In response to COVID-19, Byron is now available to teach lessons online.  Please contact him for more information. 

Private Lessons

Byron Johnson-Blanchard teaches drum set and percussion lessons. He holds an AAS degree in percussion performance from McNally Smith College of Music. With nearly a decade of teaching and performance experience, Byron merges college level music theory with knowledge acquired on the job. Lessons with Byron are structured, fun, and can be tailored to the student’s interests and needs. He teaches students of all ages. When he isn’t teaching, you can find him playing with his band Amethyst 3, a collaborative jazz group called Silverback Trio, and numerous other musical projects.

*Stick Control: For the Modern Snare Drummer – George Lawrence Stone
*Progressive Steps to Syncopation for the Modern Drummer – Ted Reed
*The Art of Bob Drumming – John Riley
*Reading Text for Drummers – Paul Stueber, Jess Wheeler, Dave Stanoch, Gordy Knudtson
*Drum Styles and Independence Techniques – Gordy Knudtson
*Snare Drum and Drum Set Techniques – Gordy Knudtson
Students are welcome to bring in any school texts or other texts that fulfill their interests/needs.

 Play Alongs:
*Turn It Up, Lay It Down
*Groove Therapy
Students are welcome to bring in any play along/songs that fulfill their Interests/needs.

Byron currently teaches at multiple locations around the Twin Cities. In home lessons may be available based on location and scheduling. 

Mainstreet Music – Elk River

Glen Lake Music Studios – Minnetonka

Performance Music Lessons – Coon Rapids

Please Contact Me at for rates, scheduling and more information.

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