it, twice a week lessons can be arranged.

I don't have a drum or drum set, can I still take a lesson?

Yes. Many of my beginner students start without an instrument. Lessons can still be productive and during the lesson we can discuss ways to practice without an instrument. Purchasing a practice pad is encouraged. 

Are there a certain number of lesson I am required to take to sign up?

No. Students are free to take one lesson and never return. Though disappointing, one and done does happen. Most of my students study with me for months or years. I had one student study with me for thirteen years.

How much do you charge?

At my studio in San Mateo my fee is $35.00 for half an hour, $50 for forty five minutes or $70.00 for an hour. Pricing for at home lessons is dependent on travel time and distance.

How do I sign up?

My contact information is HERE. Upon contacting me via phone or email, we will find a time that is convenient for you and available with me. This will be your weekly lesson time until you wish to change it or terminate the lessons.

What do I need to bring to my first lesson?

Those studying snare drum, drum set or timbales need only bring a pair of sticks. Conga students do not need to bring anything. I recommend those studying bongo to bring their own bongo.


I have a 24 hour notice cancellation policy. You must cancel your lesson within 24 hours of the scheduled lesson time or total payment for the lesson is required. Scheduling a makeup lesson is usually available Doing so within a week of the cancelled lesson excuses the payment for the cancelled lesson.

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