The Academy Of The Percussive Arts Drum lessons in Memphis, TN

It is our mission to provide every student the encouragement, knowledge, performance skills, and experience needed to succeed in their musical goals. Furthermore, we are committed to providing a positive artistic approach to music through the blending of our knowledge, skills, and experience.

The Academy of the Percussive Arts utilizes a wide range of instruments to develop, hone, and challenge students. We not only teach a large variety of drums, but also timpani, marimba, and a host of other percussive instruments to create and maintain a well-rounded understanding of percussion, not just "drumming".
Lessons Offered
  • Drums
  • Percussion
Contact Information
Contact Person Robert Kessling
Phone Number (901) 922-5191
City Memphis, TN
Zip Code 38134
Address 6769 Stage Road
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Products and Services
We offer one-on-one instruction from one of our professional drum or percussion teachers.

A personalized curriculum is created for each student based on his or her goals. In an effort to meet the students' best interests, the curriculum can be adapted to the changing nature of these goals. Students are not limited to one area of instruction.

We encourage artistic growth and offer instruction on all available drum and percussion instruments. Areas of study include: drum set, snare drum (marching and orchestral), marimba, timpani, xylophone, vibraphone, bells, orchestral percussion, and many more!
Key People
Robert Kessling
Robert Kessling
Son of a Navy Chief, Robert Kessling has lived in a variety of places around the world and began his musical training at age 8. Robert has toured extensively with every style of commercial music including jazz, big band, funk, rock, heavy metal, country, Dixieland, and blues.
Stan Head
Stan Head
Native to Memphis, TN, Stan Head is an active performer, clinician, adjudicator, and timpanist of the Jackson Symphony. With over 25 years of teaching experience, Stan has earned a reputation as one of the country’s most pristine percussion instructors.
Michael Karcz
Michael Karcz
Studying timpani and percussion under names such as Fred Hinger, Cloyd Duff, and Vic Firth himself, Michael Karcz holds over 30 years experience in percussion.
Joe Burress
Joe Burress
Joe Burress hails from Illinois and has studied percussion extensively with Dr. Frank Shaffer, Terrance Mayhue, and Ed Murray, to name a few. Joe is currently a Percussive Teaching Assistant at the University of Memphis.
Corey Yoder
Corey Yoder
Corey Yoder moved from Maryland to Memphis to pursue music as a profession and has 10 years experience playing drums. He has toured and recorded with artists ranging from folk to heavy metal.
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