"Hi! I'm 28 years old and I've been taking lessons through Wes for 2+ years now. Wes is a natural born teacher, blessed with endless patience and marvelous people skills. No matter your age or challenge (physical or mental), Wes has the experience and know how to best guide you to the path of drumming greatness! Wes is honest and deeply cares about each of his students. Wes also helped me buy a drumset (an expensive and daunting task mind you!). If you're looking for an experienced, patient and amazing person to teach you drumset, Wes is your guy."
"Wes Crawford is an amazing professional. Not only is he a great teacher, he also has many years of performing experience to share with his students. He's a caring, passionate educator and percussive arts visionary, and truly helped shaped my career."
"I am one of Wes Crawford's older students at age 50. I have been taking lessons from him for over 5 years. Prior to this, my daughter, in 6th grade at the time, took lessons for a year. We were both novices when we started. Wes is a great drummer who performs regularly with jazz groups. He is also an excellent, very organized, teacher who devotes much thought into effective teaching methods. He is very patient, always encouraging, never demeaning to students regardless of their talent. His studio basement has 2 full drum kits, so he can demonstrate techniques on one while the student is on another. I would highly encourage anyone -- from novice to an advance player -- to take lessons from Wes. You will be happy you did."
"Wes Crawford is an extremely dedicated musician and teacher. He lives and breathes his craft. Wes is a patient and encouraging instructor. He not only accommodates all skill levels, he draws the best out of each student."
"Music operates on different levels for different people. Wes encourages students of all levels, adapting to their specific needs. He really is one of the most encouraging, as well as capable!, teachers I've ever worked with."
"I would highly recommend Wes to anyone, any age. I started with Wes right before I retired. I hadn't touched a drumstick since I was in my early 20's (in my 70's now). In less then a year I was playing in a big jazz band with 25 pieces. Wes is a very caring person and a great drummer himself. I always looked forward to spending and hour with Wes at my weekly lesson. He has lots of performing experience in all genres. This man is a super teacher and works well with all age groups. He is a teacher to love."
"I had gotten back into playing the drums a little later in life. I realized I needed professional instruction. Soon after coming to see Wes, fellow musicians remarked on my improvement. This motivated me to learn different styles. I play in two bands now and I plan to return to Wes in the near future to take it to a new level. Thanks Wes!"
"Patient, professional, thoughtful, completely dedicated. I loved my son having the opportunity to have recitals. Encouraging, supportive. I recommend Wes to anyone who mentions an interest in drum lessons. We love Wes! You will not find a better drum teacher!"
"I have taken maybe ten lessons with Wes. Wes is a very kind and compassionate teacher. He is very helpful and observant. Wes is also a great drummer."
Wes vs. Local Drum Schools
Our son has taken drum lessons at a variety of places. I can offer feedback on the following options:
Bach To Rock - Bethesda location, hard to park and traffic is a beast. There was a regular rotation of teachers which was disappointing to my son/me for a variety of reasons. There were consistency issues, redundancy which lead to boredom since one teacher did not know what the other teacher had taught. Can't remember the price, but monthly billing via credit card for 30 minute lessons.
School of Rock - Downtown Silver Spring. Very nice, friendly and attentive staff. Again, there was a rotation of teachers. One disturbing thing for me was to find my then 5 year old son standing outside with the drum teacher while he (teacher) smoked cigarettes. this happened more than once. Not quite the role model and/or environment I wanted for my young son. Since I was paying for this time, I was livid that my son was not practicing the drums observing a smoker. Finally, the program is supposed to lead to your child playing in a band after a few weeks. Since my son was so young, they were never able to place him with a band. Most of the other students were teen, pre-teen. Not exactly ideal for a 5 year old to hang with. Monthly billing for 45 minute lessons. In my opinion, 45 minute lessons are too long for a 5 year old. The lessons were pricier than Bach to Rock.
Wes Crawford - Teaches out of his home in Aspen Hill. He has a basement full of percussion items as well as drum kits so kids are exposed to all sorts of instruments. He is very kid friendly in his voice, demeanor, patience, etc. Kids are exposed to all genres, jazz, rock, etc. My son thinks the lessons are fun and looks forward to going there. There is no credit card billing option and you pay up front for a month of lessons. There is a waiting room in his basement for parents to listen. We have been with Wes for more than 6 months now and are very pleased. If you try him out, tell him Anna's family sent you.
- Anna L.
"(My son) loved it. When can we start lessons with you?... We are definitely on for next year!!.. Thank you for putting a smile and color back into (my son's) face and dreams!"
-Roxana D. (Washington, DC)