Our Teachers

We are proud to have the most professional and capable teachers in the industry. They are consummate musicians whose talents and passion enable them to work with students of any age or skill level. Students who have never sat behind a drum kit as well as touring professionals can all benefit from pro lessons.

As excellent communicators, they are all able to teach and style of music: Rock, Jazz, Latin, Punk, Heavy Metal, PLUS Hand Percussion. As well as maintain the highest standard of instruction, our drum teachers possess the ability to connect with their students and give a real sense of inspiration. They not only teach the mechanics of playing the instrument, but they make playing and practicing a positive experience.

Lessons are personalized with the goals of each student in mind – some students will pursue a more structured curriculum while others will want the opportunity to develop improvisational and performance skills. Ask our teachers for an in depth theory training or just some help working through your favorite songs!

Arnold Faber-BlogArnold Faber

Arnold has been on the music education/performance scene for 30+ years. As well as being a well known recording artist on the Maxmum Jazz/Universal Group label, he has played most of the Canadian jazz festivals and has done much work for the CBC across Canada. 

Teaching, film-scoring, composition and performing round off a very demanding schedule. Arnold is a Berklee College Of Music alumnus (Degree Program/Jazz Composition And Arranging). Over the years, Arnold has conducted workshops, clinics and ensembles extensively throughout the Toronto and Catholic School Boards as well as across Canada. His teaching mandate includes showing students how to think AND setting them up to fly on their own, musically and creatively on drum set, hand drums or mallet instruments.

 

Marshall Bureau-BlogMarshall Bureau

Marshall brings a wealth of experience and passion to his drum lesson environment. He has 10+ years of teaching experience, utilizing a proven and creative program that works individually with a student’s aptitudes and goals. Marshall's program explores the many techniques and sounds found in todays music, respects the tradition of the drumset and its short but storied history, while being flexible enough to respond to a students needs and desires.

Experience teaching includes having taught in many private music schools, including over 8 years of experience at Just Drums in Toronto, and also currently running a private in-home teaching practice in Toronto. Many current and former students have moved on to post secondary music education at various prestigious Canadian Universities studying Jazz and/or Classical Percussion, as well as the Humber College Jazz Program. Others have enjoyed becoming succesful touring and/or recording artists, or have gone on to become recording engineers and even studio owners.

Neal BusbyNeal Busby

Neal has a deep history or playing and teaching drums and has been a part of gold and platinum and Juno award winning artists like Slik Toxik and April Wine (touring drummer). Being a long term instructor at Just Drums he has taught many hi-profile drummers like Neil Sanderson (Three Days Grace), Christian Tanna (I Mother Earth) and Hollywood actors like Shane Kippel (Degrassi High) and Torrey Devitto (Pretty Little Liars). His drumming, guitar, and bass playing, songwriting and recording skills can be heard on hundreds of television shows, feature films and tv commercials such as: Brother Printers, Piranha 3DD, Pretty Little Liars, Dance Moms, and most recently the theme song for the Betsey Johnson reality show. Neal also authored the instructional book "The Ultimate Guide To Rock Drums" recognized as the essential "dictionary" for rock drumming. You can check him out at busbybeats.ca or his bandsite twirl.ca.

 

MaurizioMaurizio Valente

Maurizio brings to Just Drums over 20 years of playing experience. Having studied privately for many years under Robin Boers at the Ontario College of Percussion, he then briefly enrolled in York University’s Music Program after which he relocated to New York City. There he spent five years pursuing several musical and theatrical projects. His return to Toronto has seen him perform with various top 40 and R&B bands throughout the city. Most notably he has performed and recorded with R&B singer/songwriter KG, African pop band Anastasio and Zalang as well as the band Bootleg. Maurizio is in his seventh year of teaching at Just Drums and hopes to provide a comfortable, fun and inspiring environment for students to further their musical growth.

 

 

Matt WillsMatt Wills

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Mike BrushyMike Brushy

In over 15 years of teaching and playing Michael has had the pleasure of sharing the stage with a broad variety of musical acts. His musical approach to drumming has made him an in-demand recording and performance session player. Michael has recorded and toured North America and overseas with a long list of bands and artists spanning hip hop, country, folk and rock. These include acclaimed indie acts Jenn Grant, Raised by Swans, and Ivy Mairi, Latin rock fusion artist Quique Escamilla, and jazz singer Irene Atman to name a few.  Through his studies at both Humber College and York University Michael sought to be as diverse a player as possible, and as a result is comfortable in teaching a broad range of styles; striving to bring both a relaxed and professional attitude towards teaching. Michael believes a comfortable, fun lovin' environment is the best groundwork for success in learning.