Percussion and Drum Lessons in South Jersey

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Perkins Center for the Arts Conservatory of Music offers percussion and drum lessons at our 2 locations in Moorestown and Collingswood, NJ.  Lessons are available for students of all levels from beginner to advanced and for ages 5 to adult.  Our faculty also offers in home private lessons upon request throughout South Jersey.

About Perkins Center for the Arts

Perkins Center for the Arts is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing high-quality music and art education in South Jersey.  The Conservatory of Music at Perkins Center for the Arts has been the premier provider of private and ensemble music instruction in the region since 1977. Programs support and expand the understanding and appreciation of classical and contemporary music by the greater community while employing and supporting professional musicians who preserve, teach and promote this work.

Percussion Faculty

Joseph Getz – Mr. Getz is an accomplished percussionist who works as a touring musician, private teacher, and recording artist in South Jersey and Philadelphia. To learn more about Joe and the rest of our faculty please click HERE.

What You Can Expect as a Percussion Student at Perkins Center for the Arts
  • Because percussion is so varied, we offer lessons that focus on a variety of styles based on our student’s needs. They include:
    • Rock, Jazz, and Pop Drumming on Drum Set
    • Xylophone, Bells, and Auxiliary Percussion.
    • Other styles available upon request.
  • Private and group lessons are available.
  • Lessons can be scheduled for 30, 45, or 60 minutes. Learn more HERE.
  • Perkins Center members receive discounts on lessons
  • Students learn percussion through a series of lesson books as well as learning improvisation and drumming techniques. Lessons are based on a student’s skill level.
  • A drum set and percussion instruments are available for use during lessons at both facilities. We do not provide instruments for rental or home use, but can provide rental information.
  • Students should provide their own drum sticks or mallets and lesson books for lessons.
  • Students with special needs or requests are encouraged to speak to the program manager to discuss any accommodations needed during music instruction.
Percussion Lessons Availability

Monday 10AM-10PM; Tuesday 10AM-10PM and Thursday 10AM-10PM.

Lessons are scheduled on a first come first served basis and times fill up fast!  We book lessons in (4) 10 week quarters from September through June.  Flexible scheduling is available during the summer session.

For more information about our Percussion program and to schedule lessons with our faculty, please call Vickie Jameson from 9AM – 5PM Monday – Friday at 856-235-6488 Ext 302.


“Joe Getz understands the importance of building a rapport with a young student. He is intuitive and observant of his students, which permits exploration and excitement of the instrument while instructing at the child’s pace. Joe continues to move forward with each moment without discouraging our son. Our son loves to explore many things, but has stuck with percussion and we attribute this continued confidence and enjoyment to Joe’s style.” Evaluation Response

“We absolutely LOVE Perkins and wouldn’t consider going anywhere else. Our instructors are knowledgeable, enthusiastic and patient. The environment fosters my child’s interest and talent in the arts and music”.

“Our boys love their teachers (Mike on Tuesday nights for guitar and Joe on Monday nights for drums). THAT matters most to us. THAT is what makes them want to practice (when they do practice :/) and keep taking lessons. Those guys are awesome. We also totally love coming to Perkins—it’s such a great space. While the boys have lessons, I love sitting there seeing/hearing people come in for their lessons (kids, adults, so many instruments, etc.)” –Evaluation Response


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395 Kings Highway
Moorestown, NJ 08057
Phone: 856.235.6488
Toll Free: 800.387.5226
Fax: 856.235.6624

30 Irvin Ave
Collingswood, NJ 08108
Phone: 856.235.6488
Toll Free: 800.387.5226
Fax: 856.235.6624

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