Drums & Percussion Teachers | The Music Shoppe of Normal

Whether you want to play in a school band or rock band, our teachers can help! They accept students young and old, and can teach beginning to advanced players.

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Jeff Young
Percussion and Drum Set Lessons

Jeff Young teaches drums and percussion at The Music Shoppe of NormalWhatever your drumming needs are, Jeff Young can help you! Jeff has a very wide range of expertise on anything from drum set to concert or world percussion. Jeff holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Eastern Illinois University and a Masters degree in Music Performance from Illinois State University. He has also served on the faculty at Heartland Community College since 2007. Jeff’s teaching experience includes private lessons, traditional classroom teaching, and marching drum line instruction. Jeff also serves regularly as a judge at IMEA-sponsored events for grades 5-12.

Jeff began his drumming life with a practice pad and a set of bells from The Music Shoppe. He also took private lessons at The Music Shoppe in junior high and high school. Currently a member of The Music Shoppe sales staff (since 2006), Jeff helps today’s beginners get started in their musical lives. Jeff plays drum set for two local bands: Marc Boon & the Unknown Legends, and Jack Dupp & the Empty Bottles. Jeff also performs on guitar, piano, and lead vocals in the band Blackwater FOE. Whether it be a rock band or an orchestra, Jeff is comfortable performing in any musical situation: however, Jeff’s dream job is to play in a pit orchestra for a Broadway musical.

Derek Spring
Drum Set Lessons

Derek teaches drum set lessonsDerek is a professional working drummer living in Bloomington, IL. He majored in Music Composition at Columbia College in Chicago, IL, and has over 30 years of teaching, performance and recording experience. Lesson plans are personalized so that the students will achieve their goals in a productive and encouraging environment. Drum lessons are available from beginner to advanced.

Derek is currently performing with Green Shoe Studio country music recording artist Aileeah Colgan, as well as the Happy Farm Records rockabilly band The Hillbilly Jones. Derek is also a performing member of the New Hope Church Methodist Worship Band, along with fill in work for local rock/pop cover band Heroso.

Tiffany McBride
Community Drum Circles

Tiffany McBride, community drum circle instructor at The Music Shoppe of Normal.

Tiffany has been singing and beating since she was a toddler and has continued to self teach with other instruments. She is well versed in vocals, ukulele, drums and percussion. She also has a basic foundation in guitar and piano. As an adolescent, she played the saxophone and studied music.

Tiffany’s most recent experience with facilitating music, is the community drum circle that meets twice a month. She also teaches and helps children and adults express themselves through music and art within a therapeutic setting in her private practice. Tiffany has also been a worship leader and lead singer in numerous of churches, on and off, throughout the last 15 years.

Tiffany has a major talent and passion for music. Music has always helped her through the toughest times in her life. She believes music is an amazing coping skill, hobby, and a positive way to express oneself. Tiffany’s goal and dedication is to work with the community, young and old, who would like to build their skills in rhythm, enhance their mindfulness, express themselves in ways they aren’t usually able to, and to bring a oneness into the community. She has a heart full of love, passion, and dedication for her community and hopes to transform lives through music.