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Vance Nurkala has been teaching drum lessons to students of all ages for over 20 years. 

Vance Nurkala teaches drum lessons and is great with both children and adults.   He is a friendly and highly qualified drum teacher.

Vance is a seasoned drummer, studio musician and gifted teacher. Vance studied drums many years with Wayne Oien, who is the best snare drummer in the world. Oien says that Vance's book on drum rudiments is the best there is.  Rudiments are the foundation for all drum lessons and percussion lessons.  All great drummers and percussionists have studied rudiments which led to their success.

Vance Nurkala has been a drummer and percussionist for over 30 years and a drum teacher for over 20 years, performing in a wide variety of musical styles.  He has taught drum lessons and percussion lessons in public schools we are proud to have him as our drum and percussion teacher here at the Metropolitan Academy of Music in Mercer Island, WA.

In his youth, Vance performed in marching bands, jazz bands, concert bands and percussion ensembles.  He moved to Seattle in 1993, and has been a drummer in the local Seattle music scene with Crybaby, Chill Factor, Stranger By The Minute, iCandi, Idol Eyez., and ML3.

Vance teaches drums to all ages (5 and up) in at our studios in Mercer Island and Wallingford, WA.   Vance teaches in many styles of music, including rock, jazz and country.   He is brilliant on the snare drum and his students excel in band and marching band at their schools.


Vance studied with the following teachers:

  • Ed Hartman Yamaha Performing Artist
  • Simone LaDrumma Conga/Djembe Instructor and Performer
  • Wayne Oien Drum Line Instructor for Superior Pipes & Drums
  • Bob Simonson Cold Shot Blues Band
  • Dr. Robert Stephenson Percussion Instructor; Northern Michigan University

Watch Vance's teacher Wayne Oien win the International drum competition!