Drum Teachers

Kailua Music School offers lessons for percussion instruments including : drumset, orchestral snare drum, latin percussion ( congas, bongos and timbales ) as well as electronic percussion. Styles taught include but are not limited to : Rock, Funk, Hip Hop, Jazz, Reggae and World Music. Topics covered include : Improvisation, reading, song interpretation, hand technique, foot technique and playing with a click track. From beginners to advanced, lesson can be tailored to any individual’s specific needs.Listed below are the Kailua Music School percussion instructors. For more information or to sign up for lessons, call: 808-261-6142 or email us


Scroll through and click on any instructor’s name to learn more about them

  • Christoph Hoffman

    Rate: $27 per 1/2 hour lesson
    Teaches piano including jazz, blues, classical and popular styles.
    Studied at the Institute of Audio Research in New York City and with piano great Nina Isidora
  • Jesse Morgan

    Rate: $160 per month
    Jesse Morgan has been playing drums for over 40 years experienced in Rock, Funk, Shuffles, R&B and Blues drumming styles.
    Jesse performed with Ginai, Bobby Thursby & Night Train, JP Smoketrain and the rock group Paradise XS. Before moving to Hawaii, from St. Louis MO, he was drummer for local phenom “BIG FUN” who held the house band position for the premier showcase club “Mississippi Night”
  • Scott Shafer

    Rate: $120 for 4 Weeks
    Scott specializes in drumset (electronic and acoustic) percussion, instruction and composition. He earned his bachelor’s degree in professional music from the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston. With over 35 years of experience his history covers a broad musical landscape including Big Band Jazz, bebop, Jazz Fusion, Musicals, Hard Rock, Classic Rock, Orchestral, Funk, R&B, Hip Hop, Reggae, Island Contemporary and World Music. He is currently working with Hawaii’s hottest R&B band: Eight0Eight, Island Music band: Redemption InC, Jazz Quartet: 16th Ave.Quartet, Island Contemporary band: Manoa DNA as well as a healthy dose of various freelance projects. Scott has been teaching professionally for over 20 years. Through the years, he’s developed a keen sense for recognizing an individual’s learning strengths, thus utilizing those strengths to maximize one’s learning experience.