About Me

My name is Dondi Frenkel.  I've been playing the drums since I was 6 when I started teaching myself by playing along with  the radio.  

I started playing drums publicly at church when I was in middle school and I have continued for the last 30 years!  In addition to extensive experience with praise and worship music, I also enjoy playing hard rock, pop, blues, country music and soft rock.  I have been giving private drum lessons for a number of years now.


White Tie Rock Ensemble

Since 2016, I have been drumming for White Tie Rock Ensemble, reproducing, note-for-note, the music of iconic bands from the 60s, 70s & 80s - Including Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Rush, Van Halen, Styx, Journey, Foreigner, The Beatles, Steely Dan, The Who & Lynyrd Skynyrd, just to name a few.

A Different Approach

 As a 35-year drumming veteran, playing live music almost every week has shown me that a lot of the things taught in traditional drum lessons aren't crucial to developing skill and success on the drums.

After seeing so many students lose interest with traditional drum instruction methods and endless exercises, I've embraced a method of teaching that "trims the fat" and strips away many unnecessary exercises and boring routines, focusing instead on learning beats and fills right away - eventually playing along with your favorite songs!


I've helped my students see the FUN of the drums by showing them that:

  • You don't have to learn to read music to succeed on the drums
  • You don't have to spend endless hours doing repetitive exercises to learn the drums
  • You don't have to start on just one drum for weeks or months before you can begin playing beats
  • You don't have to devote hours each week to practice when small, 15 minute sessions, a few days a week will work just fine

Being good at the drums has always created successful opportunities for me, as well as being one of the most fulfilling areas of my life.  I'd love to be able to share that joy with you and get you on the road to being the drummer that you've always wanted to be!

Get Started!

I teach private lessons but also offer course materials to help guide you step-by-step as you learn.  I've helped countless students achieve their goals of learning the drums...


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