Drum Studio of Eric Samse

Mr. Sticks

Meet Eric Samse, aka Mr. Sticks

Why Private Lessons?

Private lessons are truly important in every child’s musical education.  School bands are an important resource, but cannot address every need a budding musician has.  Percussion, in particular, is a highly specialized focus, and often overlooked in a crowded classroom full of other, very different, types of instruments.

In order to keep the spark of interest alive, every drum and percussion player needs some individual attention from a specialist in the field.  Eric Samse, with his extensive experience as an educator, player and performer, regularly teaches aspiring young drummers to maximize their potential as musicians.  Enroll your child (or yourself!) in lessons today!

Teaching Philosophy

Eric provides each student with a comfortable and enthusiastic environment in which to learn and grow as a drummer.  The basics—proper stick and mallet technique, stick control, rudiments, tempo, posture and muscle development techniques—are stressed first  and most importantly.  Eric also covers the musicality of drumming, dynamics and finesse.  These make the difference between a drummer and a complete musician.  Students are also encouraged to play with CDs of their favorite music.  Drumming should always be fun and motivating!

Lessons Available For

Drums Percussion
Jazz Snare Drum
Rock Bells
Latin Auxilliary & Orchestral Percussion
Big Band Swing

School Year 2017-2018 Studio Schedule

Fall Break / Teacher Planning WeekSeptember 2ndSeptember 9th

Session Session Beginning Session Ending
Fall Quarter September 11th December 16th
Winter Break December 18th January 1st
Winter Quarter January 2nd No Lessons:
February 15 – 19*
March 31st
Spring Break April 2nd April 7th *
Spring Quarter April 9th June 16th

*For students whose Mid-winter or Spring Break do not correspond to the Lake Washington School District, they may choose to take off their own break week, and schedule an alternate lesson on another week, either before or after the break.

Drum Lessons Calendar

Go to the Lessons Calendar to check your lesson times, notes and more.

Samse Studios Drum Lesson Policies

Below are the policies for Samse Studios drum lessons. These policies are intended to ensure that we all understand our responsibilities, how payments work, schedule changes and what is expected in order to get the most out of the learning experience. Please review these policies. When you register for lessons, we will ask you to sign a copy indicating that you have reviewed and approved the policies. We look forward to seeing you and getting started on this musical journey. Read more…

Eric has played drums since the age of five.  He majored in music composition and performance with a percussion emphasis at the University of Wisconsin at Oshkosh.  He has played in groups ranging from duets to full symphony orchestras.

Some of the artists Eric has performed with are the Carpenters, John Denver, Clark Terry, Marlena Shaw, Bill Watrus, Eddie Daniels, Denny Goodhew, Roger Fisher (of Heart), and Greta Matassa.  Eric has also performed with many groups such as the Washington Wind Symphony, the Seattle Pacific University Jazz Band, the Seattle Youth Jazz Band Organization, the Jazz Police, and Mach One Jazz Orchestra.  He can be heard on numerous recordings, including several with Mach One and the James DeJoie Quartet, among others.

Eric’s experience as a private teacher spans over 30 years, and Eric is in demand as a guest clinician and adjudicator with many local school districts and music education organizations.


Eric teaches drums and percussion lessons at:

Rockory School of Music
11831 124th Ave NE
Kirkland, WA 98034

Contact Eric by phone

206.795.4225 direct

Or send him a message.

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  • "Finding a good drum teacher is easy. Finding an excellent drum teach not so, however, for our family the choice was made an easy one. In his 4th year of band at Evergreen Middle School our 13 year old son was asking for a private drum teacher to improve his already established skills. Without reservation his well respected band teacher, Mr. Peterson, recommended Mr. Samse. I called him as I had called a few others before. It was the last call I made. “What makes Mr. Samse an excellent teacher?” I asked our son. “He makes me feel welcome”. “I am one of his last students of the day and never feel that he has no energy left for me”. “He challenges me”. “He does not give up on me. Instead he works with me until I get it”. “He is strict, but has a good sense of humor”. As a busy family, we find ourselves having a conflict here and there. It has never been a problem to call and reschedule a lesson. Thank you, Mr. Samse, we are glad to have found you!"
    The Kovsky’s from Redmond
  • "Our son has been enjoying weekly drum lessons with Eric Samse since January 2010, first for 30 minutes then a full hour.  We’ve watched our son develop so much during this time including his passion for music and his percussion skills and also his personal confidence and self-esteem.  His percussion skills have enabled him to participate in his high school rock band for the past two years which he really enjoys and gives him the opportunity to flex his drum muscles and perform in front of live audiences.  Our son is on the high end of the Autism spectrum and sometimes lacks flexibility.  This never fazed Eric.  He adjusted his teaching style to fit our son.  Eric let our son take the lead through his exploration of music, knowing when to encourage and when to give a little nudge. Our son spent one full summer repeating one beat, when suddenly he wanted to move on. Eric began expanding his repertoire weekly.  And they continue to grow.  Eric just waited it out and guided our son when he was ready. Our whole family greatly appreciates the relationship our son shares with Eric: the comradery, the instruction, the exploration of a variety of music, the personal development beyond music and making the whole thing fun every time."
  • "[Eric] helped give [my son] confidence in himself that will carry him throughout his entire life.  [Eric's] warmth, humor and talent fit him perfectly."
  • "I would've given up playing because I just couldn't read sheet music.  But my first lesson I ever had with [Eric] I walked out of the practice room feeling invincible to any music that was thrown at me...The first fill [he] ever taught me gave me so much joy and I wanted to learn more and become amazing...."
  • "Our son, Adarsh has been learning to play the drums from Eric for the last 2yrs. Adarsh enjoys his sessions with Eric and looks forward to his class every week. Even though Eric follows a structured curriculum, he makes it fun for the kids by making them play the beats to some of their favorite songs. Overall it's been a great experience for Adarsh to learn from Eric."
  • "[Eric is] terrific with [my son]--he responds so well to [Eric] and we appreciate how flexible [he is] with him as well as all the energy and effort [he is] putting into his lessons."