Drum, Percussion Lessons

Rock, Jazz, Classical, Marching, Irish/Newfoundland (Kit or Bodhran), Cajon, Hand Drums and more! Thanks to the various backgrounds of our highly trained and experienced Percussion/Drum instructors you may choose to play just about any style of music you want. Our instructors stress proper technique and teach students how to read music and play by ear. While typically most can start drums around age seven, we have accepted drum students as young as four years old. Male, Female, Adults and Seniors are all welcome – drumming has proven to offer both physical and mental benefits.

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Drums Overview:
Ages: 6 and up, beginners and up
Start Date: Any time throughout the year
Length: 30 minutes, hours available
Locations: St. John’s, Mount Pearl, Online
Styles: Rock, Jazz, Latin, Classical and more

Drum and Percussion Teachers

bryan efford
Bryan Efford - Percussion, Drum Kit, Bodhran, Drum Line Director

Bryan has been studying, performing and teaching as a percussionist for over 30 years. With a great love of marching and military band music, Bryan has been a proud member of the CLB Regimental Band since 1992 and is now director of their Corps of Drums. 
From 1991 to 2014, Bryan volunteered as a principal accompanist with the Mount Pearl Show Choir and Etcetera programs, performing in annual productions and many tours to Europe, Japan and the United States.
In 2004, Bryan founded The Music Collection Drumline which has become a respected youth music program in the province.  Currently, Bryan is performing and recording with NL Traditional group Rugged Shores. Bryan believes in fostering a passion for drumming and watching the students develop and grow as musicians.

jon lane
Jon Lane - Drum Kit, Snare Drum, Bodhran, Guitar, Ukulele, Bass

Jon has been teaching drum set, percussion and guitar for over twenty one years and has been playing since age seven. In drumming, he specializes in classic and contemporary styles and techniques spanning the history of the artform. Similarly on guitar, he provides an overview of Rock, Traditional, Jazz and Classical methods. He currently performs and records with several groups including 709, DC-3, Lori Cooper Band and The Outfit. In the past he's performed with Amelia Curran, Jeff Dyer, Spirit of Newfoundland and has been house drummer for Blues legends Tony D, Campbelljohn, Roger Howse and Eddie Kirkland. Jon got his percussive start with Gower Youth Band and played guitar for five years with Sheila Williams in The Castaways, performing for kids and adults aboard the gulf ferries Joseph and Clara Smallwood and The Caribou.

chris parsons
Christopher Parsons - Percussion, Drum Kit, Studio Director

One of The Music Collection's first teachers, Chris has been teaching percussion for almost thirty years. In 1997 he graduated with a Bachelor of Music from MUN School of Music, studying with Don Wherry. Chris has performed with several groups including The Scruncheons, MUN Concert Band, Gower Community Band and the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra. He is also a multi award winning composer and multimedia developer. Christopher is also responsible for Music Collection's studio administration and coordination.

Rob Pittman Drum Teacher
Rob Pittman - Drum Kit, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Double Bass

Rob Pittman is a multi-instrumentalist with a wide-ranging musical background spanning over twenty years. He has performed bluegrass, hard rock, opera, and everything in between across Canada and around the world. Currently, Rob plays drums for Women of Rock, guitar for That ‘90s Band, and works as a studio musician recording, producing, and mixing for a wide range of artists. Rob spends his spare time cycling and spending time with his pets.

Private Music Lessons

Guitar Lessons

& Bass Guitar+

Violin Lessons

Violin, Cello, Viola, Fiddle

Woodwind and Brass Lessons

Woodwind, Brass


+ Percussion


Mandolin, Banjo +

Ensembles & Groups

Enabling students a chance to apply their skills in a group, rehearsing and performing together. Inspiring, yet fun and informal. Drumline, Vocal Performance, Rock Band or Ukelele.

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