Los Angeles-based drummer Ryan Schiedermayer started his professional career at age 23 as percussionist for the NBA house-band for the Milwaukee Bucks, Streetlife, entertaining millions of fans each season in person and on national radio and television.
Committed to music education and helping students achieve their goals, Ryan equates his real life experiences — as a drummer, teacher, and avid marathon runner — as steps needed for success. “To me, in life and in running, if you’re not moving forward you’re falling behind.” Ryan’s new and innovative online teaching approach is a result of that very philosophy taking traditional teaching methods and infusing cutting edge multi-media to engage students and make learning fun.
Masterful in a multitude of styles, additional career highlights include performing with Rock & Roll Hall of Fame members Rick Nielsen (Cheap Trick), Richie Furay (Buffalo Springfield/Poco) and Grammy nominated artists Jeff Lorber (The Jeff Lorber Fusion), Jim Peterik (Survivor/Ides of March), Ignacio Berroa (Dizzy Gillespie) and American Idol finalist Danny Gokey. Ryan has traveled worldwide performing on USO/DOD tours for the United States Armed Forces and worked as a session drummer for Hal Leonard Music Publishing.
Ryan performs with Meinl Percussion and Pearl Drums.
“After working with Ryan in a traditional studio I made the move to online lessons and we never missed a beat. The video cameras make it easy to see and learn.”
Bruce Enck – Online Student
“The online lesson format is extremely efficient & highly effective! Ryan has a multitude of online tools & multimedia to incorporate into the lesson plan which provides the student the full spectrum of drumming education. I’ve been studying with Ryan online for over three years & it is a real-time interactive experience.”
Dave Culver – U.S. Air Force
… “His preparation advanced me to become accepted at Berklee College of Music, and also gave me the skills to become a prospering, life-long drummer. Ryan is the real deal; I couldn’t want anything more from a drum instructor.”
Nathan Gerlach – Director of Bands, Cambridge High School
… “What impresses me the most about Ryan is his vast knowledge of many different styles of music and his ability to work with many different ensembles…I really appreciated his willingness to work with our students during our marching season along with taking extra time to work with me. I would give my highest recommendation to Ryan Schiedermayer and his teaching of percussion.”
Meredith Marks – Stanford University
… “I’ve had the pleasure of working with many musical professionals through lessons, but Ryan definitely steals the show. Right from the beginning, I knew he was the kind of person that I would be able to get along with really well because he was always patient and helpful, but knew how to make lessons most effective. From mastering the basics to learning full-length songs, Ryan was incredible at leading me through the steps and pushing me towards success.”
TEACHER. MENTOR. MOTIVATOR.
Drawing upon decades as an accomplished musician and performer, Ryan’s proven teaching methods have helped countless students progress quickly to achieve their musical goals. Always striving to teach and empower his students, he believes,”Inspiration plus motivation yields dedication.”
For Ryan, teaching is a mentorship that builds confidence and life-long skills in areas of public performance, social dynamics, and goal management. He volunteers and mentors young musicians at A Place Called Home in South Central Los Angeles, and provides percussion coaching at Palos Verdes Intermediate School. Always innovating his teaching techniques, Ryan founded the program Band Together to give aspiring musicians the skills to create their very own band.
Online or in-person, Ryan’s multi-media teaching approach caters each lesson to the specific goals and needs of each student. He teaches students of all skill levels, and has a proven track record with middle and high school band students, ultimately helping them achieve placement at Juilliard, Berklee College of Music, and other prestigious institutions. Ryan offers live online instruction via FaceTime or Skype to students around the world, and is available for outcalls in the Los Angeles area.