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Percussion and Drum Lessons

Looking for Denver music lessons? Denver Percussion specializes in working with percussionists of all ages and abilities. Beginners will benefit from Denver Percussion’s new pedagogical approach.

Intermediate and advanced percussionists will benefit from the experience of Denver Percussion’s professional instructors Josh Beyers on drum set (all styles), and Pete Hellyer & Danny Vargas on classical instruments (marimba, vibes, xylophone, snare drum, timpani, etc.); No matter what your percussion dreams are, we have the perfect teacher for you. Drum Lessons are one of the most popular music lessons for anyone interested in starting a new instrument.

Our Denver school offers everything from lessons for kids to adult programs, each offered for a  beginner, intermediate, and advanced player. We have teachers that specialize in the following areas: Rock, Jazz, Latin, Funk, Blues, World Music, Classical. You can sign up for weekly private lessons or classes with multiple students.


Denver Percussion has an extensive percussion instrument collection, which rivals many universities and professional orchestras. This inventory includes marimbas (such as Adams Alpha 5.0 Octave, Marimba One 5.0 octave, and Majestic Reflection 5.0 octave), vibraphones (like Adams Alpha Vibes, Marimba One OneVibe, and Majestic Concert Vibe), xylophones, glockenspiels, snare drums, bass drums, tambourines, gongs (like Dream or Wuhan), hand cymbals (Dream Cymbals, Sabian, and Zildjian), timpani, drum sets, and everything else a student needs to learn to play.

We feel that for any musical discipline, learning percussion teaches students essential time-keeping and rhythm basics required for any music program. Denver Percussion is also the only music company in Colorado that has both rental and rent-to-own programs for full size percussion instruments for students and schools.

Essential Skills

We feel that for any musical discipline, learning percussion teaches students essential time-keeping and rhythm basics required for any music program.  Often, students who take percussion classes end up in leadership roles for their high school or college band or orchestra.

Denver Percussion is also the only music company in Colorado that has both rental and rent-to-own programs for full size percussion instruments for students and schools, conveniently located in Denver.

Lesson rates start at only $35.

Music lessons make a great gift for loved ones, or get them for yourself! Click the link below to go to the contact page, or feel free to give us a call. Learn more about our great teachers in Denver below!
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We offer drum lessons for all ages, including:

  • Drum Lessons for Kids (ages 4 and up)
  • Drum Lessons for Adults
  • Drum Lessons for Beginners
  • Intermediate Drum Lessons

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Josh Beyers

Josh Beyers is a professional musician and passionate educator living and teaching classes in Denver. He performs frequently throughout Colorado and teaches independent drum set lessons at Denver Percussion.

For full bio and information, visit his website.

Teacher Josh Beyers

Peter HellyerTeacher Peter Hellyer

Denver Percussion founder, Peter Hellyer, has a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Denver and a Master’s of Music from Temple University.  Pete has studied with renowned percussionists Alan Abel, John Kinzie, Tom Stubbs, and Doug Howard.  As a professional musician and performer, Pete has worked with a number of orchestras and ensembles including the Aspen Music Festival, Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Fort Collins Symphony, and Grand Teton Music Festival.  Pete and his wife, Hiroko, are the resident percussionists for the world famous Summit Brass.

Joey GlassmanTeacher Joey Glassman

Joey Glassman is a professional percussionist, timpanist, drummer, jazz vibraphonist, educator, and composer. Joey’s studies in music began at a young age, born into an already musical family. Those studies progressed into his formative years, resulting in a Bachelor of Music in Classical Percussion Performance from The University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music under scholarship. During his undergraduate studies, Joey received awards such as Outstanding Undergraduate Senior in Performance (awarded to only one senior in the music program), Outstanding Senior Percussion Recital, Outstanding Junior Percussion Recital, as well as a Downbeat award for Best Classical Group as a part of the Lamont Symphony Orchestra. In May 2019, he completed his graduate studies at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). He received a full tuition waiver, majoring in Jazz Vibraphone performance under the direction of Chip Stephens. Chip Stephens always boasted Joey’s “artistic spirit” during performances and lessons. During his time at UIUC, Joey was also a teaching assistant for the music theory department, overseen by Heinrich Taube, Stephen Taylor, and Carlos Carrillo. As a non-composition major, this is quite atypical. The choice was made based on Joey’s exceptional Music Theory and Aural Skills entrance exams results. Joey has over 10 of years professional classical percussion experience. His most recent endeavors have led him to win the Principal Timpani and Percussion position with the Arapahoe Philharmonic in 2019. In 2020, he joined the Denver Brass, serving as Percussionist, Timpanist, and Drummer. He has played substitute and extra percussion with leading ensembles, such as The Colorado Symphony, Sinfonia da Camera, Champaign-Urbana Symphony, Greeley Philharmonic, and Fort Collins Symphony. Joey has played under the batons of Andrew Litton, Christopher Dragon, Brett Mitchell, Jeffrey Kahane, Scott O’Neill, and Bobby McFerrin, and in concerts featuring soloists such as Bela Fleck, Victor Wooten, and Bobby McFerrin. He has played in prestigious music venues including Red Rocks Amphitheater, Boettcher Concert Hall, Gates Concert Hall, and Foellinger Great Hall.


As a Jazz musician, Joey has played with artists such as Chip Stephens, Chip McNeill, Tito Carrillo, Larry Gray, Joel Spencer, Donnie Heitler, Kevin Matthews, Tom Amend, Alex Heffron, and Hunter Roberts. Joey’s most recent endeavor is his quartet dedicated to the music of Radiohead. As well, he performs nationwide as a soloist with Louis Colaiannia.


As an educator, Joey currently is the Drumline Instructor at the United States Air Force Academy Cadet Drum and Bugle Corps, under the direction of Scott Crump. Scott has said this is the best drumline he’s had for seven years. Joey also serves as Percussion Director at Rock Canyon High School in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, teaching weekly percussion class, directing the front ensemble in the summer, and leading the winter percussion ensemble. Joey continues to see success in his private studio, drawing from previous experience teaching private lessons and being the ensemble instructor at The Conservatory of Central Illinois, Performance Play Music School, Eaglecrest High School, Cherry Creek Academy, St. Edward High School, and Dakota Ridge High School. He has taught ages 3-74. If you’re interested in taking lessons with Joey, see


Composing music has always been very important to Joey, with beginnings as early as grade school. His most significant works include his latest album, On My Mind, the score for Carrie O’Toole’s documentary Forfeiting Sanity: What if Love is Not Enough, the score for her short film Little: A Bullying Story.


In 2019, Joey and his wife, Katie welcomed their daughter Annabelle to the world. She was born happy and healthy in Littleton, Colorado, and loves watching her dad play and sing to her. The Glassman family currently lives in Castle Rock, Colorado with their cats, Genji and Winston Barrington.

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