Drummer's First Aid Kit
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About Drum Lessons

DRUM LESSONS W/ ROBERT SHI (pronounced Shy).

Robert is a graduate of the world famous, Berklee College of Music in Boston.  He started his teaching career very early, teaching younger kids while still in high school.  In 1988, after graduating from Berklee, he founded Drumlab in a Boston rehearsal space.  In 1992 he moved Drumlab to Raleigh, NC where it flourished, becoming NC’s largest and most in-demand drum lesson facility.  Robert’s innovative teaching techniques, his comprehensive & critically acclaimed method books, and his use of two drumsets were just a few of the factors that set Drumlab apart from the rest of the drum lesson pack.  Click on the Author/Teacher tab for his complete bio.  Also, be sure to visit the Rave Reviews page on this site to read references from former students.

In December 2004 Robert sold Drumlab to devote more time to his books, custom drum building, and, of course, his growing family.  Now working from his beautiful 22 acre Chatham County home base, located on the Deep River, he is once again available for private drum lessons. The studio is conveniently located in a great central location, about equidistant (15-20 min.) from Apex, Cary, Holly Springs, Pittsboro, and Sanford, NC.

The studio occupies a spacious room filled with natural light and contains two FULL pro quality Drummer’s First Aid Kit drumsets, with Paiste Cymbals, Aquarian drumheads, DW pedals, and a comfortable Roc-N-Soc Hydraulic throne for the student.  It also features a great sound system including Vic Firth isolation headphones, a drum machine, Click Disc, and 17” MacBook Pro & iPod, with over 16,000 songs in the iTunes library. Music education never sounded so good.

Robert is available for 1 hour and 2 hour lessons, by the month or by appointment.  No contracts are ever required.  Students can use their lesson time in traditional study or to work on specific areas often overlooked in lessons, such as drum tuning, set-up, maintenance, drum building, or studying to be a teacher themselves— really, any aspect of playing the drums for fun and/or for profit can be covered. Robert Is excited about the opportunity to help guide you in your musical development!

Robert has worked with and enjoyed students of all skill levels and ages. It is never to late to discover the rewards of playing an instrument.  Robert has had many adult students and a few in the 70 to 80 year old age group.

When is too young?  The easy answer is about 8 years old, but everyone is an individual and occasionally a 5 year old will have a better attention span than a 8 or 9 year old.  If you’re not sure, it’s easy to try a lesson or two.  There is never any obligation to continue and no penalty for deciding it’s not for you or your child.

Robert is available for 1 hour and 2 hour lessons.  He offers students a lot of scheduling flexibility.  You can do lessons each week, twice a month, or, in the case of adults, by appointment (whenever your time and/or budget permits).  You may also switch lesson lengths, as needed.

MONTHLY LESSONS (your best value)
2, 1 hour-long lessons per month - $100.00
4, 1 hour-long lessons per month - $180.00
2, 2 hour-long lessons per month - $180.00

For adults or older teens who cannot commit to regular lessons:
1, 1 hour-long lesson (by appointment) - $55.00
1, 2 hour-long lesson (by appointment) - $100.00
+Siblings or parent/child student teams may subdivide their lesson time, in order to save money – ask for details.

Robert does not require any contracts or commitments beyond 1 month. Scheduling your lessons can be done in 2 ways.
1.  You can set-up a regular weekly or bi-weekly lesson time (this is preferred).
2.  If you find it hard to commit to a set day/time, you may set your lessons up, by-appointment, provided you make the minimum number you sign-up for within the month.

It is vitally important to come to lessons regularly.  The student needs reinforcement to avoid losing ground between lessons.  Students (particularly the younger ones) are best served with weekly reinforcement.  If that is difficult to arrange, 2 lessons per month will suffice.

For lesson availability, payment policy, material requirements and
directions, e-mail robert@drummersfirstaidkit.com.

Drummer's First Aid Kit is a River Point Road venture.
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