As a teacher, Carrie Jahde strongly believes in student-centered learning that involves the integration of listening, reading, viewing, creating, and playing to achieve a fully rounded education in a positive and fun environment. She teaches lessons to all ages and abilities based on what each student wants to learn, and encourages students to bring recordings of music they are interested in and inspired by. Her goal is to make each lesson fun and give the student something tangible to leave with and work on. She incorporates all of the essential elements of drumming into the lessons: hand and foot coordination and playing technique; learning different music styles and feels such as rock, funk, jazz, blues, Latin, etc.; playing drum fills and solos; reading music; and creating original musical ideas. 

"I took lessons once a week from Carrie for a year and a half, and I cannot say enough good things about her. Carrie taught me how to read drum music, and play about a zillion different rudiments and a variety of different beats. She also gave me a good introduction to musical theory and some great historical and cultural lessons on drumming. If you want to learn how to play the drums, you should take lessons with Carrie. Plain and simple." --Jenn T. (adult student)

Carrie has managed her own private instruction studio for close to two decades, and has served as faculty at Music Maker School in Acton, MA and Red House Studios in Walnut Creek, CA. She has also taught large groups and workshops at the Impact Arts Alternative School, the United South End Settlements Children’s Art Camp, the Brookline Adult and Community Education Program, and the SF Jazz "Jazz in the Middle" youth outreach program. Through her experience, dedication, and enthusisam she has gained a reputation as one of the top drum teachers in the area.
"In addition to being a truly gifted teacher who has inspired my daughter's enthusiasm for drumming and music, as a female drum teacher, Carrie is a wonderful role model for a young girl. Carrie is a genuinely exceptional human being with many admirable qualities and values that any parent should be grateful to see modeled for their child. I feel very blessed that my daughter looks up to Carrie and has learned much more than drumming from her."  --Michal D. (parent)

Carrie is a Berklee College of Music honors graduate, where she studied with drumming legends including Terri Lyne Carrington and Kenwood Dennard. Her passion for teaching comes from her direct experiences of two decades of professional drumming at venues and festivals throughout the world, in styles ranging from jazz to Latin to funk to rock. Her current musical projects can be viewed at www.carriejahde.com/projects. She encourages all of her students to also pursue performance opportunities and helps to facilitate these whenever possible.

"Carrie has been an incredible teacher for my son—enthusiastic, patient, and knowledgeable! With Carrie’s help he has learned to read drum music, play beats and songs, and is now playing drums in his middle school band and loving it. She has made drumming fun for him and something he looks forward to with confidence. If you are looking for a drum teacher I cannot recommend Carrie highly enough!" --Julie P. (parent)

Carrie teaches private lessons in the Oakland/Berkeley, CA area, and worldwide via Zoom. In addition to private lessons, Carrie is available to give clinics, master classes and workshops at high schools, colleges, and camps.

"It has been a great pleasure to watch my son mature musically, and to see his love for drumming grow as Carrie continues to expose him to new songs and ideas. I feel very fortunate to have found a teacher who has taken such a sincere interest in his musical aspirations, and who has treated him with such deep respect." --Deborah S. (parent)

You can contact Carrie at info (at) carriejahde (dot) com or (279) 346-5387
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