The Place To Be!
Ok, so let's get more specific! Classes are held in different locations through the city! If you have a specific area we do not cover, but that would benefit you logistically more, it could be arranged at an extra cost from your side. IF THERE IS A WILL THERE IS A WAY :-)
In 2021 the Berlin Drum Experience will relocate in brand new studios where we will be able to provide free access to the rooms, both for classes and for practicing 24/7 (Work in progress, but it's going to be drumtastic!). Our goal is to have different location options aside from the main headquarters. Once you get in touch we will understand together which location will suit best.
*One-o-one personal drum classes might have to be postponed until the end of the lockdown (Due to the new Covid-19 safety regulations) based on technique. Our skype classes are NOT the bad version of a normal class, but they are rather structured and developed towards topics that are so often neglected when having a face to face lesson on a drums. PLUS, these option is very helpful for the future as well in case you are traveling or whenever commuting shows to be tricky during a certain moment of the month/year. Whether that is the case or not, usually one class per month is suggested online to focus on technique and concepts without distractions and that we will develop and apply on subsequent lessons on the actual drums. You will also receive a very valuable PDF every time containing all the thought processes and notes of the lesson thanks to the use of a graphic tablet as well as a private video with some highlights of what we studied. For these classes you will simply need a pair of drumsticks, a practice pad (or a pillow) and access to internet of course!
We will demolish your idea of a boring virtual class, who said technique and theory cannot be rocking?
Here below you see the beautiful artwork by the local artist RAHA that we had made appositively in one of our old studios!
How does the payment work? What do you offer?
There are two main lesson plans you will be able to choose from (Erika will clarify your questions once you get in touch):
Exact amounts may vary depending on your situation and availability and will therefore be agreed after a personal consultation.
A) Hourly Pay for (very) advanced drummers or people leaving outside Berlin/Germany: normal (higher) rates, calculated by the hour. It is recommended for very advanced drummers that might want to come sporadically once a month or so. We won't be able to make a proper journey together, but I'll give you personalized ideas and clear directions in order to make you progress further and develop your own personal style.
B) THE DRUMFAMILY! Premium Student (fixed monthly small contribution - From total beginners to seasoned drummers): Welcome in the drumfamily! There is a fixed yet very low monthly contribution that will give you access to 4 (at least) drum classes per month (1 abundant hour each, or multiple hours per session depending on your schedule preferences). Furthermore, being that we have a long term vision together, we strongly believe in flexibility: If you don't manage to make all of your monthly hours - for whatever reason - you will be able to make more or longer classes the following month(s). You can decide to have classes weekly, or longer classes with more time in between to practice, depending on your availability!
Through this method - at the moment active amongst basically all of my fellow drumming creatures- we work towards your goals on a constant basis. You will also have access to a mailing list with drum news, our WhatsApp secret drum-chat with our community, drummers meetups (where we all get together to enjoy music related activities), drum seminars, camps and much more. Through the low, but fixed (there is a 3 months cancellation notice if case you decide to leave the drumfamily) monthly contribution you allow everyone from all corners of life to be able to be part of this incredible community. PLUS, if you don't own a drums you can also take advantage of your own drum room (for FREE and available 24/7, whenever the room is not already being used by another drummer of course). Even just that, per se, would make up for much more than the monthly fee! We are working at the moment towards having a room specifically available for the students and therefore with a big availability :-)
I almost forgot! I strongly believe we should always have different views on things in order to be able to create our own personal "voice" on the instrument. For this reason, included in the monthly program, you will also have access to a lot of other educational side drumming courses. Active, at the moment, you will be able to meet with our teacher Nicola Lopez in his side drums style course called "the inner workings and mechanics of drumming" . This side course will show you different tuning options for the drums, strange sounds possibilities, how the drums are built and so on and so forth. Nicola also helps Marco with technique lessons in areas that he has developed further.
BIG NEWS!!!!! WE JUST OPENED A NEW DRUMMING SIDE-COURSE IN 2021!!!! Our new teacher and professional drummer W.Nahuel Arias (former BDE student as well !) will assist you online EVERY DAY during our P(ractice) P(ad) R(outines) course! It consists in daily group sessions for the drumfamily that will help you build your own routine while showing and guiding you through new and effective ways of practicing when you are not on a drums! This is a unique course and a TOTAL GAME CHANGER! We are so happy this is finally a reality. What's more? IT'S COMPLETELY FREE for the drummers in the drumfamily! Crazy ah?
