About the Lessons
Transistor offers drum and drum set lessons for aspiring drummers of any age.  Lessons take place on a five-piece Ludwig drum set complete with crash and ride cymbals, hi-hat and a variety of other percussion instruments.  Rates are $20 per 30-minute lesson (students only need sign up for one lesson at a time; no commitment beyond that is necessary).  Andy Miles, a drummer since 1980, is the teacher.  He energetically takes students through basics of technique, using first a snare drum and then the full drum set, teaching paradiddles and patterns, and a range of rhythmic styles that include pop, rock, hip-hop, funk, jazz, bossa nova, and more.   Most of all, lessons focus on what students want to play and play along with.  (Lessons also vary based on the number of lessons students expect to take and the degree of expertise they hope to achieve.)  All first lessons include a free pair of drum sticks for the student!  

About the Teacher
The owner of Transistor, Andy Miles started playing drums in the fourth grade, going on to join junior and high school orchestras and a long series of rock bands from the mid-'80s on. He has also written for various publications on the arts, history & culture, made audio documentaries, worked in radio and public television, owned and operated a company specializing in congressional hearing transcripts.  He Born near Chicago and currently residing in Chicago’s Ravenswood neighborhood, he has also called Madison, Washington, D.C., and Berlin home. He holds a bachelors degree in history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.