John Mader Drum Lessons in Oakland, CA

Rated Excellent
Rated Excellent from 2 reviews
John's approach to teaching is comprehensive in that the student will learn rudiments of drumming, while working on songs that are interesting and inspiring at the individual level.

Students work out of books, which can be purchased directly from John. Additionally, they will be asked to describe the type of music that they love. This cross-functional approach allows the student to stay engaged, by working on their own "unique" song (s), and still concentrate on the fundamentals of drumming.

As the student's drumming skill and vocabulary grows, John will continue the challenge the student and provide them with contemporary material that keeps them wanting to study. "I know that by the time a student has convinced the parents that they want to play drums, they've pretty much exhausted all of the other instruments. I make sure that the student gets out of the lesson what is important to him or her, and then make sure that they build a strong foundation for further matriculation.".
Lessons Offered
  • Drums
Contact Information
Phone Number (510) 763-2320
City Oakland, CA
Zip Code 94612
Key People
John Mader
John Mader
John Mader was born in Oakland, California, setting the foundation for his own style of "East Bay Grease." With a musician father, and a mother who grew tired of having her furniture destroyed by the tap, tap, tapping of drum sticks, John was encourage to play drums on a real kit at the age of five. From that age on, the sticks never left his hands.

In high school he performed in little theater, and then went on to tour with a youth orchestra. At 17 John began his profession pursuit in music. At 21 he joined the well known Bay Area band, The Uptones . The Uptones toured the U.S. opening for Billy Idol, UB40, Oingo Boingo, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and many others.The Uptones went on to win a BAMMY.
Rated Excellent (5 of 5) from 2 reviews
  He sounds great!
by Jo Ann D.
Mar 13, 2012
I have to say that John Mader is truly an inspiration in my teenage son's life. After a phone call to Ingram and Brauns, I received a recommendation to contact John Mader. Little did I know that that phone call would be the beginning of something special in all of our lives. My son loves playing the drums thanks to John!
  I would highly recommend John as an instructor.
by Ellie W.
Mar 08, 2012
We selected John Mader as a drum instructor for our son years ago when he was just starting to learn to play. We had no idea what to expect since this was our first foray into music lessons of any kind with any of our kids. We got lucky. John has an obvious love for what he does and a very discliplined approached to learning, which, now that some time has passed, we realize has had big impact on our son beyond just drumming.
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    3 awesome bass players & 1 awesome drummer, Billy Sheehan, Stu Hamm, Jeff Berlin & John Mader, informing, mesmerizing & entertaining at NAMM 2012. This is an awesome version of Jeff Beck's "Freeway Jam".
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