Bates Holman's Groove Academy

We provide Drum Lessons, Artist in Residencies and Group Classes in Drum Set and Hand Percussion- Learn to play your favorite songs!

Since 1998 Bates Holman's Groove Academy has guided countless students of all ages to their goals as hobbyists and young professionals. Our success stories include repeat All State Band members, College Scholarship recipients and several students who have become professional working musicians. At The Groove Academy, students learn to set and meet musical goals in a fun and interactive environment through a structured yet flexible 12 grade curriculum, the backbone of which are recordings of the most influential musicians, songs and drummers of current and past generations. This unique curriculum guides students to the technical abilities to play their favorite music, express themselves artistically and develop strong core values. For those desiring professional mentoring, students who reach grade 10 are given professional playing opportunities with top area artists, providing the student payment for their services and invaluable real world experience.

Mission: It is the goal of Bates Holman's Groove Academy to bring the joys of drumming to the masses and provide a top notch percussion education and pre-professional training to those who desire it.

Summer Percussion Lessons W/ Mr. Bates!

Limited slots are still available! Regular slots, Single Dates or week to week 'will call' list! Register by 5/1 for priority scheduling! Regular summer students are guaranteed fall spots! Fill out the form below- I will contact you to schedule your time.​

Rare And Strange Instruments

The next time someone tells you the tambourine isn't a serious instrument, show them this!

More about Rare and Strange Instruments on the official blog :
Carlo Rizzo's polytimbral tambourine is a frame drum with mecanical controls, the musician can mute the cymbals, add or remove snares and vary tension. #rareandstrangeinstruments

Steve Weiss Music CD Sale

Percussion students- this is a great opportunity to expand your listening library! Over 900 percussion CDs now only $4.99 each!

[07/08/14]   "The Secret to Creative Practice is allowing oneself the freedom to do things incorrectly."

WES After School Flyer, 2013

[05/21/13]   Waccamaw elementary afterschool program starts NOW!

Check out our NEW Waccamaw Elementary After-School Program, NEW Summer Camps, and Private Lessons details!

[04/26/13]   2013 Artist in Residency at Waccamaw Elementary begins NOW- are y'all excited? Cause I am!


"JUNGLE" Performance - Jojo Mayer

If you've never heard live Drum and Bass before, no one does it better than Jojo Mayer!

[03/22/13]   Man! The New Justin Timberlake album has some sick grooves on it! Have you listened to The 20/20 Experience yet? What do you think?

Olivia Wendel - Groove Academy Student of the Month

Congratulations to Groove Academy Student of the Month, Olivia Wendel! Olivia is 9 and just started learning to play the drum set at the beginning of March- Check her out going up and down those toms!

[03/19/13]   "Music, for me, has always been a place where anything is possible--a refuge, a magical world where anyone can go, where all kinds of people can come together, and anything can happen. We are limited only by our imaginations."
-Bill Frisell

[03/18/13]   "It occurred to me by intuition, and music was the driving force behind that intuition. My discovery was the result of musical perception." (When asked about the theory of relativity)
— Albert Einstein

[03/15/13]   “There’s a way of playing safe, there’s a way of using tricks and there’s the way I like to play, which is dangerously, where you’re going to take a chance on making mistakes in order to create something you haven’t created before.”
— Dave Brubeck

[03/15/13]   Some classic jazz for your weekend! This is a monumental record by Clifford Brown with Bebop drummer extraordinaire Max Roach!

[03/14/13]   The only cats worth anything are the cats that take chances, sometimes I play things I’ve never heard myself. – Thelonius Monk

[03/05/13]   At The Groove Academy, students are exposed some of the greatest artists of all time, including Michael Jackson, Led Zeppelin, James Brown , The Allman Brothers, George Clinton & Parliament - Funkadelic, Lynard Skynard, and Earth, Wind & Fire.

Of course we're a little biased to our tastes! What great bands and artists do you think the next generation needs to know about?

Best responses will be added to the official Groove Academy curriculum!

The Groove Academy Studio

Our NEW 500sq ft. teaching studio featuring 4 drumsets, hand drums, waiting area, and listening library for students!

Our NEW 500sq ft. teaching studio featuring 4 drumsets, hand drums, waiting area, and listening library for students!

Bates Holman's Groove Academy's cover photo

[03/01/13]   Did you know that at The Groove Academy your first lesson is always free? No obligation and no strings attached- let us show you why we've been THE BEST in drumming education since 1998!

[02/26/13]   Adding songs to my 'two beat' playlists for my students to play along to- do any of y'all have a song with a two beat groove (oom-pah,oom-pah) that you like?

[02/25/13]   The Groove Academy now has the ability to give lessons via Skype- Who wants a free lesson?!?!

[01/07/13]   Did you give your kids a drum set for Christmas but they're constant banging is starting to make you think you should have given them something quieter!

Don't hide their sticks just yet! Send them to The Groove Academy where theyll learn their favorite songs, how to groove, solo and improvise, and how to make MUSIC instead of noise!

PLUS- with our new years special, THE FIRST LESSON IS FREE! With no obligation!

So call 843.340.5047 and get them learning the right way today!

Project BEACH Artist In Residency

Images from the 2012 BEACH singers summer program

Images from the 2012 BEACH singers summer program

Press from the 2012 Artist in Residency at Waccamaw Elementary School.

[06/10/11]   How would you like a month of lessons for half price?

Suggest this page to your friends and if the Groove Academy can get 1000 'Likes,' I'll give each of my existing students half of for the month!

Cant hear the music you’re playing along to? Pick up some in ears. | Bates Holman's Groove Academy

New entry on the blog to help those of you who are having trouble playing along to your metronome or favorite songs! As a drummer, jamming along to your favorite recordings or playing with your metronome can be frustrating, as its so very easy to play the drums so loud you cant hear what you’re playing along to! If you’ve encuntered this problem, theres only two ways of solving it: #1) Reduce the volume of the dr

[01/26/11]   Six more accent etudes ready for field testing in Charleston today!

[01/26/11]   picked up another student today at the grand strand Girls and Boys Club- off to Charleston tomorrow to teach at The Leonard School.

[01/18/11]   Helping the Grand Strand Girls and Boys Club purchase an electronic drum set for their music program today- Michael E. James and the Musicians Network of Myrtle Beach are doing great things for the underprivileged youth of the Grand Strand!

[01/13/11]   First 6 accent etudes field tested and ready!

[10/20/10]   Soon to come: Free drum lessons- Stay tuned.

[10/19/10]   Facebook, Groove Academy; Groove Academy, Facebook. I'll let you figure out who's who.

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