Songwriter's Den

Serving all of Whidbey Island, Coupeville, WA, US, 98239
by WhidbeyLocal 19.08.14
I’m happy I found Roger for my drum teacher. The main thing for me is that he’s a good teacher who knows how to break things down and explain technique, and can be creative and interesting in teaching the basics. I played drums when I was younger, but wanted to start over to catch the (fairly large) gaps in my playing, so Roger started with rudiments and exercises from classic books on beginner drum technique. He focuses each lesson on what the individual desires to learn, at the same time making sure they progress. He'll understand and adapt to your purpose/agenda as a student, and is willing to spend extra time on especially difficult concepts. He's patient, insightful, affordable, flexible and has a great sense of humor - I'd recommend Roger to anyone who is interested drums from a beginners level or for those drummers who want to further their drumming abilities.
  • Degree from Berklee College of Music and prior Navy Band Drummer
  • Affordable rates – I come to your place for your convenience!

Hi! My name is Roger Erickson, and I can teach you or your child how to play drums.

Why do I teach drums? 

 It's what I know best (plus some piano and music theory)  but mostly  Because I love to!

How much do I charge? $30 for 60 minutes, $20 for 30 minutes.

Why do I charge less than some other drum instructors?

I believe it's a fair price plus passing on the passion of playing drums to my students is a true part of the satisfaction 

How long have I played? over 40 years

I've played drums since the fall of 1971 when I started my first year of band.

What makes my teaching style different from other instructors?

I've been playing for so many years with a variety of age groups that I truly know how to interact and instruct on more than one level.

I've learned to incorporate my knowledge from Berklee College of Music by using MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) to assist in lessons and motivate students to practice.

Give me a call today to ask any additional questions or to schedule a lesson, or visit our website at

I know it will be a fun and rewarding experience.

Songwriter’s Den

Roger Erickson