There are a lot of other exciting things happening, but I will unveil them to you step by step... I guess you are already a bit overwhelmed so... one "drum-beat" at a time! :) Everything else depends on how well we are able to work and grow together. I look forward to smashing those drums with you! That's it for now... simply get in touch via the contact form to have more information and join our beautiful drumming community!
Let's drum! ♬ Marco Rivagli.
What do the other drummers say?
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Tiago
Short and sweet: I talked with Marco just as I moved to Berlin but I never committed to trying a lesson. Fast forward 8 months later, I contacted him again, and it's probably the best thing I've decided to do in Berlin. Great teacher, wonderful person, and.... yeah. :D JOIN USSSSS
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Benyamin
I consider myself very lucky to find such a gem in Berlin. Whatever I wished in a music teacher is combined in Marco. Passionate, energetic, creative, encouraging, limit-pushing and yet so humble that he even allow his students to use his own studios 24/7!! THIS IS GOLD !!! The reviews I read before trying one of his classes were so good that I was almost suspicious. And here I am right now, writing the same thing with no exaggeration. If you are in Berlin and you are looking for a drum teacher, do yourself a favour and take an introductory session with him. You will be hooked unless you are an alien. Even aliens like him. Happy drumming !!!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Giulia
Marco is an appassionate teacher which loves his job (on the top of being a great drummer and artist). He is leading his students trough the drum world in finding a personal and unique way the express themselves and to perceive music. In my opinion there is no better place to experience and learn drumming in the city. Here you can find the right method, determination and a lot of fun with a great drum community.. so if you want start drumming, get your drum sticks and call Marco! :) You'll find yourself surrounded by the best drumming family ever!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Nahuel
Best drum experience ever! Marco is not only a great teacher and super inspirational drummer, but he is also one of the most beautiful soul I have ever met! His attitude in life and music is phenomenal. He is like a storm of positive energies! He really will help you to reach your goals! There's a lot to learn (and steal:)) from him.. groove, technique, different styles of music, approach to the instrument, history, how to be productive, determination, focus etc... if you wanna start play the drums, or if you are a drummer of any level, believe me, you should meet this guy!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Radovan
Great teacher. I think of myself as pretty untalented as far as music goes but Marco manages to teach me stuff still. Absolutely would recommend no matter whether you wanna become a great professional drummer or just an annoying amateur drumming neighbor.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Alexey
As I met Marco, I thought he is a great drum player and teacher. That's it. Some lessons after I've realized, that this person permanently keeps blowing my mind every time we have a lesson/session. Drums are parts of his body. Without drums he is a philosopher. Playing drums means for him to communicate with nature, interactively. Even if you think you are not-a-drum(or music)-person, but you still would love to touch the world of rhythms and music - Marco is the One you need! Promise!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Cecilia
Great teacher with big heart for drum!!! Keep on drummin leute!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Manuel
Full energy and passion in every lesson with Marco! Every time is an experience that goes beyond the drums and inspires me to discover new genres and artists. Highly recommended!!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Nicolas
BEST TEACHER EVER. Marco made me fall in love with drumming instantly. He knows how to balance between being an amazing friend and a super passionate teacher. I have learned so much on music and on life since I know him. There is always a big smile on my face and my head is filled with music ideas when I leave the lesson. Everybody should at least try one lesson with him and you'll get hooked. He loves his students and wants to push them higher and higher every time he can. We have a beautiful drummer community and know all of each other since he organizes drummers meet up every month (those are the best). The lessons that he designs are so intense and powerful, where we learn theoretical to practical drumming for hours. The way he teaches is unique for every student and he really knows how to trigger passion and envy in anyone of us. BEST TEACHER EVER.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Marco I.
The Best Drum teacher, wonderful musician and one of a kind human being ❤️! Don't hesitate, contact Marco Rivagli, he will open your mind!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Boris Bernd
Just started out taking lessons with Marco. I've seen quite a few drum teachers before since I have been playing the drums for...well...what cay I say: I started when I was a kid and now my hair turns grey. Having said that, I'm impressed by Marco's take on teaching. He's really into it, has both the technique and the wisdom, and provides his scholar community with much more than one can take. He's never short on ideas, methods and material. He'll never lose focus on what can be useful in a musical situation (since he himself is a working drummer), but he will also have a sharp eye on the foundations needed to pull it off. This will make sure that he will find the right approach for mostly any challenge - be it beginner level, intermediate or advanced. Of his many qualities I'd like to highlight two: 1) He obviously takes teaching seriously and seems to like it. I never got the impression that he wants to get though the lesson as some sort of "daytime job" to do what he even likes more (which is playing the drums, of course). 2) He has got opinions that allow him to challenge the "eternal truths" of learning the drums (rudiments, stick control, playing with a metronome, practice plan, odd times ... you name it). As a result, he will get you - for example - off the first three pages of stick control or other locked-in situations. What is stunning is that he will provide quite a lot of infrastructure. He offers a really comfy room full of gear an learning material his students can use for practice. This alone makes his package worthwhile. Have I mentioned that it is ... fun?
