Welcome to the Lessons section of my site! I assume you are here because you want to improve your overall playing, develop stronger mastery and control over your technique or expand your musical and/or stylistic vocabulary. You've come to the right place. Welcome!
I have been teaching freelance consistently since 2008 and have also been teaching at School of Rock West LA part time since 2013. I have taught students of all levels, total beginners to fellow working drummers, ages ranging from seven to sixty-five. As a drum teacher, I teach Moeller technique and French technique and go in depth with proper body mechanics. I specialize in rock, metal, reggae, funk, jazz, rnb/soul/neosoul and various world genres. I cover groove/pocket, various approaches to beat placement to develop the right pocket for the right style, rudiments, hybrid rudiments, linear and non-linear phrasing, odd meters and polyrhythms, multi-stroke bass drum technique and reading. I also teach congas, timbales, djembe, bongos, darbuka, cajon and (basic) tabla.
Once I get a sense of the student's level, I customize my instruction to their needs and wants. More often than not, the issues standing in their way have to do with technique, breath and proper body mechanics. No matter the genres of music, I find myself teaching many of the same concepts universally: proper technique/body mechanics, breathing consistently, proper rebounds, getting out of your own way and allowing the sticks and pedals do the work for you, etc. Technique aside, I cater my musical instruction to the student's desires and will introduce them to related genres/subgenres of music.
Shoot an email to to set up your first lesson, and let's take your playing to the next level!
“To be with such an approachable, fun-loving, yet remarkably talented musician 1-on-1 is a rare experience. With Kevin as my drum teacher for a solid 6 years, I am lucky enough to say I had this experience, learning an incredible amount and gaining a good friend along the way. Kevin taught me to play a vast array of musical styles. We’d work on a rock song one week, a funk song the next, and a reggae song the next. His diverse approach to learning and appreciating music helped expand my musical horizon. Kevin teaches a lot of high-level technique which can be applied to all types of drumming. With Kevin as my teacher, I was able to rapidly increase my skill level, going from knowing almost nothing to going on several tours with my band around the country. I’m extremely lucky to have had the privilege of learning from Kevin.” -Joey K.
“My name is Patrick Chavez, and before I started taking drum lessons with Kevin I did not have much of a direction to go in musically. Once Kevin became my instructor, my level of playing made massive jumps and I experienced rapid improvement each week. I’ve been Kevin’s student for a few years now, and under his guidance I have become a far better drummer and musician than I ever could’ve ever hoped to be. His teaching is second to none and his positive energy will always inspire you to get better. If you’re looking for a teacher to help you become the best drummer you can possibly be, look no further than Kevin Katich.” -Patrick C.
“I was a student of Kevin's for about five years. During that time, I don't think a single lesson went by without me learning something mind-blowing and simultaneously having loads of fun. Kevin is a teacher who will make you rethink the very concepts of drumming and question everything you've ever learned; his teaching will break down your technique and rebuild it from the ground up, bit by bit, until you become proficient without even noticing.” -Hannah N.
“My 14 year old son attends School of Rock Oceanside and loves every minute of it but he felt that he needed some extra technique lessons. I looked on Thumbtack and after reading all the positive reviews about Kevin we decided to try a session with him. From that very first hour we noticed a huge improvement in how tight his playing was sounding and he has gone from strength to strength every week. He really looks forward to his weekly session and is pumped how much more proficient his playing and technique is becoming. If you want to be the best then you need a great coach and we couldn’t be happier with Kevin.” -Jon W.
“We really can’t thank Kevin enough. There has been a huge improvement in our sons playing and love for music since starting lessons with Kevin. His knowledge of all sorts of styles and techniques is huge and how he is able to pass that on is very impressive. We have seen a huge jump in our sons playing, attitude and confidence. Thank you Kevin.” -Alison B.
“Kevin is an incredibly talented and experienced drummer and percussionist. He can teach a prolific range of styles and genres and he is great with kids of many different ages. We feel very lucky to have him.” -Shira M.
“Kevin is an amazing drums and percussion instructor. He is excellent with people of all ages (from kids to adults) and of all abilities. He is also one of the most reliable and personable people I know. Highly recommended.” -Deborah S.
“My son loved Kevin as a drum instructor. Kevin always made him feel comfortable and fostered his love of drumming. My son had grown so much as a drummer and we have Kevin to thank. Check him out, you won’t be sorry.” -Jennifer B.
“I've never had a more upbeat, fun and knowledgeable drum teacher. I could see my skill level drastically improve while taking lessons from Kevin. I like that he picks up on his student's skill level and works around it. If he knows the student is capable of something, he will jump through any hoop to make sure the student fully understands the concepts they are being taught, to the point where they can play the material fluently.” -Cole L.
"Kevin is a master musician and an awesome instructor. He has an easy-going, friendly, encouraging presence, while also being rigorous in making sure his students learn both skills and artistry. He's focused on the joy of making music and the importance of practice and muscle memory. Because he also works as an audio engineer, he can help drummers understand how their playing will fit into a band or an ensemble. He encourages his students to explore improvisation and other forms of percussion. Best of all, he's hilarious, and there's not much my 13-year-old son enjoys more than his drum lessons with Kevin. We couldn't recommend him more highly.”-Susan T.
“Kevin is always smiling and happy to see us. My son has been taking drum lessons from Kevin for about a year and he has learned so much in a short period of time. He’s become a better drummer and is very confident now. We’ve also worked with Kevin in the past on a performance show and he is a pleasure to work with. You’ll always get constructive and informative feedback with a positive message. He is a highly advanced professional drummer and a great person. Kevin has our highest recommendation. Thank you!” -Tara R.
“After just one month of studying with Kevin, my speed and comfortability around the kit has increased tremendously! The way that he’s able to make playing so much easier on your muscles and body has made it so that I am able to move super freely around the kit with ease. Studying with Kevin has been a great experience!” -Ryan C.