Testimonials

At San Diego Drum Lessons, we want your drum lessons to be enjoyable and fun, as well as educational and informative. We are committed to raising the standard of drum lessons in San Diego to a new level, and our feedback suggests that we are doing things right. Here are a few testimonials from some of our students, as well as professional drummers, working musicians, music writers and producers.

“Simon is a wonderful drummer and teacher. He’s experienced, professional and incredibly well organized. He is one of the most competent and knowledgeable drummers and drum teachers I know, and his school is one of the best I have seen. If you need any help and advice with your drumming- at any level of playing- go see Simon!”.

Thomas Lang – Los Angeles, CA (Clinician, Educator, Session Drummer, Producer).


“Simon has the skills and knowledge needed to be an excellent communicator. He has a teacher’s heart: kind, giving, caring, patient, methodical. Look no further to get your drumming bug nourished and flourished”.

Rich Redmond – Nashville, TN (Drummer for Jason Aldean, Platinum Recording Artist, Educator, Session Drummer, Producer).


“Simon is a top notch player, educator, event organizer, and most of all ..PERSON! He is a good friend and I would highly recommend him for any professional drumming situation..playing, teaching, as a clinician…anything. He has a really big heart and is a real Pro!!”

Gregg Bissonette – Los Angeles, CA (LA Studio Drummer, Clinician, Drummer for Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band).


“Simon is a top notch musician who is organized, dedicated and passionate about what he does. Thanks to him, I have made progress in understanding music theory, playing rudiments, keeping time and have even built up enough confidence to start playing with other musicians. Each lesson brings me a step closer to becoming a well-rounded drummer. I not only consider Simon my drum teacher but my music mentor as well and I highly recommend him to drummers of all ages and skill levels. You will NOT be disappointed!”.

Simona Vackova – San Diego, CA


“As an intermediate and experienced drummer; returning to drum lessons after over 20 years was a challenging yet wonderful experience. Simon’s experience as a competent and experienced drum teacher has made him a highly sought out instructor, performer and drum clinic co-ordinator. The structured weekly lesson plans I receive at San Diego Drum Lessons are tailored to my personal goals and areas of needed improvement in order to take me to the next level of drumming. Through the use of established and proven methods/texts used by the Drummer’s Collective in New York and the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, my playing has improved dramatically. Through Simon’s supportive tutelage, I have been able to read music again with confidence, develop my rudiments, improve my sticking, and increase my independence – all of which have allowed me to be significantly more expressive on the kit while either sitting in the pocket or playing more technical patterns and fills. Every week is a new adventure!”.

Ray Daniels – San Diego, CA


“I played drums as a kid, self taught. Then; put the drums down as my life moved to different priorities. Now as an older kid, I wanted to re-visit my drumming days but I soon found out I wanted/needed professional help. I was fortunate to find Simon. He “listened” to what I wanted to accomplish and tailored my lessons to meet my goals. He is personable, professional, and makes the drumming experience fun. I would highly recommend Simon to anyone wanting to learn drums”.

Tony Rivas – San Diego, CA


“I can say that without question; Simon DasGupta’s work is totally professional, knowledgeable, and caring, due to his enthusiasm and experience working with drummers in the industry for many years, and of course being a fine drummer himself”.

Mark Brzezicki – London, UK (UK Drum Legend and Session Great).


“I have been taking drum lessons with Simon for four years, and I am amazed at how I have gone from playing simple grooves to playing actual live performances. Everything that Simon has taught me, from reading music to proper techniques, has helped me to become a better musician”.

Evan Bailey – San Diego, CA


“I feel I can honestly describe Simon DasGupta as not just a drummer, but a world class musician. As a drummer, he is second to none. He is professional, positive, versatile, reliable, funny and above all, very talented”.

PJ Phillips – London, UK (Session Bass Player for Rod Stewart, Take That, Jewel, Vanessa-Mae, Tom Jones)


“Highly skilled as both a drummer and an instructor. You can’t help but realize after your very first lesson with Simon that he loves what he does”.

