Learn drums the right way.

Our drums & percussion teachers are all professionals with years of training and experience that enhance the way they teach their students. In drum lessons, we focus on establishing great playing technique, developing your sense of time and rhythm, and learning everything from rock, jazz, and funk, to marching and orchestral percussion. Whether you're 5 or 55, brand new to the instrument or gigging professionally, our goal is to help you become not just someone who can play the drums, but a drummer.

You can also view our drums & percussion teachers' bios below to see who's right for you.


Carrie Jo Arndt, B.A.

Instructor of Voice, Guitar, Piano, and Drums

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Accepting new students: Yes

Centralized teaching area: Noblesville

Personal studio: Yes

Travel lessons offered: Yes

Carrie Jo Arndt has been teaching guitar, voice, piano, and drum lessons for over 15 years. She graduated with her BA in music and business from the Univesity of Toledo.  She’s worked with world renowned vocal coaches including Jon Hendricks - the originator of jazz vocalese, sang at Carnegie Hall, and played on various albums to raise money/awareness for charity projects.  Carrie also has extensive experience in musical theater performance and directing.  Her performance career spans over 30 years.  Carrie has also developed unique teaching techniques that help you reach your goals quickly and with great skill!

Carrie’s a laid back teacher, but you will definitely still learn a lot.  She believes that if it starts to not be fun, what's the point!  Music isn't just about perfect theory and note placement; it's about enjoyment. That's why she tailor-makes every lesson specifically based on her students' goals.


John Gotsis, M.M.

OWNER. INSTRUCTOR OF DRUMS, PIANO, AND GUITAR

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Accepting new students: No

Centralized teaching area: Fishers

Personal studio: Yes

Travel lessons offered: No

ohn Gotsis has accumulated years of professional experience as a performer and music educator. Currently residing in Fishers, IN, John serves as Owner and Music Instructor at Vibe Music Academy. Before transitioning to his full-time position here, he also taught as Adjunct Professor of Music at his alma mater, Indiana Wesleyan University. John currently does studio session work with Whisper Studios and gigs with various jazz musicians, including the drums/bass/saxophone trio, Tribop.

After receiving a bachelor's degree in Music Education from IWU in 2012, John and his wife moved to Lansing, MI where he began teaching and working on his master's degree in Jazz Studies at Michigan State University. During his time in Michigan, John achieved a high level of success academically and professionally, where he earned the position of MSU Jazz Drum Set Graduate Assistant, played and toured with MSU's premier jazz orchestra, and gigged professionally for numerous performance groups. John has studied under and been personally mentored by Rodney Whitaker, Randy Gelispie, Etienne Charles, Diego Rivera, and Marc Wooldridge.


Andrew McAfee, M.M.

INSTRUCTOR OF PERCUSSION, PIANO, AND GUITAR

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Accepting new students: No

Centralized teaching area: Indianapolis (North)

Personal studio: Yes

Travel lessons offered: Yes

Andrew McAfee is an active percussionist, composer, and educator. He holds a Bachelor's Degree in Percussion Performance from California State University Long Beach where he studied with Dr. Michael Carney, Dr. Dave Gerhart, Raynor Carroll, and Brad Dutz; and a Master's Degree in Percussion from Indiana University where he studied with Michael Spiro, Steve Houghton, and Kevin Bobo.

Throughout his career, Andrew has performed both solo and ensemble music in numerous venues across the country, including the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles and Carnegie Hall in New York. His performance career started when he joined the Santa Clara Vanguard Cadets as a snare drummer in 2003. During his membership, the corps won the Best Percussion Caption Award twice and the DCI Open Class World Championship in 2008. The following year, he had the honor of performing with the Pulse Percussion Ensemble in the 2009 WGI World Class Finals.

Andrew currently lives in Indianapolis, IN where he works as a freelance performer and educator.


Pat Petrus

Instructor of Drums and Piano

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Accepting new students: Yes

Centralized teaching area: Indianapolis (North)

Personal studio: Yes

Travel lessons offered: Yes

Pat Petrus is a percussionist and composer residing in north Indianapolis. Currently pursuing an undergrad in percussion performance and jazz studies from Butler University, Pat has worked on numerous projects ranging from classical to contemporary with his mentors John Crabiel and Kenny Phelps.

In addition to performing around the country in both independent and school-sponsored groups, Pat has performed with the likes of Benny Golson, Christian McBride, Kurt Elling, former director of the United States Marine Band Michael Colburn, as well as local jazz stars Dr. Matt Pivec, Gary Walters, Jesse Wittman, and Nick and Joel Tucker.