Matt Hjelmstad - drum teacher winder ga


Matt’s interest in drums started at the age of four. He used to watch his dad (also a musician) play for hours, and it wasn’t long before he started trying to imitate what he heard. His skill level grew more rapidly than his body, so at six years old, he would sit in his dad’s lap and play classic rock songs— Matt played the hands, and his dad played the feet. Matt developed a deep love for music, and he grew up listening to rock, pop, funk, and soul music on the radio and his dad’s vinyl collection. Once he could finally reach the foot pedals, he was eager to start taking drum lessons to better prepare himself as he joined the middle school jazz band.  In high school, Matt was a member of the wind ensemble as well as the jazz ensemble, winning First in State (NJ) his junior year.

After high school, Matt attended a summer program at Berklee College of Music and then enrolled at The Drummer’s Collective, where he studied and performed with some of the best professional musicians in New York City.

After his schooling, Matt played in several bands, spanning multiple musical genres and styles.  He also served as a studio musician working with singer/songwriters to record their albums. Wanting to share his enthusiasm for music and the knowledge he had accumulated about drums, Matt began teaching privately at the same drum store where he took lessons as a teen.

Currently, Matt plays the drums at Bethlehem Church and fills in with bands when he can.  He teaches students of all ages and skill levels, covering rock, jazz, funk, pop, Afro-Cuban, Brazilian,and world music.  He enjoys helping each student reach their personal goals while reinforcing reading, technique, groove, and musical awareness


Matt currently offers lessons at Hometown Rhythms on Saturdays. If you would like to request lessons with Matt, please submit a request and include the times in which you are interested and we will contact you to schedule lessons with Matt.




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