My name is Chris Johnston, I am a drummer with over 20 years of experience. I welcome students of all skill levels and ages, with interests in any genre of music. I specialize in rock, jazz and technical drumming but love to help students interested in all genres and forms of music.
My style of teaching is engaging and fun; it starts with first learning the fundamentals of rhythm and how to hold a beat with confidence, and then turns into an exciting game of discovering what’s beyond the beat. I aim to give every student the ability to add their own personality to their playing in as many ways as possible and I’ve developed my own curriculum that I believe is unique to me. I use games to keep students interested and excited to get to the next step of the course! I also leave room for the student to contribute to the direction of the lesson by listening to any ideas, questions, or goals they might want to give more attention to.
I started learning drums in a professional school setting at the tender age of 6, and have kept on for the next 22 years. Throughout my teenage years, I was the head drummer for various stage productions and started taking a heavy interest in the foundations of songwriting. I have since had over 15 years of experience with playing the guitar, bass and writing my own musical compositions.
I have played professionally with multiple bands, performed at many live events and currently excel as a solo performer. I’ve released some full projects; my most recent is a full length album that is heavily piano centric, that I sang on in memory of my late mom. It’s out now on Spotify, iTunes and all steaming sites, I would love for you to give it a listen!
I now have over two years of dedicated, full time teaching experience under my belt and I can’t wait to expand and help even more people realize their true musical potential. I truly believe that my energy and passion translates into my teaching style – come to me if you want to be engaged and as excited as I am to learn how to be a better artist with your instrument!
I offer trial lessons for anyone that is interested, I’d love to get your musical journey started today!
Michael Jackson – don’t stop till you get enough
(Live drum remix)
Sagas Away (my own independent solo album)
Live studio session as a guest drummer – unreleased