Durham Drum Lessons is the private teaching studio of Grammy nominated, RIAA certified platinum and award winning drummer, Dale Baker.

A graduate of University of North Texas (BM in Music Education), with over 15 years of teaching experience, and more than 30 years experience touring, performing, and recording in the music business, Dale is an accomplished educator and musician. He can truly “meet you where you’re at” and help you achieve your drumming goals.

In addition to individual drum lessons, Dale also provides Group Classes and Clinics, Consultation, Musician Contracting and Drum Transcription services.

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Dale is an amazing music instructor. My son (9) started with him knowing zero about drums and in just a few months was able to play an entire song. I witnessed the patience and creativity that Dale displays while teaching. Truly exceptional and highly recommended.
— Wilkins Aquino


Dale has been our son’s teacher for several years now and his instruction style is incredibly informative, yet easy-going. Our son’s drumming skills just get better and better. Our experience with Dale has been invaluable and we are so fortunate to have met him. Great teacher and a great person!
— Virginia Bethea
Dale is a great teacher for persons of all ages. He is an accomplished professional, with a broad background. He is especially good with children, and has a gift for breaking down complex rhythms into their constituent parts.
— John Wurzelman
Dale is an amazing drum teacher. I am really happy with how much I have improved with his instruction. My favorite part of the week is going for my drum lesson. It’s a great time. I appreciate that Dale always solves all of my musical problems. I also am grateful that he accommodates my learning style. Dale teaches both kids and adults (I am an adult) and he makes our interaction very positive...I can not even imagine a better teacher. Drum lessons from Dale are better than I thought was possible. And the results that I have had are better than I had even hoped for.
— L.G.


Dale Baker is a professional drummer and educator living in Durham, NC. He is a graduate of University of North Texas (BM in Music Education) and is best known for his work with the popular late 90’s early 00’s band Sixpence None the Richer (his drumming is featured on their hit songs, including “Kiss Me” and “There She Goes.”)

In 2013 he became one of the core touring members of Big Star’s Third Live (documented in the 2017 DVD release of “Thank You Friends” on Concord Bicycle Music), a concert event celebrating the music of Big Star, featuring a rotating roster of guest performers including members of Wilco, The Posies, REM, Beck, Dawes, Tom Petty, The dB's, Yo La Tengo and the Kronos Quartet.

He drums frequently for NC Theater, Theater Raleigh and NC Theater Conservatory, Peace College and Playmakers Repertory Theatre. Gypsy, Newsies, A Chorus Line, The Little Mermaid, The Little Shop of Horrors, Urinetown, Guys and Dolls, and several other shows have featured his drumming.

You can also find him playing with some of the area’s finest independent, emerging, and established acts. He’s performed at the NC State Fair with Taylor Leonhardt and Jess Ray and toured regionally with BJ Barham (American Aquarium). He has also supported Kate Rhudy, Blue Cactus, Brett Harris, Skylar Gudasz, Tim Carless and performed regularly with Chris Stamey, Peter Holsapple and Mitch Easter.

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Durham Drum Lessons
Dale Baker - Instructor
Durham, NC

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T: +1 919 695 2886
E: durhamdrumlessons@gmail.com