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Francesca
It's amazing when you realize you can play a beat, even if very easy, after your very first class! Marco's method and attitude give you a totally different perspective on the act of playing drums. It's literally an experience, a great one which I highly recommend to music lovers!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Declan
There are few better experiences than the Berlin Drum Experience. Led by the amazing individual Marco who has built a warm and friendly community of talented and passionate drummers. If you’re a seasoned musician or a complete beginner, I can’t recommend this highly enough!! I had lessons with Marco for 8 months and it catapulted my philosophy of the instrument, technical ability and values as a musician. It is one of the best uses of time, money, dedication and energy out there!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Anatoli
Thanks Marco! It was amazing time. First lesson took almost four hours of exploration and discovery of my abilities to play drums moving the boundary of my mind and open up. The lesson is a mix of theoretical explanation, and practical drumming and even improvisation. was nice to see him playing and giving good examples . you say after this to yourself “Great i want to be like this at some point” and want to practice more. Marco is really dedicates his time and talent. He has direction to open student minds . its was fun . next time i am back to Berlin i ll be there again.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Fam
Musicphilosopher, timekeeper, rhythmgod, pure entertainment and Berlins best drum experience!!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Anouk
I can’t imagine a better drum experience Marco is not just a teacher, he is more like a mentor who really supports you to develop and express yourself ! Already after my first mind blowing class I felt like I’ve been reborn. What a passionate and beautiful soul! His classes are always the highlight of my busy weeks!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Ghislain
Spent about 5 hours with Marco this last Sunday. I am still looking for the words to describe the “experience” I went through. WOW to the power of 100 is what comes to my mind. Although I barely know how to play the drums yet, I felt like a rock star!!!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Thibaud
Excellent, passionate, and really involved drum teacher ! I recommend even if you already have the “basic knowledge” in drumming, he will make you improve in many ways.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Mike
Absolutely love Marco classes. He is not a typical teacher, he really cares that you become a better drummer and enjoy the process.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Ajit
I went to his first trial class to decide whether drums is the right musical instrument for me. At the end of the class, he made me fall in love with drumming. His passion for drums and teaching inspires me every time. We also have a practice room accessible 24/7. The drum community is fantastic and we have regular events. If you want to learn or get better at drums, then he is the guy
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Thomas
Probably the best thing that happened to me. Marco is not only your teacher, he is your friend, your guide and will expend you way of thinking, through drumming. After every lesson you’ll get better. He’s energy and passion give you the will to go forward and learn more! I definitely recommend it!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Dodie
I couldn't be happier with my experience so far having Marco as a drum teacher. He really goes the extra mile for all of his students, and makes you feel like a drummer from day 1! It's amazing to see someone with such an energy and passion for music, which is so infectious. He really caters for such a variety of needs and teaches everyone in an individual and personal way. An amazing teacher, musician and friend, as well the best drum community in town!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Katja
Best drum teacher ever. Inspiring and passionate about teaching. Not only he designs an individual program for every student, he also helps you to truly fall in love with drums and music in general. I’ve been with him for more than a year now and I can say that I’ve not only progressed with my musicality and techniques but I gained a real friend that always has time for me and my ideas no matter how busy his teaching and performing schedule is. I’m in love ❤️
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Kirill
Awesome place to learn drums. The teacher is energetic and skillful master of his art. Apart from lessons you will get also space for practice, meet lots of drummers and have fun!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Samy
Marco must be the best drum teacher in town. Not only he teaches the arcanes of drumming, he also gives very precious advices about how to approach the instrument through a lifelong process made of self-teaching methods.
Of course, he is a friendly and lovely character and he is always ready to invest more time than planned for motivated students, so go for it !
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Luka
Marco is a fantastic teacher who knows how to approach each person in regards of their physical shape and mental understanding of music and sound. He always takes the extra mile to help you learn and help you broaden your musical horizons. Next to lessons he also created a fantastic community of drummers who regularly get together on meetups. Drums can be an intimidating instrument to approach, but with Marco's thoughtful methods, after a few weeks of class you will find yourself with a completely new way of musical expression.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Franziska
Great drum teacher, very experienced and passionate about his work. I've only had a few lessons so far, but already it's been super helpful!!
