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David Hocker
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Thanks for visiting Out of Hock Drum Studio. If you’re here looking for an experienced, reliable, professional drum teacher, I applaud your sound judgment and excellent taste!

Out of Hock Drum Studio is the place to go for drum lessons in the Pasadena area. Whether you're just beginning or playing professionally around town, I can help you develop your skills to become both a better drummer and a more complete musician. I have over 30 years of experience working with students of all ages and skill levels. Whatever your goals, I can put together a lesson plan to help you reach them.

A distinguished musician and educator in Los Angeles since the early 1980s, I trained extensively with both Murray Spivack and Richard Wilson, two masters of drum technique with scores of successful pupils performing worldwide. It’s a privilege to pass along their philosophies to students of my own.

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David Hocker


After a year of teaching exclusively online via Zoom, I have resumed seeing students at my home studio in South Pasadena, CA. I am currently observing all L.A. County safety recommendations and protocols, so all students will be required to wear a mask and maintain a safe distance during our lesson until further notice. I have received both doses of the Pfizer vaccine.

I will continue to offer online lessons for out-of-town students and for those who prefer doing so for safety reasons.