Micah Johnson – San Diego, CA


“Taking drum lessons with Simon is an enriching experience and is all about YOU, the students. Simon takes care of his students’ goals, wishes and needs. His attention to details is amazing, even to the level of student’s comfort while in his teaching studio. I have accomplished a long time personal goal through Simon and I am certain others will be able to as well. Simon is an exceptional music teacher and an even better partner in one’s drumming journey”.

Michele Chang – San Diego, CA


“In two and a half years years I have grown tremendously as a drummer and as a musician with my grooves, my sight reading, my ability to listen and my ability to play with others. It is 100% due to Simon DasGupta as my drum instructor”.

Diane Hirakawa – San Diego, CA


“Simon has had an incredible impact on my son’s drumming. He’s improved dramatically and looks forward to each lesson. Simon’s teaching methods are very effective”.

Marc Kaplan – San Diego, CA


“Lessons with Simon are delightful. He customizes the pace and content along the way so to optimize the learning process. This not only requires extensive knowledge and skill set, but also a deep heart that loves teaching music”.

Allan Zhu – Shanghai, China


“Simon is the BEST drum teacher EVER! He is professional, prepared, and always knows what I need next! I have had other instructors before, so I can compare, and he is honestly NUMERO UNO!! His passion for teaching (and performing) put him far above the rest!!!! And he motivates me to reach higher than I would ever do for myself!”.

Angie Sampson – San Diego, CA


“Simon rules the drum lessons world here in San Diego, and is an awesome person who we hold in the highest respect!”.

Curtis Dadian – San Diego, CA


“Simon is a very talented musician and a great teacher. His professionalism and attitude is unmatched”.

Robert Snow – San Diego, CA


“Simon of San Diego Drum Lessons is a fantastic teacher, no question about it. He has an amazing sense for balance. By that I mean he teaches you what you need to know in your drum lessons; rudiments, reading music, music theory, and such; but also teaches you fun things to mix it up and keep you interested. He is also incredibly patient. He maintains a positive attitude even in the face of difficulty, and speaking of attitude; one of Simon’s best traits as a teacher is that he is very friendly. Simon is an absolutely superb drum teacher. His combination of knowledge, fun, professionalism, and the eloquence to bring everything together in a way that makes sense is what makes his lessons so useful and effective. You can stop looking. You have already found the website of the best drum teacher in San Diego”.

Chris Winery – San Diego, CA


“I am now hooked on drumming, and making progress that I never anticipated”.

Tom Flannagan – San Diego, CA


“Simon is the consummate professional always bringing total dedication and energy to everything that he is involved in. I cannot recommend him enough as a drummer, colleague, teacher and friend”.

Richard Harris – Los Angeles, CA (Songwriter/Producer)


“Since I was younger, I have always wanted to play the drums. I was apprehensive to learn since I really have no musical abilities and couldn’t read sheet music. Simon changed that in my first lesson! He had me actually reading and playing within one hour. I really appreciate Simon’s patience and instruction. I look forward to my lessons every week and can’t wait to see what I’ll learn next. Simon makes sure my lessons are both educational and fun and I firmly believe that it is because of him that I am doing so well”.

Cindy Fleming – San Diego, CA


“I have always wanted to play the drums and become a musician… Simon is making that a reality. He is the consummate professional, teacher and musician. Not only is he excellent at teaching me how to play the drums but his experience in the music and drum world allows him to be an all around mentor. He is able to instruct with patience, describe the intricacies of drum kit setup, and provide an insightful look into the ins and outs of acquiring drum kit equipment – He is the comprehensive and complete drum teacher. Simon has very quickly transformed me to have an ear for the beat in music; I am now always yearning to hear the rhythm. Above all he has made this experience fun… I am always looking forward to my next lesson”.

Eric Patten – San Diego, CA