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Orkun
Marco is a very friendly instructor with a huge passion towards music & drumming. Berlin Drum Experience is definitely a huge recommend :)
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ John
Just the most passionate and dedicated teacher I've ever encountered. Marco really cares about the power of music and wants everyone to have the chance to have it in their lives. Berlin Drum Experience isn't just about tuition (although it's proven to be the best tuition I could even imagine) but a supportive community of musicians of all levels, backgrounds and ambitions, learning, playing and enjoying the collective experience of art. It's ace and you should join, whoever you are.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Adam
Not only is Marco an outstanding drummer – playing with huge bands such as The Fuzztones (and smaller ones like PLeaSureDomE) – he’s also a passioned teacher of all things drumming related. His dancing experience from percussive dance theatre ensamble Gut Reaction is another experience Marco can draw on to create an even better drum learning experience. The legendary drum student meetups alone makes it worth the time and effort to take Marco's drum lessons.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Vyacheslav
It's hard to find a person who is more passionate about the stuff that he is doing. What I love about Marco is that he not only teaches, but teaches how to teach yourself :) I think it's very essential and you become much more efficient in the long run
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Kàtia A.
Awesome teacher, he really loves music and teach his students with so much love! I started my classes last week and cannot stop thinking about drums. When you start he provides a lot of materials and you are added into a chat with a lot of students, they also have always drums meetups, I highly recommend! :))
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Nektarios
Marco has been my teacher for a year now. He's an amazing teacher, an easy-going person with a funny personality, very passionate and really loves what he does. He creates a family environment with all the students by gathering, playing and sharing our common passion. He has a great ability in explaining rhythm and technique. His approach to drums is to evolve and develop each student according to the student's personal abilities and taste.
I highly recommend to start drum lessons with Marco even if you're total beginner or a pro. Marco will make you shine and "smash it" on the drums.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Dorian
From day one that I met Marco he gave me for the first time in my drummer’s life an impression what the cosmos in a drummer’s life can look like.
I came to meet him in a situation that can be described as a baby who´s soul is waxed in fear and terror – I was only able to hit the drum (90%) and not playing the drum (10%). I almost was mistreating the drum set. But for my excuse in punkrock there is a high developed aggression against everyone and everything. Marco in the first place is a drummer an educator and an artist, performer as he says so and in addition to that he is to me also a helping hand that shows me the way out of a swamp that I was sticked in. As far as I can tell after three lessons with Marco is that his idea of being a drummer means that you be aware of the responsibility a drummer has for himself and for the people that he is with. So, he starts to make me understand that in first place a drummer wants to communicate with other people, musicians, audiences, or even the world and express his inside to anyone who is listening. And to do so the first step is to learn words in drums pace – I am like a baby that starts blabbering and learn who to speak with words – so Marco uses a word like – tsching – when you play the snare and - took – when you for example hit the frame of a tom – this is an important lesson that will probably lead me sometime into a situation that will give me the ability to express my ideas and fantasies on a drum set (by the way I haven´t found my own words yet with which I am confident but I am sure I will find them – they don´t have to be the same that Marco is using but there are so many languages in the world of drummers cosmos and every other drummer will understand them)– I think when you start learning words it will lead you to sentences with which a drummer can talk to the people who are listening. Like a pianoplayer plays piano a drummer plays a drum set and a drummer is responsible for the band´s dynamic and make the people move and groove. So when I started to listen to Marcos idea of being a drummer I first had to learn to count 1,2,3,4 - 1,2,3,4, it is the mathematic frame which is a sterile but necessary lesson to learn – second lesson was learning algebra which are the diddles and paradiddles and paraparadiddles and flams which are also sterile but necessary. Third lesson is to learn words that will help you in some time to compose and express your own impressions and ideas on a drum set and from that point on you just learn to leave all the sterile exercises alone and let your fantasy and your own cosmos become sound. So drumming is an education to fantasy it is a journey into your artistic soul that can be digged out of the dark. And Marco is the one who does educate and shows me a culture of love and happiness every drummer can lean on. I remember that he also gave me a historical frame from where the drum set came from so Marco is definitely also sophisticated, empathic, spiritual, and has some kind of a third eye with which he can look into my dark soul and a cosmos of which I do not have an idea yet. And there is still more to come. With his joy he gives me a kind of sensitivity to listen deeper into what a drummer is talking about and I still want to listen for more stories to come.
★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Loop of Berlin (Jochen)
Großartiger Unterricht in unglaublich dynamischer Atmosphäre. Meine Tochter ist begeistert und ich weiß sie dort bei Marco in den besten Händen!! Uneingeschränkt weiterempfehlenswert!
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