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.
With an always give more & give back attitude, Ryan is a mentor and volunteer at A Place Called Home which positively impacts at risk youth and communities in South Central Los Angeles.
Ryan performs with Meinl Percussion and Pearl Drums.
Check out this TEN ICONIC DRUM BEATS video I put together. I've always been impressed by how a drum beat can define a song all on its own. Can you guess the song in the video before the title appears? If so, good ear!👂🏼🥁😎 #drums#drummer#music#drumteacher
I've been cranking out new lesson videos and charts during Covid to share for free with the public. Times are tough right now and private lessons might not be an option for some, so please share away this free educational content with aspiring drummers, educators and more. 🙏🏼✌🏼
"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and life to everything." – Plato 🎶
This photo from 2/29/20 with Annabella "The Original" Bow wow wow was before our last show in Corona, CA before Covid-19 restrictions. Yes...Corona, can't make that up!
This has been the longest span of non-performance in my entire career as a professional musician since my 1st band (Coconut Groove) in high school. I truly miss connecting with people through the power of music!
As a music educator as well I've been filling the void by creating free educational drumming content for those who might need it during these challenging times. Many people are struggling and for aspiring drummers private lessons might not be an option right now. Please check out my "Free Lesson Fridays" for videos like the one below on my Instagram profile & YouTube channel. Feel free to pass along to drummers & music educators. 🥁
Knowledge is power & music heals, be good, do good & keep the faith! 🎶 ✌🏼
“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 and for the Palos Verdes High School Drumline. 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, Skype or Zoom to students around the world, and is available for outcalls in the Los Angeles area.